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What Is Predestination? (Crucial Questions) Kindle Edition
The Bible clearly teaches that we contribute nothing to our salvation. It is the gift of God (Eph. 2:8), and He alone saves. Yet many Christians bristle at this idea. If God decides who will believe, they reason, doesn’t that destroy free will? Isn’t it unfair to punish people who had no choice? In this booklet, Dr. R.C. Sproul clears up common misconceptions and distortions of the doctrine of predestination. Far from being fatalistic, this doctrine reveals the riches of God’s grace and brings comfort to our souls.
The Crucial Questions booklet series by Dr. R.C. Sproul offers succinct answers to important questions often asked by Christians and thoughtful inquirers.
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Dr. R.C. Sproul (1939–2017) was founder of Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian discipleship organization located near Orlando, Fla. He was also founding pastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Fla., first president of Reformation Bible College, and executive editor of Tabletalk magazine. His radio program, Renewing Your Mind, is still broadcast daily on hundreds of radio stations around the world and can also be heard online. Dr. Sproul contributed dozens of articles to national evangelical publications, spoke at conferences, churches, colleges, and seminaries around the world, and wrote more than one hundred books, including The Holiness of God, Chosen by God, and Everyone’s a Theologian. He also served as general editor of the Reformation Study Bible.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B07W118NV1
- Publisher : Ligonier Ministries (October 28, 2019)
- Publication date : October 28, 2019
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Predestination is about God ordaining who goes to heaven and who does not. Dr. Sproul discusses two of the most common views of predestination found in the New Testament and in church history. These two views are very different. The first view is the prescient view, and the second view is the Augustinian view, also called the Reformation view.
While examining these two views, Dr. Sproul also considers other terms such as Divine justice, mercy, and grace. In addition, he describes the outward call of the Gospel and the inner call of the Holy Spirit. The individual’s decision is the decisive factor in the first view. In the second view, God’s decision is the decisive factor.
After reading this book, I have a better understanding of predestination.
I began studying. By this time in my life I had finally learned how to dig and probe, search and discern. Perhaps that was why the passages were finally jumping out and grabbing my attention: I had finally reached the point where I COULD dig and probe and learn. So, yes. I finally proved to myself that predestination is fact. The thing is that you have to understand what predestination is. It isn't God saying people A,B,C will be saved while X,Y,Z will not be saved - no matter what any of them think, believe, or do. In other words predestination does NOT mean God simply made us to be robots who do as we are programmed to do. We have no choice to make about anything. I STILL say that definitely isn't how God created us or how we live our lives. I believe in free will AND predestination. As a teenager I believed that was impossible because I didn't understand the term.
So I know what I believe and why I believe it. Unfortunately, I disagree with too much of this book to even want to finish it. If you do, go for it. However, I think you would be better off to study the Bible for yourself like I did. I have a cross reference Bible with a concordance in the back. I don't know how I would manage to learn more accurately about the word if I couldn't find other passages on the same subject IN the word.
Since my religious preference believes that we are to accept scripture alone, we have no additional creed book or doctrine to follow. God is the only One authorized to decide what He wants: we can't add or subtract from it. That is part of my problem here. I don't need to know what the Augustinian anything says. However, it seems to be important to Sproul's discussion on predestination. It isn't to me so I am moving to another subject.
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“This view of election, also called “conditional” election, is distinguished from the historic Augustinian view, which is “unconditional.”
In the Augustinian view, God, without foreseeing any particular conditions met by man, sovereignly and eternally chooses people unto salvation. This does not mean that salvation has no conditions—it does. Faith is required for justification. But unconditional election means that God unconditionally chooses the elect for salvation and sovereignly enables them to exercise the faith that meets the necessary condition for salvation.
Prominent evangelists, working out of the prescient or conditional view of election, often employ two common metaphors in an effort to steer a careful course between two potentially dangerous concepts. On one hand, they don’t want to teach that man saves himself. On the other hand, they don’t want to say that salvation is totally of God.
Someone on shore then throws that life preserver exactly where the man needs to have it thrown, right up against his hand. The person on the shore has done everything that he can do to save the drowning man, but the drowning man must either grab hold of the life preserver or let it pass by. He must take his fingers and grip it, or he will drown and sink. In this scenario, God has done all He can to allow man to be saved, and man still has the power and moral strength left in himself to either grab hold of or not grab hold of salvation.
The other metaphor frequently used is that of a dying person with an incurable, fatal disease. The person is in his last stages of life. A doctor comes into the room with the only possible medicine to save this man from dying. The doctor pours the medicine on the spoon and reaches the spoon to the dying man’s lips. All he must do is open his lips and receive the medicine that will restore him to fullness of health. He has the power to either keep his lips clenched tight or to open his mouth and receive the medicine. The idea is that God does 99 percent with His grace—and without that grace there’s no hope of salvation. Yet there is 1 percent left to the man’s ability, and that 1 percent is the decisive factor regarding His eternal destiny.
This chapter immediately follows Paul’s introduction of the concept of predestination in chapter 1, and he now labors the point that God quickens people while they are still spiritually dead in sin and trespasses. This is why the two metaphors earlier described are not biblically accurate. The drowning man—no matter how desperate his situation as he’s about to sink and with only his fingers are above the waves—is still alive. That is not the metaphor of Scripture.
The metaphor of Scripture is that the man has already drowned. He is at the bottom of the ocean. The New Testament teaches that God the Holy Spirit is like a rescuer who dives to the bottom of the sea, pulls the dead man out, and breathes life into him. Like wise, the dying man in the hospital who has to open his mouth to receive the medicine is not really desperately and critically ill. He is already dead. Taking life-saving medicine to the coroner's office or the morgue and offering it to a corpse is an exercise in futility. A corpse cannot open its mouth to receive hea ling medicine. The person has died, and only God can make him alive.
Jesus says the flesh is no help at all; it profits nothing. It does not contribute even 1 percent; it contributes 0 percent. One hundred percent of our salvation is from God.”