WHAT IS WRONG WITH
SALVATION BY ELECTION?
"There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end
thereof are the ways of death."
- At fellowship meeting one time I asked a Baptist preacher,
whose name I have forgotten, except they called him
'Steve,' "When were you saved?" After much hesitation
he said, "I never was lost, I was saved in eternity by
ELECTION. I have always been saved."
- In the "Baptist Examiner", July 21, 1962, a sermon by A.W.
Pink was printed which says, "You were lost before you
were born into the world in the same way GOD'S ELECT
WERE SAVED BEFORE THEY WERE BORN by virtue of
their union to their COVENANT HEAD." (cp.mine)
- If that theory be true, then the elect were never lost - never
a child of the devil; never in danger of going to Hell when
they die. Jesus said, (Lu. 19:10) "For the
Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."
- If they were saved then, they were saved without
repentance and faith, and as Pink says, THEY WERE
SAVED BY ELECTION. But Christ died for the lost.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE LOST?
- Those who are not saved; not children of God. They are
the children of wrath; already condemned, shall be
damned, they will land in Hell when they die. Children of
the devil (John 8:44).
- Some refer to the "lost," elect, as lost sheep, which means
they are children of God, and are never lost to the extent
that they are in danger of going to Hell when they die.
They will not die in their sins, and be condemned. They
have just strayed away.
- Those who believe in the security of the believer, believe
that a child of God may stray away, back slide and wander
far in sin, but is never in danger of going to Hell, but in
danger of the chastisement of God.
- Those who believe that the elect were saved by election in
eternity, teach that they are just as saved, if they wander
away, as a believer, if they stray or wander off in sin, but
never in danger of being finally lost in Hell.
- The lost that Jesus came to seek and save will go to Hell at
death, (Lu. 16:23; Psa. 9:17). "The wicked shall be turned
into hell[.]" "Then will I profess unto them, I never knew you:
depart from me, ye that work iniquity." [Mt. 7:23]
"Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared
for the devil and his angels:" [Mt. 25:41]
- The lost are the "UNJUST" and will be resurrected with
the unjust, and be cast into Hell after the judgment of the
lost, because they rejected Christ as their personal Saviour
while they lived (John 3:18). "he that believeth not is
condemned already, because he hath not believed in the
name of the only begotten Son of God." "there shall be a
resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust." (Acts 24:15)
WHAT IS WRONG WITH SALVATION BY
- There are many things wrong because, first, it is
unscriptural. The Scriptures have been perverted to mean
what they do not say in order to support this theory.
- Another thing wrong is the origin of this theory. For a
further study of this subject, see the book, ELECTION
MADE PLAIN, Hyper-Calvinism Exposed, by Ballard and
- The doctrine of absolute predestination of all things, was
first taught by a man named Zeno, founder of the
celebrated school of the Stoics. He lived in the 3rd Century
before this era (362-364 B.C.). He taught at Athens in a
public porch. (Myers ANCIENT HISTORY, Page 338.)
- Notice, it did not start with Moses and the prophets but
with Zeno, a teacher in a school.
- In Acts 17:17-19, we read where Paul disputed with the
STOICS. They called him a "babbler" because they said
that he set forth strange gods, "because he preached
unto them Jesus, and the resurrection."
- The Stoics believed that everything was determined by
fate. That everything was predestinated by God.
- The Pharisees also believed in the absolute predestination
of all things. (Josephesus History, Book Two, Chapter 8).
They thought they were children of God because of the
promises God made to Abraham (John 8:33-41).
- Up to this time we see that the people who taught this
doctrine had no connection whatsoever with the true
church. They were unbelievers in Jesus Christ and His
resurrection, yet they thought they were children of God
- The Pharisees believed in a God, and in salvation by
election, and believed they were children of God. They
said, "we have one Father, even God." "Abraham is
our father." But they did not believe in Jesus as their
Saviour. Jesus said unto them, "if ye believe not that I am he,
ye shall die in your sins" (John 8:24).
THIS DOCTRINE WAS FIRST
TAUGHT IN THE CHURCHES
- BY AUGUSTINE, who was a Catholic Bishop of the
Catholic Church on the coast of Africa.
- Since he was the first man to FORCE INFANT BAPTISM,
and at that time infant baptism was at high tide, so his
doctrine on election, did not gain much ground.
(Mosheim's History [Lut.], Page 2, Chapter 4, Section 5 and 6).
- Orchard in his History of the Baptist Church, refers to
Augustine as the discoverer of Absolute predestination,
and quotes Mosheim.
- Another reason why this doctrine did not gain much
ground then, was that Augustine taught that the non-elect
infant that died went to Hell. Several years later (in
Fifteenth Century) John Calvin polished up this theory,
SAVED BEFORE THEY WERE BORN."
- Let us check and see how your views on the doctrine
compare with these questions.
THE DOCTRINE OF ELECTION IS A
BEAUTIFUL DOCTRINE WHEN PROPERLY
NAME WRITTEN IN BOOK OF LIFE
"Blood of the prophets shed FROM THE FOUNDATION
OF THE WORLD"
- Some who believe like
- But it is
John Calvin, not by Christ and the apostles.
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