God’s Favor Upon A Nation Is Conditional

Jeremiah 18:7-10 reads “At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it; If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them. And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it; If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.”

This passage shows God’s favor upon a nation is conditioned upon its attitude and actions. And it couldn’t be unchangeably set beforehand (like the Calvinists say), else it makes no sense to say God repented of his intentions regarding them. Unchangeably set would mean that God could never change His mind.

Calvinism says everything that happens is unchangeably set by God, but the Bible teaches God’s promises and favors are sometimes conditioned upon how we behave.

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