Predestination and Eternal Security
Romans 8:29-30; Romans 12:3; Galatians 2:20-21; 1 John 2:3-6; Hebrews 12:28-29; 1 John 3:9-10; 2 Timothy 2:11-13; Matthew 7:21-23
The once-saved-always-saved issue is a hot topic of debate in today's church. On one side, people can make a profession of faith and then have a false sense of security even though they have no relationship with Jesus Christ at all. On the Calvinist side, people have the attitude that if God wants it done, He will do it or make me do it. I once counseled a man who was trying to justify his pornography habit. He stated that he didn't think that he was accountable for his addiction. If God wanted him to change, God would change him. Until that time, he was free to sin at every urge that God permitted to tempt him.
I have also heard many people say that God will send people to the church if He wants them to be saved. All we have to do is look around to see if this is true. The churches that thrive outside their four walls are reaching people and are on fire when they come together each week. Churches that only minister to themselves and those 'God sends' have little impact on the culture around them and are often cold inside the walls of the church. Jesus taught that we are to go into the highways and hedges to find those who will come. Go out into the all world. Mark 16:15 says the great commission is to go out and reach the world, not wait for God to send the world to us. A church hiding behind the walls is in disobedience and by default, limits God's blessing that He longs to invest in them. Numbers does not indicate spiritual maturity. I know large churches that are cold as ice and small ministries that are on fire and impacting the world for Christ.
The most popular doctrine of predestination is Calvinism. Calvinism takes its name from John Calvin who wrote 5 points
Total Depravity of Man - all are born sinners
Unconditional Election - God has already chose ...
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