While the pendulum swings… as tides turn, waves ebb and flow, as current results come in… this teaching (that God chooses who will be redeemed and who won’t) is repeatedly picked up and then tossed aside by the newest generation of church-goers…
Why this continual discarding and reclaiming of a theory with holes? Ideology filled with double-talk and distorted views of truth, misrepresented by those who need a new theological thrill, a new dig to unearth, a new concept to diagnose, a deeper “truth” to extrapolate… to puff up, to gain a following, to substantiate the Ph.D or Th.D behind their names—
And so the trend swings this way.
But the end result of their position on sovereign election is simply, nobody cares. Nobody tries, nobody prays, nobody pleads, and nobody goes to the ends of the earth with the Message. And why bother? If God already made the decisions long before we ever arrived on the scene, and nothing you or I do can change what’s already been done, what’s been pre-decreed, predestined—then, why care…?
That’s what happened with the descendants of the American Puritans, pursuing careers and new inventions and patriotism. And why not, since God already had history and humanity arranged in perfect sovereign order, since before the foundation of the world…? That’s what they believed. And that’s the direction their beliefs took them.
And so the trend swings the other way.
Within the teachings of reformed theology we discover a double-whammy, no matter how we look at it: God chooses who will be saved, and by not choosing all, He chooses who will not be saved—those who will be damned.
In today’s society, though, reformed believers soften the blow by focusing only on the one side of John Calvin’s theory and not the other. But, guys, Calvin believed both to be true. Whether God overtly chose or covertly limited the choosing, some of us made the cut (whew!), and some of us didn’t (wow!)
Believe me, I get it. I was the singing/dancing/reading/writing/thinking girl in P.E. who never got picked for the team—for either of the teams, any of the teams, by any of the team captains. And at the end of the choosing when I was the only one left standing, it never failed: the teacher appointed me to one of the teams (groan!)—much to the other team’s relief!
If it hadn’t been for the teacher, I would have been left to my own devices, sitting on the sidelines, watching everyone else play ball. When you’re not on the team, you’re not on the team—it’s called being left out. Plain and simple.
The Old Testament says sin is sin—omission or commission, doesn’t matter.
Predestination is the same. If God intentionally chose some to receive His saving grace, then in His selective choosing, others were not chosen. Meaning, they were chosen by default to be damned for eternity.
And whether the reformers acknowledge this fact, those without Christ do understand it. Clearly.
Yet, this goes against the character of God, attributes which are clearly revealed in Scripture. And God’s character traits cannot be at war with each other, contradictory, on opposing sides, poles apart. But more on that later.
So, why don’t they get it—those holding to this idea?
It’s a theory with holes, this sub-point of election tagged onto the doctrine of salvation.
Throughout time, as cultures shift, as religious trends come and go, next generations see the holes and turn to Scripture to validate their belief in a holy God, a God of Love, a God without partiality.
To be continued…