"It would be just as ridiculous to go down in Virginia or Kentucky and start yelling at the rock and the mountains as it would be for me to preach the gospel to an alien sinner never born again of the Spirit of God."
"It would be just as foolish to go over to the shopping center, walk up to a brick wall and start saying "by grace are ye saved through faith" - and people would think I was a moron."
In this sermon Sonny declares that the leading view of regeneration by the first Hardshells is "heresy." I dealt with that point in the previous posting. But, notice, ironically, that the one who is guilty of "heresy" is Pyles. Is his heresy not evident from the above statements?
In this sermon Sonny correctly views the heart of the alien sinner as being hard as stone. But, he wrongly infers from this that it is foolish to preach the Gospel to such hearts. He relies on his logic rather than upon the clear teaching of Scripture.
Do the Scriptures teach that it is foolish and wrong to preach to stony hearts?
Further, if it can be shown that Jesus, the prophets, and the apostles, preached the Gospel to alien sinners, will this not make them fools and heretics, using Sonny's criterion? Did they preach to "brick walls" when they appealed to the hearts and minds of lost souls? Sonny thinks so. And, if so, then he must acknowledge this, reductio ad absurdum. One or two things is true. Either Christ preached to stony hearts (unregenerate) or he did not. If he did, then Sonny must acknowledge that Christ did wrong, and was a fool, and that Christ was no Hardshell.
Preach To Hard Hearts?
Was Ezekiel a fool for preaching to dead dry bones? If we use Sonny's logic and affirmation of principles, we must conclude that the prophet erred and was a fool.
For a complete proof that Jesus preached to the hearts of alien sinners, see my posting "Jesus Uproots Hardshellism"
"Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?" (Jer. 23:29)
"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Heb. 4:12)