A few days ago, I posted a video of Pastor Bill Harrell’s recent Romans 9 sermon. In the post, I mentioned that sermons like Brother Harrell’s are leading to the rise of Calvinism within the Southern Baptist Convention.
I realize the video posted was over 45 minutes long and most do not have time to listen to it. In light of this, I share with you Brother Harrell’s preaching and teaching on Romans 9:14-24.
It is worth noting that Brother Harrell was moving through Romans week by week, and on this particular Sunday Romans 9 was on the “bill” (pun intended). You will notice that the minutes previous to the section in the video below were focused on Romans 9:1-3. Brother Harrell then skips Romans 9:4-13 and goes directly to 9:14-24. He mentions “leaving out some verses” in the video below. I would love to know what Brother Harrell’s thoughts on God’s election of Jacob over Esau and his hating of Esau, but Brother Harrell left those verses out of his Romans 9 sermon.
The video below is around 14 minutes in length and, I believe, not only fails to provide any meaningful explanation to Romans 9:14-24, but also will lead to those in the church seeking Reformed theologians who do not refuse to let the Word of God speak, even when the sayings are hard and the truths are offensive to man.
Romans 9:14-24 (HCSB)
14 What should we say then? Is there injustice with God? Absolutely not! 15 For He tells Moses:
I will show mercy
to whom I will show mercy,
and I will have compassion
on whom I will have compassion.[m]
16 So then it does not depend on human will or effort[n] but on God who shows mercy. 17 For the Scripture tells Pharaoh:
I raised you up for this reason
so that I may display My power in you
and that My name may be proclaimed in all the earth.[o]
18 So then, He shows mercy to those He wants to, and He hardens those He wants to harden.
19 You will say to me, therefore, “Why then does He still find fault?For who can resist His will?” 20 But who are you, a mere man, to talk back to God? Will what is formed say to the one who formed it, “Why did you make me like this?” 21 Or has the potter no right over the clay,to make from the same lump one piece of pottery for honor and another for dishonor? 22 And what if God, desiring to display His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience objects of wrath ready for destruction? 23 And what if He did this to make known the riches of His glory on objects of mercy that He prepared beforehand for glory— 24 on us, the ones He also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?