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Unconditional Election

Calvinism says that mankind is totally unable to respond to the invitation of Jesus Christ. They cannot choose whether to obey or disobey God. Calvinists believe that before the foundation of the world God predestined those who are going to be saved. He chooses some to be saved and allows others to be condemned in a lake of fire. The unconditional election can also be called predestination.
Look at some of the verses that say mankind has a choice. Some verses command all of us to believe and this makes Calvinists total inability false teaching. There are other verses that give all of us commands, warnings, and admonishments that we must have the ability to respond whether good or bad. If mankind doesn't have a choice, as Calvinists say, then these verses have no reason to be in the Bible.
Ephesians 2:8; James 1:21; Isaiah 1:18; Isaiah 45:22; Romans 10:17; John 1:12; Mark 1:15; Acts 17:30; Joshua 24:15; 1 John 3:23; Revelation 22:17; Psalms 119:30, 111, 173; Joshua 24:15; 2 Timothy 1:12; Matthew 11:28; John 7:37.

Isaiah 14:27 - Nothing can do away with God's purposes but Calvinism says that God foreordains everything that happens, including actions of evil by men and devils. Nothing in this verse refers to God foreordaining anything. On the other hand, God has purposed to save All mankind and Jesus said that WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH in Jesus Christ (John 3:16) should not perish but have everlasting life.

However we can say that when the gospel is preached to us and the Spirit of God moves in the preaching, we were without God, but hearing the Word of God we can have faith and believe and be born again. It is each individuals choice whether to accept what Christ has done for us or reject it. 1 Peter 1:2 says that we are elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father and not elect because we were foreordained as taught in Calvinism.

We live in a physical four-dimensional world but God is outside of time and isn't a physical being but a Spirit being, John 4:24. So God is omniscient and can see all things throughout time, He has all knowledge, and knew before the foundation of the earth who would accept Jesus Christ. Calvinism teaches that before the foundation of the earth God decided who would be saved and all the rest would be condemned to hell. A God of love would never do that. This would mean that God created all of mankind but He forces some to be saved and forces some to do only evil and be condemned to hell. This makes God responsible for evil and sin. Peter refutes Calvinism, look at 2 Peter 3:9 which tells us that God is NOT willing that ANY should perish but that ALL should come to repentance. Calvinists would have us look at it their way which would be that God is not willing that "any of the elect" should perish but that all "of the elect" should come to repentance. If God meant that He would have clearly stated it.

God created us with a choice of salvation, to have faith or not. Look at John 1:12-13, and we find that it says "as many as received Him He gave the power to become sons of God". Notice that it does not say "as many that were elected received Him" it says "as many as received Him."So obviously mankind has a choice of salvation. John 3:16 also tells us that whosoever believes in Him can have salvation, meaning now. The apostle Paul wrote that he was not ashamed of the gospel of Christ because it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes, Romans 1:16. These references say nothing about God regenerating them and then they can believe as taught by Calvinism. Calvinism has the order of salvation out of order.

According to Romans 1:16, the gospel is the power of God unto salvation to EVERYONE that believes. Then in 1 Timothy 2:4 we are told that God our Saviour, "will have ALL men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth." God would have ALL men to be saved so if a man does not have a choice, as Calvinists teach, then ALL mankind must be saved. Calvinism is wrong because all mankind has a choice to accept or reject the work of Jesus Christ without being born again first per Calvinism. If anyone goes to hell, it is by their own choice and not because God put them there as taught by Calvinism.

If God does not predetermine who gets saved then how does one get saved? How can anyone believe without God forcing them to as Calvinism teaches? John tells us in 1 John 4:9 that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that He "was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world." So all mankind can have an opportunity to be called of God and can accept or reject Christ. John 3:17 tells us that Jesus Christ came into the world so that the world through Him might be saved. In John 12:47 Jesus says He came not to judge the world, but to save the world. The "world" is all mankind and not just those predetermined to be saved, as taught by Calvinism.

