The true doctrine of election

THE DOCTRINE OF ELECTION (updated)

The Calvinistic doctrine of Efficacious Grace leaves many questions unanswered. First of all, we must ask; where in the scriptures it is ever taught that God must regenerate a man’s nature before he can believe? (born again before one is born again?). Its’ nowhere to be found within the full weight of scripture. Did the LORD have to give Abraham a new nature before he could make the decision to leave when he was called out in Gen ch 12? Was the call to faith, imputed and irresistible to him? If so, it seems peculiar that the text would then praise his faith in Hebrews 11. It is out of character for the scriptures to commend Abraham for something in which he was completely passive and having no choice.

According to false Calvinist theology: election before the world was is the reason why one person becomes saved and another remains lost. Their false teaching expresses that Calvary causes people to be saved who are already elect, (sounds like another twice blessed scenario)>as they teach that Calvary saves people who are already elect. Once again circular reasoning at its best…But if that is the case, then Calvary is not the root cause of salvation, but only a link in a chain, a secondary cause, a by-product of ones already established Salvation from eternity past. I say; nay, may God forbid, for this completely diminishes Christ’s blood atonement and HIS finished works on the cross. Election, predestination,  have nothing to do with the teachings of  Calvin. It takes bible terms and gives them a completely different meanings.

So just who are “the elect?” Those who are chosen. Who are the chosen? Those who repent, have faith, and believe. Jesus said repent and believe the gospel. That’s fairly simple. The believers who endure to the end and overcome are God’s elect.

The “elect” is Christ, and not mankind. We see that God chose His Son to die for us, and by doing so, He has redeemed us,reconciled us.. The “elect” are those who are saved…..nothing more…..nothing less. They are those who hear the “call” and obey what they heard. The “non-elect” are those who heard and did not obey what they heard. Obedience is better than sacrifice, to hearken, better than the fat of rams.

One is not elected before they were born into this world, but rather one becomes an elect through faith and belief. It is impossible to be saved without believing in Christ. Not one of us had any faith or believed before the world was, nor before we were born into this world. The false doctrine of the “election” is one of pride, and a doctrine of religious works, it gives the glory to man and not God, all the while seeking to climb back another way. However  God placed a cherub with a flaming sword that flashes in all directions guarding the way back to God, it cuts asunder all of man’s inventive ways to redeem himself thus by passing repentance and humility.

One cannot be an elect without first being a believer. The elect simply are the believers who endure to the end, the 144,000, the saints, the over comers, etc……the false doctrine of the predestined elect seeks to remove faith, and it is impossible to please God without faith.

God predestined that a certain group of people would be with Him. However He did not individually predestine those who would be in this group. Jesus said,

John 6:40
“And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day”.

The body is made up of those who believe, however God did not predetermine the members of the body.

Ephesians 1:4 4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;

A Calvinist would think that Ephesians 4 proves the doctrine of predetermined individuals “predestination” or that God chose us individually. Well, it’s quite the contrary, if we continue reading…

5 “Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: 6 That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. 7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. 8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit”.

It is clear that what was predestined was God’s plan for us to be adopted into His family through salvation “in” His Son, and that our sins are forgiven through the blood that Jesus shed on the cross. Most certainly not because God decided from the beginning that He was going to redeem some and not redeem others, but because God wanted “whosoever will believe on him” to be saved. The same whosoever will found in Rev. 22-17.

False Calvinist theology says; God chose us, we didn’t choose Him, and man has no choice in seeking God.

John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,

In this case, Jesus is speaking specifically to His disciples. Yes, we are to be His disciples as well, but in that time men who wanted to study and learn from a rabbi, or priest, such as Gamaliel, they chose which rabbi they desired to follow and disciple under. I believe possibly here that Jesus is reminding them that He chose them. JMO…. But more importantly, Jesus who is God also expresses here, that God chose man to have an fellowship with Him. Above all His creation from the beginning, God chose man. So it’s quite true, that God did first choose us, we did not choose Him, but it must be harmonized with the full council of God. Most of Calvin’s theology leaves out half the bible and does not bear witness to the truth

John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for our’s only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

It may be verily said; that before Augustine, and then even further so during the so-called Reformation, that there was no question concerning the death of Christ and the election by grace into HIS Salvation by the early  congregations .

