This is my last statement concerning the non-debate I had with a Reformed Constitutionalist. I don’t want to become bitter and focusing on these points will feed bitterness.
“But I’m just glad God, not I, is in control of my destiny.”
This was the final statement in my (non) debate with a Reformed Constitutionalist. After I had thoroughly dismantled all of his use of Patristic texts, this is what he came up with. As an argument, there’ snot much to be said for it. I think the point was that he (or I, or you) as a human is weak and if his eternal destiny depended on himself, he would be lost forever.
Of course, there is an important truth here: God is in control and we should never believe we are autonomous and that we don’t need God’s life-giving communion every second of the day. Thta is a glorious truth–but like all heresies, it is not the whole truth. God calls us to work with him (Philippians) and Paul didn’t think that his conversion experience in Acts 9 mean that he need not bother worrying because it’s all in God’s hands (1 Corinthians 9, “I pommel myself…lest having started the race I find myself disqualified). The false teachers in 2 Peter 2:1 were explicitly identified as those who were bought with the precious (and presumably securing) blood of Christ–yet even then it says they had fallen away (see also Hebrews 10)
But what about John 6, 10, and Romans 8? Doesn’t that mean anything? It does and I would be lying if I said I knew the whole answer or how to synthesize both sets of texts. That, though, illustrates the problem with reading the bible through a lens foreign to the early life of the church and outside of the liturgical experience of the church.