Exposing The Presbyterian Church (Part 3)
By: Brian A. Yeager
In this, our third article examining and exposing the errors of the Presbyterian Church, we shall proceed as planned. We are going to begin this article by exposing the false doctrine of unconditional election. If this happens to be the first article you have read, please understand this is one article in a succession of many articles. While you can certainly start studying here, there are many things you have missed. You should go all the way back to pick up the first in this series beginning on September 27th, 2009. Now let’s get to the point of this article.
The Error Of Unconditional Election
In their own words, here is the teaching of the Presbyterian Church on the subject of Unconditional Election: “Unconditional election refers to God's sovereign and gracious work of election by which, from all eternity, God determines to exercise saving grace to a particular group of people chosen from out of the mass of fallen humanity. God gives this saving grace according to the good pleasure of His will, and not according to some foreseen actions, responses, or conditions met by men. God's election is based purely on His sovereign grace and not upon anything done by humans. The elect are brought to saving faith by the work of the Holy Spirit. The elect receive special grace from God. The non-elect receive common grace, but in the end receive the justice of God” (http://www.wpcajax.org/on-calvinism).
The doctrine of Unconditional Election is merely a doctrine that states God is a respecter of persons. They are teaching that there are some people whom God has elected as His chosen. They must do nothing to receive this place, but are merely His chosen people. Folks, the Scriptures plainly declare otherwise. Please notice that the word of God says He is not a respecter of persons. Let’s begin with some Old Testament Scriptures: “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he… Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts… Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins… These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment… To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress” (Deuteronomy 32:4, II Chronicles 19:7, Psalms 7:9, Proverbs 24:23, and Proverbs 28:21).
Neither did God become a respecter of persons once the New Testament period began: “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… And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God… For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him… And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him… Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear” (Acts 10:34-35, Romans 2:3-11, Romans 10:12, Ephesians 6:9, and I Peter 1:16-17).
Is there just a select group of people that will be saved? The Scriptures do not teach that. Notice: “Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye… But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved… For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise... Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him… Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city... And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (Ezekiel 18:31-32, John 1:12-13, Romans 10:13, Galatians 3:26-29, Hebrews 5:8-9, and Revelation 22:14; 17).
All sincere students of the Bible know that the Scriptures above are just few of the many we could have used. We are not going to end this article yet, so more will be offered to answer the false doctrine of unconditional election. At this point though, I find myself wondering how many more Scriptures it would take to convince a Calvinist that they are wrong? Wouldn’t any one, of the many already mentioned, be enough to show an honest person that the doctrine of “Unconditional Election” is false? Well, sometimes people are just not honest (II Peter 3:16-18). How can anyone read any portion of the Bible and think that the Presbyterians have this right? As we now proceed, I want to pose some questions that anyone holding the error of “Unconditional Election” would not be able to honestly answer.
Dear Calvinist, Answer This One For Us!
If God will specially elect any number of people to receive “special grace”, why would He not extend that same gift to all? Please consider these Scriptures in your answer: “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else… And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth... Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation... For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth... 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” (Isaiah 45:22, Isaiah 49:6, II Corinthians 5:17-19, I Timothy 2:3-4 and II Peter 3:9).
If God will specially elect any number of people to receive “special grace”, why do the Scriptures say otherwise? Please consider these Scriptures in your answer: “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Titus 2:11-14).
The Scriptures teach there is one body, one faith, etc. (Ephesians 4:4-6). The Scriptures also teach that the one faith, the Gospel, is the saving power of God unto Salvation (Romans 1:16). If this election garbage is true, why does the Lord want his word, which is able to save (Ephesians 1:13 and James 1:21), preached to everyone? Please consider these Scriptures in your answer: “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen… And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned… Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem… Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth… And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world” (Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-16, Luke 24:45-47, Acts 13:46-47, and Romans 10:15-18).
While many more questions could be asked of Mr./Mrs. Calvinist, we have space for just one more. If election occurs without man doing anything to receive or reject it, why do the Scriptures say otherwise? Please consider the following Scriptures in response to this question: “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day… And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation… Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling… Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God” (John 12:48, Acts 2:40, Philippians 2:12, and Hebrews 3:12).
Some false doctrines seem almost too easy to answer. This is certainly one of them. We could have built up much more evidence. However, it is clear, everyone who is able to hear and obey has the opportunity of salvation (Matthew 7:21-27). Our next article will address “Limited Atonement”.
Volume 10 – Issue 22 - February 21st, 2010