People Chosen by God
God's Elect, the Ekklesia (Called Out Ones)
question being examined should, I hope, bring clarity
to the question, "Does God choose men and nations?
or is it a result of human will and action? We shall
look at a number of Bible texts.
are called but few are chosen." What can we understand
about those who God calls? Some of us consider ourselves
to be among the chosen. We have been converted, through
various life circumstances. We have come to be followers
of the Messiah, Jesus. Others it seems can't be persuaded
to believe. They do not believe in any kind of transformative
power that God (a god) provides to make us into something
called "a new creation." The doctrine of the Election
of God is a doctrine of interest to Biblical scholars,
theologians are quick to slap a label on it and to
argue for or against it. The question has been debated
for centuries since the time of Augustine and before.
The label of "Calvinism" seems to carry a stigma with
it that boils down to whether or not a human being
has any measure of free will or not.
have personally never considered myself a Calvinist.
Those who persue theology have a propensity to label
belief systems of the various "reformers"
who followed Luther and the Reformation.
we must realize is that Luther and Calvin and others
were all a product of the long held doctrines of priesthood
and the precepts that prevaled from the earliest days
of the Roman church. They held since the days of Luther,
and continue to hold, that that the church represents
the final 'Kingdom of God' a doctrine clarified by
St. Augustine. This is a non biblical, heretical teaching.
The fact of scripture is that the Kingdom is
yet to be ushered in, not with any existing institutional
religious denomination, but by the future return of
Christ the Messiah.
reformers departed only slightly from their predecessors,
holding to the view that Israel and Judaism had been
replaced by the church. The church denominations that
followed the reformation had, to our deep shame and
misfortune, thoroughly purged anything Judaic from
their eschatology so that the hundreds of prophetic
promises given concerning Israel and to the Messianic
kingdom to come, were twisted. This has resulted in
a metaphorical, allegorical rendering of Old Testament
prophecy, Jesus, the apostles, and "The Revelation"
of John. This erroneous rendering of scripture also
cost thousands of souls to be slaughtered by the church
in the crusades, by the Calvinists themselves, and
later by the anti-Jewish, Nazi holocaust. It was through
religious priestcraft that guaranteed a promise of
heaven, through infant baptism, and sacramentalism,
another dangerous error. Even today in depictions
of the Life of Jesus or the gospel we see Jesus and
the apostles as not really Jewish. A recent
movie, The Son of God, fell into this
What Calvinists Believe
and scholastic dogma is persistant. So today thousands
of mainline churches remain in the grip of the tradition
called "Calvinism." Calvinism has
certain tenets, some of which I believe are valid
and some not. There is a mnemonic given to
summarize the principles:
TULIP: (T) Total depravity. Yes,
though often not apparent, man is NOT essentially
good (a humanistic, Universalist view) nor can he
be called a "child of God."
(U) Unmerited favor. Yes, I believe
this is a valid principle. We recognize that scripturally,
salvation is a divine action. Christ died for the
sins of all! The power of God availed through Jesus'
resurrection, makes us into a regenerated being. Salvation
is not the result of mere ascent to a kind of doctrine.
On the other hand, we must believe in our hearts
unto righteousness and confess that Jesus is Savior
and Lord. This comes from a depth of belief that God
plants within us.
(L) Limited atonement. Calvinists hold
that Jesus did not die for all since some are objects
of wrath. Did Jesus die for all? My answer
is "Yes, Christ died for all who will believe,
not just for some." As many who will come he
gives the right to become "children of God."
Redemption is free and for all. Yet, and this is a
mystery to me, few receive this free gift! The Father
in heaven does not force anyone to believe. Calvinists
may say that He has not made salvation available to
all. I can not support that notion as God is Loving
and Fare. For whatever reason, some who are told the
story of the Good News still choose darkness over
light. That is their FREELY CHOSEN WILL. Part of this
mystery may be explained by the fact that God has
foreknowledge of those who did choose and those who
prayerfully persevere from day to day until their
days on earth are fulfilled. This is what God has
already perceived from outside of time.
(I) Irresistible Grace. According to
this tenet no one who is God's elect can resist His
call no matter how defiled in sin he/she may be. Yet,
all must hear the were of Truth that is preached.
