Is Matthew 5.44 part of God’s moral law?

October 21, 2013

“But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” Mt. 5.44.

Does God require His children to do something He does not do?
Is it disobedient *not* to love/pray for our enemies?
Is it Christlike to obey this command and to love/pray for our enemies?
Is Matthew 5.44 part of God’s moral law?
If so, can God act contrary to His moral law since it is an expression of His character?
If so, would God be loving His enemies if He refused to save them when He could do so?
(Common grace does not address this question).
So, how can the doctrine of unconditional election be true when it requires God to deny His own character?”

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Christian

I have always wondered why God would command me to love my neighbor as myself, but He might not care enough about them to elect them! Seems contradictive to me. There is more at stake here than a minor difference in theology. The very character of God is being misrepresented. This is why Calvinism splits churches. This is also why when we in the pew are told to get along for unity sake, it is such a joke! Doesn’t the Holy Spirit within you cause you to want to defend God? Where are our leaders who will stand for the Word? If the SBC continues down the path of Calvinism I predict its collapse sooner than later!

Norm Miller

The most important “ism” in the SBC is not Calvinism or even Traditionalism; it is evangelism.

    pam knight

    I totally agree with you Norm. Major Ian Thomas has an excellent you tube video on Evangelism that is well worth the 9 minutes to watch. One of my very favorites of his on you tube.
    In Christ
    pam knight

Norm Miller

Here is a link to that video. Soul-stirring. Excellent. Must see. http://bit.ly/Sjo7Tv

Scott

Your question assumes that God would refuse to save some who truly wanted to trust in Christ. You will not find a Calvinist who says that God refuses to save those who desire to be saved. The question is built upon a false premise.

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