The following articles are related to the topic of PREDESTINATION

Ephesians 1:4 – Predestination

As he commences his letter to the saints in Ephesus, Paul declares that God: "chose us in him [Christ] before the foundation of the world ... having foreordained [predestinated - KJV] us unto adoption as sons through Jesus Christ unto himself?" (1:4-5). Does this passage teach that our salvation is strictly a matter of God's arbitrary election, settled before the ... read more »

Was Judas “Predestined” to Betray Christ?

"Was Judas Iscariot predestined to be lost? If not how are the following passages to be explained (Mt 26:25; Jn. 13:27-30; 17:11-12; Psa. 41:9; Acts 1:16)?" No, it is not the case that Judas was "predestined" to be lost. The passages listed above may be explained easily without resorting to the unscriptural, Calvinistic theory of predestination. Was Judas' Question, "Is ... read more »

Does John 6:37 Teach Calvinist “Predestination”?

"Please explain John 6:37.Who are those 'given' to Christ?Does this mean that they were selected by God before the foundation of the world, and are 'elected' - irrespective of their personal obedience?" The passage under consideration reads as follows: "All of those whom the Father gives me shall come unto me; and him who comes to me I will in ... read more »

Calvinism and the Great Commission

John Calvin (1509-64) was a religious reformer and theologian. The basic premise of his theology was the absolute sovereignty (right to reign) of God, out of which evolved his misguided theory of "predestination." The Swiss reformer believed that human "free will" was destroyed by man's "original sin"; thus, the innate power to yield to the will of God was lost ... read more »

Three Quick Points from 1 Timothy 2:4

In his first letter to Timothy, Paul urges that prayer be made on behalf of all men -particularly rulers -to the end that we may have a peaceful existence conducive to the Christian life. The apostle contends that this is acceptable in God's sight, "who would have all men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth" ... read more »

1 Timothy 2:4 — Salvation through Knowledge

There are many strange ideas in the religious world regarding salvation. Some contend that all people will be saved (Universalism). That notion is contradicted by dozens of passages (see Matthew 7:13,14). Others, like the Calvinists, argue that before the world was created God chose some, the elect, to be saved, and others He predetermined to be lost. That notion is ... read more »

Were the King James Version Translators Biased Toward the “Faith-Only” Doctrine?

"In your commentary on the book of Acts, you cited an author who suggested that the translators of the King James Version had a denominational bias that inclined toward the 'faith-only' doctrine. What is the basis of this charge?" The King James Version is an old and respected translation of the Holy Scriptures. We have a very high regard for ... read more »

Praise the Lord – A Study of Ephesians 1:1-14

The book of Ephesians is about the church - the eternal purpose of God in Christ. The epistle takes us from eternity to eternity, in contemplation of the divine plan. Obviously, God wants us to understand something about his eternal purpose. Ephesians demands our careful attention. Its theme could not be more important. What should we expect from studying this ... read more »

A Message from John

One of the most thrilling passages in John's first epistle is found in chapter 2, verses 1-2. The text reads as follows: "My little children, these things write I unto you that you may not sin.And if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: and he is the propitiation for our sins; and ... read more »

John Calvin and Grace

One of the most influential religious figures of the last millennium was John Calvin of Switzerland. Calvin was born in 1509. At the age of fourteen, he went to Paris to study the classics. He was so austere that his fellow students nicknamed him "The Accusative Case." In 1529, he commenced the study of civil law. Presently, though, Calvin became ... read more »