In conformity with this reasoning, no operations of the Spirit can be justly denominated grace which leave the decision of his destiny in the hands of the sinner. The agency of God may be carried so far as to make men able to stand, yet, if it depends upon themselves to stand or fall, to use or reject the assistance which is given, there is nothing in such a state to distinguish it from the grossest legalism. The Spirit is evidently the servant, not the master, of the man; grace obeys but does not reign. All such schemes, whatever honor they may pretend to ascribe to the Holy Ghost, are insulting to God, since they lay a foundation for boasting in the creature.
Collect of the Day
O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Sunday, November 01, 2015
J. H. Thornwell. Sacramental Sorcery: The Invalidity of Roman Catholic Baptism. Reprint. (Unicoi: Trinity Foundation, 2006). P. 128.