I think you really handled the topic of ‘boasting’ really well! I can’t tell you how many times I have brought that subject up in conversations. If I think my decision for Christ was all on my own I indeed have reason to boast. Another argument I have received many times, and because the topic of predestination cannot be refuted, is that God only predestined a plan, but not His people.
This morning I had the unhappy experience of watching and listening to a YouTube video in which the speaker was trying to “refute Calvinism” by his “exegesis” of Romans 9. Apart from his deplorable communication skills, and his ignoring of the context in which we find this passage, (an error of which he accused his opponents) the Pelagian speaker* actually said many things with which most Calvinists would probably agree. In fact, I confess I became impatient as I listened waiting for him to state something that would not be obvious to a poorly educated third grader. Finally, he came to points of difference. His primary argument seemed to be that God is sovereign in choosing and rejecting nations but is not sovereign in the salvation of sinners. The truth is, God is sovereign everywhere, or he is not sovereign anywhere. And, if he is not sovereign everywhere, he simply…
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When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord; and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.
How would this gentlemen interpet the above?