"For how will they hear unless someone is sent
to preach that word." When the gospel is preached
there are some who will receive the word and others
that may not. (The parable of the sower and the
seed. Mark 4:14) If grace is inevitable then evangelism
is really nothing to be valued. Thus, this is a tenet
of Calvinism that is flawed.
(P) Persistency of God's grace upon the believer.
Those who are saved are preserved and guaranteed not
to depart from God's love and ultimate destiny. This
writer believes that we as believers, who know God
and that we are known of God will continue in his
Grace. We will continue to be watchful, prayerful
and repentant. And yes, this perseverence is by the
Power of God working in us.
ARMENIAN DOCTRINE SAYS: "I owe my election to my faith."
CALVINIST DOCTRINE says, I owe my faith to my election.
(J I Packer)
Packer, John Piper and R.C. Sproul are notable spokesmen
are believers and and there are unbelievers. Many
unbelievers are not just pagans or people who belong
to non-Christian religions. Unbelievers populate the
churches that abound in every community. There are
conditions that affect our being among "the called".
Some may call these believers, "authentic Christians."
An authentic Christian has been Spiritually created
and transformed by the supernatural Power of God.
(2Cor.5:17) Remember this, "The Gospel of the power
of God." (Romans 1:16; Romans 15:10)(1Cor.2:4)
That Is Needed to Come to God
If we are spiritually dead in our natural state, then
it is impossible for anyone to take the first step
of faith to believe. We, before this regeneration
by the power of God, were like sleepers and dreamers
who followed blindly, the course of this world. Now
if we look at the world from a Biblical view we are
told that it is characterized by lust, greed, selfishness,
evil desires and every evil work. Yes, the Bible is
clear that there is "evil." The secularist avoids
any reference to the notion of evil. It becomes simply
"a choice." There is a spiritual chronology in our
coming to God. Some derives from the prayers of others.
Some derives from the life experience that molds us.
the Bible references that I will show you, we will
find that it is by God's power and desire we are selected
out of this
fallen world of darkness into the God's Kingdom
of light that bears the knowledge of "Truth." (The
link above is a graphic of the fallen world contrasted
with God's Kingdom which is to be restored. - a pdf
is far too much proof that God's hand of grace is
at work in the transforming work of salvation as well
as in maturing believers to godliness to be anticipated
as the fruit of a believing child of God. Why are
so many failing to persue God or turn aside from the
allurements of this present evil world? It is likely
that they have not actually had the encounter with
the Power of God that is necessary to make them an
authentic believer. A question may now remains to
ponder. Are those who have a form of godliness
or those who seem to be only superficial religious
Christians, destined to have a home in heaven and
the glorious kingdom to come? I don't know but God
FOUNDATION for GOD'S ELECTION
20:16-20 "So the last will be first, and the first
last. For many are called, but few chosen."
JOHN 15:16 "You did not choose Me, but I chose you
and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit,
and (that) your fruit should remain,
JOHN 15:19 "If you were of the world, the world would
love its own. Yet because you are not of the world,
but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world
JOHN 17:2 "as You (Heavenly Father) have given Him
(Jesus) authority over all flesh, that He should give
eternal life to as many as You have given Him.
JOHN 17:9 "I pray for them. I do not pray for the
world but for those whom You (Heavenly Father) have
given Me, for they are Yours.
JOHN 6:37 "All that the Father gives Me will come
to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means
cast out. (Truly chosen believers will be established
JOHN 10:27 "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them,
and they follow Me.
JOHN 10:26 "You do not believe because you are not
my sheep" (children of the Evil One)
LUKE 10:21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit
and said, "I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and
earth, that You have hidden these things (heavenly
Truth) from the wise and prudent and revealed
them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good
in Your sight.
MARK 13: 27 And then shall he send his angels, and
shall gather together his elect (the chosen children
of God) from the four winds, from the uttermost part
of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven...
ACTS 13:48 Now when the Gentiles heard this, they
were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And
as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.
ROMANS 8:29 For whom He foreknew, (this does not
mean that the foreknown lived in a previous earth
age as some teach.) He also predestined to be
conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be
the firstborn among many brethren. (He knew us
before we were born as he sees to the end of time
from the beginning.)
ROMANS 30- - Moreover whom He predestined, these He
also called; whom He called, these He also justified;
and whom He justified, these He also glorified. What
then shall we say to these things? If God is for us,
who can be against us?