Ephesians 2:8 tells us we are saved by grace through faith and that it is a gift of God. Since we are saved by faith and it is a gift, then we have a choice. We can accept this gift or reject it and it is our individual choice. Then we see those at the beginning of the church accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior when they heard the Word and the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem, Acts 4:31; Acts 6:7. Then the brethren that were in Judea heard that the Gentiles also received the Word, Acts 1:11. When Paul preached the gospel it was through the power of the Holy Spirit, 1 Thessalonians 1:5; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5. It is by hearing the Word of God, the gospel of salvation, that one has faith and can be regenerated and not by God making one be regenerated and then giving them faith and repentance as taught by Calvinism. Calvinists teach that one is born again by God regenerating them and then comes faith and repentance. The truth is that the Calvinists have it backward, first comes faith and repentance and then one is regenerated if they accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.

Since we are saved by grace through faith how do we get this saving faith? Paul writes in Romans 10:17 that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. So we need a preacher or teacher or a Christian that can give us the Word of God in order to have faith. Calvinism teaches that God will force those that are predestined for salvation to take the gift whether they want it or not and the rest of mankind is forced into a lake of fire, but that is not what the Bible teaches.

So the question now becomes how does Jesus Christ intend to save the world? Not through forcing people to believe, as Calvinism teaches, but the Bible says we are saved by the foolishness of preaching, to save them that believe, 1 Corinthians 1:21. God gives to the church those who are to pastor, teach, evangelize, Ephesians 4:11. Then in Matthew 28:19-20 He tells the Church to teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost and to teach them to observe all things He has commanded. The apostle Paul tells us that the gospel of Christ, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes, Romans 1:16.

All mankind can make a choice and God will save mankind on the choice they make to accept or reject Jesus Christ. In John 1:12 it says, "But as many as received him, to them gave he the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name." It does not say as many that are predetermined received Him, as taught by Calvinism. God does not force anyone to be born again first and then have faith and repentance, as taught by Calvinism. Then Paul tells us in Romans 10: 9-13, "9, That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10, For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation.
13, For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
The order here is the opposite of what Calvinism teaches. Here it is taught that whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved, but Calvinism teaches that God saves one first then they can believe.

Acts 4:28. This is a text that Calvinists use to claim that God purposed all things before the foundation of the world. Is this what the text says? Read it closely to see what the text says was determined, it was the death of Jesus Christ. So, in reality, the text is saying that the death of Jesus Christ was prophesied by foreknowledge and is part of a plan to save mankind, Acts 2:22-23. God sent His Son into the world that the world might be saved through Him, John 3:17.

Did God send His Son into the world so that the entire "world" might be saved or does the word "world" consist of only those that Calvinism says were being forced to be saved? Then in Romans 5:18 it says that by the offense of one, Adam, all men are condemned but by the righteousness of one, Jesus Christ, the free gift (this gift is that of salvation) came upon ALL men unto justification of life. The free gift of salvation is for ALL men and not just to those that Calvinism claims are predetermined to be saved while others are predetermined to go to hell. See our article"The New Birth".

Calvinists use Acts 13:48 to say that God predetermined who would be saved before the foundation of the world. This verse does not say that people were given eternal life without them choosing it. One has to believe in order to have eternal life so it is those who believe that were ordained to eternal life. Calvinists ignore the fact that foreknowledge allows for human will and gives mankind a choice. It is made clear in Acts 13:46 that mankind has a choice and can accept or reject Jesus Christ, contrary to the teaching of Calvinism. The Jews went to hell because they refused to believe.

Calvinism claims that God hasn't put a light in all men. Yet John 1:9 referring to Jesus says, "That was the true Light, which lighteth EVERY MAN that cometh into the world." Paul tells us in Romans 1:19-20 that all men have the testimony of that which may be known of God and it is manifest in them, so they are without excuse. Anyone that has gone to hell went there because of their own choice and not because God created them to go there as taught by Calvinism. With reference to those that are called, Calvinism teaches that God calls those He has predetermined for salvation. In Matthew 20:16 it says, "So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen." It says many are called but few chosen. Apparently, Calvinism is wrong because God called many and only a few were chosen. Why would he call those He did not predestine to salvation? Obviously, they really had a choice.

Calvinism's Unconditional Election would do away with the great commission as taught in Matthew 28:18-20 and Mark 16:15-16. Since Calvinists teach that God predetermines who is going to be elected to go to heaven and who goes to hell, why should anyone preach or teach about it?

