GRACE FOR TODAY Radio Message #497




                Pastor Don Fortner

                Grace Baptist Church of Danville

                2734 Old Stanford Road

                Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438


Modern day religion makes the eternal God a pathetic failure! Preachers everywhere tell us that God is trying to save multitudes who are not saved. They tell us that God wants to do many things for us and with us that we will not let him do. We are told that Christ died for all the people of the world in an attempt to redeem and save all men; but that all are not saved. Modern religion tells us that the Holy Spirit of God calls all men alike to Christ; but some men resist the power of his grace, while others allow him to have his way. We are told that God has done all he can to save sinners, but some will not allow him to save them. One of these modern prophets of deceit has even dared to put his blashpemous opinions about God into print. This is what he said - "What is hell? It is an infinite negation. And it is more than that: hell is a ghastly monument to the failures of the triune God to save the multitudes who are there ... Sinners go to hell because God Almighty himself could not save them! He did all he could, he failed!" Such a god is a pathetic, miserable failure. His Will is limited by the will of man. His power is broken by the power of man. His purpose is thwarted by the purpose of man. Such a god is to be pitied, not worshipped! According to modern religious opinion man is sovereign over god, man is gracious to allow god to save him, god is obligated to man, not man to god. Is this the god I must trust for the salvation of my soul? Perish the thought! Such a god as this, while he is popular with proud men, is nothing more than the idol of modern religion, the figment of man's imagination.


The God of heaven is sovereign, majestic glorious almighty. He never tries to do anything. What he purposed in eternity, he will do. He says, "My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure" (Isa. 46:10). The sovereign, eternal, omnipotent God is not limited in his own power or in the accomplishment of his purpose by the free-will of puny man. God is not at man's disposal. Man is at God's disposal. God is not obligated to man. Man is obligated to God. God is not subject to man's will. Man is subject to God's will.


The Lord Jesus Christ, God the eternal Son, did not die at Calvary in an effort to save every person in the world. His blood is powerful and efficacious. If he had intended to redeem and save the whole human race, all would be saved. It is written, "He shall not fail" (Isa. 42:4). If one soul for whom Christ shed his blood were to perish, his redemptive work would be a miserable failure. He would never see of the travail of his soul and be satisfied. Such blasphemous notions cannot be endured. "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law" (Gal. 3:13). Every soul for whom the Son of God suffered and died at Calvary shall be with him in heaven.


The Holy Spirit does not try to draw sinners to Christ, hoping that they will let him save them. His power is not defeated by the power of man's free-will. The Holy Spirit invades the hearts of those dead sinners, who were chosen in eternal love and redeemed by the blood of Christ giving them eternal life, creating faith in their hearts toward Christ. He draws sinners to Christ by the power of his irresistible grace. "Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power" (Pa. 110:3). "Blessed is the man whom thou Choosest and causest to approach unto thee" (Ps.65:4). This is the God of the Bible. This is the God whom we worship. He is the eternal, triune God, the God of sovereign power and irresistible grace. This is our God.