God's Strategy in Human History: Discussion Questions

Dennis McCallum and Gary DeLashmutt

This book by Forster and Marsdon, takes a provocative and, we think, persuasive approach to the question of unconditional election and the exegesis of Romans 9. We have our students read the book and prepare responses to these statements, interacting with the scripture cited. All but # 5 are undisputably true, contrary to what many Arminian believers think.

  1. God does whatever He wants to do, contingent only upon Himself. (Deut. 32:39; Ps.135:6; Is.46:9,10; Dan.4:35; Eph. 1:11; Rom.11:34)
  2. God rules over the details of life. (Prov.16:33; Mt. 10:29,30; Compare Lk. 12:6; Eph.1:11)
  3. God overrules human will. (Rom.9:15,16,18; Prov.21:1; Acts 16:14; Rev.17:17; Phil. 2:12,13; II Sam. 15:31-17:14; Ps.33:10,11; Prov.19:21)
  4. God ordains evil in order to accomplish redemptive or judgmental purposes. (Acts 2;23; Is.45:7; Acts 4:27,28; Prov.16:4)
  5. The following passages show that free will is not instrumental in salvation. (Jn. 6:37, 44, 65; Acts 13:48; Rom. 9:16; Jude 4; Eph.1:3,4; Jn.15:16; IPet.2:8; Gal.1:15; Lk.1:15; IIThess.2:13)

Assess the relevance of the following passages relative to the Calvinism vs. Arminianism question

  • I Tim. 2:4
  • I Pet. 1:1,2
  • Jn. 6:70
  • II Pet.3:9
  • Eph. 1:4,5
  • Matt. 23:37
  • Rom. 8:29
  • Lk. 7:30
  • Jn. 12:32*