Perhaps you lot want to become punch and judy, but as for me and my house we shall worship the lord in spirit and in truth as joint or co heirs with Jesus Christ.
"For He says to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that wills, nor of him that runs, but OF GOD that shows mercy. For the Scripture says unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised you up, that I might show My powers in you, and that My name might be declared throughout all the earth. Therefore has He mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom He will He hardens
"And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh
and he hearkened not unto them, as the Lord had spoken unto Moses"-Exodus 9:12
"For God has concluded them all in unbelief, that He might have mercy upon ALL. O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God? How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out! For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor?
Or who has first given to Him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen" (Rom. 11:32-36).
"And as a vesture shall Thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but THOU ART THE SAME…" (Heb. 1:12).
"For I am the Lord, I CHANGE NOT…" (Mal. 3:6).
"Jesus Christ the SAME yesterday, and today, and for ever" (Heb. 13:8).
"In Whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being PREDESTINED according to the PURPOSE OF HIM Who WORKS ALL THINGS AFTER THE COUNSEL OF HIS OWN WILL
" (Eph. 1:11).
"For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly
, but by reason of Him Who has subjected the same in hope."-Rom 8:20
"Then said Pilate unto Him, Speak you not unto me? Know you not that I have to crucify you, and have power to realase you? Jesus answered, You could have NO POWER AT ALL against Me, except it were GIVEN YOU from above
…" (John 19:10-11).
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that (faith) not of yourselves it is the gift of God
. Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained
that we should walk in them" (Eph. 2:8-10).
"For it is God which works in you both TO WILL and TO DO of His good pleasure" (Phil. 2:13).
(All emphasis and bold-ing of words and statements were added.)
I could go on and on with a hundred more scriptures but I hope you get the point I am trying to get across. If you learn nothing else, please learn that A) "For by grace ye are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves but it is the GIFT of GOD." B) "For it is GOD which works in you both TO WILL and TO DO of His good pleasure." God works all things to counsel of His Will and "Thy Will BE DONE."
The arguments I see put forth from the other side of the aisle are emotional appeals and the desires of man to control his own fate. My arguments come from Scripture, which is inspired by God. So I leave you with one more passage: "Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar."-Romans 3:4