Chapter XIII of Loraine Boettner’s The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination is entitled: “Efficacious Grace.”
“Under the covenant made with Adam, man’s destiny depended on his own works. We know the results of that trial. Now if man could not work out his salvation when he was upright, what chance has he to do so since he is fallen? Happily for us, God has this time taken the matter into His own hand. And if God again gave man free will by which to work out his own salvation, what would He be doing but again instituting the dispensation which has already been tried and which ended in failure?” (p. 169)
Boettner candidly acknowledges that prior to the Fall man’s destiny depended on his own works as he was (allegedly) provided an opportunity to “work out his salvation when he was upright.” For Boettner and those who adhere to such demonic documents as the Westminster Confession of Faith, Adam (man) was afforded the “chance” to catapult into the Heavens and rip God from His sovereign decretal throne and thwart His eternal purpose to glorify Himself in the Person and Work of Jesus Christ. While insidious and audacious in the extreme, I do appreciate the forthrightness of Boettner in acknowledging his belief in the Reformed figment that Adam was provided a “chance” to vitiate the cross of Christ, rob Him of His redemptive glory, and impugn His imputed righteousness.
“We are very sure that no property does, or can, attach to the will of
man, whether fallen or unfallen, that can take it beyond the reach of
God’s sovereign control. Saul was called at the height of his
persecuting zeal and was transformed into the saintly Paul. The poor
dying thief on the cross was called in the last hour of his earthly
life. When Paul preached at Antioch ‘as many as were ordained to
eternal life (and only they) believed,’ Acts 13:48. If God purposed
that all men should be saved He most certainly could bring all to
salvation. But for reasons which have been only partly revealed, He
leaves many impenitent. Through all of His works, however, God does
nothing which is inconsistent with man’s nature as a rational and
responsible being” (p. 169).
The reason Boettner says “for reasons which have been only partly revealed, He leaves many impenitent” is that he believes in a partly sovereign “god” whose creatures ARE beyond the reach of his “sovereign control” when it comes to their evil thoughts and actions. Boettner (and most Calvinists) avowedly deny that God unconditionally and actively causes men to sin in order that He may justly punish them — and yet this is what the Bible teaches. Boettner’s assertion that Adam (man) was given free will before the Fall and his earlier assertions that the non-elect are “left to themselves” is an admission that his “god” is NOT the sovereign God of Scripture, but a palatable idolatrous morsel that is being served up at the bistro of belligerence to those of similar taste. Next Page (25)