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The Holy Spirit reveals the truth to God’s elect, even though they may be unaware that He has revealed a particular truth to them. The truth just “dawns” on them.

Peter was not aware that it was God the Father who had revealed to him the truths that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Peter had to be told by the Lord Jesus that “flesh and blood did not reveal” these truths to him.

God gives elect believers the revealed truths they know through the Holy Spirit. Revealed truth is not separate from or different from God’s written word.

John writes, “These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.” (1 John 2:26-27 KJV)

God did not reveal to Peter all truth at once. In the first moment of faith, God reveals salvation truths to His elect, but there are additional truths God will reveal when it’s time. His elect will learn even deeper and more profound Scriptural truths throughout their lives.

Although false teachings have attracted the attention of many professing Christians today, the Holy Spirit is faithful and will reveal the truth of God’s written word to His elect.

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” (John 10:27-29 KJV)

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Unregenerate Christians are self-idenfied and not God-identified, therefore, they hate the doctrine that God has sovereignly elected some people for salvation. They misrepresent what Scripture clearly teaches, which is that God calls many, and of the many called a “few are chosen.”

To their way of thinking, a God who sovereignly chooses to save only the few and punish the many is not only an unjust judge but is also an evil monster. They say a God who saves only the elect and damns everyone else is unfair and unloving and bears a closer resemblance to the pagan deities of antiquity than to the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob.

If Scripture is God’s written Word and the Christian’s authority for all matters of faith and practice, then what it teaches about God is what is true, regardless of what people understand or believe is fair, just, and loving.

According to Scripture, God destroyed everyone in the world except for Noah and his family; He also destroyed everyone in Sodom and Gomorrah and surrounding cities except for Lot and his daughters. The question unregenerate Christians must answer is how can God destroy the entire world and its inhabitants, annihilate the cities on the plain and everyone in them, save only a few chosen people, and remain a loving God?

Scripture also says that God chose Israel above all people to be His treasured possession and servants on the earth, and He knows only Israel among all the families of the world. The question facing unregenerate Christians is how is it fair for God to choose Israel over all the nations and the Israelites over all people on the earth and make them His people, His servants, and His witnesses?

The Scripture is clear that God does not love every person equally. Paul writes in Romans that God loved Jacob and hated his brother Esau before the twin boys were born and had done any good or evil. In addition Paul writes that God decreed the elder would serve the younger, and that He elected Jacob instead of Esau to receive his father’s blessing when the birthright really belonged to Esau as the elder brother.

Paul clearly says that God cursed and hated Esau before the boy had been born or had done anything evil, so that “the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth.” The question for the unregenerate Christian is how is it right and just for God to hate and punish an unborn child before he’s born, and has done anything to warrant it?

In the same chapter of Romans Paul writes that God raised up Pharaoh to destroy him; and He hardened Pharaoh’s heart so that God’s power and name would be known and declared throughout the world.

It’s clear from Romans that God does what He pleases and no man can call Him to account or make Him responsible for anything He does. God is accountable to no one. He is bound by nothing. He has “mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.”

Paul writes the potter has power over the clay to make from the same lump a vessel for honor and another for dishonor. Man was created to glorify God, and God is glorified through the vessels He has made. Everything God created is for His pleasure.

God is sovereign creator; what He does is just for nothing can constrain Him, and no law is above Him. God’s defining characteristic is holiness, not love; He is righteousness and justice. Who can hold Him responsible and say He is wrong in what He does? “Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.”

The law is man’s taskmaster, not God’s. God is bound by nothing, no law constrains Him. He created the law. He cannot be judged by it. God is judge, and His judgments are righteous.

Man has no rights to which God must acknowledge and acquiesce. “Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou?”

The truth is the unregenerate Christian’s interpretation of Scripture is a direct assault against God’s sovereignty, and he can’t believe what the Scripture clearly teaches because the unregenerate “receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

I.M.Kane

 

 

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Most “self-identified” Christians know very little about the doctrine of predestination and what the Scripture teaches on it. For those with ears to hear, Professor Gordon Clark’s lecture provides a survey of what the Old Testament says about predestination.

 

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“The will of God is universally efficacious and invincible. … It cannot be impeded; much less can it be defeated and made void”—Thomas Bradwardine

Only the elect are effectually called, justified, adopted, sanctified, and saved by Christ.

I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.  Jeremiah 10:23 KJV

This is Christianity: only those elected to glory become partakers of the true faith.


Westminster Confession 3 God's Decree


The Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter III

Of God’s Eternal Decree

I. God from all eternity, did, by the most wise and holy counsel of His own will, freely, and unchangeable ordain whatsoever comes to pass; yet so, as thereby neither is God the author of sin, nor is violence offered to the will of the creatures; nor is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established.

