Prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel all spoke of Judah stumbling and falling over God’s word.
So, if Judah stumbled because they made the choice to ignore God’s word and refused correction, as Jeremiah says in the aforementioned reference, then why is it there are men who believe in the impossibility of apostasy?
Yet, one unnamed person, writing a footnote to the “HCSB Apologetics Bible” commenting on Jeremiah 6:19-21 wrote, “If we stumble it is our own fault; if we do not it is because in his mercy God has kept us from unwise choices.”
So, the reason why we cannot stumble is because God “has kept us away from unwise choices?” Therefore, our path in life is predetermined, is it not? So, if I am saved, I am no longer capable of committing adultery, since God keeps me from making an unwise choice, right?
Yet, God is not a respecter of persons. The Apostle Peter said, “I now truly understand that God does not show favoritism in dealing with people,but in every nation the person who fears him and does what is right is welcomed before him,” (Acts 10:34-35 NET).
The statement from the human footnote is lost in a helpless contradiction. Either God keeps his chosen people from unwise choices, meaning God is a respecter of persons, or those who fear him and “does what is right is welcomed before him.”
Was not Judah God’s chosen people? But God did not keep them from unwise choices. He will not keep us from choosing sin, either.
Careful of those footnotes!