The "Doctrine of
Predestination" is ungodly and absurd
The "Doctrine of Predestination" is ungodly and absurd
"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
|I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
God's people are predestinated to live a holy life as Jesus has lived so that God may glorify them as he has glorified Christ in heaven. God commands all people, picks the obedient ones, and he predestinates them to live as Jesus has lived as a man. They that live such a life will inherit the kingdom of heaven.
God did not create everybody the same. God created us as men and women. So also, we are born as black or white or other, tall or short, American or Arabian or other, wise or foolish, rich or poor, Jew or Gentile, fat or skinny, Christian or Hindu or other, strong or week, etc. Everybody has unique finger prints. So, God predestinated all to be born differently. Then God gives commandments to everybody. He picks the obedient and predestinates them to live a holy life as Jesus lived. Those who overcome will inherit the throne of God and to be with God for eternity. Those who do not live holy life are not predestinated to be like Jesus Christ.
Inheriting our eternal life is entirely different from how we came to our existence on earth. We had no control over our birth or much of the happenings around us on earth. But, eternal life is a reward from God for how much a godly life or ungodly life, we have lived while we are on earth.
The doctrine of predestination was founded by few theologians who loved their theology real well but despise the word of God. These theologians, probably being proud, did not receive the grace of God. Grace is given to who are humble. "James 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble." Grace is the very word of God to give knowledge and understanding. Grace is the power of God to make them stable in the truth of God. Grace is also the abiding of God to enable us to live like our master. But, proud preachers twist the word of God to suit their own lives. "2 Peter 3:16 ... in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned (in the word of God) and unstable (in holy life) wrest (twist scripture), as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction." They say that God has predestinated all things, including eternal life and eternal damnation. That is to say that God has elected certain souls by predestination to eternal salvation and he has elected other souls to eternal damnation. They say that God delights in it and it is his good pleasure. How can a righteous and holy God punish the innocent and reward the criminals? No way, that is the teaching of perverted preachers.
Usually they select Ephesians 1:4,5&11 as the primary scripture to teach predestination doctrine. They chose selected phrases, rather than the entire sentences, to prove their point. Let us study these three verses. "Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself,... 11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:" Let us study this verse with their twist:
"Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:" According to them verse four is: "he hath chosen us before the foundation of the world", because they conveniently ignore few phrases from the verse which are not convenient for them to prove their point. They say that God has chosen a few people before the foundation of the world, which means that God has chosen them even before they were born. So, the work or the striving of people to become holy and righteous, does not count for eternal life. They say that only the choosing of God does matter. If you are chosen by God, you got it made or if you are not chosen by God, you lost it. It appears to be that they give all the glory to God. But, in reality they join the devil to smear the integrity of the Lord as a righteous holy God and Judge. God chose "that we should be holy and without blame before him in love", it is not for eternal life. Since they will walk in holiness and righteousness, God has chosen them. If they walk in holiness and righteousness, then these people will inherit eternal life. The false preachers will purposely hide this fact.
The choosing of God is not random pick. God is Omniscient. God has foreknowledge, and so he knows the future before it happens. He knows who will live a godly life. He chooses them and sets them apart for himself. Those who are not living a godly life are not chosen by God. "1 Peter 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. 2 Chronicles 16:9 ...the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Psalms 4:3 But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself:..." They are chosen neither because of their names or status, but only because their heart was perfect before God and they will live a godly life. "Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:" That is, God will not chose any person over other, without a valid reason and God is IMPARTIAL, the Bible says that he is not respecter of persons.
