Natural Privilege & Causality
Faith is God’s gift. It is not a product of mans will or effort; and ultimate causality is reserved to God alone. Neither mans willing or running, that is, his effort, can effect Gods determination. But this gives us no ground for quietism, to say: “Well, if God does everything, then there is no need for me to do anything.” No. The Bible tells us: God ordains all things, He predestines all things, and it also tells us we are responsible, and we bear the burden of guilt for every wrong thing we do, and we are blessed for every good thing we do, even a cup of cold water given in His name is blessed.