If The Bible Is True, Jesus Desires Mercy From Evil People Who Have Deceitful Hearts
The truth of the Gospel according to John B. Carpenter PhD in Puritan History is that people are evil and possess such deceitful hearts that they are incapable of recognizing the truth. John B. Carpenter PhD in Puritan History claims the following: If salvation is left up to sinful people to choose, no one will ever choose salvation if people have a heart that is always inclined to evil (Gen. 6:5). This is a heart:
that is "desperately sick and beyond cure" (Jer. 17:9),
that is a "slave of sin" (Rom. 6:17),
that is not capable of accepting the things of God (1 Cor. 2:14),
that is "dead in trespasses and sin" (Eph. 2:1);
that is "hostile to God" (Colossians 1).
This is what the Gospel of Matthew Has to say: As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax office; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. And as he sat at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Jesus and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Matthew 9:9-13 Word English Bible) So if people were made righteous before the foundation of the world, Jesus did not come to call them. Jesus came to call sinners. However he said, "Go and learn what this means, "I desire mercy not sacrifice." If someone said to you, "I desire mercy not sacrifice" what is the person saying. Is the person saying, "Go and do something for somebody else"? Would the person be telling you to give him a chance? If you said to God, "I desire mercy", what would you be saying? Would you be asking God to go and show mercy to someone else by not yourself? Jesus said that he desires mercy. Why would Jesus ask sinners to show Him mercy? I know the answer, but do you? I know John B. Carpenter does not know the answer, because he is always making sacrifices. He has sacrificed his life for God. He might even claim he has sacrificed his life for Jesus. Are you always making sacrifices, because if you are, Jesus said that he did not desire sacrifice. Jesus desires mercy.