1 Timothy 4:10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, specially of those that believe.

1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for our’s only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

Augustine died in 429 AD, and up to his time, at least, there is not the slightest evidence in any church writings that any Christian ever dreamed of a propitiation for the elect alone. It is true that Gods saving grace and Christ’s blood only cleanses the church, but it is offered to all of mankind, as both Paul and John expressed. Even after Augustine the false doctrine of limited atonement was but slowly propagated until it spread like wild fire during and after the Reformation. It is truly today one of the major heresy in Christendom.

So then, who are the elect?

Calvinism teaches a person is one of the elect before he repents and receives Christ as Lord and Savior, while those in the non-Calvinist camp teach that a person becomes one of the elect when they repent and receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Election is God’s choosing us “in” Christ. We are “chosen” by God to be partakers of His redemptive plan because we rest receive and believe HIS invitation through a godly repentance followed by a saving faith, proven by deeds, that worketh love. “Called” an invitation to God’s plan of salvation. Both words are used together in scripture in: Revelation 17:14; 2 Pet. 1:10; Mat. 22:14

The true elect are the ‘whosoever will’; the non-elect are the whosoever will not. John 3-16, 17,18, In other words: the elect are those who receive Christ’s mercy through a godly repentance. Repent and believe the gospel said Jesus. These are those who answer the call to the Kings wedding supper..

Election is done through the predestined and foreknown plan of salvation established by God “in” Jesus Christ, and it identifies those who believe and have received God’s gift of power in salvation through faith. Election is the present possession of every person who has believed in Christ as Savior. “in Him” Ephesians 1:4. 1 Peter 5:10, “called you to His eternal glory “IN” CHRIST.” Those who trust in Jesus Christ and HIM only. That is why it is called “an election of GRACE,” (Romans 11:5) we are elected because of the power of God which produces the good fruits of God in us. Our election places emphasis on the believer’s position as being in Covenant with Christ. Its all about denying ourselves and doing the works of HIM who called us..

One is elected based on God’s grace that has appeared to all men, should they receive it Titus 2-11. The foundation for election was predestined before the world was in Jesus Christ. He is the elect of God: Isaiah 42:1; 1 Peter 2:4, 6. His election was established from eternity past. Acts 4:28; 2:23;1 Peter 1:20; Revelation 13:8. The believer is made a partisan of Christ (Christian or elect) and then actually shares HIS destiny, which is HIS election. 1 Corinthians 1:9; Romans 8:17.

This is accomplished through a covenant union with Christ, John ch. 17. These are the covenant keepers of a thousand generations, a metaphor of God’s covenant people found 3 times in the OT.. Deuteronomy 7:9-1 Chronicles 16:15 -Psalms 105:8. Thus being placed into the “one” body of Christ through the “one” baptism of the Holy Spirit, there is no personal merit or religious works involved in Gods favour of saving grace; rather “grace”, the power of God, is sufficient and provides our destiny. All man needs to do is repent, rest, receive, and believe, by placing full trust in Jesus Christ as the Savior through obedience to HIM.

Ephesians 2:8-9; 2 Corinthians 8:9. Colossians 3:12, “as the elect of God” (Romans 1:6-7) One can also reject the saving grace of Gods salvation in the Son. A gift, is no longer a gift, if it is forced upon one to receive it. Jesus said; He would not lose any that the Father gave HIM. But who is God giving to Jesus? Those that were specifically predestined or pre-determined before the world was? Nay! The Father is giving Jesus those who have received Christ and choose to voluntarily repent and follow Him of his own voluntary will as stated in Lev.1-3. Some would say; that is works. But quite the contrary, surrender to God’s will and obedience to Him is by no means a works salvation, but rather it is of the works of God flowing through the believer… Not my will but thine will>>> and so has the Father sent me, I send you, sayeth Jesus.

As many as were ordained to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48

The author of Acts, Luke, in Acts 13, does not say foreordained in this context. All that was foreordained was salvation in Jesus Christ the Saviour, the Lamb that was slain from the foundation of the world. He is not speaking of what was done from eternity, but of what was then done through the preaching of the gospel of salvation. He is describing that ordination, and that only, which was at the very time of hearing it. Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”.. This expression properly implies an ever present operation of Divine grace by the sprinkling of the blood, and working faith in the heart of the hearers of the word who should then of their own freewill believe. This saving grace has been given to all men, Titus 2-11, but God does not believe for them, this is of their own choice, neither does God repent for any man.

During this teaching  given in Acts 13, those who believed, sayeth the apostle, to whom God then gave power to believe by the sprinkling of the blood. It is as if he had said, they believed, whose hearts the Lord opened; as the apostle expresses it in another account found in Acts 16:14, as well as others.

