Now that I’m back in America I’ve been visiting lots of different services looking for that church home the Good Book talks about. It’s definitely been an adventure and while I’m enjoying it to some degree the inconsistency makes me shake my head.
For example; I attended one gathering where the lingo was all about how everything under the sun was “God brought you here” or “God made sure that would happen” but at the end of the service God supposedly needs you to cooperate with him in order to save you for eternity.
Let that one resonate for a minute.
God is in control of everything and everyone in the universe except your salvation. That’s what they seem to be saying. I’ve heard that quite a bit over the past month.
I’m not going to disparage anyone here but sometimes I wonder if the Gideon’s left these preachers the Good Book because it clearly says the following;
(Joh 6:44) No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.
Now on its own and in modern English (this is the ESV from E-Sword.net) that word “draws” could lead folks to believe in cooperation between man and God. It’s an easy mistake to make and one I’ve made before. Now what we need to do in order to figure this thing out is once again go to the Good Book and re-examine that word “draws”.
This is from E-Sword.net and Strongs dictionary.
Probably akin to G138; to drag (literally or figuratively): – draw. Compare G1667.
Total KJV occurrences: 8
There you have it and it took all of about five minutes to do and it was free compliments of www.e-sword.net.
I don’t know about you but being dragged doesn’t sound like all that much fun and a far cry from “I let God into my life”.
“I cooperated with God” does sound better but I hate to say it but that isn’t the reality of what the Good Book is saying is it? My own personal experience, i.e. my testimony supports the dragging because I know for sure I wasn’t cooperating. Your mileage may vary.
I’m not all that certain I would want to follow, worship or obey anyone that needs me to cooperate with them on something as important as my eternal destiny but to each their own I guess.
There’s obviously much more to this and we’ll get into all that in due time.
Have a great day everyone!