ROMANS 8:38-9 - - For I am persuaded that neither
death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor
powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor
height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall
be able to separate us from the love of God which
is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ROMANS 9:22 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, (whaaat!) and that
He might make known the riches of His glory on the
vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand
ROMANS 9:24 even us whom He called, not of the Jews
only, but also of the Gentiles? ROMANS 11:29 For the
gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable
EPHESIANS 1:4-5 "He chose us in him before the foundation
of the world - - " and predestined us to adoption
of sons - -"
EPHESIANS 1:11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance,
being predestined according to the purpose of Him
who works all things according to the counsel of His
2THESSALONIAS 2:13 "God has from the beginning, chosen
you to salvation"
ROMANS 11:7-8 " Israel has not obtained what it seeks
but the elect have obtained it; the rest were blinded."
1PETER 1:2 elect according to the foreknowledge of
God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for
obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ:
1PETER 1:4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled
and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for
LUKE 18:7 7 And shall not God avenge his own elect,
which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long
JOHN 15:16 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.
MARK 13:20 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
MATTHEW 24:22, 22 And except those days should be
shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for
the elect's sake those days shall be shortened 24:
31 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound
of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect
from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the
ROMANS 8:29 - "For those he foreknew he predestined
to be conformed to the image of his son-" ROMANS 8:33
33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's
elect? It is God that justifieth COLOSSIANS 3:12 12
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved,
bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness,
2TIMOTHY 2:10 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 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
1PETER 1:2 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.
1PETER 5:13 13 The church that is at Babylon, elected
together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus
2JOHN 1:1 1 That which was from the beginning, which
we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which
we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of
the Word of life;
2JOHN 1:13 13 The children of thy elect sister greet
=Called ones The Church consists of those who are
ARMENIAN DOCTRINE SAYS: "I owe my election to my faith."
CALVINIST DOCTRINE says, I owe my faith to my election.
(J I Packer)
Do We Have
Free Choice? Yes. Do We Have to Seek God Untiringly?
Does Election Mean That We Have No Responsibility
to Preach and Share the Gospel?
Living the Christian life is a matter of choosing
each day who we should serve. It does not mean that
we must struggle to keep from falling into the snares
of the evil one. We must persevere and pray for Grace
to guide us in this pilgrim quest.
We all, in
times past, have had our life style among the unsaved
and the unredeemed. It is in God's own time and circumstance
that we are given that "measure of faith"
to believe and then to be drawn into his presence.
Unless the Spirit draws us we can't come to God. We
reject the gospel presentation for years and then
in God's time we receive that which was before foolishness.
KINDS OF 'CHRISTIANS from "FALSE ASSURANCE":
( A Message from R. C. Sproul )
Those who are:
1. UNSAVED AND KNOW THEY ARE UNSAVED
2. SAVED AND KNOW THAT THEY ARE SAVED - - FULL ASSURANCE
3. SAVED BUT WHO DO NOT KNOW IT No one is half regenerate.
It is fully complete at conversion. The
conversion experience of individuals vary greatly.
One should not determine their theology by their experience
but by the Word of God.
MANY ARE NOT SAVED BUT HAVE "FALSE ASSURANCE" THAT
THEY ARE SAVED.
REASONS FOR FALSE ASSURANCE:
FALSE THEOLOGY, leads people to be of the
mistaken belief that WHAT THEY BELIEVE qualifies them
to be saved.
UNIVERSALISM: Doctrine of Universalism (all
are saved) Justification simply by dying. All who
die will go to heaven. UNIVERSALISM HOLDS THAT: There
will be NO JUDGMENT or divine punishment. (Remember,
Jesus taught more about hell than about heaven.)
LEGALISM or some accounting an accumulation
of WORKS RIGHTEOUSNESS.
90% of people surveyed believe that: "I did this or
that." Righteous self interest of righteous heart
SACERDOTALISM (Following the doctrines the
sacraments and ordinances of the church)
The Roman Catholic church upholds the power of the
priesthood to adjudicate another's entrance into heaven
or hell. They, through ritual and ordinances affect
God's destiny of an individual.
Following any of a number of prescribed religious
practices: Baptism, Joining a particular denomination;
Faithful church attendance.