Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Election is for adults

One of things with children is that they have no sense of gravity. You have to teach everything to them since they are born with no real sense of danger, their instinct is only for play. That's why when parents leave a gun around their kids think it's a toy, not a weapon, and they place the barrel against their stomach and use both thumbs to pull the trigger.
Only when they are cognizant of danger are kids safe with adult things.

Election is like a gun. On one hand it's a very powerful weapon for humbling a man, but on the other hand, it's also a very dangerous toy that can lead to even more pride.
I suspect that a lazy understanding of election is the thing that leads to bad Calvinism. Election is right at the edge of human reason and understanding, and so must be properly understood in light of scripture. It's because of their welfare that God will shorten the tribulation (Mat 22:24 Mark 13:20). They are the ones who won't be led astray (Mat 24:24), gathered (Mat 24:31), are free from condemnation (Rom 8:33), obtain salvation (Rom 11:7). What is missing? The statement that it's because of God's eternal decree that people are not saved.

In fact Paul has an opportunity to make this very argument in Romans 11:19 "Then you will say, "Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in." In context Paul has been talking about how the other branches were broken off, then he comes to v19 and answers the argument that everyone is tempted to make: God did that because it was His plan in election to break them off. And what is Paul's actual response? "They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you." 

"God broke them off to make room for me."
That is true, He wanted you so He made room by breaking off the unfruitful ones.
"In fact God had always planned to break them off."
No. They were removed because of their unbelief. So guard your heart that you may not become unfaithful and unfruitful as well.

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