A Work of the Holy Spirit is Necessary for Salvation – Not Just Knowledge

Just finished Edwards’ sermon, “A Divine and Supernatural Light IMparted to the Soul”. In it he argues that what is necessary for someone to be saved is not just knowing that Jesus died for sinners and understanding how sins are atoned for. What is necessary is a work of the Holy Spirit to make the truths the mind and reason can grasp into sweet and excellent beauties the entire person admires.

It is out of reason’s [the mind’s] province to perceive the beauty or loveliness of any thing: such a perception does not belong to that faculty. Reason’s work is to perceive truth and not excellency.

Reason may determine that a countenance is beautiful to others, it may determine that honey is sweet to others; but it will never give me a perception of its sweetness.

What must happen is that the tongue of the soul cannot merely acknowledge that chocolate is sweet and the eyes see that it is brown and nose perceive its smell. What must happen for someone to be saved is for them to desire and crave the chocolate.

A Non-Christian Must Contradict Himself

On my summer reading list I enjoyed the book, The God Who Is There, by Francis Schaeffer. I read it right after a class I had on Christian Philosophy which served to help me work through some of Schaeffer’s well-versed sentences.

One of the things that stuck with me was the fact that the non-Christian must constantly live in a state of contradiction. This is much different than the tension the Christian is called to live in (the already-not yet kingdom reality: sanctified and being sanctified, saved and not-yet saved, sinner and saint, insert-your-own-thought-here). The difference lies in the worldview each one holds. The non-Christian is constantly borrowing from different (and contradictory) worldviews – such as Buddhist reincarnation and Christian creation.

This shouldn’t surprise us. If we look at the culture around us, we see lazy people who have not thought through anything other than when their favorite show comes on prime-time. We sit around and are fed by others the things that we should know in order to graduate college or be successful in life. It is unusual to find someone who has thought through their position and can cogently explain it. They can’t logically explain, because their position is not logical, period. People go to the buffet of worldviews and glutton themselves on things that sound sweet to the ear, but have no fiber. Thus, we need presuppositional apologetics.

Ask any non-Christian if he believes there is a God. If he says “yes”, then have him define his god. It will become very apparent that this god is not God. In the depraved human heart there is no room for perfect justice – only the kind they deem right. If he says “no”, ask him what has convinced him there is no God. Then, whether he believes in right and wrong. Then, from what does he base this right and wrong? If from himself, then what keeps me from hitting him if it is right for me? If determined by a society, what prevents the Nazis from exterminating people it sees as disposable? This is but a taste of presuppositional apologetics. Stay tuned for more thoughts on this.

Remember: there is no way that a non-Christian can live in the world and be logically responsible.

Reformed Apologia

Let me explain very briefly what a presuppositional apologetic is (above you will find a lengthy post of Francis Schaeffer who I admire). The problem with the unbeliever is not that he has his facts wrong, it is that he has his heart wrong. From the beginning of a conversation with him, he has rejected all the “proofs” you can give for God’s existence because he is committed to a worldview opposed to Christianity.

Therefore, the worldview must be shown for the hoax that it is. As a Christian, I believe that Christ is Lord over every detail of life – even debating. What I want to do is pray and ask God to enlighten the mind and ignite the heart. And I want to lovingly show the unbeliever that his worldview cannot hold water when put to the test. {For a quick question reference, go here.}

Cornelius Van Til has explained the apologetic very well and I am becoming more and more convinced of its strength as I learn more about it. Here is a lengthy essay, “My Credo”, but I believe it will be worth your time.

Also, take two hours to listen to this wonderful debate on the existence of God and hear the presuppositional apologetic modeled by Dr. Greg Bahnsen.

Truco: The Best Card Game In the Civilized World

I learned to play the game of Truco among friends while I lived in La Plata, Argentina. I have played several card games, but this is by far my favorite and worth the time to learn all the rules. Although it calls for a standard Spanish naipes set, you can substitute North American Poker cards.

Basic Rules
Advanced Rules