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4.12.2005    |    Why share the gospel?
For those of us who might be called tulipheads, the question of the great commission sneaks in. Well, if you're really a Calvinist, it won't matter, will it, if you preach the Gospel to the unbelievers. Why even bother? A person is either saved by God's free grace, or not. Nothing we can do about it, is there?

This is, on the surface, an impossible question. On the surface. After all, one might think, if we're considering limited atonement, then the person you're preaching the Gospel to is either saved already, or won't be. Who am I, or you, to attempt to sway God's predestined choice of the elect?

My answer is that this is the wrong question. We are not attempting to change God's mind; that's impossible. God doesn't "change His mind" the way we mortals do. He reveals tiny, tiny portions of His infinite mind to us; we may preceive that He's changed His mind, but that's just on us. Not Him.

The real question is, "is my preaching the good news to unbelievers part of God's plan?" So, at the risk of oversimplification, my answer to this is "yes, oh very yes." I will assume that God wants me to spread the word about the Word as best I'm able. I must assume that this is part of who we are, and those to whom Christ has been revealed as savior are obligated to share Him.

Could I be wrong? Of course. The worst that happens? I'll really annoy some folks who, for God's reasons, just simply can not tune in to the messsage. The best that could happen? I might, just might, be helping to fulfill God's plan for His elect.

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Blogger John said...

Gee JL, you tulipheads are truly blessed, either way and you win!

PS. Great post.

7:55 PM, April 12, 2005  

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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

Final note: I also blog as Jack Rich on cultural, political and other things over at Wrong Side of the Tracks

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