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LESSON 1

ELECTION AND FREE WILL

BIBLICAL BALANCE ON ELECTION AND FREE WILL

1. Why Preach the Gospel? (Franklin Taylor)
2. Election and Predestination (Robert McClurkin)
3. Biblical Balance in the Teaching of Sovereignty Harold Mackay

LESSON 1: WHY PREACH THE GOSPEL? By Franklin D. Taylor

For centuries, men with great minds have discussed the concepts of human responsibility and divine sovereignty. These two extra-Biblical terms, responsibility and sovereignty, represent themes, which pervade the Scriptures; nevertheless, no one has ever constructed a systemic exposition of the two that has been immune from critical attack. In espousing any system of teaching, this author believes that every Christian should avoid two doctrinal pitfalls:
  1. A theology, which blatantly underestimates the efficacy of the death of the Lord Jesus Christ—a view, which leads to salvation by, works, along with spiritual uncertainty, instability, and insecurity. Commonly this is called Arminianism, after the Dutch theologian, Jacobus Arminius.
  2. A theology which totally eliminates human choice, since all earthly events are seen as unalterably fixed or predestined by God from eternity past. This is commonly termed extreme Calvinism, after the French theologian, John Calvin.
When man is esteemed a mechanical robot with every earthly decision pre-programmed and when prayer is thought to change nothing, (Pink Arthur. The Attributes of God page 34). The attitude of an individual or a local church toward preaching the gospel can be adversely affected. Where the seeds of such a doctrine and its correlative points are sown, a crop of spiritual weeds can be anticipated: misunderstanding and division, a loss of concern for the salvation of others and an occupation with things other than spreading the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. This chapter will focus primarily on the second pitfall as it relates to the preaching of the gospel. The limited nature of this work will preclude extensive comment. Some will recognize the famous five-point acrostic, T-U-L-I-P (Total depravity; Unconditional election; Limited atonement; Irresistible grace; Perseverance of saints), which represents a capsulisation of John Calvin’s teaching formulated by his followers as a response to Arminian claims in 1618.(Geen Jay “Calvinism today” The Five Points of Calvinism page 8)While this author disagrees with many of John Calvin’s ideas, he believes that all evangelicals have benefitted from the efforts of godly Calvinists of the past. Great doctrines such as salvation totally by grace, the eternal security of the believer, the sinfulness of mankind and the majestic sovereignty of God represent a few of the Scriptural truths synthesized through their efforts. With the Scriptures as their authority, such men have dared face violent criticism from others: Arminianism, Romanism, liberalism, humanism, universalism, and atheism.

1. WHAT IS THE PROSPECT OF THE GOSPEL?

To whom should the gospel be preached? Who can be saved from sin? Chafer specified three different Calvinistic doctrinal positions which clearly affect one’s gospel outlook:
  1. Some believe that Christ died only for a special company of people (limited atonement). These people see no place for unlimited redemption, the idea that Christ died for all men. Such a view offers little encouragement to preaching the gospel. Individuals in this group have been called extreme Calvinists.
  2. Others make certain concessions not made by the extreme Calvinists; however, they still contend that Christ only died for an elect or a chosen company (limited redemption). This group does see a need to preach the gospel throughout the world.
  3. Some basically hold all the five major points of Calvinism except one. They believe in unlimited redemption, Christ died for the whole world. They teach that anyone who believes on Christ will be saved. (Chafer, Lewis Sperry, “Soteriology,” Systematic Theology, Volume III, pp. 183-185.)
THE WORLDWIDE PROSPECT OF THE GOSPEL IS SCRIPTURALLY CONFIRMED IN SEVERAL WAYS:

THE LORD’S COMMISSION TO HIS DISCIPLES:

“Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you,” Mt.28.19,20a.

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature,” Mk. 16.15.

“And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem,” Lk. 24.47.

2.         NEW TESTAMENT TEACHING:

“Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my Spirit upon him; he shall bring forth justice to the nations,” Is. 42.1.

“Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is in it; the coasts, and their inhabitants, “Is. 42.10.

“For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same, my name shall be great among the nations, and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering; for my name shall be great among the nations, saith the Lord of hosts,” Mal.1.11.


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TEST LESSON    1              BIBLICAL BALANCE ON ELECTION AND FREE WILL

Place a T (True) or F (False) for your answer at the beginning or end of the question;

1. A theology that totally illuminates a person’s choice is to be rejected. True: ............. False: .............

2. Man is a robot when it comes to being saved. He has no choice. True: ............. False: .............

3. Should we preach the gospel to everybody? True: ............. False: .............

4. The nations reject Christ now, but in the future, many will not. True: ............. False: .............

5. Jesus was made lower than the angels. True: ............. False: .............

Fill in the blank with CAPITALS LETTERS in the spaces with the correct word/s

6. ............. believe that ............. died ............. for a ............. company of ............. .

7. ............. ye ............. and ............. all nations

8. And that ............. and ............. of sins ............. be ............. in His .............

9. For ............. is one ............. and one ............. between ............. and ............. , the ............. Christ .............

10. ............. whosoever ............. in ............. should not ............. , but ............. ............. life.


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