AGAINST FULLER AND THE IDEA OF MORAL INABILITY: WHY ISRAEL MISSED THE MESSIAH, AND WHY MANY CAN’T BELIEVE, AND WHY SOME DO

PART 1: WHY ISRAEL MISSED THE TIME OF THEIR VISITATION

Part 2: http://sbcopenforum.com/2014/08/23/part-2-against-fuller-and-moral-inability-why-many-can-not-believe/

In studying the Word, I found more evidence to show why Fuller, and by extension Ken Hamrick, is wrong about the idea of moral inability. Moral inability, according to them, is the reason why people fail to accept Jesus as Lord and perish. They can not do what they do not want to do, even though they know its the right thing to do. They have the power, natural ability, and the knowledge, but are morally averse to the Gospel and to God and thus fail to do their DUTY and fail morally and are condemned. They reduce  belief in Jesus to a moral choice that men either fail to do or by the help of God obey and are saved.

It is not that all they say is wrong, but what they do is make the will of man instrumental in salvation. They declare that anyone could be saved if they only would will to accept what they know is true when they hear the Gospel. That assumes of course, that they know the Gospel as true when they hear it. As Christians, we know the Gospel is true by faith. Yet, Ken, in his interpretation of Fuller, says that all who actually hear the Gospel with their physical ears know that the Gospel is true.

My goal is to set forth what the Bible teaches, not in totality, and to show how we really come to faith.  First I will start with the Jewish nation and how they missed out on Christ [Part 1], and then I will show that, using the same principles, why people now a days also miss out on grasping the Gospel truth [Part 2]. Then I will show how God overcomes the problem with man [Part 3]. That problem is the consequence that ensues when we sin against God that prevents us from grasping spiritual truth and entering into a relationship with the Almighty.

John 1 tells us:

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John *testified about Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’” For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.

Think on two things for a bit: [1] God became flesh and John and others saw His glory. [2]The Law came through Moses, but grace and truth are realized through Jesus Christ.

As to [1], did all of the people in Israel see His glory, and if so, why did they crucify Him?

[As to [2] we will get to that in Part 3]

Acts 3 tells us:

“Men of Israel, why are you amazed at this, or why do you gaze at us, as if by our own power or piety we had made him walk? The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His servant Jesus,the one whom you delivered and disowned in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release Him. But you disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked for a murderer to be granted to you,but put to death the Prince of life, the one whom God raised from the dead, a fact to which we arewitnesses. And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all. And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your rulers did also. But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled.”

Look what the people did: They disowned their own Messiah, the Prince of life, and delivered the Holy and Righteous One up to be put to death.

How could they do this? The Spirit tells us, for it says, that they acted in ignorance, even as the rulers did as well.

Imagine that, the Holy and Righteous Prince, who for some saw in Him the glory of God, for the rest remained ignorant of His Person and Exalted Place. How could that have happened? He was right there with them, speaking face to face, eating and drinking at their homes, praying and attending their synagogues, and lifting up His voice in their temple. And on top of those interactions, He was doing all sorts of miracles and teaching them truths that astonished them. Yet they missed Him as the Son of God, accusing Him of blasphemy, and sending Him to be crucified to death.

Luke 19 [He = Jesus]

When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you when your enemies will throw up a barricade against you, and surround you and hem you in on every side, and they will level you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.”

Whose visitation?

His visitation of course. “But they have been hidden from your eyes.”

Wow!!! and why?

The Word tells us, in Matthew 13:

And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted…

 In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says,

You will keep on hearingbut will not understand;

You will keep on seeing, but will not perceive;

For the heart of this people has become dull,

With their ears they scarcely hear,

And they have closed their eyes,

Otherwise they would see with their eyes,

Hear with their ears,

And understand with their heart and return,

And I would heal them.’

 

The heart of the people had become dull, their eyes, they have closed.  What causes a people to do this?

2nd Corinthians 3

Such confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was, how will the ministry of the Spirit fail to be even more with glory? For if the ministry of condemnation has glory, much more does the ministry of righteousness abound in glory. For indeed what had glory, in this case has no glory because of the glory that surpasses it. For if that which fades away was with glory, much more that which remains is in glory.

Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech, and are not like Moses, whoused to put a veil over his face so that the sons of Israel would not look intently at the end of what was fading away. But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ. But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.

The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.  The letter is the moral Law that governs every moral choice. By it can no one become righteous for we all sin and fall short of perfection, which is what God requires. And remember that in John, we read that the Law came through Moses, but grace and truth comes through Jesus.

Moses put a veil over his face to cover the fact that the glory of the Law was fading. But their minds were hardened and a veil covered their heart. What caused their minds to be hardened?

The short answer: SIN!

Deuteronomy 32

Then he forsook God who made him,

And scorned the Rock of his salvation.

“They made Him jealous with strange gods;

With abominations they provoked Him to anger.

“They sacrificed to demons who were not God,

To gods whom they have not known,

New gods who came lately,

Whom your fathers did not dread.

“You neglected the Rock who begot you,

And forgot the God who gave you birth.

“The Lord saw this, and spurned them

Because of the provocation of His sons and daughters.

“Then He said, ‘I will hide My face from them,

I will see what their end shall be;

For they are a perverse generation,

Sons in whom is no faithfulness.

‘They have made Me jealous with what is not God;

They have provoked Me to anger with their idols.

So I will make them jealous with those who are not a people;

I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation,

For a fire is kindled in My anger,

And burns to the lowest part of Sheol,

And consumes the earth with its yield,

And sets on fire the foundations of the mountains.

They sinned against God in many and various ways. Their minds became hardened and a veil covered their hearts.
We see this same thing in Romans 1:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.

Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would bedishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

They turned from God to sin, became futile in their spiritual speculations, their hearts were darkened, and they became fools. They exchanged the glory of God and the truth of God for idols and lies.

So when the Messiah came, they missed Him.

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