Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Update on Dr. White and God's Desire

On today's Dividing Line radio program, Dr. White provided Tom Ascol's discussion regarding the decrees of God, and the sense in which we can say that God desires that his commands be obeyed. Ascol also apparently noted that repenting and believing are God's commands. Dr. White indicated that he agreed with Ascol's comments. Presumably, this puts to bed any continued assertions that Dr. White denies that repentance and faith are desired by God in the sense of being within God's decretive will, although Dr. White continues to agree with Phil Johnson and others that to use the word "desire" in such limited senses can lead to confusion. Will this satisfy those who have been accusing him? Who knows. I think it may help to persuade some of the more moderate of them.

UPDATE: here is a video clip to watch the statements:



ENielsen said...

My hope is that this will silence the slander of those like Tony Byrne who continually claim that Dr. White believes there is no sense in which God wills the salvation of all men. Hopefully Byrne will retract his false statements, and encourage those who have depended on his "scholarship" to do so as well.

Anonymous said...

Well now, seems to me now that I watched that video, Dr. White let us see a little bit of his understanding of God's intent and understanding for why the Holy Ghost had the Apostle Paul write what he did to Titus!

I do not know Dr. Allen, but I presume he has recognized authority with some?

Titus then:::>

Tit 1:9 He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.

Tit 2:2 Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness.

Tit 2:15 Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

Maybe its time?

Tit 3:10 As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him,
Tit 3:11 knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.

TF, I noticed your Martin Luther quote, "pray and let God worry"!

Yep! :)

Turretinfan said...

Thanks for the comment, Michael. I should point out that the quotation box is a widget that I don't control and don't necessarily check every day for orthodoxy. If you see anything bad there, I cannot take the full blame - but likewise when there is something good there, I cannot take the credit.


Anonymous said...

Thank you TF for your honest disclaimer.

However, it is the sources, the sources I say and I had not come across that quote until yesterday. And where did I come across that quote?

Yes, yes, those widgets do bring acclaim! :)