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    The Extra-Biblical Logic of Molinism

    Regarding salvation "...middle knowledge claims that God's perfect, infinite knowledge must be able to know not only what sentient creatures will freely choose in all situations in their lives but what everyone would do in every possible situation that they could confront." - Craig Blomberg

    Response: Where is Christ in all of this? The problem with this statement should be obvious to any serious student of Scripture: It doesn't matter what situation people are put in, they will always, always reject Christ apart from regenerating grace. Natural men need the gospel precisely because they are not free but in bondage to their corruptions...and are unable to see the beauty of Christ in the gospel... Men, therefore, do not "freely choose" but instead need to have their heart of stone made into a heart of flesh. Men do not have the natural power to change our own hearts ... and so the gospel's power is that it not only justifies a man when he comes to faith but also raises him from the death of sin (renewing our heart) in order that he might bring men to faith (John 6:63-65, 37). Salvation is by Christ alone.

    The end we should all be more persuaded by arguments from actual texts of Scripture then from the apparent logic of entailments. While we should never embrace anything that has internal contradictions, yet Molinism's fatal error is that it has created an extra-biblical system which may be logical within its own system but does not even attempt to justify itself from Scripture.

    Posted by John on September 28, 2013 01:11 AM

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