Skipping some pages of Boettner’s already asserted nonsense we stop at the objection put forth in Chapter XX: That It Is Unfavorable To Good Morality. Here’s Boettner:
THE MEANS AS WELL AS THE ENDS ARE FOREORDAINED
The objection is sometimes made that this system encourages men to be careless and indifferent about their moral conduct and their growth in grace, on the ground that their eternal welfare has already been secured. This objection is primarily directed against the doctrines of Election, and the Perseverance of the Saints” (p. 274).
There’s no need to say much here — the “Arminian” objection is just plain stupid. In addition to what Boettner notes above, the argument is that since the elect (those for whom Christ died) have been ordained to eternal life, then it matters not whether they believe the gospel. Many Calvinists will DENY the gospel by admitting that in the case of elect infants, believing the gospel does NOT matter (cf. WCF, 10.3). But for true Christians who refuse to “qualify” passages like Mark 16:16 say it DOES “matter”:
“The one believing into the Son has everlasting life; but the one disobeying the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him” (John 3:36).
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation to everyone believing, both to Jew first, and to Greek” (Romans 1:16).
“And hearing, the nations rejoiced and glorified the Word of the Lord. And as many as were appointed to eternal life believed” (Acts 13:48).
The asinine argument that many “Arminians” put forth is that since the elect of God have already been appointed to eternal life then it matters not whether they hear, glorify, or believe the Word of the Lord. This “reasoning” is about as deep as a raindrop on a flat sidewalk. Next Page (40)