We are so quick to take the credit, aren't we? The only thing we do faster is shift the blame! Can you imagine the scene in Eden if eating the fruit did what Eve thought it would? She would be vindicated as humanity's first feminist, and she would have herself to thank for it (with a shout-out on award night to the serpent!). But instead, Eden is the prototypical horror story about what happens when we presume to supplement God's wisdom, to esteem our own judgment above His, and when we just want a little bit of the spotlight, darnit! And that's exactly what a synergistic view of salvation does: God gets most of the glory... He sent Jesus and all that, but when it came time to walk down to the altar and pray the prayer (or insert your own desired evangelical ritual), that was all me, man!
No, it really wasn't; when God irresistibly calls His elect and they first exercise the faith and repentance given to them, they really do choose God... because He chose them first (1 Jn 4:10, 19). So everything of worth in us, from conversion to glory, has its origin and empowerment from God, and we just ride shotgun, where we occasionally get to pick the radio station.
Along with this tidbit, I also have a heartbreaking episode to relate: we were headed home from
|"Is the dark side stronger?" "I've got something strong in my diaper..."|
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