Being found worthy in a world of crickets?

Every now and then I will do a Check it out segment on this site to draw attention to something happening out of the main light on my sight or a conversation I am having on another blog.  The last one I submitted was a conversation about the differences between James and Paul.  James says it is not by faith alone but works that a man is justified.  Paul says it is by grace and not works.  I challenged those on the website and those who read it to explain the difference between the two points of views.  So far all I get is the sound of crickets.  I have read a lot about Paul’s perspective on this site but nothing is put forth concerning these supposed apposing views.  This Calvinism sight refuses to even explain James 2:24 for me.  It is crickets again.

My last post Are you worthy in a world of election? challenged the mindset that it is only James who appears to appose Paul’s teaching of grace alone.  For Christ Himself spoke of being found worthy.  Those not found worthy were punished in wrath.  This in itself contradicts the Calvinist understanding of election which teaches it has nothing to do with works or being found worthy.

It is my purpose to build up what looks like two hugely apposing theologies in scripture, which doctrines find themselves encamped in, in order to demonstrate the integrity and purity of the gospel spoken of and defended here at The Gospel According to the Gospel.  It coming days I will post a long post that will show how our gospel is not divided and that James and Paul do not contradict each other.  Furthermore I will use the covenant that God gave Abraham, that we now participate in, as our example.

In light of this I wish to discus more scripture that speaks of our participation and not election only in what God is doing for us.  Ironically this verse comes from Paul, whom the Calvinist rally around to prove their positions on election and grace.  Yet we find Paul talking about believers being found worthy. 

Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:[1]

First of all I find it very interesting that Paul says they pray for them always to be found worthy of the calling of God.  If it is as the Calvinist say, that those men who are elected by God can not resist His irresistible grace or His sovereign will in His election, that they must be and will be saved.  Why does Paul pray for anyone to be found worthy of anything?  Calvinism teaches we have nothing worthy that we are totally incapable of offering anything worthy.

Since Calvinist teaching takes all responsibility of man’s eternal destiny from him, it strips him from the responsibility and consequences of walking out of his faith.  Now if this is as I advocate, is against what scripture teaches, then this leads men to become disconnected from their responsibilities in the maintaining of their own faith that can save them.  This is why it is so important to defend the true gospel.

Why would Paul also pray that God would fulfill all the good pleasure of His will concerning the saints if Paul believed like a Calvinist?  Paul would not need to pray this, since it would be a given the saint can not resist His will.

For the Calvinist to say that Paul prayed this so the saints would live up to their calling, is not the same to be found worthy.  Living up to their calling doesn’t carry the same weight as being found worthy.  Not being found worthy excludes, where as not living up to the calling shames. 

So what do you think, do the Calvinist have it right, that man is not being asked of the gospel to be found worthy?  Is it all by a select election and irresistible grace as they contend Paul teaches?  Or is it that we have a responsibility in our faith and obedience to produce good works or else jeopardize our own election as James teaches?  Well Calvinist what do you think, or will I only hear crickets?


[1] 2 Thessalonians 1:11