We continue with Chapter XIII (“Efficacious Grace”) from Boettner’s The Reformed Doctrine Of Predestination:
“It is unreasonable to suppose that the sinner can thus defeat the creative power of Almighty God. ‘All authority hath been given to me in heaven and on earth,’ said the risen Lord. No limit is set to that authority. ‘Is anything too hard for Jehovah?’ ‘He doeth according to His will in the armies of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth; and no one can stay His hand, or say unto Him, What doest thou?’ In view of these passages and many others to the same effect it ill becomes us to imagine that God is struggling along with man as best He can, persuading, exhorting, pleading, but unable to accomplish His purpose if His creatures will otherwise. If God does not effectually call, we may imagine Him saying, ‘I will that all men should be saved; nevertheless, it must finally be, not as I will but as they will.’ He is then put into the same extremity with Darius who would gladly have saved Daniel, but could not (Daniel 6:14)” (pp. 170-171).
As the extremely influential God-hater C.S. Lewis stated in The Great Divorce:
“There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’ All that are in hell choose it” (Lewis)
C.S. Lewis and the Arminians Boettner is referring to believe that in salvation and damnation God is NOT sovereign; Man IS sovereign. This blasphemous and risible view has God bowing in reverence to the dignity and honor of the sovereign choice of man. Evidently mans’ will is a kind of Holy of Holies where even the Sovereign Controller of the universe is to tread with trepidation. In sober contrast to the Satanic shenanigans of C.S. Lewis and the Arminians, here is the Scriptural teaching on the matter:
“And Sihon the king of Heshbon was not willing to let us pass by him, for Jehovah your God had hardened his spirit, and had emboldened his heart, so as to give him into your hand, as it is this day” (Deuteronomy 2:30).
“And Joshua made war many days with all those kings. There was not a city that made peace with the sons of Israel except the Hivites, ones living in Gibeon. They took all in battle. For it was of Jehovah to harden their hearts, so that they should come against Israel in battle, so that they might be destroyed, so that they might have no favor, but that He might destroy them, as Jehovah commanded Moses” (Joshua 11:18-20).
“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” (Romans 9:17-18).
More from Boettner:
“No Christian who is familiar with what the Scriptures teach about the sovereignty of God can believe that He is thus defeated in His creatures. Is it not necessary that a creature must have power to defy and thwart the purposes of Almighty God before his actions can be rewarded or punished. Furthermore, if God actually stood powerless before the majesty of man’s lordly will, there would be but little use to pray for Him to convert any one. It would then be more reasonable for us to direct our petitions to the man himself” (pp. 170-171).
The consistent position for C.S. Lewis and the Arminian petitioner is to offer up their prayers NOT to the blasphemous figment of their own benighted brains, but to the true object of their religious affections: the sovereign man himself (cf. Revelation 13:18).
The Christian Confession of Faith (CCF) states:
The truth of total depravity does not mean that all men are as outwardly immoral as they possibly could be. It means that every faculty of the soul of every natural (that is, unregenerate) descendant of Adam is completely polluted with hatred of the true and living God, and all of the natural man’s thoughts, words, and deeds (even his kindness, morality, and religion) are dead works, evil deeds, and fruit unto death. It means that every natural descendent of Adam owes a debt to God’s law and justice that he cannot pay. It means that every natural descendent of Adam is spiritually dead, having no spiritual understanding, a lover of darkness rather than light, a slave of sin, unable and unwilling to obey God and come to Jesus Christ for salvation. This truth is contrary to the damnable poison known as “free will,” which seeks to make the creature independent of the Creator and seeks to make the Potter depend on the clay, according to the devil’s lie, “You shall be as God.” [Gen 3:5; Psa 14:2-3; Pro 12:10; 15:8; Isa 45:20; 64:6; Jer 13:23; 17:9; Mat 7:18; Joh 3:19-20; 6:44-45; Rom 1:20-23; 3:9-12,20; 5:12; 6:16-23; 7:5; 8:5-8; 10:2-3; 1Co 2:14; 2Co 4:3-4; Eph 2:5; 4:18; Col 1:21; 2:13; Heb 9:14; 11:6] https://agrammatos.org/2018/08/20/ccf-full-bible-references/
C.S. Lewis, the Arminians, and yes, even Loraine Boettner’s representative semi-deist/semi-dualist Calvinism are all striking instances of the creature seeking a seditious secession from the sovereign control of his Maker. And God mocked them:
“Why have the nations raged and the peoples are meditating on vanity? The kings of the earth set themselves; yea, the rulers have plotted together against Jehovah and His Anointed, saying, We will break their bands in two, and throw off their cords from us. He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall mock at them” (Psalm 2:1-4).