Irresistible Grace is Insufficient Grace

Matt Slick (CARM) rejects the sufficient grace of God for all


God's word says, He is the "Savior of all men, specially those who believe" (1 Tim. 4.10), not "Savior of all men but not from Hell, specially those who believe" nor "Savior of all men in each class or place, specially those who believe." How can God be a Savior of someone but not from Hell for those who believe who obviously don't go to Hell? And why would He save them from everything but Hell under irresistible grace when He could save from Hell also? If it sounds twisted it's because it is! Furthermore, is it not nonsensically redundant to say those who are saved "in each class or place" ... "specially those who believe"? Obviously, those who believe in each place or class are those who believe.

Matt Slick doesn't understand John 1.13: "Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." Those who are saved are not born of the blood (procreation), nor of the flesh (passion), nor will of man (by planning), but of God. It is God who does the saving, not our will, and requires our choice to save us. Since God is relational in His Three Persons, He is relational with us. He enjoys our positive response to His sufficient grace bestowed upon us all. Grace is not sufficient if it is irresistible. Salvation is a gift from God and freely obtainable by any of us. "We have also obtained access by faith into this grace" (Rom. 5.2), "for by grace are ye saved through faith" (Eph. 2.8), NOT "saved by faith (irresistible) through grace (irresistible)".

It is resistible grace and a conditional election, for God supplies sufficient grace to all, affording us all with the choice, that's why He pleads with us, calls us to repent, woos us by His Spirit, otherwise it is just a charade and morally bankrupt. This verse has nothing to do with god of Calvinism claiming we don't have a choice and people go to Hell just because they were born into sin with no opportunity, mercy, love or grace to be saved. Are faith and works contrasted as opposites? "By grace are ye saved, through faith;...not of works" (Eph. 2.8-9); "But to him that worketh not, but believeth..." (Rom. 4.5). Therefore, we can come to God in faith and can reject the notion we cannot unless we are irresistibly made to, or should I say, as Calvinists assume pridefully they were irresistible made to.

Be careful of what a person calls love, mercy and grace. Matt Slick thinks locking his mother up in his basement permanently so she doesn't take poison is love, mercy and grace. If a person doesn't have the free will to go to Hell do they really have free will? Slick then would have you believe we are just robots and it is ok to send the robots to Hell who were born into sin that was not their fault. People are then just instrumental value not intrinsic value to God. To Slick we are just tools or pawns in his CARM game. I am sure you are getting a sense of the evil we are dealing with here. God's wrath is upon Matt Slick.


Troy Brooks