ELECTION IS NOT PRESELECTION- BY STEVE FINNELL
Calvinism teaches that a select few have been unconditionally elected for salvation, and that all others will spend eternity in hell.
The elect of God are those who accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. The elect have not been individually preselected, by God, for salvation. All men have a choice to accept Jesus or reject Him.
WHY INDIVIDUAL PRESELECTION IS NOT GOD'S PLAN!
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
The gospel is the power for salvation to everyone. Preselection is not the gospel nor would preselection include salvation to everyone who believes.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
If you believe in preselection, then you have to believe that God wants the unselected to perish.
Titus 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men.
God's grace is not a preselection process. Grace is the opportunity for all men to be saved.
Hebrews 2:9 But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that the by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.
Jesus died for everyone. God did not limit nor preselect the number for whom Jesus died.
Romans 10:9-17...13 for "WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED."......17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.
Faith comes from hearing the gospel preached. Faith does not come because it is imputed to a few preselected individuals.
Acts 17:30-31 Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, 31 because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead."
Why would God call "all" men to repent, if men do not have free will?
Why will Jesus judge the world if only the preselected will be saved? Why would the preselected have to be concerned about judgment if they are unconditionally saved?
Acts 2:40 ...."Be saved from this perverse generation!"
Peter preached the gospel on the Day of Pentecost. Why would he tell them to be saved if they already had been individually preselected for salvation? They would have had no choice in the matter.
GOD DOES NOT UNCONDITIONALLY PRESELECT INDIVIDUAL MEN FOR SALVATION AND UNCONDITIONALLY SEND ALL OTHERS TO HELL.
God does not force preselected men to BELIEVE (John 3:16)
God does not force preselected men to REPENT (Acts 2:38)
God does not force preselected men to CONFESS (Rom. 10:9)
God does not force preselected men to be BAPTIZED (Acts 2:38)
ELECTION IS NOT PRESELECTION!