Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Theology of Moody

Mr. MOODY–For whom, then, did Christ die?

Who is it that judges a man to be unworthy of eternal life?
Himself !! There is a verse in Acts 13 that is worth remembering : "Seeing ye put it [the Word of God] from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles." God does not judge us unworthy. He has given His Son for our salvation. When a man puts away the Word of God from him and refuses to receive Christ into his heart, he judges himself unworthy of salvation.

Suppose a man say he is not "elected?
Do you remember the story of the woman of Canaan? Poor soul; she had come a long journey. She asked the Lord to have mercy on her afflicted child. He wanted to try her faith, and He said: "I am not sent but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." That looked as if He Himself told her that she was not one of the elect. But she came and worshipped Him, saying, " Lord, help me!" and He helped her there and then. No; there is no election separating between the sinner and Christ.

Say that again.

Has a man the power to believe these things, if he will?
When God gives a command, it means that we are able by His grace to do it.

Mr. MOODY–Have these friends the power to believe?
Mr. RADSTOCK–They are commanded to believe. They can believe it just as well as they can believe any other fact, if they only listen to God's voice. But they must get rid of their own thoughts, and listen to God: Hearing His voice they will believe. "Faith cometh by hearing: and hearing by the Word of God."

What would you say to any one who thinks he has no power to believe?
He has the power to believe. Probably he is trying to believe something about himself, to feel something about himself instead of giving credit to God-He is not asked to realize this or that about himself, but to believe the faithful God.

 -This is interesting to me because because of how consumed Moody is with the idea of man as a sinner who needs to repent.  The idea of election and reprobation was secondary to the idea of man being sinful before God. Man as a man who owes God, rather than thinking in terms of election.

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