In response to the question of another reader to the question: What must a person do to be saved? Mr. Nollie Malabuyo quickly commented:
“Nothing. All salvation, from predestination, to calling, to justification, to glorification are done by God (Rom. 8:29-30). Our text says that even repentance is a gift of God (Acts 11:18). And we know that faith is itself a gift of God (Eph. 2:8-9). (‘Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life’) This is because all mankind is dead (not sick) in sin and no one is able to respond to God’s call for faith and repentance (Rom.3:3-11), unless he is ‘born from above’ (John 3:3)”
Granting that the above claim of Mr. Nollie is absolutely true, then logically speaking, we should also ask: What could a man do to be damned in hell? Following Mr. Nollie’s line of reasoning, it would be like this:
“Nothing. All damnation, from predestination to judgement and condemnation are gifts of and done by God. Our text says that even the hardening of heart and non-repentance are gifts of God. ‘Then to the Gentiles also God has granted non-repentance that leads to death. This is because all mankind is dead in sin and no one is able to respond to God’s call for faith and repentance, because he is ‘unborn from above.'”
Following Mr. Nollie’s line of reasoning, HELL, therefore, also is a gift of God. God has predestined the damned to be damned. And yet God is angry that the damned refuse to repent. In effect Mr. Nollie is saying that God is angry at Himself because He made the unrepentant impossible to repent. No one should blame the hell-bound souls for their unrepentance because God made them and predestined them to be unrepentant.
Could you accept this kind of logic? I could not. This line of reasoning is faulty and makes God contradictory, makes God illogical, makes God cruel and takes away man’s freewill. And yet thein guiding Moses said in Deut 30:19, “choose life…” and Joshua (2415) said, “Choose you this day whom you will serve…” –Eusebio Tanicala