Thursday, November 7, 2013

Hardshell Presuppositions

1. If the salvation mentioned in a text involves human means it is not eternal salvation.

2. If the salvation in a text requires faith, repentance, calling on the Lord, confession, perseverance, etc., yea, any act of a sinner or believer, then it cannot be eternal salvation.

3. If salvation is only received by those who believe and obey the Gospel, then this would make salvation to be by works and not by grace.

4. If salvation is promised only to those who believe, repent, confess, and persevere, then this would deny that salvation was solely based upon the work of Christ on the cross.

5. If salvation came through hearing the Gospel, then it becomes dependent upon men and their efforts and money.

6. Biblical commands imply ability to obey the commands.

7. People may be regenerated and yet be unbelievers and impenitent.

8. People may be regenerated who are not converted.

9. Believing and repenting are not duties God requires of all men.

10. People are not exhorted to seek God for the creation of a new heart.

11. If the Bible does not specifically mention a belief or practice, then it is not to be believed or practiced.

12. The doctrine of unconditional election necessitates believing that God has no love for those not chosen, and no desire at all for their salvation.

Hardshells did not derive these presuppositions from the Scriptures but take them to the Scriptures. Where did they get these propositions then? Did they not get them from their erroneous logical deductions rather than from express statements of Scripture?

The Hardshells have no express Scripture that says that unbelievers and the impenitent will be saved. They have no express Scripture that says that those professing Christians who do not persevere will be saved. All they have is are what they perceive to be logical deductions from Scriptural statements and propositions.

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