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“You gave your life to God? WRONG! You Did Not Choose God, But God Chose You…” John 15:16

Posted by Job on October 8, 2008

“You Did Not Choose Me, But I Chose You…” by I’m Speaking Truth.

 

Many people say things like “when I stopped running from God” or “I gave my life to God” – and in reality, they are speaking in error. The bible is full of evidence (from the mouth of God) that we didn’t choose Him, rather He preordained our relationship with Him (John 15:15-17Ephesians 1:5;Ephesians 1:11Romans 9:15-16, and many more).  

Here’s a great video from Mark Kielar at Cross TV (found on Lane Chaplin’s youtube page) with a fundamental explanation of predestination in God’s plan of salvation:

Believer, You’re Saved Because God Chose You First Not Because You Chose Him First

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Evidence For Predestination And Election: The Meaning Of The Word Church

Posted by Job on September 20, 2008

The word translated “church” in the New Testament is ekklesia. Ekklesia means “called-out ones.” The church, then, is God’s particular people chosen from humanity. In this respect, Israel, who was called out from among the peoples and nations to be God’s unique people and form His unique nation, was the typological forerunner of the church. Now, did Israel choose God or did God choose Israel? Acts 13:17 specifically states that God chose Israel, and scripture further tells us that it was not because Israel was the strongest, mightiest, or most virtuous but rather by God’s own decision and grace. So if the old covenant was a covenant of God’s decision, how could the new covenant be one of man’s decision?

Also, go back to the term “ekklesia.” Now, it is easy to state the Remonstrant position by saying that God elects and predestines those whom He will make the offer of salvation to, but it is up to the human decision to respond. (This position would in fact resolve a great many of the issues with free will or Arminian Christianity.) However, were that the case, then the church, the body of Christ, would consist of people who both accepted AND rejected the offer of salvation, for “ekklesia” only refers to those that God called. It does not denote “those that accepted the call.” Free will Christianity would love to pretend that such is the meaning of ekklesia, but it is not. Also, please note that the New Testament writers – and especially the Holy Spirit that guided them – could have chosen a different word or group of words had the church been composed of those who both were called and chose to respond. Instead, the word “ekklesia” was used 112 times, indicating that those who were called had no choice but to respond.

So either the Body of Christ must include those who love Jesus Christ and those who hate Him because both were called and only some accepted and some rejected, or the body of Christ includes only those drawn into the church by the Holy Spirit’s irresistible grace. Were this not the case, the word that the Holy Spirit inspired the apostles to use would not have been “ekklesia”, those who were called out, but something similar to “ekklesia apokrinomai” meaning “those who were called and responded.”

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John MacArthur on Brian McLaren and the Emergent Church

Posted by Job on September 19, 2008

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Ten Reasons for Actively Preaching the Doctrine of Election

Posted by Job on August 22, 2008

From blackreformingkid.wordpress.com

Ten Reasons for Actively Preaching the Doctrine of Election

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:


Preaching election:

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.

These are some mighty strong statements and bold claims! But it does fit the strength and boldness of the Bible and its gospel.

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God’s Decree of Election

Posted by Job on July 18, 2008

From Youtube user JesuitInfiltrator

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Amazing Four Part Series On Religion Versus Faith!

Posted by Job on March 3, 2008

Christians, this is meat that you have to read. They are long, but come on, you have time! What else do you have to do this evening anyway? Watch TV? Yeah right!

The Religion of Do

Battling the Unbelief of Lust

The Righteousness That Exceeds That of the Scribes and Pharisees

The Just Live by Faith

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