“There is no attribute of God more comforting to his children than the doctrine of Divine Sovereignty. Under the most adverse circumstances, in the most severe troubles, they believe that Sovereignty has ordained their afflictions, that Sovereignty overrules them, and that Sovereignty will sanctify them all. There is nothing for which the children of God ought more earnestly to contend than the dominion of their Master over all creation—the kingship of God over all the works of his own hands—the throne of God, and his right to sit upon that throne. On the other hand, there is no doctrine more hated by worldlings.....Men will allow God to be everywhere except on his throne.....when God ascends his throne, his creatures then gnash their teeth; and when we proclaim an enthroned God, and his right to do as he wills with his own, to dispose of his creatures as he thinks well, without consulting them in the matter, then it is that we are hissed and execrated, and then it is that men turn a deaf ear to us, for God on his throne is not the God they love. They love him anywhere better than they do when he sits with his sceptre in his hand and his crown upon his head.” ~Charles Spurgeon 1834-1892 By Gerald Schumacher I am often told by those in rebellion why they do not turn to God or in some people’s words why they left God. All their stories and excuses are blind lies. There is one reason why men reject the God of the bible. They love darkness more than light. Rebellious men hate that God is Sovereign. They hate the fact that they cannot make Him do what they want when they want. They hate the fact that it is men who must repent toward God and not God toward men. They hate the fact that God requires repentance. No not reformation, but true repentance at all. True repentance toward God cuts at the soul, the very hearts of men, and rebellious men hate that. Rebellious men do not want a God who they cannot coerce or direct. Oh if God would just give in a little and listen to the counsel of men, but He will not because He is God, He is Sovereign, He is all that rebellious men hate. Men have the problem not God. The problem of rebellious men is that the God of creation is not going to bend to men, even if it means they do not get into heaven, so we either do it His way or no way. Rebellious men hate that. Jesus said the way is narrow and straight. That too rebellious men hate about God. We not only have to come His way, but we have to worship His way or we have not come to Him. Another thing rebellious men hate. Unless we humble ourselves and come to repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ no man will be saved. Contrary to what some claim we do not get saved by asking Jesus into our hearts, praying a so called prayer of faith or accepting Him as our personal Savior as the bible never teaches those things. Nor do we get saved by turning from sin as the bible does not say turn from our sin (repent of sin) to be saved. Yes any or all of those things may make us feel good, but they fall short of truth and can leave us believing in believing and still lost. The bible says it takes repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. There is a big difference between turning from sin and repenting toward God. We can be ready to give up certain sins because of the consequences or they are just not an issue with us and still not want God to be Master over us in all things every moment of every day. Also if we could turn from our sin prior to salvation there would be no sanctification process. Turning from sin is works. We are saved UNTO good works not by them. (Eph. 2:8-10.) The turning from sin is the evidence of salvation, not the way to it. We must turn to God. A person may try and turn from sin and still not want God to be Master. The one thing we do not want is to truly turn to God. Salvation takes repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Acts 20:21. The word repent, from the Greek word metanoia, means a change of mind or direction. It is not 50%, 75% or 99%. It is 100%. God is not interested in us almost repenting. It is like the command “about-face which is a 180 degree turn. When any person comes to the point in their life that they are broken over their sin to the point of being ready to get right with God no matter what it will cost them they are in a state/spirit of repentance toward God. We then take that heart that we have toward God and place it on the Lord Jesus Christ, for there is no other name under heaven by which men must be saved, and that becomes faith. At that point God's grace through Christ is applied to us and we are saved, born again, and will never turn back into the practice of sinning. It is a repentance/faith that is lived daily and never turned from as we are kept in that state by the Spirit. Acts 20:21, 1John 2:19 and 1John 3:9,10. Repentance of sin is the result of our salvation (new birth), and will be part of the sanctification process in our new life with Christ Eph. 2:10. While we may sin from time to time after being saved no one continues in the practice of sinning or returns to it after salvation 1John 3:9,10 Hear the words of Jesus O rebellious man. He is waiting for you to repent and put your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Your choice will determine your place in eternity. Remember it is all or nothing. Revelation 3:19-20 (KJV) 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Revelation 22:17 (KJV) 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.