A little explanation

To my Calvinist friends, and anyone else who’s interested:

 

The Bible teaches election and predestination, especially in Ephesians.

 

How do I know I’m one of the elect?

 

Because Jesus saved me, and I know I didn’t save myself.

 

Now, God granted me repentance, that is, graciously helped me to repent, BUT He didn’t do the repenting for me, so I wouldn’t have to repent.

 

God gave me faith as a gift, and yet He didn’t believe for me.

 

My faith and repentance was not programmed, without my consent or my will.

 

Now, here’s where the finite human mind reaches its limitation and people rush off to join either the Calvinists or Arminians.

 

They join either camp based on natural reasoning, instead of trusting God for what is bigger than their pea sized brain.

 

So, like Paul, I know I’m one of the elect, and I know if I ever used my free will to go back to my old life I would be lost.

 

But not planning to or expecting to.

 

God does not save people against their will, so neither will He keep anyone against their will.

 

The last time you sinned, that was your free will in operation. It wasn’t God or the devil forcing you, it was your will in operation, and no one can be blamed except yourself.

 

Yes, God could have stopped you (theoretically) but that would make you merely a robot, without faith or love.

 

Because God is omnipotent He had the power to create a race of perfectly programmed people, who have no will of their own, just to do His bidding. They would be “perfect” but not perfect. They would have no love or faith. They would not be made in the image of God.

 

Even the angels have a free will. Remember Lucifer?

 

Peter said, be diligent to make your calling and election sure.

 

You’re one of the elect? Great. Now live like it.

3 Responses to “A little explanation”

  1. ian vincent Says:

    Quote

    “Used to go to a church pastored by a Calvinist, and left because EVERY sermon started sounding the same. Talked to someone else who left after they confronted the pastor about babies who die and whether or not they were “predestined” to go to either heaven or hell from birth. The pastor said yes, and the person left.”

  2. ian vincent Says:

    If we know we are saved then we know we are one of the elect.

    “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.”

    Romans 8:16

    “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death”

    1 John 3:14

  3. ian vincent Says:

    https://christianpublishinghouse.co/2018/02/18/is-foreknowledge-compatible-with-free-will/

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