Reading chapter 10 From Slaves to Sons (Part 1) from John MacArthur’s book Slave. This chapter used George Muller’s life and testimony as an illustration for the biblical theme of adoption. George Muller is prominently known for his work with orphans and fighting as prayer warrior to provide for them. However, George Muller is not commonly known as a theologian, who wrestled with understanding doctrine.
George Muller recounted of himself,
Before this period I had been much opposed to the doctrines of election, particular redemption, and final persevering grace; so much so that… I called election a devilish doctrine
Muller continued to read and study the Word to reconcile his intellect, reason, and faith. He eventually said this of his study through the “devilish doctrines.”
I went to the Word, reading the NT from the beginning, with a particular reference to these truths. To my great astonishment I found that the passages which speak decidedly for election and persevering grace, were about four times as many as those which speak apparently against these truths; and even those few, shortly after, when I had examined and understood them, served to confirm me in the above doctrines.
In this way George Muller came to believe “that the Father chose us before the foundation of the world…
Having thoroughly investigated God’s Word, He now wholeheartedly embraced the doctrines of total depravity, sovereign election, irresistible grace, particular redemption, and the perseverance of the saints
I have studied a decent amount when it comes to reconciling these doctrines. But I wanted to know what all of you guys think? These are not items of the faith that one can ignore for long and must be addressed because if you do not someone else will for you.
1.So are you a Calvinist?
2.Are you a Arminianist?
3. Are you in-between?
4. How would you explain to yourself these points:
- total depravity
- sovereign election
- irresistible grace
- particular redemption
- perseverance of the saints