We’re We Made As A Robotic Design With No Free Will?
As Christians we must be always alert and devoted to the studying of the Holy Scriptures as devout servants of Christ, serious about our faith.
The issues of these end-times that we are faced with are of a serious matter Christians must be aware of the Doctrines and teachings that are plaguing the evangelicals Churches today.
One of the doctrinal false teachings that’s is leading souls astray is the doctrine of once saved always saved better known as the doctrine of predestination taught by the Presbyterian,Congregation also known as Reformed Theology.
The doctrine of “once saved, always saved is the idea that once a person becomes a child of God, there is no sin that he/she can commit to cause them to lose their salvation.
Many people love this doctrine because in essence it relieves them of all personal responsibility in their relationship with God.
Christians who believe the false teaching that they are saved and that there is nothing that they can do to be lost, are not concerned about how they live, because their eternal salvation is secure no matter what.
These dangerous doctrines are also called preservation of the saints” or “eternal security and predestination. When these doctrines are accepted, they distort the thinking concerning the end times, for these heresies are an attack upon God’s love, justice, truth and purity.
This belief in the eternal security of salvation is popularized to day by many evangelical preachers of different denominations
For example, when a popular evangelical preacher Billy Graham one day was asked: “How big a sin do you have to commit before you loose your salvation?
He replied: “I am convinced that once a person sincerely and honestly trusts Christ for his or her salvation, they become a member of God’s family forever—and nothing can change that relationship. See www.billygraham.org/qna/q.asp?
the Westminster Confession of Faith, which is largely influential within Presbyterian, Congregational, United Church of Christ, in Chapter 17 on “The Perseverance of the Saints:
“II. This perseverance of the saints depends, not upon their own free-will, but upon the immutability of the decree of election, flowing from the free and unchangeable love of God the Father”. Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter 17 The Perseverance of the Saints.
The point of this quotation from the Westminster Confession of Faith is to teach the false doctrine that people are saved, not by the free exercise of their will, but by “the immutability of the decree of election,” that is, by the decree of God who elects some people to be saved and some to be lost.
But the truth is that God has given to man reason and decision-making capacities, the ability to choose, to accept and to reject.
We understand this clearly in our everyday life, God has not limited our ability to choose and decide only to the common activities of life.
This gift of free will To choose pertains also to the capacity of each person to choose Christ as his Lord or Satan, to decide to follow a course of right or wrong, to believe truth or error, to accept salvation or destruction, eternal life or eternal death.
The bible teaches this truth very clearly that man choose his own path in life and God dose not make man or pre-destine man to chose him.
Examples from the scriptures that man has a free will to choose his own way and God doesn’t choose for him.
3 He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.
4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.
We see the truth here in God’s word that men who do wrong have chosen their own ways and God calls them but they have not responded, because they continue to choose to do evil and that’s the reason that God permits delusions to come upon them.
In the book of Revelation we have another clear passage of scripture that proves the free will of man to choose God or not to choose God.
22 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.:
God gives the invitation and he say “whosoever will,”let him come and take of the free water/salvation.
But yet Presbyterian Christians don’t believe that man can exercise his free will to choose God or the things of God with out God forcing him or making man to choose.
Another example on the free choice of man found in the book of Joshua 24:15
15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
It is very clear that man has the ability to choose to serve God on his own with out God having to make him serve him.
Yet another false teaching that the presbyterian church teaches is the doctrine called Irresistible Grace this dangerous doctrine teaches that wen God makes a call for man to serve him and man can not resist the call or choose not to respond to God if he does not want to serve God.
Saint Augustine a church father of the Roman Catholic Church was one of the first to introduce the false teaching irresistible grace into christianity.
Augustine believed and taught “that God irresistibly bestowed upon the elect faith without their having believed anything or having made any decision or even having been aware that they were being regenerated.” Augustine, On the Predestination of the Saints, op. cit., 7,8,16.”
This unbiblical premise, ignores “the fact that our Lord calls to all, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest…. If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink” (Matthew 11:28; John 7:37),”
Jesus makes the call to all, all means “even the spiritually dead, can make a conscious decision to come and drink if they want to.
If grace were irresistible then it would certainly be absurd for God to plead with men to repent and believe, if they cannot unless He irresistably causes them to do so.
The word of God is very clear that man can reject the grace of God if he wants. For this reason Paul admonished those to whom he spoke to continue in the grace of God in (Acts 13:43) because at any moment they could have rejected the grace of Christ and not walked with the Lord no more.
43 Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barn-abas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.
These facts do not support the claim that we cannot resist the grace God offers.
As we have seen the apostle Paul taught much on this point of rejecting the grace of Christ or leaving the grace of Christ by falling away from the faith.
Looking diligently lest any man fail of [margin: fall from] the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness spring-ing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.
The apostle Peter also taught the same that a person can fall away from the grace of God and even reject.
2 Peter 2:20–22)
For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and over-come, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
Nowhere in Scripture are we taught a concept that God imposes his grace “upon any unwilling person. God “sent His prophets generation after generation to plead for repentance from a people who steadfastly refused the offer of His grace.”
The belief of the presbyterian church on the topic of predestination teaches that God randomly chooses a person without that person making a conscious decision.
God randomly choosing some to salvation and others to perdition, is contrary to the overall teaching of the Bible.
The message of the Bible is “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16)
If God did indeed choose certain individuals randomly for salvation beforehand, and they cannot refuse His election, then their salvation is unconditional. Christians who accepts this understanding of predestination, must logically adopt the belief that once they are saved, they are always saved.
The problem with the Predestination teaching in the Presbyterian Church (Calvinism) is that they teach “Those, therefore, whom God passes by he reprobates, and that for no other cause but because he is pleased to exclude them from the inheritance which he predestines to his children….”
Calvin, Institutes,xxiii, 1,4.
Always salvation is promised to all (“Repent, and be baptized every one of you” [Acts 2:38]) contingent upon individual faith (“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” [Acts 16:31]). Never is there a hint of God’s predestining certain ones to heaven whom He will sovereignly regenerate and irresistibly cause to believe the gospel while withholding that grace from others.
A blasphemous statement is made by R. C. Sproul, Jr
a Presbyterian minister in his book Almighty Over All Sproul Jr says “God wills all things that come to pass…God desired for man to fall into sin…God created sin.“ R. C. Sproul, Jr., Almighty Over All (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1999), 54.”
That is a blasphemous and corrupt reasoning and false teaching to blame God who is Holy, just, and good to be the author of sin. Lucifer and Adam and Eve chose to sin against God.
The real issue is God’s love and Holy character is misrepresented by the Presbyterian denominations. Another teaching from the Presbyterian church that gives God a bad name and misrepresents God’s love is the teaching called Limited Atonement.
The Limited Atonement doctrine teaches that the death of Christ on the cross was not for every human but only for those who God randomly chose to save.
“R. C. Sproul writes, “The world for whom Christ died cannot mean the entire human family. It must refer to the universality of the elect (people from every tribe and nation).”
R. C. Sproul, Chosen by God (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1986), 207.”
This doctrine is an outrageous misrepresentation of God and the gospel wen the scriptures teach us God loves all alike, Cain as well as Abel, Judas as the rest of the apostles.
Salvation Is for All Of Humanity
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16)”
“We trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. (1 Timothy 4:10)”
“The Lord is…not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)”
Advent Messenger church our “sincere and earnest desire in writing these Studies has been to defend God’s Holy character and truth for these end times and to awaken the world to the truth.
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