Here’s Boettner with an especially risible assertion:
“Hence the certainty of an action is consistent with the liberty of the agent in executing it; otherwise God could not foreknow such actions as certain” (p. 211).
Boetter says that God’s foreknowledge of an action as certain must be consistent (compatible) with “the liberty of the agent in executing it,” or else God could have no foreknowledge of it as certain. Please note how Boettner first insists on human freedom in performing an action, and then says if it’s contradicted by God’s foreknowledge, then God’s foreknowledge of said action is impossible (rather than human freedom is false). Since Boettner is unwilling to become an Open Theist and unwilling to cast away the idol of human liberty, he will just assert by force (not by Scripture) that foreknowledge and human liberty are compatible. But they are clearly NOT compatible since the very basis of God’s foreknowing an action is His eternal decree of that action and His eternal decree of that action is fulfilled in time by His actively controlling and causing that action.
CERTAINTY IS CONSISTENT WITH FREE AGENCY
Nor does it follow from the absolute certainty of a person’s acts that he could not have acted otherwise. He could have acted otherwise if he had chosen to have done so. Oftentimes a man has power and opportunity to do that which it is absolutely certain he will not do, and to refrain from doing that which it is absolutely certain he will do. That is, no external influence determines his actions. Our acts are in accordance with the decrees, but not necessarily so — we can do otherwise and often should. Judas and his accomplices were left to fulfill their purpose, and they did as their wicked inclinations prompted them. Hence Peter charged them with the crime, but he at the same time declared that they had acted according to the purpose of God,– “Him being: delivered up by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye by the hands of lawless men did crucify and slay,” Acts 2:23 (pp. 211-212).
If you’d have thought Boettner’s hot-air balloon of buffoonery couldn’t possibly lift itself up any higher you’d be mistaken. How true it is that “no one is able to serve two lords; for either he will hate the one, and he will love the other; or he will cleave to the one, and he will despise the other” (cf. Matthew 6:24). Boettner is so captivated with his autonomous reflection in the mirror of presumption, that he makes a hateful mockery of God’s eternal purpose to glorify Himself.
“Yea, from this day I am He, and no one delivers from My hand. I will work, and who will reverse it?” (Isaiah 43:13)
According to Boettner, just because God’s work (decree) is “certain” doesn’t mean that a person could not reverse the work (decree) of God by “act[ing] otherwise.” This implies that a person such as Pharaoh, Pontius Pilate, or Judas Iscariot could have hopped in Boettner’s boisterous balloon and taken a ride up into the Heavens and tore the Almighty from His throne. But this would not be enough. For them to “act otherwise” they must make God cease to exist — of course we know that in reality this could never happen but it doesn’t keep presumptuous delusional fools like Boettner from dreaming that it is a reality:
“The fool has said in his heart, There is no God!” (Psalm 14:1)
Boettner and Calvinists of like-mind say in their hearts, “There is no such God as the Bible teaches. There is no God that sends His Son to graciously and mercifully die for the vessels of mercy while unconditionally and actively causing the reprobate to hate His glory, persecute His people, and oppose His gospel, that He may justly punish them. There is no God, no Creator that actually controls that which He creates. There is no such God that has determined to glorify Himself in the hearts of every last one of His people. There is no such God that invincibly shines the knowledge of His redemptive glory in the face of Jesus Christ in the hearts of every single elect person without exception” (cf. 2 Corinthians 4:3-6).
“Though you rise high as the eagle, and though you set your nest between the stars, I will bring you down from there, declares Jehovah” (Obadiah 1:4).
Some Calvinists who believe that the damnable false gospel of universal atonement is the power of God to salvation and who believe that (perfect?) knowledge of the false christ of universal atonement is revealed to “baby Christians” as an immediate and inevitable result of regeneration (contra 2 Corinthians 4:6), ALSO believe that many Biblical texts are irrelevant for today. Obadiah 1:4 might be one of these irrelevant texts, but I will make an application anyway:
Loraine Boettner with his minions of Calvinists who were before and after him, along with the Arminians and the Open-Theists and even the agnostics and atheists, are heading the charge against the true and living God who has mercy on whom He will and hardens whom He will (Romans 9:18).
On the wings of presumption they soar so high in the sky.
Brazenly exalted to the stars as if they were the Most High.
This King they would not have them to rule.
“This King does not exist!,” cry out these fools.
Suppressing the knowledge of His sovereign redemptive glory all around.
Though they set their nest between the stars, He will bring them down.