Pondering Unconditional Election

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My brother is moving to North Carolina to pastor a church there. I know there are a lot of reasons for this move. One of the reasons is that my sister lives there. You see, I have one brother, and one sister. My brother is closer in age to my older sister than he is to me. They share lots of memories, went to the same Bible college, and have several of the same friends. I am the “caboose” of the family. I have a few fond memories of my brother and sister growing up, but they were not around a lot. Even so, a part of me still longs for their stamp of approval in my life. The curse of being the “baby” of the family, I guess. You know, the youngest is always wanting attention. 😉

I am genuinely happy that my brother and sister will be living within an hour of each other, but I’d be lying to say that I didn’t feel a little left out. It’s as though the caboose has been unhooked from the train and left to sit on the tracks. It’s a lonely feeling. Each year, my mother will go out to see my sister for the holidays and in the summer time, like she already does, only now it will be a big family reunion…minus the caboose. Then again, there’s that part of me that is excited for my sister, who hasn’t had anyone from her side of the family living near her in years. So there I am, happy/sad, happy/sad. A caboose on a roller coaster!

My point, however, is theological. My brother made a choice. A very logical choice. He picked the sister he knows the best. He picked the sister with whom he has the most in common. He didn’t choose me. If I were in his position, I would have picked her, too. God has also made choices, in eternity, above time, before the foundation of the world.

My brother has every right to choose which sister to live near.  Genesis 2:24 says, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife…” According to scripture, I have no say over my brother’s life, or his choices. He has obeyed the scripture by leaving and cleaving. Likewise, I have no say over God or His will. The scripture says in Isaiah 43:13, “Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?” And Romans 9: 14-19 says,
14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.
15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.
19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?

If my brother, a man, can choose one sister over another, why can’t God, the creator of all that was, is, and will be to come, choose to do that which He pleases with His own creation? Who am I, or any human, to say to God, “No, God, you can’t choose a people to come from (Abraham, Israel), or people to call to salvation (the elect) because that wouldn’t be fair”? Even we, when we create something, choose what we shall do with that thing we have created. My sister knits scarves. She doesn’t wait for the scarf to decide where it wants to go, but rather, she gives it away to the person of her choosing. As a mother, I do not have to ask my child what he wants to eat, I can put before him that which he should eat and he will eat it. On and on the analogy goes: the creator, the owner, choosing what to do with his creation, without regard for whom he may be leaving out.

There is not one single person walking around saying, “I would love to be God’s child, but I’m not chosen.” If they are thinking that way, they should cry out to God for salvation, for He will not turn away from those who call upon Him (Rom. 10:13). However, there are many people who have not been chosen for something by man who are very hurt. Remember those days of choosing teams for kickball? Remember holding your breath, hoping against hope that you wouldn’t be chosen last? Yeah, I remember.

When I make a choice, I do it based on the good I can see in that person or situation, like my brother did. But God’s choice was not made because He saw good in me (or in any of mankind) at all. He chose me before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4) and He will never let me go (John 10:28).

Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.

~ Psalm 65:4

With love,

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Series on Calvinism: Part 6

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The Bible says in Acts 17:10-12, “And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.”

To the person who sits in the pew week after week, hearing but not listening; nodding, grinning, but not thinking, perhaps these are the sermons for you. It’s time for you to awake from your listless state and begin thinking. It’s time to be as the noble Christians of Berea and search the scriptures daily for yourself. As the Apostle Paul says in Romans 3:4, “…let God be true, but every man a liar…”

Here’s the latest sermon in the series, which happens to mention Dr. John R. Rice and Dr. Jack Hyles:

Objections to Election – August 21, 2016

Previous sermons in the series, “Calvinism and the Bible”:

Overview of Calvinism (the TULIP acrostic) – July 17, 2016

Total Depravity – July 24, 2016

Deeper Into Depravity – July 31, 2016

Unconditional Election – August 7, 2016

Unconditional Election, Part 2  – August 14, 2016

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Series on Calvinism: Part 5

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The latest sermon in my husband’s sermon series on Calvinism is now available on SermonAudio:

Unconditional Election, Part 2  – August 14, 2016

Previous sermons in this series:

Overview of Calvinism (the TULIP acrostic) – July 17, 2016

Total Depravity – July 24, 2016

Deeper Into Depravity – July 31, 2016

Unconditional Election – August 7, 2016

As I have stated before, my husband welcomes questions, but please listen to the messages before writing. The purpose of this series is that very thing, to answer questions and reveal the myths which are so rampant about these truths. Thank you for visiting!

