God’s Pleasure To Condemn?

Friends,
Doesn’t it make you weary –the numerous false doctrines that constantly pop up? As soon as we finish contending against one, another just looms up in its place to try to deceive. One such doctrine, looming up of late like a tsunami, concerns “predestination” as taught by “the reformer” (actually, the tyrant) John Calvin, born back in 1509. He taught that God predestines most humans for Hell, while selecting some for Heaven, both groups having no free choice in either fate, all so that God can glorify Himself in this condemning and saving.

However, contrary to what this doctrine teaches, God’s Word makes it clear that there is salvation offered to ALL. The few verses that are used to teach predestination need to be interpreted by the numerous other Scriptures that teach quite the opposite.

The Father has already offered to draw everyone who looks in repentance to His Pardon for forgiveness. He did that by sending Jesus to take His wrath against sin. Jesus says in John 12:32, “But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw ALL men to Myself.” Jesus, therefore, (as well as the Father who sent Him), has already done the act that draws humans to salvation, that being Christ’s death on the cross.

2 Cor. 5:15 says, “He died for ALL..” 1 Tim. 2:4-6 says, “…God our Savior, who wants ALL men to be saved… who gave Himself as a ransom for ALL men.” 1 John 2:2 says, “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” 2 Peter 3:9 says, “He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” John 3:17 says, “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” Those in John 4:42 recognized the truth: “…this man really is the Savior of the world.” Yes, everyone in the whole world has been bought by the precious blood of Jesus. Payment has been made in full. For ALL humans. The sacrifice was totally adequate for everyone’s salvation and it has been extended toward ALL. Will all be saved? No. –Because “men loved darkness rather than [the] Light because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19) So “whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” (v. 36) To reject or accept something stems from one’s choice.

So it is not God who causes these rejectors to remain under the condemnation pronounced against a fallen world (for “the whole world is under the control of the evil one.” –1 John 5:19) The Payment has been made, the Pardon has been extended. It is their own love of sin and refusal to embrace the truth that holds them under wrath. (John 3:18,20 & 2 Thes. 2:10) Jesus’ sorrowing heart can be seen in His lament over Jerusalem in Luke 13:34, “…how often I have longed to gather your children… but you were not willing!” Our free wills are always part of the equation. He gave us that gift in the Garden, and in this life it is always ours. He longs to have us use those wills to freely love Him.

As far as God mapping out our lives and all of history: If one reads the Bible it is thoroughly evident that people’s free wills are involved. God can influence slightly, or in big ways, or send circumstances to help change hearts; prayer can bring the assistance of yes, the All-Mighty God; evil can be worked into good so marvelously that the human brain can’t wrap itself around such things; but God does not cause rapes, torture, or anything evil. He is completely good, never does evil, and His judgements are always in line with perfect justice. He must judge, but contrary to the blasphemous ideology of Calvin, He is “NOT a God who takes pleasure in evil.” (Ps. 5:4) As God says of Himself in Ezek. 18:32, “I take no pleasure in the death of anyone… [so] Repent and live!” Predestination’s logic does not allow for this. Where the Bible uses this word, it means He chose, like He chose me (–Rachel). He chose me, but I also chose Him –as is the basis of all good relationships. He does not force our wills. I am a willing vessel –and my will makes that choice daily, hourly. And contrary to Calvin’s “total depravity” doctrine, the seed of the gospel does find “good soil [which] stands for those with a noble and good heart.” (Luke 8:15) Yes, God sees the end from the beginning, so He knows ahead of time who is going to be willing, whose heart will love Him always. But He does not “set in stone from eternity past the ability for some to be willing while refusing the ability for others to be able to be willing” like predestination logic states.

We are always to allow Scripture to interpret Scripture and to let context rule. This is something many of us emphasize. So that being the case, I strongly urge everyone to study this subject FOR THEMSELVES, not under any biased teacher, and with as little (as possible) preconceived ideas in your mind.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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~ by smilesback on October 12, 2009.

 
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