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A Scriptural answer to an Arminian who was contending that all babies are born innocent without the taint of the original sin. Scripture admonishes us to sometimes ‘Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him’; and at other times to ‘Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit’. [Prov 26:4,5]. In writing the following I have chosen to do the latter. Let me start by saying that those who try to buttress their views by quoting men like Spurgeon or even Calvin are wasting their time. Spurgeon for the most part was a half-baked Calvinist who tried to please both parties. Little wonder he had thousands attending his Church. And Calvin’s inconsistencies are well known to those who have bothered to study his Institutes. Historically speaking, the so-called "Doctrines of Grace" which go by the nickname of Calvinism - did not originate with Calvin. They were there in the scriptures long before Augustine or Calvin came along; and were clearly understood and received by all of God’s elect both under the Old and New Testaments. Are babies born innocent without the taint of Original sin? “The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies”. [Psa 58:3]
“Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me”! [Psa 51:5] Oh but “God made man in His own image” and when He got done He saw and said that it was good! That is right ignoramus, but the man that God created in His own image corrupted himself by sin! And in corrupting himself he corrupted his progeny, so that what he brings forth is as sinful as him! Have you not read – “And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth”! [Gen 5:3] Not in the image and likeness of God, but in his fallen image and likeness! Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one. How can he be clean that is born of a woman? Behold the stars are not pure in his sight. How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm”? [Job 25:4-6] “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned”! [Rom 5:12] Please read that again, ‘cause I think you didn’t get it! Death passed on all men because ALL HAVE SINNED! Have you considered O vain man that the only reason that babies are sometimes born deformed and some die in infancy is because they are guilty of the original sin?! If according to your delusion they were born ‘righteous’ and are not sinners till your so called ‘age of accountability’ then they should not die in infancy as some do! Only the wages of sin is death, but death hath no power over the ‘sinless’ (baby)!
Here is a quote from A.A. Hodge – “The guilt of Adam's public sin," says Dr. A. A. Hodge, "is by a judicial act of God immediately charged to the account of each and every one of his descendants from the moment he begins to exist, and antecedently to any act of his own. Hence all men come into existence deprived of all those influences of the Holy Spirit upon which their moral and spiritual life depends . . . . and with an antecedent prevailing tendency in their natures to sin; which tendency in them is itself of the nature of sin, and worthy of punishment. Human nature since the fall retains its constitutional faculties of reason, conscience and free agency, and hence man continues to be a responsible moral agent. Yet he is spiritually dead, and totally averse to and incapable of the discharge of any of these duties which spring out of his relation to God, and entirely unable to change his own evil dispositions or innate moral tendencies, or to dispose himself to such a change, or to co-operate with the Holy Spirit in effecting such a change." And to the same general effect, Dr. R. L. Dabney, the outstanding theologian of the southern Presbyterian Church, says. "The explanation presented by the doctrine of imputation is demanded by all except Pelagians and Socinians. Man's is a spiritually dead and a condemned race. See Ephesians 2:1-5, et passim. He is obviously under a curse for something, from the beginning of his life. Witness the native depravity of infants, and their inheritance of woe and death. Now, either man was tried and fell in Adam, or he has been condemned without trial. He is either under the curse (as it rests on him at the beginning of his existence) for Adam's guilt, or for no guilt at all. Judge which is most honorable to God, a doctrine which, although a profound
mystery, represents Him as giving man an equitable and most favored probation in his federal head; or that which makes God condemn him untried, and even before he exists." When God sent Saul on a mission to destroy the Amalekites, do you know what He commissioned him to do? Maybe you need to go back and read your Bible before making such dumb statements as you have. “Thus saith the LORD of hosts, “Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass”. [1Sam 15:2,3] What a Monster must be the God you worship who commands the destruction of ‘innocent’ infants and sucklings who have not yet reached your so called ‘age of accountability’! “O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us. Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones”! [ Psa 137:8,9]. Again the one that rewardeth Babylon in the above verse and the one who is happy to dash their innocent little ones is the same Monster God you worship! I know I am being sarcastic here. “Sarcasm is a dangerous weapon to employ, but its use is fully warranted in exposing the ridiculous pretensions of error, and is often quite effective in convincing men of the folly and unreasonableness of their ways”. [Pink]
But unlike this Monster god you worship, the God whom those of us who believe in the Absolute Sovereignty of God worship is a just and loving God! He might have justly let all of us eternally perish without any hope of redemption just as He did the fallen angels. But He sovereignly chose to save some before the foundation of the world. And it is for these that Christ came, suffered, bled, died and rose again. Not for every Tom, Dick and Harry or Jane, Jill and Mary; but for those whom the Father had given Him! “I lay down My life for the sheep”! [John 10:15] These sheep are those who respond when the gospel is preached. “My sheep hear My voice”. These sheep are the ones who were foreknown to God, were predestined, called, justified and shall soon be glorified. When the gospel is preached many do not respond. Ever wonder why? Chew on this verse and may be if you are one of His sheep God may open your eyes – “and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed”! [Act 13:48] Now wait a minute, I thought only those who opened the door of their heart and ‘accepted’ Jesus as their personal savior were saved! Well you thought wrong, sir! If anyone’s going to open their heart to ‘let Jesus in’ it has be the Lord Jesus Himself! “And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul”. [Act 16:14] You have said - “There is not one shred of evidence in the Bible for double or single predestination”.
Indeed there shall no evidence be found by many for the doctrine of predestination, because in order to find it you have to first of all be His sheep. “But ye believe not, because ye are not of My sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear My voice! Everyone who is of the truth heareth My voice! [John 18:37] The doctrines of Absolute Sovereignty, Double predestination, Sovereign Reprobation and a Limited Atonement etc, are truths which we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned! [ Cor 2:13,14]