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Chosen by God Paperback – September 21, 1994
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We choose God because he has opened our eyes to see his beauty. We love him because he first loved us.
Predestination, says R. C. Sproul, isn’t just for Calvinists. It is for all biblical Christians. In this updated and expanded edition of Chosen by God, Sproul shows that the doctrine of predestination doesn’t create a whimsical or spiteful picture of God, but paints the portrait of a loving God who provides redemption for radically corrupt humans. There is mystery in God’s ways, but not contradiction.
About the Author
Dr. R. C. Sproul is chairman and president of Ligonier Ministries, an organization that provides biblical and theological training for laypeople. He is the Minister of Preaching and Teaching at Saint Andrews Chapel in Sanford, Florida and has served as a professor at Reformed Theological Seminary, Knox Seminary, Westminster Seminary California, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. The author of many books on the Bible and Christian doctrine, including the award-winning The Holiness of God, he also hosts the international radio program "Renewing Your Mind," heard in over 120 countries.
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In his book, Chosen By God, Dr. Sproul puts forth the best argument for a Calvinistic interpretation of scripture that I have ever read. So many Reformed theologians, when arguing for Calvinism, put up a "straw man" for the Armenian arguments against Calvinism, making it easy on them to "prove" their points. Dr. Sproul does not take this easy way out. Indeed, he is brave enough and confident enough to put up the very best and most convincing arguments against Calvinism (supporting the Armenian position)... and then he proceeds to systematically, with compassion but without compromise, destroy those arguments using not his opinion... but using scripture in its full context.
This argument of Calvinist theology versus Armenian theology has separated Protestant denominations for centuries. The argument is, at its core, "Did God choose you, or did you choose God?" Or, put another way, "Does faith precede regeneration, or does regeneration precede faith?"
People who dismiss this argument as "splitting hairs" or as being "six of one and half a dozen of the other" are people who simply do not understand the importance of the argument. A God that allows one's eternal destiny and salvation to be left up to a combination of sinful human "free will" of choice, and an apparent randomness or luck (when and where were you born? to Christian parents? in a Western nation? etc.) is a God that is not truly sovereign... not really in control, but merely "supervising" or "watching us from a distance" as the heretical songwriter Bette Midler sang in her infamous song.
Rather, as Ephesian One (and other scripture) clearly teaches... God has chosen you, from the foundation of the world... before human time began. Your feeling of "free will" in choosing God is merely an illusion... it is God who opens your eyes, and draws you unto Him. This idea is revolting to the typical American / Western mind... a mind steeped in independence and personal freedom of choice. But this is not a government of Man we are talking about... it is a sovereign Lord of all creation... the author and sustainer of space and time and reality and human souls. His ways are not our ways... His thoughts are not our thoughts.
If you do not grasp the idea behind what is popularly called "Calvinism" (the theology of a totally sovereign God), then you fall grievously short of understanding the nature of the God of the Bible.
Countless people over the past few decades have approached this book as skeptics, refusing to accept such a view of God... and after reading this book with an open mind, they have come away humbly realizing that scripture does plainly teach this, and that the "choice" to be made is: do I believe what I want to believe is true... or do I believe what the Bible teaches me is true? One choice leads to a life of shortsighted denial and pride... the other leads to the life that the Bible calls us unto... a life of truth-seeking.
R.C. Sproul has effectively, and sensitively, addressed any, and all, concerns over "election" without being "preachy" or arrogant in his perspectives.
He successfully counters all Arminian doctrine using >scripture< and interpretive logic.
Not only that, but he addresses the importance of embracing this incredible doctrine! The responsibilitities, duties and privilege we have as Believers is augmented and raised to a whole new level when this God-inspired Pauline doctrine is understood!