The Fawlty Reasoning of Inevitable Perseverance

Random thought for the day: I don’t think the fictional hotelier Basil Fawlty (of Fawlty Towers fame – or infamy) would be convinced by one of the tenets of Calvinism’s Perseverance of the Saints… that being inevitable perseverance.

In the episode called ‘The Germans’, Basil is in the middle of hanging up a moose head, when he is interrupted by a phone call from his wife, reminding him to hang the moose head.  Basil’s reply was as follows:

“I was just doing it you stupid woman!  I just put it down to come here to be reminded by you to do what I’m already doing!  I mean what is the point of reminding me to do what I’m already doing?! (Bold emphasis mine)

When Calvinists teach that saints will inevitably persevere in righteousness, I am left wondering, if that were so, why does God waste so much time and effort in exhorting Christians to walk as Christ walked? Why does He waste His breath by exhorting us to be holy, and to do righteousness?  Applying Basil Fawlty’s reasoning to the situation, then: what is the point of reminding someone to do what they’re already doing, and will inevitably continue to do, no matter what?

Just a thought.

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