What is the specific error?

The local church in this case is saying that we choose Christ, triggering (that is, causing)  Him to appoint us to eternal life. There is not mention of any prerequisite work of the Spirit. This means that we are at some point in the process completely responsible for initiating our salvation and that we are capable of doing so as we stand. This is the error.

This vests the decision of who is save and who is not solely in the hands of a man, making him sovereign in initiating his ascension to eternal life. One can argue semantics but that is what they are saying.

Scripture, on the other hand, is unequivocal that the decision of who is to be save and who will believe is made solely by God BEFORE creation.

Further, Scripture makes it clear that man can NOT turn to Christ in his natural, unchanged state. Only the work of the Holy Spirit BEFOREHAND changes a man’s heart so that he can turn to Christ.

The Scriptural truth places the decision of who is saved, as well as how and when, solely in the hands of  God.  God is therefor solely and wholly sovereign in the ascension of the sinner to eternal life.

By take a ‘high view’ for man’s sovereignty, the belief under review demeans the sovereignty of the Creator. Man is conceived as not only sovereign over himself, but since his action causes God to act, God is in fact obligated to act on man’s behalf subsequent to the belief  ‘decision’.

Man is no longer the humble clay before the potter, but the sovereign clay who controls the potter’s action. This is a recipe for pride and hubris in man and for the believer to feel exalted in himself.

Once a believer casts himself  into this salvation creating role, the proper biblical attitude of obedience and acceptance toward God will surely evaporate over time. Man’s role will expand in significance to one assuming a God who is not omnipotent but limited.

This is an afront to and direct challenge to the God of the Bible. Throughout redemptive history, such attitudes have not been well received before the Lord…


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