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Clavinistic Election And Predestination

Jerry C. Brewer

Calvinistic election is attributed to God’s arbitrary predestination of individuals. While the Bible teaches the children of God are the elect (1 Peter 2:9), it speaks of a class of persons, not individuals. Calvinism says the elect are those who were individually selected to salvation (“a certain number”) and the non-elect are those eternally condemned individuals, both of whom were predestined to those ends before the world began. Predestination and election are Biblical terms, but Calvin perverted them in formulating his doctrine. According to Calvin, electing individuals to salvation, before the world began, God thereby predestined certain persons to salvation and others to damnation.

Holding that God’s grace is only for the elect, Calvinism says certain individuals were arbitrarily chosen as recipients of it. Biblical predestination is concerned not with individuals, but the locus of salvation for election of a certain class of persons. That’s the thrust of Paul’s teaching in Ephesians 1:3-11:

1. All spiritual blessings are in Christ (v. 3).

2. We are chosen in Christ (v. 4).

3. Our adoption as God’s children was predestined through Christ (v. 5).

4. Our acceptance by God is in Christ (v. 6).

5. Our Redemption, through his blood is in Christ (v. 7).

6. God purposed that all should be one in Christ (vv. 9, 10) 7. Our inheritance as God’s children was predestined in Christ (v. 11).

As God predestined creatures with gills to life in water, so those in Christ were predestined to eternal life in Him. God does not choose who will enter Christ, but says that all who do are classified as His elect. A creature of free will, man chooses to obey or disobey God and when he chooses God, he is thereby elected to salvation in Christ Jesus. God’s elect is constituted of all who elect to enter Christ through obedience to the gospel, (Romans 6:3-6). That is salvation by “grace through faith,” (Ephesians 2:8). God’s grace provides salvation and man’s faith appropriates the blessings thereof.

“God has allowed men liberty and free will to choose between good and evil. Some will choose evil and cause the ruin of others; the necessity is in the obstinacy of men and not in the decrees of God…God does not slay men, nor deprive them of their free nature, nor limit its natural free action in its allotted range, in order to prevent men from sinning. It is a fundamental law of man’s nature that his character shall have full scope freely to develop itself; hence responsibility can justly exist, penalty can be justified, and rewards can be bestowed” (H. Leo Boles, New Testament CommentariesMatthew, Gospel Advocate Co., Nashville,  pp. 370, 371).

God’s grace has been provided in Christ, not in some arbitrary decree of God to save and condemn “a certain number” of individuals before the world began. Denying the grace of God to the non-elect, Calvinism circumscribes it and contradicts Paul’s inspired teaching on its universality. “For the grace of God, that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Titus 2:11-14).

As foreign to the New Testament as Mariolatry, Calvinistic predestination and election are false doctrines. The Protestant world got them from John Calvin, who plagiarized them from the Catholics. A system of error woven into the fabric of almost every Protestant denomination, Calvinism undergirds false systems from the Baptist Church to Pentecostalism. A driving force behind the religion of the Puritans, Calvinism pervaded the Church of England, formed the basis for Presbyterianism in Scotland and finds devotees in America from the Assembly of God, Baptist, and Nazarene Churches to Promise Keepers and the 700 Club. While they aren’t all accepted as he first propounded them, most of Calvin’s views have been adopted by Protestant bodies in some form or another.

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