Imagine someone dependent on their own will and desire for =
salvation actually praying honestly . . .
"Lord, I thank You I am not like those poor =
presumptuous Calvinists. Lord, I was born with a glorious free-will; I =
was born with power by which I can turn to You all by myself. =
I have improved my grace. If everybody had done the same =
with their grace that I have — then they might all have been =
Lord, I know You do not make us willing, if we are not =
willing ourselves. You give grace to everybody; some do not improve it, =
but I do.
There are many who will go to Hell as much bought with the =
blood of Christ as I was; they had as much of the Holy Spirit given to =
them; they had as good a chance, and were as much blessed as I am. =
It was not Your grace that made us to differ; I know it =
did a great deal — still I turned the point! I made use of what was given to me, and others did not =
— that is the difference between me and them."
[That is a prayer for the devil =
— for nobody else would offer such a vain and prideful prayer as =
Charles H Spurgeon, in “Free Will, A =
Dr Bob Griffin =
Knows Me, This I Love!"