Is election as it is taught Truth or a twisted concept of “truth”? I am elected chosen you are not, therefore you are doomed. God is no respecter of persons. He would that everyone be saved. How does that compute with free will and accountability versus predetermination and no choice?
1 Timothy 2:3-4 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men (humans, that would include LGBT or whatever community) to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
If I am elected (chosen) and you are not chosen, then the Bible contains error, but you and I know that Truth cannot be fallible. If I am elected and you are not then the Bible is fallible, contradictory, etc unless Either– 1. Every human is elected and recorded in the book of life prior to the foundation of the world, but because we are free will agents, or able to choose God’s call or not, some (many) will choose to reject God, who= salvation= Jesus and thus he who rejects is blotted out of the book of life — Or 2. That only those who realize that this creator God exists and therefore they will seek after His salvation, and find Him when He calls; and thereby they are called the saved and the chosen/elected for eternal life, by an all knowing God, who knows the end from the beginning.
Ephesians 1:4&5 …just as He chose us “in Him” before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,…
Doesn’t that say that we are predestined? That He chose us? Yes of course it says that. But it says that He “chose us in Him”. Are we sure that we understand that correctly?It really makes little sense that He chose us over others if He is no respecter of persons, and if we all have free will, and it makes no sense that we don’t have free will if He holds us accountable, and He does hold us accountable. So what is the answer?
I believe that both 2 above has great merit and is complimentary to election and not contradictory of election. God if He would that every human be saved, which is a Scriptural concept, then can He leave any man behind in His election, unless that one of his own free will elects not to chose God. If He is no respecter of persons, which He is; then does this not fit with God’s own demands on man? If you believe otherwise then you must somehow agree that there is fallibility within scripture, along with the liberals.
In Romans 1, we are told that every man is accountable to believe in God just because there is a creation. In the Ephesians verse above it is stated that “in Him” we are chosen and predestined to eternal life. Outside of Him there is none of that promise for us humans. Paul says before we were in Him we were on the outside looking in on the covenants and promises of God. We were children of wrath. So tell me how could we individually have been chosen outside of Him before the foundation of the earth and yet have been a child of wrath? Only “In Him” are we chosen to have life eternal and have it abundantly. If you believe that God elected you to be saved apart from your own free will choice, and that He did that before the earth was even created then your bible is seen as being full of errors, which contradict your concept of truth. Your truth is no different than those who believe that all humans will be saved in the end just because it says that Jesus paid the price for every man’s sin. Everything must be placed in context. If your doctrine is contradicted by other scripture it is not yet correct. It is our doctrines that are fallible. The scriptures are infallible. The Bible is infallible. So, God who is Sovereign can and does chose some men to make a point, it to rule the nations, but even those choices although they may seem arbitrary to us they are full of purpose for Him.
There are those who say that free will was lost when Adam Sinned, and that man could do nothing but disobey God thereafter, unless God intervened. There may be some merit in that argument, but if man lost free will when he sinned; then surely he regained his free will when He was saved, if he was saved. Paul says work out your own salvation in fear and trembling. Would he tell us this if it is not necessary for us to exercise some obedience to God when utilizing this free gift of salvation? A gift is ours to use as we see fit. If free will was lost at the fall; then it was lost to Satan, and if Satan was defeated at the cross, then free will must have been restored to every man.
I believe that scripture is complimentary to the truth that God predestined all who in the end would be “in Him”, because He is all knowing and He does know the end from the beginning. He did this before the foundation of the earth. Scripture does not say that He predestined everyone outside of Him. Although, it does say that all who are outside of Christ will experience His wrath. So yes because the scriptures are true this does mean that this will happen. So in this sense it is predestined, but not without warning. In the case of the saved, He even recorded those names in the book of life because as the all knowing God who knows the end from the beginning He could see who will be saved. This is done by Him to prove That He is all knowing, not to prove that He loves you and not me, or visa versa.
John Calvin believed that God planned every event within the span of time in this age of man. That means every evil and sinful act doesn’t it. How could a God who hates sin do that? Just answer that one question for me please. And please don’t condemn the Abortion of babies, because God is the cause of these actions if all is God’s doing, even the words I am penning I have no control over if He is the cause of every persons action.
But I think that there is another proof that God really wants every man to choose Him of his own free will; because He has reserved for Himself the right to blot us out even after we are saved — out of the book of life.
Revelation 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. (KJV)
Why would He even threaten to do this if this was not to effect our free will choice?