Jesus Christ Does Not Drag His Followers Kicking and Screaming

Jesus’ desire is that people repent. “Repent” means to turn. We turn from our old life to a new life in Christ. A life headed in Christ’s direction, not the direction our flesh was planning on going.

God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

If this is God’s desire, and God has all authority and power, why doesn’t He just make it happen then?

This is where the Calvinist will tell you that God has many different kinds of will. They redefine words to fit their theory even though the Bible never speaks of differing wills of God.

If God desires (the same Greek word as “wills”) all men to repent, and yet also has a will that prevents people from repenting, then God is a house divided.

Instead, we should just go with what the Bible says. Sola Scriptura, don’t ya know.

God wills all people to repent. Not all repent. Therefore, we must conclude that God’s will is not always being done on earth.

In fact, we can see that clearly in the Lord’s Prayer where we request the Father’s will to “be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

God’s will is not being done here.

God leaves it up to us. Notice His words: “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

“If any man will” is an important part of the verse. Jesus does not force people to follow Him.

What He says is: if you desire to follow Him, if you are willing to follow Him, then deny yourself, take up the cross, and follow.

Jesus Christ does not drag people behind Him kicking and screaming. If you want to come, then come. He tells you how. It’s up to you whether you come or not. He’s done everything necessary by His grace to provide the way.

You just need to decide to follow Him in The Way.

3 thoughts on “Jesus Christ Does Not Drag His Followers Kicking and Screaming”

  1. Yes Jeff.
    And when Jesus said:

    If any man will come after me, let him deny himself

    He addressed man’s freedom of will but also man’s freedom of action. Having the desire is not sufficient – that desire has consequences, we can choose what is necessary to achieve that desire or we can choose another path and leave that desire unfulfilled.

  2. I’ve been told 1) that the will of God is that we believe (not good works, of course) and 2) that God’s will is already being done (but if we get damned, it’s our fault).

    Quote from Luther’s Small Catechism:
    “The Third Petition

    Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

    What is this?

    The good and gracious will of God is certainly done without our prayer; but we pray in this petition that it may be done among us also.

    How is this done?

    When God breaks and hinders every evil counsel and intention which would not let us hallow the name of God nor let His kingdom come, such as the will of the devil, the world, and our flesh; and when He strengthens and keeps us firm in His Word and faith until our end. This is His gracious and good will.”

    Very confusing. What is the will of God (Matt. 5:21)?

    Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

    Is it the same thing as the counsel of God (Acts 20:27)?

  3. Ruth,
    Various theologies play around with the word “will” so it is difficult to tell what theologian types are talking about. The Bible, in my opinion, does not make the subject as confusing as people trying to defend an already present philosophical position.

    God’s will is not being done on earth. God’s desire is that all men repent. God’s desire is that we believe the Gospel. Yet not all do, because God’s desires and will are not being done here because we are messed up.

    Luther and Calvin, although differing on some things, have the same basic assumption (borrowed from Augustine) that we have no free will. This is Greek philosophy more than biblical teaching.

    I would not bother trying to figure out the catechism quote you have above since on this subject no theological statement based on Augustine’s Greek philosophy makes any sense.

    The “will of God is certainly done without our prayer; but we pray in this petition that it may be done among us also.” If it’s certain, why pray that it may be done? How is there any “may” in what is “certain?” It makes no sense.

    What they’re basically admitting is that Jesus doesn’t agree with our philosophy, so we will just say contradictory things and chalk it up to “mystery” instead of changing the theology to match the Scripture.

    I have no idea how this makes any sense to anyone because it makes no logical sense. The Bible doesn’t say such non-sensical things, so I’d rather spend my time figuring out what it says!

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