INTRODUCTION TO A.W. PINK’S ‘SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD’ AND ‘THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD’
I have personally read this book more than once and should God spare my life I intend to read it many more times.Another masterpiece from Pink’s pen is his “Attributes of God”.
It is not uncommon to hear amongst Arminians that God when He had done creating all that He did – the heavens and the earth, etc realized that He was ‘lonely’. He yearned for somebody to love. If He had so wanted He could have created men as robots ‘programmed’ to love Him. But He wanted a being that would love Him freely of his own choice and ‘free-will’ and so he created man, blah blah.
Many even amongst true Christians swallow this ‘yarn’ blindly and do greatly err, neither knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. [Matt 22:29]
Pink corrects this error in the very first chapter of his “Attributes of God” titled ‘The Solitariness of God’. He says, “In the beginning, God” (Gen. 1:1). There was a time, if “time” it could be called, when God, in the unity of His nature (though subsisting equally in three persons), dwelt all alone. “In the beginning, God.” There was no heaven, where His glory is now particularly manifested. There was no earth to engage His attention. There were no angels to sing His praises. There was no universe to be upheld by the word of His power. There was nothing, no one, but God; and that not for a day, a year, or an age, but “from everlasting.”
During a past eternity God was alone—self-contained, self-sufficient, in need of nothing. Had a universe, or angels, or humans been necessary to Him in any way, they also would have been called into existence from all eternity. Creating them when He did added nothing to God essentially. He changes not (Mal. 3:6), therefore His essential glory can be neither augmented nor diminished.
God was under no constraint, no obligation, no necessity to create. That He chose to do so was purely a sovereign act on His part, caused by nothing outside Himself, determined by nothing but His own good pleasure; for He “worketh all things after the counsel of His own will” (Eph. 1:11). That He did create was simply for His manifestative glory. Do some of our readers imagine that we have gone beyond what Scripture warrants? Then we appeal to the Law and the testimony: “Stand up and bless the LORD, your God, for ever and ever; and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise” (Neh. 9:5).
God is no gainer even from our worship. He was in no need of that external glory of His grace which arises from His redeemed, for He is glorious enough in Himself without that. What was it that moved Him to predestinate His elect to the praise of the glory of His grace? It was “according to the good pleasure of His will” (Eph. 1:5).”
Beloved, THIS is not the GOD of the average pulpit! If you are a member of a Church that preaches THIS Absolute Sovereign of the scriptures you are indeed most blessed amongst men!
Here’s what Pink said way back in his day about the God of the ‘Average Pulpit’ –
“Men imagine the Most High is moved by sentiment, rather than by principle. They suppose His omnipotency is such an idle fiction that Satan can thwart His designs on every side. They think that if He has formed any plan or purpose at all, then it must be like theirs, constantly subject to change. They openly declare that whatever power He possesses must be restricted, lest He invade the citadel of man’s free will and reduce him to a machine. They lower the all-efficacious atonement, which redeems everyone for whom it was made, to a mere remedy, which sin-sick souls may use if they feel so disposed. They lessen the strength of the invincible work of the Holy Spirit to an offer of the Gospel which sinners may accept or reject as they please.
The god of this century no more resembles the Sovereign of Holy Writ than does the dim flickering of a candle the glory of the midday sun. The god who is talked about in the average pulpit, spoken of in the ordinary Sunday school, mentioned in much of the religious literature of the day, and preached in most of the so-called Bible conferences, is a figment of human imagination, an invention of maudlin sentimentality.
The heathen outside the pale of Christendom form gods of wood and stone, while millions of heathen inside Christendom manufacture a god out of their carnal minds. In reality, they are but atheists, for there is no other possible alternative between an absolutely supreme God, and no God at all. A god whose will is resisted, whose designs are frustrated, whose purpose is checkmated, possesses no title to deity, and far from being a fit object of worship, merits nothing but contempt.”
If THIS was the state of Christendom back in 1918 (a hundred years ago) when Pink penned these lines, you can well imagine what its state is NOW!!!
Remember, sin, error and false doctrine just don’t go away by the passing of time, but they rather become worse and worse until “the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people” (Isa 60:2) and the Words of the Master come to pass – “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?!”” [Luke 18:8]