Sovereign Election – objections pt 1
o Sovereign election is not a product of a theological system, but is the consistent testimony of scripture.
§ Although this is the case, this is a sensitive topic for many, and people frequently object to sovereign election.
o As we will see, most of the objections are not based on scripture, but on emotional arguments.
§ And when people use scripture to make a point against sovereign election it is either bad exegesis or a misapplication of a text.
- What are the objections?
o Two common ones are, it is fatalistic and mechanistic
§ Fatalistic – Our human choices and decisions do not make a difference
§ Mechanistic – Everything has been inflexibly determined by an impersonal force long ago.
· Therefore, we are more like robots or machines than genuine persons.
o These objections stem from an emotional reaction to election and are really leveled against the sovereignty of God.
§ People want to say God is sovereign, but when it comes to election they quickly back track.
o When we look at the sovereignty of God sometime in the future, we will answer them more fully.
§ From the standpoint of election though, we answered them for the most part in our study of "How free is the will?" here, here and here.
o God’s predestination is described as being done in love and very personal
§ Ephesian 1:5 - In love he predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ.
§ 1 John – We love because he first loved us.
o Our choices are certainly meaningful according to God as we do have to believe and repent.
§ God does not repent and believe for us but man has to repent and believe on his own.
· Scripture does not see any problem with God's election and our responsibility to repent and believe.
· We must believe in the Lord Jesus (Acts )
o Faith is a gift of God (Ephesians 2:8-9)
· We must repent from our sins unto God (Acts )
o Repentance is granted (2 Timothy )
- Predestination is based on foreknowledge of our faith.
o This view of foreknowledge is no where found in scripture.
§ In fact, foreknowledge in scripture enforces sovereign election not the other way around
· God foreknows persons NOT actions, decisions and faith.
§ Foreknow simply means to know beforehand or know in advance.
o Romans - For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son…
§ It is poor interpretation or more accurately, eisegesis, to insert faith or a decision in Romans 8:29.
· God foreknew “those” a reference to people, not their decisions.
§ Continue reading in Romans 8:30 and Paul continues talking about “those” being predestined, called, etc.
· “Those” are God’s people and Paul called them the “elect” in vs 33.
o Foreknowledge is God’s intimate knowledge of His people, which He had before the world began.
- Does scripture ever speak of faith or anything else as the basis for election?
o No! Romans 9:11-13 about Jacob and Esau.
§ Vs 11 – “…though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad…” The Lord chose Jacob over Esau.
o See also Ephesians 1:5-6, which we talked about last week, how God chose us according to His will.
§ And 1 Corinthians -29 – God chose the foolish and weak so no ONE may boast before God.
o There are many more things that could be said about this unbiblical, faulty view of foreknowledge but just realize this.
§ In our depravity, if God had not chosen to regenerate and redeem us, but left us to make the final decision then we would have ultimately rejected Him.
o Praise be to God, in His love and mercy He did choose us, He did redeem us, He did regenerate and make us His beloved children.
§ As the great hymn writer exclaimed, “Amazing pity! Grace unknown! And love beyond degree!”