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Saturday, January 14, 2006

Has God done all He Can?

"What do you mean by praying that God will have mercy upon all men, and save them with an everlasting salvation, and then tell the congregation that God has done all He can to save them, and the matter rests with them, whether they will be saved or not?...if God has done all He can, why pray for Him do more? And if He has not done all He can, why tell the people He has?" - William Gadsby

Think about it.

William Gadsby (1773-1844) was a minister of the Strict and Particular Baptists in England. For 38 years he was pastor of the Strict Baptist church at Manchester, England and was the first editor of The Gospel Standard. He compiled a selection of hymns (including his own) and published them as a hymnbook entitled A Selection of Hymns for Public Worship.

3 comments:

CLJ said...

If God "wanted" me to do something and I wouldn't do it and He couldn't do anything about it, what kind of Supreme being is that? If God will do something if only I will let Him, who is in contol here? My God has never wished, wanted, or do if I will let Him about anything.

R. L. Vaughn said...

Natural man approves a religion in which man is doing what he will, while God is trying to do what He can. Spiritual man accepts that God is doing according to His will both in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth.

Anonymous said...

I remember the story about the atheist who shook his fist at the sky and cried, "If there be a God let Him strike me dead now!" Nothing happened. "See. No God!"

The man was walking home down a garden pathway under trees with no audience and a stroke of lightning struck him dead.

God speaks in His own time and doesn't need an audience. I am sure the story is fictional, but it illustrates how God works.

I think God speaks more to the believer than He does to the world.

Cheers,

Jim