Feelings, Nothing More Than Feelings…

One of the reasons (not the only one) that some people reject the biblical teaching of unconditional election is that it seems and feels to them out of sync with other teachings in the Bible – like the compassion of God for people or the moral accountability of people before God. It seems to many that God can’t choose unconditionally to save some and not others and then also feel compassion for those he does not choose and hold them accountable for their sin.

The problem here is that our instinct or intuition for what is right or possible for God does not fit Scripture. And the danger is that we shape Scripture to fit our feelings.

–John Piper

I think feelings can creep into all areas of our theology. John Stott was in favor of , but never backed it up Scripturally as far as I know. It was a belief based on emotions [feelings].

Whether or not we believe in conditional election, or eternality of hell, let’s be careful out there and take in all of what Scripture says. Life isn’t fair and God often doesn’t seem to be fair. I think if we weren’t perfected in heaven, we may be pretty embarrassed at some of the things we believed solely based on what we believed to be right based on… feelings.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:8-9

(While I’m making light of the song Feelings, I chose a video of a good singer, even if it looks a little silly nowadays. It starts at 30 seconds. I can’t get the code to work so that it starts there.)

that the souls of the lost are eventually allowed to perish instead of burning throughout eternity

8 Responses to “Feelings, Nothing More Than Feelings…”

  1. 1 Alex

    I agree and disagree with your post. It is very inconsistent, a one sider sort of speak. It is very clear that the bible teaches “election or predestination”, and at the same time it also teaches “choice”. One example: Ezekiel 18:23-
    Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked?” This is the declaration of the Lord God. “Instead, don’t I take pleasure when he turns from his ways and lives?
    To say that the Bible only teaches “unconditional election” is a error. The Bible clearly teaches both “unconditional election” and “choice”. How do these two work in harmony, the Bible doesn’t make it clear, it’s like trying to explain hoe the Trinity works. Somethings God didn’t make clear for a reason which we don’t know or understand. But I say that if a person only teaches one side regardless of either “election” or “choice”, he will be in error because he is only giving one side of what the Bible teaches. I’m not an Armenian or Calvinist, I’m a Christian who lead by the Holy Spirit teaches the whole Bible.

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    The post is about basing theology on feelings as opposed to strictly what’s seen in Scripture. I did say:

    “Whether or not we believe in conditional election, or eternality of hell, let’s be careful out there and take in all of what Scripture says.” And not believe “based on… feelings.”

    So while I do believe what the quote says, that wasn’t my entire point. And since I’m a Calvinist, I don’t think you’ll be able to convince me otherwise. But I’m not here to debate that. I knew I should have put a Reformed warning at the top.

    P.S. – it’s Arminian – Armenian is a race of people

    P.S.S. – much of what you say is similar to John MacArthur, who I like:

    “How these two sides of God’s truth—His sovereignty in choosing us (Romans 9) and our responsibility to confess and believe (Romans 10)—reconcile is impossible for us to understand fully. But Scripture declares both perspectives of salvation to be true (John 1:12-13). It’s our duty to acknowledge both and joyfully accept them by faith.”
    –John MacArthur

  3. 3 Alex

    I don’t understand how you guys follow John Calvin and Jacobus Arminius and not always giving the glory to Jesus Christ but instead you guys sometimes exalt those two guys like if there above the Lord its amazing to me. Here is a warning in Scripture about divisions among the Christian Church to you Calvinist and Arminianist. 1 Corinthians 1:10-13
    Divisions at Corinth
    10 Now I urge you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree in what you say, that there be no divisions among you, and that you be united with the same understanding and the same conviction. 11 For it has been reported to me about you, my brothers, by members of Chloe’s household, that there is rivalry among you. 12 What I am saying is this: Each of you says, “I’m with Paul,” or “I’m with Apollos,” or “I’m with Cephas,” or “I’m with Christ.” 13 Is Christ divided? Was it Paul who was crucified for you? Or were you baptized in Paul’s name?

  4. 4 Alex

    All you who are Calvinist or Arminianist are just like the Corinthian Church………bringing division to the body of Christ……..instead of calling yourself a Calvinist….and giving glory to a dead man….call yourself a slave of Jesus Christ and bring glory, honor, and praises to Him.

  5. 5 Scripture Zealot

    So why don’t you believe what Scripture plainly says about election? Then we wouldn’t be divided.

  6. 6 Alex

    The Bible talks about both “election” and “choice”, so I believe in both and I know they have a harmony that only God understands. To say that you only believe in John Calvin’s interpretation on certain verses and throw away the other ones that talks about choice how bias can you be. To choose one interpretation over the other. Let the Holy Spirit interpret the Scriptures to you instead of John Calvin and Jacobus Arminius.

  7. 7 Scripture Zealot

    Here is the whole article that the quote is from should you be interested in reading it. I’m afraid I’m not interested in debating.

  8. 8 Scripture Zealot
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