PREDESTINED CONFUSION! by steve finnell
John Calvin and his followers honestly believe that God predestined certain individual to be saved and all others to be lost. To believe that God selected you to be saved and that God chose your next door neighbor to burn in hell gives hubris a bad name.
The proof-text offered to confirm predestination. Ephesians 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love. 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intentions of His will,(NASB)
God predestined all who would become Christians to become holy and blameless through Jesus Christ. God did not select the individuals who would become Christians.
The church of Christ was predestined before the world was formed. The individual members of the Lord's church were not selected before the foundation of the world. Every man has a choice to believe in Jesus or reject Him.
Salvation is available to all those who meet God's terms for pardon.
Titus 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men.(NASB)
God's grace is available to all who meet God's terms for pardon, not just a select few.
TERMS FOR PARDON: Faith John 3:16, Repentance Acts 3:19, Confession Romans 10:9, and Water Baptism Mark 16:16