Philosophical, exegetical and evangelistic, this sermon of our beloved Dr. Criswell is a masterpiece, displaying the consummate pulpiteer’s command of the language.
“Or put it in my words:
‘Why does God blame men then, if God’s will is irresistible?'”
The decree of God, the elective purpose of God, the predestinated announcement of God always carries with it the effort of man. They go together; God’s decree and purpose and man’s volition and choice.
The pastor is not only to feed his flock … but do the work of an evangelist … he ought to preach toward a verdict … and always that there be those who for the first time would accept Jesus as their Savior, always that seeking note, always that extended hand. That is an assignment we have, a mandate we have from heaven.