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Richard Fuller Referencing Ezekial 33:11 and 2 Peter 3:9

November 5, 2008

Richard Fuller:

And your reason seconds your conscience; for, after all your syllogisms to prove that the divine purposes hold and control man, nobody could induce you to leap into the sea, or to throw yourself from the summit of a precipice.

Apply this reasoning to the concerns of your soul. Lost and ruined as we are, a great salvation has been provided for us, and it is yours by faith in Jesus. God repels no imputation with such intense abhorrence as that which charges him with desiring the death of any sinner. “Oh, Israel,” he exclaims, “thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thy help.” “As I live, saith the Lord God 1 have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn ye, turn ye, for why will ye die?” Having-at such expense wrought out a wonderful atonement, Jesus now calls you to turn to him and accept a full deliverance; he assures you he is not willing that “any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” “Come unto me,” he cries, “and him that cometh I will in no wise cast out.”

Richard Fuller, “Predestination,” in Southern Baptist Sermons on Sovereignty and Responsibility (Harrisonburg, VA: Sprinkle Publications, 1984), 122. [Note: This brief comment from the third president of the SBC once again speaks to the strong tradition of reading the intent of 2 Peter 3:9 as expressive of God’s revealed will and desire that all men be saved.]

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