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The False Doctrine of Predestination
The False Doctrine Of Predestination
"Predestination" is a false doctrine which teaches that God has already arbitrarily chosen those He is going to save, even before they are born and everyone else is going to be lost. It says that God predestined the salvation or damnation of every person without any regard to the good or evil one may do, and that there is nothing a person can do that has any bearing at all on his salvation. This plainly contradicts what the Bible says.
The Bible says, "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:9). God wants all people to be saved and does not predestine anyone to be saved or lost. The only thing that God has predestined or predetermined is to save those who are obedient to His commands (Hebrews 5:9 – "And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him”) and to punish those who are disobedient (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 – "And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.” "Predestination" accuses God of being partial and showing favoritism. But God’s word says that, "Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth Him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with Him.” (Acts 10:34-35).
The false doctrine of "Predestination" makes every command, every warning, and every admonition of God useless. With "Predestination" there is no reason to try to teach anyone the gospel of Christ if God has already arbitrarily decided who is going to be saved and who is going to be lost. This makes no sense at all. But Jesus says, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). God’s offer of salvation is available to everyone, but each must choose whether he will accept or reject it.
It is God "who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth" (1 Timothy 2:4), not just some men to be saved. This doctrine falsely teaches that Christ died only for those he elected to save, but the Bible says concerning Christ, "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” (Hebrews 2:9). "Predestination" falsely teaches that the blood of Christ is not available for all men. But the Bible says concerning Christ, "And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world" (1 John 2:2). Christ died for the whole world, not for just some. The false doctrine of "Predestination" plainly contradicts what God says in the Bible and must be rejected, if one really wants to be saved and go to Heaven.
Adapted: Bro Ron Boatwright
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