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Boston

Here is a good article from brother William Birch on the tragedy at Boston.  There are no easy answers for evil.  I do think that the Arminian’s defense that God is good and loving and that He does not cause evil nor causes people to sin (James 1:12-15) is a solid beginning for making sense of suffering and evil.  We live in a fallen world full of sin.  People make evil choices each day whether it be to murder a human being, to abort a human being in the mother’s womb, or to hate someone for the color of their skin, people are simply evil.  Scripture says that evil is our nature (Ephesians 2:1-3).  It is not that we are all as evil as we could be but we are still evil in our hearts apart from the regenerating work of God.  Proverbs 20:9 says, “Who can say, ‘I have made my heart pure; I am clean from my sin’?”  Apart from the Spirit of God, we would choose sin (Romans 3:10-18).

Thankfully through the grace of God we can overcome sin (Romans 8:1-4; 1 John 3:6-10).  God’s grace teaches us to say no to sin (Titus 2:11-12).  God’s grace empowers us to be holy and to live pure before God (Titus 2:14).  Jesus told the woman caught in sin to go and sin no more (John 8:11).  We are to be a people of holiness (Hebrews 12:14) as God Himself is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16).  Our passion and delight should be in obedience to the King of kings (Luke 6:46-49; 1 John 2:3-6; 5:1-4).

Let us vow to be holy (Matthew 5:48) and to pray for God to take this evil in Boston and bring sinners to salvation through the preaching of the gospel of His grace.  God can use evil to turn hard hearts from sin toward Himself.  I pray that He does this for His glory (1 Timothy 2:1-6).

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Written by The Seeking Disciple

04/17/2013 at 11:16 AM

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