I was in PalTalk last night and my brother Tim Micer brought up an interesting question: Is election necessary for preaching the Gospel? While we all didn’t agree on the implications of what our brother was saying, he did bring up 10 very solid reasons for his case. As I saw them, it dawned on me that these reasons in themselves make a good case. Here then are Brother Tim’s ten reasons why election is necessary for the preaching of the Gospel:
Paul was told in Acts 18:8-11 And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized. Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city. And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them
1.) Proclaims the Holiness of God; by giving God the glory and not self. Election proclaims the falleness of man by stating that God chooses due to man’s inability.
2.) Guarantees results in evangelism. 1Co 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
3.) Brings boldness to evangelism by knowing that it is not in vain
4.) Causes the one proclaiming to depend on the Sovereignty of God
5.) Reveals a God that is active in His creation and that His will is accomplished by means
6.) Proclaims with Christ “it is finished” by revealing a sacrifice that actually saves
7.) Demands that the means that God uses is the Gospel. The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation and salvation is not possible without hearing the Gospel. The Gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ according to scripture.
a. We are Justified by faith
b. Faith is given by God
c. The resurrection proves the acceptance of the sacrifice
d. Faith is assurance, and there is no assurance apart from the resurrection of Christ.
8.) Causes one to see his own depravity (lostness, inability) without this no man will come to Christ
9.) Causes a true humility in the one who receives by knowing that God has done this work due to no reason in self.
10.) Reveals a true amazing Grace.
I liked this material but of course, this being a public blog and all, your comments, thoughts, criticisms are welcome. I would also heartily recommend Tim’s websiteSeeking 4 Truth to you.