Why I May or May Not Respond to Every Comment

Every so often, I will receive some level of criticism from Calvinists for not replying to each and every comment that is submitted to this site (or at least questions about why I haven’t replied to a particular comment).  While there could be any number of reasons why I may not reply to a particular comment, I have now sovereignly decided to adopt a Calvinistic outlook as to how I maintain this site.

So how come I may not respond to each and every comment?

Who are you, O man, to answer back to the administrator of this blog?

By the decree of the administrator of this blog, for the manifestation of his glory, some comments are predestined to receive a reply; and others foreordained to receive no response.

To those comments that are predestined to receive a reply, he, according to his sovereign administrative purpose for this blog, and the secret counsel and good pleasure of his will, has chosen to give a reply, out of his mere free grace and love, without any foresight of anything in the comment, or commenter, as conditions, or causes moving him thereunto; and all to the praise of his glorious grace.

The rest of the comments he was pleased, according to the unsearchable counsel of his own will, whereby he extends or withholds reply, as he pleases, for the glory of his sovereign administrative power over this blog and the comments contained herein, to pass by.

What shall you say then? Is there injustice on the blog administrator’s part? By no means! For he says to you, “I will reply to whom I will reply, and I will converse with whom I will converse.” So then it depends not on the comments, but on the blog administrator, who responds.

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5 thoughts on “Why I May or May Not Respond to Every Comment

  1. David Miller August 19, 2016 / 10:20 pm

    In 2 John, verses 9 and 10, John makes this statement:”Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teachings of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teachings, he has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting.”

    My question is is this.. It appears that the words “this teaching” apply to the believer who abides vs the believer who does not abide and their standing with God. He who abides has both the Father and the Son and he who does not abide does not abide has neither. If this is true, then the person to avoid is the one who denies that abiding is necessary for eternal life. In effect then, John is saying to avoid those who believe OSAS.

    What are your thoughts on these two verses because most explanations that I have heard say this is instructing us to avoid those who deny that Jesus came in the flesh.

  2. Arminian August 21, 2016 / 1:25 pm

    Hi David,

    That’s certainly a very interesting proposal… one that I’ll study a bit more before offering my opinion. Like your own experience, most explanations that I’ve come across discuss the denial of Jesus coming in the flesh.

  3. Arminian August 22, 2016 / 4:20 pm

    Re: 2 John 9 and 10, I don’t see any reference, explicit or implicit, to avoiding those who adhere to the doctrine of ‘Once Saved, Always Saved’ (OSAS). I think that conclusion has to be read into Scripture, rather than coming from anything within the text itself.

    The phrase “this teaching”, mentioned in verse 10, refers back to the “teaching of Christ” mentioned in verse 9 and is contrasted with the teachings of a “deceiver” or “antichrist”, mentioned in verse 7, which does not confess the coming of Christ Jesus in the flesh.

    Broadly speaking, “this teaching” (the teaching of Christ) covers all of Christ’s teaching, especially the fact that we are to walk according to His commandments (verse 6).

  4. David Miller August 22, 2016 / 8:02 pm

    Thank You for responding to my question, and for responding so quickly.

  5. Arminian August 22, 2016 / 8:11 pm

    No problem at all :)

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