Empathizing with Amaziah

“And it happened, after Amaziah came in from smiting the Edomites, that he brought in the gods of the sons of Seir and made them stand as gods for himself; and bowed himself before them, and burned incense to them. And the anger of Jehovah glowed against Amaziah, and he sent a prophet to him; and he said to him, Why have you sought the gods of the people that have not delivered their people out of your hand? And it happened, as he spoke with him, that he said to him, Have we given you as a counselor to the king? Stop! Why should they strike you? And the prophet stopped, and said, I know that God has counseled to destroy you because you have done this, and have not listened to my counsel” (2 Chronicles 25:14-16).

Arminians and Calvinists who believe that Jesus Christ died for everyone without exception (in whatever “sense”) can identify with the muddled magnificence of King Amaziah. They can humbly empathize with his failure to grasp (let alone believe!) all the necessary implications of his theologically errant position. Many religionists (much like Amaziah before them) have simply not thought it through.

Amaziah was ignorant of the logical implications that the gods he burnt incense to were the SAME gods that were NOT ABLE to rescue the Edomites out of his destroying hand (2 Chronicles 25:14-16). In a similar manner, the Arminians and genuine historical Calvinists are burning incense to a god who by his death FAILED to rescue his people out of the Devil’s destroying hand. Other Calvinists who discern their muddled brethrens’ “felicitously inconsistent offering” (cf. Isaiah 45:20), in supreme irony, are partaking in THE SAME OFFERING (cf. 2 John 9-11). Said Calvinists, if alive at the time, would rebuke God’s prophet for being so surly and unduly harsh in his dealings with Amaziah. If God’s prophet had approached Amaziah as a muddled believer, he probably would have got a better response. Now, because of the prophet’s imperious demand for theological perfectionism, Amaziah probably will not look further into these things.

In striking contrast to the idols of the Arminians and tolerant Calvinists, the true and living God is able and SUCCESSFUL in saving His people out of Apollyon’s hand by His efficacious death upon the cross:

“Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Hebrews 2:14,15).

“He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8).