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    Opposition to the Gospel by A.W. Pink

    The love of God which the gospel publishes, and the sufferings of Christ for sinners, ought to melt the hardest heart and cause every hearer fervently to cry, "Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift." This message of glad tidings proclaims peace. It tells of deliverance from condemnation, and promises eternal life to all who receive it. Yet the fact remains that the great majority of those who hear it are scarcely affected and obtain no lasting advantage to their souls; and that perplexes many Christians. But the total depravity of man fully explains that lamentable state. In a heart that is desperately wicked there is nothing whatever on which the gospel can seize that will evoke any echo of it. Its message is directly opposed to the opinions and inclinations of the fallen creature....a holy gospel does not appeal to them, being foreign to their tastes....If God were to leave men entirely to themselves in their response to the gospel, it would be universally rejected. There is a deeply rooted contrariety to God in men's very nature which makes them turn a deaf ear to His voice, though they are ready enough to listen to the least whisper of Satan. As there are plants which are attractive to the eye but poisonous to the stomach, so even though the gospel is a pleasant sound to the ear it is repulsive to a corrupt heart. The gospel requires men to renounce their own wisdom and become as little children, to repudiate their own righteousness, and accept that of Another, to turn from self-pleasing and submit to the will of God. The gospel is designed to transform the inner man and regulate the outer man, and this is quite unacceptable to the unregenerate. No exhortations will reconcile a wolf and a lamb. No logical arguments will tame a fierce lion. Though man is a rational creature, he follows the promptings of his lusts rather than the dictates of his judgment. One who is wholly in love with sin and Satan does not desire to enter the service of Christ. To turn to God in Christ is altogether contrary to the stream of corrupt nature, and therefore it needs to be overcome by a flood of almighty grace, as the stream of the river is overcome by the tide of the sea.

    - A.W. Pink (Our Accountability to God pg 231, 232)
    On The Doctrine of Human Depravity & The Doctrine of Man's Impotence

    Posted by John on April 29, 2006 02:14 PM

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    I attend a reformed chuch where we believe in the absolute sovereignty of God. my pastor is Robert A. Morey and I would like to read more of your postings I am very happy to have acquired the book the sovereignty of God by A.W. Pink. jsut started reading it and it promises to be an exceptional read. May the Lord Bless and Keep you. Mr Manuel Lemos

    Hey guys, the Lord led me to Pink's writings through his masterpiece 'The Sovereignity of God' Man, if you havent read it, you haven't read nothin on Reformed theology. It's so heavy, that, half baked Reformed groups like 'Banner of truth' had to cut out a few chapters to make it sell.
    Pink wasn't just a Reformed theologian, he was also an Iconoclast! What that means is, he was an Idol-smasher! He wasn't a guy who minced words to keep folks happy. He preached against the established 'churches' of his day 'cause he saw that they were thoroughly corrupt and irremediably apostate.
    His message was not like so many luke-warm, milk-toast preachers who ask us to stay in our old apostate churches and 'reform' them! In accord with God's word he screamed- "Get out!!" [see Rev 18:4].You've gotta read his letters to see what he really believed.
    Men hated his guts for what he preached. One guy who read the 'Sovereignity of God' wrote and told Pink, "I wish I could kill you!" To which Pink wrote back and said, "It is not me you want to kill, but God!"
    Oh that God would give us more men like him for today!

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