In Unconditional Election (chapter XI), Boettner pontificates:
“Conditions in the world at large and our own experiences in every day life show us that the blessings bestowed are sovereign and unconditional, irrespective of any previous merit or action on the part of those so chosen. If we are highly favored, we can only be thankful for His blessings; if not highly favored, we have no grounds for complaint. Why precisely this or that one is placed in circumstances which lead to saving faith, while others are not so placed, is indeed, a mystery. We cannot explain the workings of Providence; but we do know that the Judge of all the earth shall do right, and that when we attain to perfect knowledge we shall see that He has sufficient reasons for all His acts” (p. 90).
Here’s blackguard Boettner immuring the crystal-clear scriptural teaching of unconditional reprobation in false humility and pseudo-pious blasphemy. Is it REALLY indeed a “mystery” why Pharaoh was placed precisely in the circumstances he was placed? Of course NOT. God’s purpose in raising Pharaoh up was to display His power and wrath in him. God desired to condemn Pharaoh. God did not desire to save Pharaoh. There is absolutely no “mystery” about that.
Boettner proceeds to CONTRADICT himself by attempting to EXPLAIN “the workings of Providence” pertaining to reprobation by saying they cannot be explained. And WHY can’t they be explained according to Boettner? Supposedly it’s because they have not been explained in scripture. God has indeed spoken very loud and clear while Boettner sticks rebellious fingers in both ears:
“For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, ‘For this very thing I raised you up, so that I might display My power in you, and so that My name might be publicized in all the earth.’ So, then, to whom He desires, He shows mercy. And to whom He desires, He hardens. You will then say to me, Why does He yet find fault? For who has resisted His will? Yes, rather, O man, who are you answering against God? Shall the thing formed say to the One forming it, Why did You make me like this? Or does not the potter have authority over the clay, out of the one lump to make one vessel to honor, and one to dishonor? But if God, desiring to demonstrate His wrath, and to make His power known, endured in much long-suffering vessels of wrath having been fitted out for destruction, and that He make known the riches of His glory on vessels of mercy which He before prepared for glory, whom He also called, not only us, of Jews, but also out of nations” (Romans 9:17-24).
“Paul makes no attempt to explain how God can be just in showing mercy to whom He will and in passing by whom He will. In answer to the objector’s question, ‘Why doth He still find fault?’ (with those to whom He has not extended saving mercy), he (Paul) simply resolves the whole thing into the sovereignty of God, by replying, ‘Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Or hath not the potter a right over the clay, from the same lump to make one part a vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonor?’ Romans 9:19-21. (And let it be noticed here that Paul says that it is not from different kinds of clay, but ‘from the same lump,’ that God, as the potter, makes one vessel unto honor and another unto dishonor.) Paul does not drag God from His throne and set Him before our human reason to be questioned and examined” (p. 93).
Boettner heaps further gratuitous abuse on God the Holy Spirit’s perspicuous scriptural revelation. Paul DOES explain how God is just in showing mercy to whom He will and, NOT in “passing by” whom He will, but in unconditionally and actively hardening whom He will (Romans 9:18). God does NOT merely refrain from extending saving mercy to the reprobate, but He powerfully, actively, and unconditionally hardens them for destruction. God forms from the same lump vessels of wrath whom He desires to destroy — and by destroying them, His desire that the riches of His glorious mercy be made known to the elect is thus fulfilled (see Romans 9:17-24).
And just so Boettner and the like-minded fashionable Calvinist potsherds don’t forget, it is God who makes the pots evil by forming them into dishonorable vessels to display His holy wrath in (I realize I’m going against popular opinion and sentiment by having the audacity to say that it’s the Potter who makes the pots, rather than saying that it’s the pots who make themselves).
” …Shall the thing formed say to the [One] forming [it], Why did You make me like this?” (Romans 9:20)
Boettner et al say that God did NOT make you a vessel of wrath (and if He did, then He couldn’t find fault since who has resisted His will to make you like this?). In stark contrast to this cacophony of rebellion, God through the apostle Paul says that God DID make you a vessel of wrath and that He has the Sovereign right to do so. And yes, God will, can, and does find fault with the reprobates’ rebellious life, even though their rebellious life is being lived out as an irresistible result of His unconditional and active (NOT “passive”) decree. What will your response be to this? Will your response be like Paul’s? Or, will it be like Paul’s mutinous critic’s? Whose side are you on? Next Page (15)