99 sheep

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!

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3 comments on “99 sheep
  1. Kevin says:

    Since you passed through REC, you might be interested in an Anglican Ordinariate Mass in Springfield, MO.

    http://anglo-catholics.blogspot.com/

  2. aquinasetc says:

    Hi Kevin,

    I am absolutely interested but the drive is unfortunately too long. We would come if it wasn’t so far.

    Thanks,

    Fred

    • Kevin says:

      I know it’s a drive, especially so late in the evening. You’re always welcome to come.

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