sermonette: Sovereignty and Choice
If God is Sovereign, Why Does Everything Matter?
David C. Grabbe
Given 26-Nov-16; Sermon #1352s; 18 minutes
David Grabbe, unraveling several apparently contradictory scriptures, exposes a fundamental flaw in western thinking—namely the binary (that is, either-or) thinking that leads us to construct false dilemmas. Perhaps the best example of this is the one delineated by Protestant theologians who conceptualize law and grace at the opposite sides of a continuum. They cannot imagine how God's sovereignty and man's free moral agency can co-exist. God is benevolent, but He is also severe. God is not waiting to smash us, but neither is He indulgent. If we acknowledge God as our sovereign, it stands to reason that we are duty bound to follow what He has said. As we walk in His grace, we begin to develop wisdom as to what is godly behavior and what is not. God's grace never undermines His sovereignty. Our daily walk with God should lead us to make choices resulting in wisdom and discernment.
Aristotelian either-or thinking Aristotelian dualism Binary thinking Contradictory scriptures Deuteronomy 4:5 Developing godly wisdom Discerning man sets face toward wisdom Free moral agency Humility Proverbs 3:7; 13:10; 17:24; 36: 12 Psalm 19:7; 90; 111 139