Using Sovereignty As An Excuse?

Scott Price
Many who call themselves Calvinists, sovereign grace, or Reformed often will become lazy and talk like it is okay because God is sovereign and will “take care of things”. Oh yes, God will definitely take of things alright but that is no excuse to be lazy, irresponsible, and fatalistic. Lazy and zealous are opposites. The Scripture says that God’s people are zealous of good works, “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Titus 2:14). We are “His workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works” (Eph 2:10). Many are lax in evangelism saying that if they do not preach then God will use someone else. Absolutely right He will use somebody else!

God uses means to an end. Whatever He purposes in eternity He brings to pass and there are means involved. Worship God and honor His Son or get out of the way. Do not talk sovereignty with your lips and end it there. Do you trust Him? Then carry out His work of the gospel ministry as a servant, pray without ceasing, worship the Lord by giving, and be real about it all. You may say it sounds like I am trying to get someone to earn, merit, or gain something? Are you a fool? Those who have experienced grace are grateful, thankful and they serve out of love for Christ. They know they are not meriting anything but rather it is their reasonable service.

If you use God’s sovereignty for an excuse to be lazy it indeed was predestinated but it is still sin. You can fool some people but not God. He has other attributes besides sovereignty and one is omniscience. He knows. Think on it.

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