Monday, October 13, 2014

Election and Predestination: Pure Fallacy or Pure Doctrine?


I am often struck by some of the things I hear other Christians say. I seem to regularly encounter believers who react violently to the notion that God chose a people to show mercy upon and that he predetermined that heaven would be their eternal home. While I will admit that I was raised in an environment that never questioned the doctrine of election and predestination, and thus was never poisoned against this biblical truth, I still find myself astounded by the degree of opposition that some Christians have regarding this very clearly taught and repeatedly articulated biblical doctrine. One recent objection follows:


"I am a Baptist, but I don't believe in this primitive doctrine of predestination. Pure fallacies." (Anonymous)
To such a statement I can only respond:


  • Do you believe that God's people have obtained an inheritance in Christ being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will? (Ephesians 1:11) Paul certainly did. 
  • Do you believe that God predestined us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will? (Ephesians 1:5) Paul certainly did. 
  • Do you believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has promised to give eternal life to as many as the Father has given unto him? (John 17:2) Jesus certainly did. 
Correct answers to those questions make it absolutely certain that the eternal salvation of God's people is the direct result of God having chosen a people upon whom to show undeserved mercy, and hath predestinated their salvation as a matter of certainty by covenant.

This so-called "primitive doctrine of predestination" is a crystal clear teaching of the word of God. To regard it a "pure fallacy" is really nothing short of an out-and-out denial of an unavoidable element of gospel truth found in the bible. For any who would oppose the notion of election or predestination, I would ask you to soberly revisit the matter and ask yourself the question: Do I really reject election and predestination because the bible does not teach it, or do I reject election and predestination because I have been TAUGHT that the bible doesn't teach it? There are a great many people who upon closer examination are surprised to discover that they are in the latter group.

I would encourage everyone to search the scriptures to see if these things are so. (Acts 17:11) Below you will find a number of the scriptures upon which this much-maligned but well-founded doctrine is based for your consideration...





PREDESTINATED 

Ephesians 1:5 - Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 

Ephesians 1:11 - In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 




PREDESTINATE

Romans 8:29 - For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 

Romans 8:30 - Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 


ELECT

II Timothy 2:10 - Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 

Titus 1:1 - Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; 

I Peter 1:2 - Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. 

II John 1:1 - The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth; 

II John 1:13 - The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen. 




ELECTION 

Romans 9:11 - (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) 

Romans 11:5 - Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. 

Romans 11:7 - What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded 

Romans 11:28 - As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes. 

I Thessalonians 1:4 - Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God. 

II Peter 1:10 - Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: 



CHOSEN

Matthew 20:16 - So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen. 

Matthew 22:14For many are called, but few are chosen. 

Mark 13:20 - And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days. 

John 6:70 - Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? 

John 13:18 - I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me. 

John 15:16 - Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. 

John 15:19 - If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. 

Acts 9:15 - But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: 

Acts 10:41 - Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead. 

Acts 22:14 - And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth. 

Romans 16:13 - Salute Rufus chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine. 

Ephesians 1:4 - According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 

II Thessalonians 2:13 - But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 

II Timothy 2:4 - No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. 

I Peter 2:4 - To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 

I Peter 2:9But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 

Revelation 17:14 - These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. 


DEFINITIONS


PREDESTINATION - to predetermine, decide beforehand, eternally decree, foreordain, or appoint beforehand.  It has respect to God's monergistic acts involved in the eternal salvation of his covenant people (Ephesians 1:4-5), not to every single solitary event in human history (Ecclesiastes 9:11).


ELECTION - the act of picking out or choosing. As in the selection of a people upon whom God would show mercy (Romans 9:11).

5 comments:

  1. It is a marvelous thing that we are God's children.

    We are strangers in a strange land. In Jeremiah, the LORD promises to write the law on their hearts -- that is, those in Israel who are children of the covenant. In Romans, the LORD say that gentiles who do not have the law show that the law is written in the hearts when they do the things the law requires.

    Who is able to write laws on peoples hearts by His own hand. Man seeks holiness in his own way through outward appearance. But in Romans, Paul writes those truly justified are done so internally through circumcision of heart, "in the Spirit .... whose praise is not from men, but from God."

    Who but God can do these things. Romans 9:19 "You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?” 20 But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?"

    "22 What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, 23 and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory, 24 even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?"

    He has prepared His children "beforehand for glory."

    Kindest regards,
    Gary

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    1. Amen, brother Gary!

      Salvation is a miracle performed by a covenant making (Genesis 15:5) and covenant keeping God (Titus 1:2). I believe that even many of God's regenerate sheep fail to ever lay hold of this truth with any real clarity in their lifetimes, but the covenant promises of God do not depend upon the imperfect understanding of the mutable creature in order to find their saving efficacy. They are fulfilled by a perfect intercessor apart from any assistance from the sheep whatsoever (Hebrews 1:3).

      That's the gospel truth - O that more would come to enjoy it!
      teth

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  2. Excellent review. Thanks for this kind of article.
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  3. If we have no choice in the matter, then God is a LIAR.
    The "WHOSOEVER" of John 3:16 is FALSE.
    The CLAIMS of God that He wants ALL to be saved
    is BALONEY.
    Believe as you will (wink) but you are wrong.

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    1. Mary,

      Thanks for stopping by and interacting with my blog. You make some comments that I'd like to provide feedback on...

      MS: If we have no choice in the matter, then God is a LIAR.

      TETH: There is no verse in the bible teaches that eternal salvation is a matter of man's personal choice. There are several, however, that make it clear that man's will has nothing to do with eternal salvation (John 1:12-13,Romans 9:16). So to state that "if we have no choice in the matter, then God is a LIAR" is categorically false - because God never said that we did.

      MS: The "WHOSOEVER" of John 3:16 is FALSE.

      TETH: The phrase "whosoever believeth" is a present tense statement that literally means "the one believing." It does not say "if you will believe" or "all men can believe" but rather affirms that one who is in a present tense state of belief is one who will not perish but who has everlasting life. Apart from making the ludicrous assertion that all men believe, it is impossible to substantiate the claim that "whosoever believeth" designs all of humanity. Your misunderstanding of what is meant by this phrase, while very common among professing evangelicals, is not consistent with the phrase actually means.

      MS: The CLAIMS of God that He wants ALL to be saved is BALONEY.

      TETH: There is no text of scripture that teaches that God desires the salvation of all men, though there are a couple which seem to state that if they are considered in isolation from the rest of the bible's testimony (I Timothy 2:4-6). The bible teaches that God chose a people before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blame before him in love (Ephesians 1:4-5) and that He sent his Son to save them from their sins (Matthew 1:21). It also teaches that the eternal salvation of His people is based on the work of God (Romans 5:19) not the works of man (Titus 3:5) as a result of an everlasting covenant (Jeremiah 32:40). The bible also teaches that God does as he pleases (Psalm 115:3), and that some men are sent to hell (Matthew 25:41). It is therefore unavoidable that it was not God's pleasure or desire to save all men, else they most certainly would all be saved.

      MS: Believe as you will (wink) but you are wrong.

      TETH: Search the scriptures to see if these things are so (Acts 17:11).

      May God bless our studies and understanding of his word,
      TETH

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