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    Default Men do not seek God, God seeks men

    As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes.
    (Rom 3:10-18 KJV)


    Two weeks ago this Thursday, two men from our church knocked on a door and invited a man to church. In the process they gave the gospel to this man, discussed it with him for a few minutes, left him a tract and went their way. That same man showed up at church the following Sunday, and we had a lengthy conversation about the nature of the Gospel, and God's working in the affairs of men after the service. To make a long story short, the man trusted Christ that Sunday, and is now meeting with a personal discipler on Wednesdays after prayer meeting and Bible study. This man was not seeking God, but God was seeking him. May we be challenged to do our part in giving the Gospel indiscriminately and let God sort them out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chad Fletcher View Post
    As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes.
    (Rom 3:10-18 KJV)


    Two weeks ago this Thursday, two men from our church knocked on a door and invited a man to church. In the process they gave the gospel to this man, discussed it with him for a few minutes, left him a tract and went their way. That same man showed up at church the following Sunday, and we had a lengthy conversation about the nature of the Gospel, and God's working in the affairs of men after the service. To make a long story short, the man trusted Christ that Sunday, and is now meeting with a personal discipler on Wednesdays after prayer meeting and Bible study. This man was not seeking God, but God was seeking him. May we be challenged to do our part in giving the Gospel indiscriminately and let God sort them out.
    Post of the day!! Excellent!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chad Fletcher View Post
    As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes.
    (Rom 3:10-18 KJV)


    Two weeks ago this Thursday, two men from our church knocked on a door and invited a man to church. In the process they gave the gospel to this man, discussed it with him for a few minutes, left him a tract and went their way. That same man showed up at church the following Sunday, and we had a lengthy conversation about the nature of the Gospel, and God's working in the affairs of men after the service. To make a long story short, the man trusted Christ that Sunday, and is now meeting with a personal discipler on Wednesdays after prayer meeting and Bible study. This man was not seeking God, but God was seeking him. May we be challenged to do our part in giving the Gospel indiscriminately and let God sort them out.
    AWESOME POST, CHAD!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chad Fletcher View Post
    As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes.
    (Rom 3:10-18 KJV)


    Two weeks ago this Thursday, two men from our church knocked on a door and invited a man to church. In the process they gave the gospel to this man, discussed it with him for a few minutes, left him a tract and went their way. That same man showed up at church the following Sunday, and we had a lengthy conversation about the nature of the Gospel, and God's working in the affairs of men after the service. To make a long story short, the man trusted Christ that Sunday, and is now meeting with a personal discipler on Wednesdays after prayer meeting and Bible study. This man was not seeking God, but God was seeking him. May we be challenged to do our part in giving the Gospel indiscriminately and let God sort them out.
    Amen!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chad Fletcher View Post
    As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes.
    (Rom 3:10-18 KJV)


    Two weeks ago this Thursday, two men from our church knocked on a door and invited a man to church. In the process they gave the gospel to this man, discussed it with him for a few minutes, left him a tract and went their way. That same man showed up at church the following Sunday, and we had a lengthy conversation about the nature of the Gospel, and God's working in the affairs of men after the service. To make a long story short, the man trusted Christ that Sunday, and is now meeting with a personal discipler on Wednesdays after prayer meeting and Bible study. This man was not seeking God, but God was seeking him. May we be challenged to do our part in giving the Gospel indiscriminately and let God sort them out.
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    Amen!


    But just think if you'd have taken the time to cajole him into repeating a prayer? He could have already been saved and conscequently led his neighbor to the Lord (win 'em, wet 'em, and get them to win and wet others!) before the neighbor passed away of an untimely death a week ago.



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    Isaiah 55:4-7, a part of one of Isaiah's Servant passages states:

    4 See, I have made him a witness to the peoples,
    a leader and commander of the peoples.

    5 Surely you will summon nations you know not,
    and nations that do not know you will hasten to you,
    because of the LORD your God,
    the Holy One of Israel,
    for he has endowed you with splendor."

    6 Seek the LORD while he may be found;
    call on him while he is near.


    7 Let the wicked forsake his way
    and the evil man his thoughts.
    Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him,
    and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

    Yes, it is God's will that will always be done, but on this forum, with all the debate and strawmen that are created, it is best to point out that this does not negate personal responsibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edwards View Post
    Isaiah 55:4-7, a part of one of Isaiah's Servant passages states:

    4 See, I have made him a witness to the peoples,
    a leader and commander of the peoples.

    5 Surely you will summon nations you know not,
    and nations that do not know you will hasten to you,
    because of the LORD your God,
    the Holy One of Israel,
    for he has endowed you with splendor."

    6 Seek the LORD while he may be found;
    call on him while he is near.


    7 Let the wicked forsake his way
    and the evil man his thoughts.
    Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him,
    and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

    Yes, it is God's will that will always be done, but on this forum, with all the debate and strawmen that are created, it is best to point out that this does not negate personal responsibility.
    That passage was written to a group of people (Israel) who were already in a covenant relationship with Jehovah. Unbelieving men do not seek God. If you don't like it, then I suggest you take it up with the author of Romans 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chad Fletcher View Post
    That passage was written to a group of people (Israel) who were already in a covenant relationship with Jehovah. Unbelieving men do not seek God. If you don't like it, then I suggest you take it up with the author of Romans 3.
    While this was written to Israel (quite true) and while the descendants of Abraham were in covenant relationship with them, that did not negate the responsibility that they had before God. However, no Jew ever sought God before He sought them. The scripture stands as is and must be trembled before.

    This is a call to repentance that speaks of the ultimate call to all men, everywhere.

    I am not disagreeing with your original premise. While unbelieving men do not seek after God, they are called to do so. Each person will still be responsibilty for not seeking Him. It is Packer's antanomy and (in my opinion) cannot logically be reconciled in our puny minds.

    The reason I mentioned what I did was to cut off the obvious forth-coming arminian charge of people not being responsible for not receiving Christ if this is taken to it's logical (humanly) conslusion.

 

 

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