Further the phrase was not just "he hath chosen us", but "He hath chosen us in him:" The choosing was in God himself, which means that they were abiding in God. That is, they were living in godliness of Jesus Christ, as he lived while he was a man. "Chosen us in him before the foundation of the world:" Since God chose them before the foundation of the world these theologians interpret it as predestination. But in reality it is the foreknowledge of God. "Romans 11:2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? ... 4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. 5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace." God reserved them because they have not bow their knee to the idol, and even now the election of grace that he gives grace to the humble and reserved them for himself. God knows them by his foreknowledge, still they have to go through the process, it is mentioned as election of grace. God of grace knows those people who will obey him and chose them for himself. They conveniently ignore the following portion as if it is not there. "That we should be holy and without blame before him in love:" By his omniscient foreknowledge, God has chosen only those who will love God to the extend to present themselves holy and blameless before him. The reward for their holy life here on earth is eternal life in the kingdom of God. But, eternal life was never predestinated.
"Ephesians 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself,." They say that God predestinate anybody, probably even ungodly person to be adopted as his child. But, they were lead of the holy Spirit and mortified the deeds of the body. "Romans 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father." God has predestinated holy people by his foreknowledge.
"By Jesus Christ to himself:" They ignore this portion, which is very important. The true Christians are referred to as the body of Christ, his church, the bride of Christ, etc. Jesus Christ is the head and true Christians are his body. God joins them unto himself. Before he joins them, he purifies them. "Ephesians 5:25 ...Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. 1 John 3:3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure." If a person is not purified without spot or wrinkle to be holy, he/she is not predestinated to be joined to Jesus Christ.
"Ephesians 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:" To them the verse is: "we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated after the counsel of his own will:" They omit the portions in red, in order to say what they want to say. So, no matter how they live, they get inheritance. But, "in whom also we have obtained an inheritance" and the predestination is "according to the purpose of him." It is not that God picks people in random, but God has a set principle or purpose by which he picks people. The purpose of God is to destroy the works of the devil, who deceives the people and make them to commit sin. "1 John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Then, predestination is for the purpose to destroy the work of the devil, which was leading the people to commit sin. Predestination is for them to live the life of Jesus Christ and Eternal life is the reward for holy life, but not by predestination. But they preach it as if, people are predestinated to go to heaven. They also preach that their church people are predestinated. No, no, no! People are predestinated to live the life of Jesus. If they lived a holy righteous life, then their reward is to be joint-heirs with Jesus Christ in heaven.
Let us see a few more verses from the Bible to evaluate the doctrine of predestination.
"Psalms 7:9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins. 10 My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. This shows that God establishes the just and saves the upright. So predestination doctrine is not true. God is righteous and he judges even according to the intention of their heart. So, salvation is not by predestination.
"John 1:12 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:" God does not choose his children by predestination, instead people choose and receive God. God gives them power to become his children. Those who use his power to do the will of God are chosen as children to inherit the kingdom of God.
"Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. ... 24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:" Nobody enters the kingdom of heaven by predestination, but by doing the will of God. The will of God was preached by the Lord Jesus Christ as his gospel. Those who will do the will of God, by obeying the true gospel that was preached by the Lord Jesus Christ and his apostles, will inherit the kingdom of heaven as children of God.
"Romans 2:5 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; 6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:" Hard hearted person will deserve the wrath of God. God judges every person by his/her deeds, and not by predestination.
"Romans 2:10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 11 For there is no respect of persons with God. 12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;" The Jews and gentiles are getting equal judgment. Those who have committed sin are condemned and whoever did good works are rewarded with glory, honor and peace.
Colosians 3:24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. 25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons. True servants of the Lord Jesus Christ will receive the inheritance and the false workers will be condemned. God is not a respecter of persons. This is not predestination.
"1 Peter 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 17 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:" God judges everybody according to their works. Holy people inherit the kingdom and sinners will be condemned. This is opposite to the doctrine of predestination.
Revelation 16:7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments. Those who live in sin will be punished and those who live a holy life will be rewarded accordingly. God is holy and his judgments are righteous, but not by predestination.
"Revelation 20:13 ... they were judged every man according to their works. 22:12 .. behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be." So, the inheritance of the kingdom of God will be our own making, by using the grace of God. If our work measure up for the reward, then we will receive the kingdom. It is not by predestination doctrine.
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