After a goodly number of heated debates between those holding some theological view along the continuum of belief structures that range between hyper-Calvinism and Pelagianism, I have noticed one aspect of the discussion that really bothers me. That aspect is that some of the views appear to have built into their fabric an innate rebellion against God. While I am sure that those holding various views would not agree that their particular view is actually one that may be rebellious against God, there are still issues to discuss in order to diagnose whether or not that is actually true. I believe that the rebellion stems from an "actual fear" that, after reading multiple, multiple thread postings, comes down to this issue: "If I must trust God to decide whom it is that is saved, I may not be one of the ones He saves." This fear is commonly expressed in the various theological positions in a form whereby God "sees" those who come to Him in faith, and He then "saves" those persons based on what it is that He SEES, versus His divine sovereignty alone (based on no human element such as foreseen faith, etc.). I find this fear to be a general "softening" of the truth of the gospel, and the truth that God alone is sovereign King over all things, knowing and doing all things that He wills, including selection of whom is "elect" unto salvation. It is this "softening" of the truth that is the actual rebellion I speak of. Thus, the rebellion is belief, action, or theology that is held, debated, fought for, proselytized, etc., that takes away from God, His own divine sovereignty, and replaces that with divine sovereignty with a "reaction" to human actions in order that God might bow to the will of the one who "wishes" to be saved, and implicitly, the same one who cannot trust God for that salvation and needs to do his or her part to make sure that he or she is included in God's plan. So, is fear that God will not choose "me" for salvation in fact rebellion against the express and divine will of God, who alone has the right to decide if we are saved or not? I say that it is... And no matter how well argued the theology that states such, any action that places ANYTHING above God, including human free will is in error and is outright rebellion against God.