Contrary to Calvinism, God has given all people freedom of choice. In Genesis 2:16-17 we see that Adam and Eve were given freedom of choice, to obey and live or disobey and die. Through the influence of Satan, they made a choice of their own free will to sin, to disobey. Calvinists would have us believe that God forced Adam and Eve to sin. James 1:13-15 tells us we are tempted and drawn away of our own lusts and enticed. Then when these lusts have been fulfilled it brings forth sin. So we are the ones who chose to sin and we don't sin by God forcing us to sin. Joshua 24:15 tells us we have a choice of whom to serve.

One of Calvinism's major proof texts to support their teaching of unconditional election of people in Christ before the foundation of the world is Ephesians 1:3-5, "3, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
4, According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
5, Having predestined us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,"

In Ephesians 1:4 it says, "According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:"
Notice that the word "election" isn't even in the verse and they conveniently leave off the last half of the verse. What were they chosen for? Not salvation, but the last half of the verse tells us that Christians are chosen, not chosen for salvation, but to be holy and without blame before Him. This is really the purpose of God's election.

What does the "according as" mean? This connects us with the previous verse, Ephesians 1:3, which says, " Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:" This means that verse 4 contains nothing about salvation but is about our position in Christ. In these verses, Paul isn't talking about electing or choosing who will be saved as taught by Calvinism. The verses are saying that God chose those who are "in His Son" (in Christ) to be blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places. Those in Christ are already saved. In Christ is a key to this passage and believers are in Christ.

The claim of the elect being in Christ before the foundation of the world is wrong. No human being existed before the foundation of the world. However, Christ and God's grace did exist and in 2 Timothy 1:9 we find that grace was deposited "in Christ" before the world began but it is only given to us when we get in Jesus Christ, 2 Timothy 1:10. So one might ask how do we get in Christ? By being saved. It is explained in 1 Corinthians 12:27, "Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular." We are in Christ when we accept Him as our Savior but not before the foundation of the world as taught by Calvinism. 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 explains the body of Christ. So this verse is also saying that those who get in Christ should be holy and without blame before Him in love.

Calvinists claim that the elect are put in Christ before the foundation of the world. Of course, this is wrong. They would also acknowledge that the apostle Paul was saved and therefore one of the elect. However, the Bible says in Romans 16:7 "Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellow prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me." Notice that in Calvinism all the elect would have been in Christ before the foundation of the world, yet Paul says there were some in Christ before he was. Obviously then, the elect was not put in Christ all at the same time, before the foundation of the world. Paul was put in Christ when he first believed as all of us are, contrary to Calvinism.

Notice that in Ephesians 1:3-5 there is nothing in these verses that says predestination is called a decree of God. Nothing here says that predestination took place before the foundation of the world. These verses don't tell us about anyone being predestined to salvation. There is no reference here of condemnation, judgment, nor everlasting death. Because it says chosen and before the foundation of the world in verse 4 Calvinists teach that the elect was predestined to be saved before the foundation of the world. This is wrong as mentioned above. The predestination referred to in verse 5 is the adoption of children by Jesus Christ in Himself and not to predestination, or salvation, before the foundation of the world. Adoption is about our legal status as sons.

Most religions believe that children are safe until the age of accountability, whatever that is for each one of them. But what about Calvinists that believe that before the foundation of the world God predestined those who are going to be saved? An infant dies and if she/he is one that is predestined they go to heaven. All other infants would have to go to hell since they are not predestined. Since all infants that are elected go to heaven this would mean that all infants that die were not elected and therefore go to hell. However, the main teaching of Calvinism is that the elects entire family has also been elected.One can understand why Calvinists have many differing views on this and why they scramble searching for an explanation other than predestination.

In fact, The Cannons of Dort under "Of Divine Predestination" section 17 states the following: "Since we are to judge the will of God from his Word, which testifies that the children of believers are holy, not by nature, but in virtue of the covenant of grace, in which they, together with the parents, are comprehended, godly parents have not reason to doubt of the election and salvation of their children, whom it pleaseth God to call out of this life in their infancy."

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