More from Boettner’s lengthy 11th chapter entitled “Unconditional Election”:
“Furthermore, the reason that God did not choose all to eternal life was not because He did not wish to save all, but that for reasons which we cannot fully explain a universal choice would have been inconsistent with His perfect righteousness” (p. 97).
So “the reason that God did not choose [Pharaoh] to eternal life was not because He did not wish to save Pharaoh”? REALLY? Boettner is saying that God WISHES to save those He did NOT CHOOSE to save. What kind of mind-blowing IDIOCY is this? It’s because of asinine assertions like this that compel me to say that Boettner’s Calvinism is more repugnant and repulsive to me than Arminianism. Compare Boettner’s statement above with the following:
“Hence if it is just for God to forbear saving some persons after they are born, it was just for Him to form that purpose before they were born, or in eternity. And since the determining will of God is omnipotent, it cannot be obstructed or made void. This being true, it follows that He never did, nor does He now, will that every individual of mankind should be saved” (p. 117).
In the context of the first quote Boettner says that God “wishes” to save all. But here in the second quote he says that God “never did, nor does He now, will that every individual of mankind should be saved.” The necessary inference drawn is that Boettner believes that in some irrational sense, God “wishes” to save those whom He does not “will” to save. The first quote shows that by “wish” Boettner does not mean “commands.” Boettner appears to be enunciating the nefarious nonsense of those Calvinists (e.g., Murray & Stonehouse) who say that God has an “ardent desire or wish” to save those whom it is His “good [and ardent??] pleasure” to condemn. Next Page (16)