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Everyone has an ultimate source of authority for what they believe is true. For people who identify as Christian, the ultimate, final source of authority for what they believe is true is either themselves, a particular church, or the written word of God, i.e. the Bible. 

Some people say that Jesus is their ultimate and final source of authority for what they believe is true. The people who say Jesus is their authority do not seem to realize that such a claim is meaningless on its face because it doesn’t actually identify the Jesus in whom they claim to believe.

Is their Jesus based on their understanding of who Jesus is; or is their Jesus based on a particular church’s understanding of who Jesus is; or is their Jesus based on the biblical understanding of who Jesus is? Who Jesus is can’t be known until the ultimate authority that defined Jesus for them is known.  

Once again we’re back at square one, and the question of the authority for their Christian faith and practice remains unanswered. Until the people who identify as Christian answer the authority question, they have no real basis to promote the Christian faith that they claim to possess. 

Peace

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Christians can be divided into two groups. Many or most belong to the self-identified Christian group, and some or a few belong to the elect Christian group. Self-identified Christians believe that a person must exercise “free will” for salvation. They believe that God wants everybody to be saved, but it’s up to the individual to either accept or reject God’s offer of salvation. God foreknows those who will respond and accept His offer of salvation, but He doesn’t predetermine who will accept salvation and who won’t.  Because people have been given the freedom to choose, God must adjust His plans accordingly based on people’s responses.

Conversely, elect Christians believe that man’s will is not free but it’s God who freely chooses who will be saved and who won’t be saved. They believe that God chose those whom He would save, i.e., the elect, before He created the world. He foreknows those whom He will save because He knew them and planned to save them before He created the world.

Both self-identified and elect Christians cite Scripture to support their theological positions on free will and election, and the vast majority of Christian denominations today preach and teach that salvation depends upon free will, and not election.

I.M. Kane

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