Archive for the ‘effectual calling’ Category

Men of intemperate minds cannot be free

April 7, 2013

It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.

Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France

The self-restraint of genuine Christianity provides the conditions of a truly free society. Conversely, as society degenerates into licence, restraint must be imposed by the state. Ultimately this leads to totalitarianism.

Effective (or Effectual) calling

August 5, 2009

Effective calling is an act of God the Father, speaking through the human proclamation of the gospel, in which he summons people to himself in such a way that they respond in saving faith.

Wayne Grudem, Sytematic Theology, p.693

In distinction from effective calling, which is entirely an act of God, we may talk about the gospel call in general which comes through human speech.  This gospel call is offered to all people, even those who do not accept it.  Sometimes this gospel call is referred to as external calling or general calling.  By contrast, the effective calling of God that actually brings about a willing response from the person who hears it is sometimes called internal calling.  The gospel call is general and external and often rejected, while the effective call is particular, internal, and always effective.