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Series on Calvinism Part 4

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Here is the latest sermon on Calvinism by my husband:

Unconditional Election

Here are links to the previous messages, in the order they were preached:

Overview of Calvinism (the TULIP acrostic)

Total Depravity

Deeper Into Depravity

I welcome questions or comments, but I kindly ask that you listen to the recordings beforehand. Most questions will be answered through the preaching of the Word of God. Thank you for reading and listening!

With love,

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Series on Calvinism: Parts 2 & 3

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Three weeks ago, I shared that my husband has been teaching on the five points of Calvinism every Sunday afternoon. This is something that our church has believed since the 1970’s, and is a vital part of our history. It also so happens that currently many pastors are “taking up arms” against these biblical truths and posting their misinformation online.

Terry has believed these things for almost a decade, and fully understands the opposition to these truths since he used to be on the other side of the issue. You will not find a more interesting, thorough, thoughtful, or logical explanation of the Doctrines of Grace anywhere on the world wide web. Of course, I am a bit biased.

So, if you would like to know what Calvinism is from a Calvinist, then it was ordained from before the foundation of the world that you should be here!  (Just a little Calvinist humor.) 😉

Here are the links to the audio:

Calvinism?  (Overview of the five points)

Total Depravity

Deeper Into Depravity

I will be adding links to the sermons as they become available.

Thanks for reading, and may the Lord bless you.

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Series on Calvinism

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There is a lot of information online these days against the Doctrines of Grace, also known as Calvinism. Unfortunately, most of it is very complicated, and yes, even inaccurate. If you are interested in knowing more about this important historical Baptist truth, my husband is doing a series on it each Sunday afternoon. You can tune in live to THIS PAGE each Sunday at 2PM or, you can listen to it here, as it is preached:

An Overview of Calvinism July 17, 2016

Thanks for reading,

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An Interesting Observation

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It’s been almost a year since I wrote THESE posts. I didn’t think they would be earth-shattering or cause any kind of stir, but I was wrong. I received several emails and private messages which corrected my error. I lost some friends on Facebook- some explained why they unfriended me, some didn’t. The original thread on Facebook had over 100 comments, some of them telling me that I really WAS a heretic, and they could fellowship with me no longer. One person told me my dad would be disappointed. My mother is not a confrontational person. I’m sure she wonders how in the world she ever had a child like me – outspoken, opinionated, and obnoxious. She has never mentioned any of the drama to me, but I think she reads my blog so she is aware. She wrote in my birthday card this year that my dad would be proud of me, and that she was proud of me. She underlined “proud”. If that isn’t an example of grace, then I don’t know what is.

The months rolled by. I tried explaining more of my position by writing THIS series. I don’t know if it really helped. In total, I lost about ten Facebook friends, but I gained 30 new ones. And I even got a few comments from people saying things like “I am reading and studying my Bible more since I read your posts.” Or, “Your posts were funny and they helped me.” That is a blessing to hear, and that’s what I was aiming for from the start.

But there was one extremely interesting observation:

In one year, I’ve had lots of negative feedback on my posts through email, Facebook, and comments here. I’ve heard more than one snippy sentence against the Doctrines of Grace made from pulpits, and more than one sermon against this historical Baptist position. I hear through the “grapevine” that other preachers talk about my husband in private, and sometimes in public, and boy, are they angry! But here’s the part worth noting: they don’t care enough to call. They don’t bother to drop by for a face-to-face conversation with us in love, in fear for our souls. This shows me that either they do not genuinely care about us or they don’t think it’s such a big deal after all. Either way, all of that negativity is instantly brought into perspective. If you love someone, you try to protect them, and help them, you don’t just talk about them. It’s easy to stand up and preach to those who agree with you, getting “amens” from the crowd; it’s a lot harder to look into the eyes of someone you care about and listen.

I’m only trying to stand for truth, for the Bible, and most of all, for salvation by grace alone through Christ alone. I trust the Lord to correct my error, not people who hide behind the Internet. I am on the Lord’s side, therefore, they that be with me are more than they that be with them. (2 Kings 6:16) I designed the image in this post as the wallpaper for my laptop when all the comments exploded. It has helped me to be reminded of just Who is with me.

May God show mercy and grace to my critics just as He has shown it to me.

With love,

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