The original word “elect” is not once used in Scripture to express eternal predestination of any kind. The whole council of God teaches that all those, and those only, who were now ordained, now also believe. Jesus said; Repent and believe the gospel. The hour has come and “now is” said Jesus to the woman at the well..

Not that God rejected the rest: it is His desire, and through long suffering, that all men should repent and be saved: 2 Peter 3-9. Acts 17-30. For He takes no pleasure in the destruction of the wicked, Ezek.18

When Jesus was weeping over the lost condition of Jerusalem, it was because of their own unwillingness, not for their lack of election. Similar descriptions of this unwillingness by Gods people are found all throughout the scriptures. The grace of God was given to all men, (Titus 2-11) but this gift of God’s power must willingly be received in order to have any effect.

God chooses and still allows free will? I might add also; that in no way does God loose HIS power and authority (HIS Sovereignty, or better termed HIS Majesty) because man chooses poorly.

 

here is a helpful teaching

 

God chose the willing.

 

bill

Responses

  1. this might interest you…
    https://certainmeasureofperfection.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/doe_final1.pdf

  2. Thank you both.
    Blessings

  3. Charles, I might also state that our position, both Bob and myself, is that this is not for any man to decide, but best be left up to God. Therefore, we believe as long as a person is breathing and alive there is still hope for salvation…

    bill

    .

  4. Greetings Charles

    As far as a second chance after death, it is explained by Jesus in (Luke 16 Lazarus an the rich man)

    There is no more hope for salvation after this life. The kingdom is delivered back up to God, 1 Cor. 15-24,27,28, and the office of Redeemer is finished. which debunks the false millennial reign theory. Paul said it is given to man to die once then judgement Hebrews 9-27.

    Hebrews 10:26-31 is spoken to believers who have fallen from the faith and are in worse condition than before they believed. As Paul equates these once people of the faith to those of the OT Israel who despised the law of Moses. (having a reprobate conscience). These who have turned the grace of God into lasciviousness, having seared their conscience with the hot iron of lust.

    Blaspheming the Holy Ghost and trampling under foot the blood of Christ. (Hebrews 6:4,5,6,). Men harden their heart to the point of no return ( they can no longer repent unto righteousness) they become “sons of perdition”. 1 John 5:16b “There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it”. Hebrews 10-29 is insulting the Spirit of Grace.

    peace Bill

  5. Bill, I hope you are doing well. Can you read Hebrew 10 : 26 and tell me what you believe it is saying ? I believe when we understand this passage that it clearly says that there is no second chance at eternal life after the death of the body . This passage clearly refutes any purification process in what others are calling a lake of fire experience that then makes one worthy of eternal life. Blessings to you ,
    Charles

    • Dear Brother Charles,

      Are example in the word can be found here, a separation:

      Neh 10:28 And the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the porters, the singers, the Nethinims, and all they that had separated themselves from the people of the lands unto the law of God, their wives, their sons, and their daughters, every one having knowledge, and having understanding;

      Lev 20:24 But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey: I am the LORD your God, which have separated you from other people.

      Mat_25:33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

      Always good to see you here Brother,

      bob

  6. Amen brothers, It is the Holy Spirit who bears witness with our soul of our salvation in Christ, that we are they “which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ”— We take no confidence from men. m

  7. brother Charles; Thank you for posting the video, it was very true…..may His grace and truth be with you always, bill

  8. This is a video link of a godly man expounding upon the simplicity of the gospel. God bless, Charles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TsmwQ_yfdw

  9. Bill thank you for these words , I believe them to be true . To believe in what you have said requires us to understand that we as his creation have freewill , of this there is no doubt. God is not a respector of persons , granting predestined election , it is as you have said “whosover will “: what he would do for Paul , Peter etc. he would also do for others, it is a condition of the heart. Truly there are natural sons , brothers and sisters that are of the flesh that are here today and gone tommorow but there are also those kinsman of a spiritual nature with the formed presence of Christ that are true eternal mothers , brothers , and sisters that make up his body through forming his presence spiritually within : Jesus defines true election and the family of God by saying ” Who are my Mother , brother and sisters but those who hear Gods Word and do it “, clearly a freewill choice of the heart to accept Gods will , Gods WORD and become part of the family of God . Also , NO ONE of flesh and blood can extend , grant , revoke , exclude ,denie the election of others while promoting their selection through knowledge : this is not of God but is from the evil one.
    Blessings , Charles


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