Luke 15 offers us a striking illustration of how mistaken the Reformed doctrine of total depravity is. In verses 4-6 the Lord Jesus tells the parable of the lost sheep, which concludes with this observation about how things are in the real world:
In the same way, I tell you, there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner repenting than over ninety-nine upright people who have no need of repentance. (Luke 15:7, NJB)
If the Reformed doctrine of total depravity was true then this declaration of The Lord becomes pointless and incoherent, because there would be no ninety-nine upright people. At all. The equivalent statement, if the Reformed were right about this, would be “there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner repenting than over a group of people who do not really exist.” Heck, on the Reformed view we don’t even get the one repentant sinner!
Since you passed through REC, you might be interested in an Anglican Ordinariate Mass in Springfield, MO.
I am absolutely interested but the drive is unfortunately too long. We would come if it wasn’t so far.
I know it’s a drive, especially so late in the evening. You’re always welcome to come.