Thieves and Plunderers

“Brothers, truly my heart’s pleasure and supplication to God on behalf of Israel is for it to be saved. For I testify to them that they have zeal to God, but not according to knowledge. For being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, they did not submit to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of Law for righteousness to everyone that believes” (Romans 10:1-4).

Tolerant Calvinist: I see you going to that verse a lot, Paul. Allow me to remedy your ignorance of something important that you have obviously overlooked. Evidently you have never known a believer whose doctrine was a deluge of man-centered ignorance of the righteousness of God, but whose spiritual life was brimming over with a totally God-centered zeal. We abhor jumping to snap-conclusions and desire a more balanced broadening of your stifling and constricted road. You would shut the door of salvation in the sincere and devout face of Israel. But we allow them to go up by another way by what we customarily call a felicitous inconsistency or “a happy sacrifice of logic” (cf. A.A. Hodge, The Atonement, p. 14).

“Truly, truly, I say to you, The one not entering through the door into the sheepfold, but going up by another way, that one is a thief and a plunderer” (John 10:1).