II. Although God knows whatsoever may or can come to pass upon all supposed conditions; yet has He not decreed anything because He foresaw it as future, or as that which would come to pass upon such conditions.

III. By the decree of God, for the manifestation of His glory, some men and angels are predestinated unto everlasting life; and others foreordained to everlasting death.

IV. These angels and men, thus predestinated, and foreordained, are particularly and unchangeably designed, and their number so certain and definite, that it cannot be either increased or diminished.

V. Those of mankind that are predestinated unto life, God, before the foundation of the world was laid, according to His eternal and immutable purpose, and the secret counsel and good pleasure of His will, has chosen, in Christ, unto everlasting glory, out of His mere free grace and love, without any foresight of faith, or good works, or perseverance in either of them, or any other thing in the creature, as conditions, or causes moving Him thereunto; and all to the praise of His glorious grace.

VI. As God has appointed the elect unto glory, so has He, by the eternal and most free purpose of His will, foreordained all the means thereunto. Wherefore, they who are elected, being fallen in Adam, are redeemed by Christ, are effectually called unto faith in Christ by His Spirit working in due season, are justified, adopted, sanctified, and kept by His power, through faith, unto salvation. Neither are any other redeemed by Christ, effectually called, justified, adopted, sanctified, and saved, but the elect only.

VII. The rest of mankind God was pleased, according to the unsearchable counsel of His own will, whereby He extends or withholds mercy, as He pleases, for the glory of His sovereign power over His creatures, to pass by; and to ordain them to dishonor and wrath for their sin, to the praised of His glorious justice.

VIII. The doctrine of this high mystery of predestination is to be handled with special prudence and care, that men, attending the will of God revealed in His Word, and yielding obedience thereunto, may, from the certainty of their effectual vocation, be assured of their eternal election. So shall this doctrine afford matter of praise, reverence, and admiration of God; and of humility, diligence, and abundant consolation to all that sincerely obey the Gospel.

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Calvinism and Arminianism Are Irreconcilable Theological Positions Regarding Salvation through Jesus Christ

By Jerry A. Kane

The following exchange of comments took place on my youtube channel imkane2012 in response to the abduction and the “miraculous” release of 10-year-old Willie Myrick the subject of my most popular youtube video BOY SINGS THIS GOSPEL SONG UNTIL KIDNAPPER CAN’T TAKE HEARING IT ANYMORE AND SETS HIM FREE.

Response from Jasey:

Never believed in god, but trust me, i want to be able to but i just can’t.

My Response:

You are so right, Jasey. None of us can believe God unless God gives us life and the faith to believe in Him. We all are born with a sinful nature and spiritually dead in our trespasses and sins. I will pray that God bestows grace and mercy to you and awakens you to the truth of Christ Jesus.

Response from Jasey:

Thanks 🙂 i hope that someday i will see it

Response from Debi to Jasey:

Jasey, the same way you learn about math, sports, video games or zombies (lol) is to study and immerse yourself into whatever it is you desire to know or be better at…it’s the same with God, you can’t truly know Him if you don’t seek Him out and read His Word – The Bible. God is right there in front of you, holding the most amazing gift you will ever own, but if you don’t reach out and accept the gift, and bring it home, and open it up, and hold it, you will never have or know this gift. There is historical proof that Jesus existed, but you just need to read His Word to know Him. Isiah 53 was written 700 years before Jesus, yet it describes Jesus crucifixion (years before crucifixion was even used) God proves himself over and over in The Bible, but you have to read and study it to understand what it means for you. Find a really good church that can come along side you, and help you to understand God’s love for you, dig into God’s Word and accept the best gift you’ll ever receive.

My Response to Jasey and Debi:

Jesey: What has been presented to you are Protestantism’s doctrines of salvation known as Calvinism (my position) and Arminianism (Debie’s position).

In Calvinism, God chooses men for salvation, and He chose those who are and will be saved (the elect) before He created the world. He foreknows those who will accept His salvation because He knew them and planned their salvation before the world began.

In Arminianism, man’s “free will” determines salvation. It is God’s will for all men to be saved, but men decide whether they will accept or reject God’s offer of salvation. God’s foreknowledge is based entirely on man’s response. God didn’t predetermine everything before He created the world; He adjusts his plans accordingly based on man’s responses.

Christians cite Scripture to support both theological positions, but the vast majority of Protestant denominations today preach and teach Arminianism.

Although an argument can be made for both positions from Scripture, only one position can be true for they are mutually exclusive.

For more on the mutually exclusive Calvinism and Arminianism positions, see Calvinism & Arminianism Compared.

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