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Arthur Pink on The Sovereignty of God

Taken from the Monthly Notes, for August, 2012.

Why is it that so many in our day are content to live without any thought of God? The answer to that question is complex, but one of the contributors must surely be that Christianity has lost sight of the grandeur of God. Listen to the thoughts of Arthur Pink, taken from his book titled The Sovereignty of God.

The Sovereignty of God is an expression that once was generally understood. It was a phrase commonly used in religious literature … a theme frequently expounded in the pulpit. It was a truth which brought comfort to many hearts, and gave virility and stability to Christian character. But, today, to make mention of God’s Sovereignty is, in many quarters, to speak in an unknown tongue.

The Sovereignty of God. What do we mean by this … ? We mean the supremacy of God, the kingship of God… To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that God is God… to declare that He is the Most High, doing according to His will in the army of Heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth, so that none can stay His hand or say unto Him what doest Thou? (Dan. 4:35)… to declare that He is the Almighty, the Possessor of all power in Heaven and earth so that none can defeat His counsels, thwart His purpose, or resist His will (Psa. 115:3)… to declare that He is “The Governor among the nations” (Psa. 22:28), setting up kingdoms, overthrowing empires, and determining the course of dynasties as pleases Him best. To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that He is the “Only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords” (1 Tim. 6:15). Such is the God of the Bible.

How different is the God of the Bible from the God of modern Christendom! The conception of Deity which prevails most widely today, even among those who profess to give heed to the Scriptures, is a miserable caricature, a blasphemous travesty of the Truth. The God of the twentieth century is a helpless, effeminate being who commands the respect of no really thoughtful man … the creation of maudlin sentimentality. The God of many a present-day pulpit is an object of pity rather than of awe-inspiring reverence. … To argue that God is “trying His best” to save all mankind, but that the majority of men will not let Him save them, is to insist that the will of the Creator is impotent, and that the will of the creature is omnipotent. To throw the blame, as many do, upon the Devil, does not remove the difficulty, for if Satan is defeating the purpose of God, then, Satan is Almighty and God is no longer the Supreme Being.

To declare that the Creator’s original plan has been frustrated by sin, is to dethrone God. To suggest that God was taken by surprise in Eden and that He is now attempting to remedy an unforeseen calamity, is to degrade the Most High to the level of a finite, erring mortal. To argue that man is a free moral agent and the determiner of his own destiny, and that therefore he has the power to checkmate his Maker, is to strip God of the attribute of Omnipotence. To say that the creature has burst the bounds assigned by his Creator, and that God is now practically a helpless Spectator before the sin and suffering entailed by Adam’s fall, is to repudiate the express declaration of Holy Writ, namely, “Surely the wrath of man shall praise Thee: …” (Psa. 76:10). [T]o deny the Sovereignty of God is to enter upon a path which, if followed to its logical terminus, is to arrive at blank atheism.

Sovereignty characterises the whole Being of God, … evidenced on every page of Scripture.

If Pink is correct, the question we must all ask is this: “Does my life as a Christian show that I really believe that God is sovereign, or am I simply confirming atheists in their hardness of heart and in their disbelief? Over to us.

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