This was suppose to be a comment on the “Paul Washer Exposed” post, but because of the length of it I have decided to put it up as a post. This is what I have submitted on Facebook before I got called a false teacher, serving a false god, digging a hole for myself, etc. And this was said by a so called christian teacher. And please friends, be honest with me if I am in error.
Rom 8:29-30 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. (30) Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Eph_1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
2Th_2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
Rom 9:15-23 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.(16) So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.(17) For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.(18) Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.(19) Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?(20) Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? (21) Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? (22) What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: (23) And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
Clearly Paul wasn’t confused when he wrote about predestination. He wrote about it with authority and he did not do it to confuse the church. Why is it then that it is so controversial today? Is it meant to be a hidden or dividing subject?
Some say predestination is a Calvinistic teaching. I am really not much into Calvinism, but did some refreshing on the subject. The biggest church in South Africa, the Dutch Reformed church, is based on Calvinism. I have never been a part of that church. I know they believe in baptizing infants and apparently once the baby is baptised, he is a child of the new covenant and apparently predestined for salvation as long as he sits in the church and pay his tithes. Well, that is a lot of nonsense and it is not biblical. I can understand why people can then be so scared of the predestination teaching that they will mark it as a false doctrine causing people to go to hell.
Well, predestination will not vanish out of the Bible. It is a fact of Scripture. Now let me try to give you my understanding of what is meant by predestination.
1Pe 1:18-20 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; (19) But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: (20) Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
As we can see here Christ was foreordained to die for us even before the foundation of the world was laid. Before this 3rd rock from the sun was even formed, when there was nothing in this universe, the Son of God was predestined by His Father to come and die for a sinful race.
Now this is huge, but keep in mind God is not limited by space and time. He knows the end even before the beginning. He is never caught by surprise. If Christ was foreordained to die for us, He must have known that Adam will fall. The cross was not plan B. It has always been plan A.
Now by looking at predestination from Gods eternal view, is it still a mystery? Did He not know before the foundation of the earth who will accept His free gift of salvation and who will reject it? Everyone who ever lived had the choice to accept or reject His offer of salvation. He knew Pharaoh will reject Him, so He made him a vessel of His wrath for His glory. Jesus knew Judas would betray Him and therefore he was predestined as a vessel of wrath. Even the coming antichrist will have a choice with a free will, but we know from Scripture what he will choose. I submit to you that those people whose hearts God has hardened and were used as vessels for His wrath would never have made a choice to serve the Living God. And because all knowing God knows it, they are predestined for His wrath.
In the same way God knew who will accept His call, and He called them predestined for Glory. Do you think my dear friend that God was surprised the day you gave your life to Him? No, He knew that you would do it before you were even born. Do you think that before the Son of God was born from a virgin, He did not know every single person by name who will except His free gift of salvation?
Now then, is God unfair for creating people who He knew are destined for wrath? Surely not, as we cannot blame God for the choices people make. We all still have a free will. God knows our choices; He does not make it for us. He only works around it.
So my friends, predestination is not sitting back because God made us who we are and he decides where we will end up. Predestination is still preaching the Gospel, repentance, working out your salvation and warning people about coming judgment as we as humans do not know who is destined for glory and who is destined for hell.
In short, predestination is God knowing in advance what we will choose, but the choice is still ours.