Election, Reprobation, Culture, Masturbation, and Homosexuality

Posted: August 9, 2011 in Uncategorized
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My Pastor has been going through a sermon series where he is biblically answering some questions his flock has asked through email. It has been two weeks through the series and he has addressed election and the culture, masturbation, and homosexuality. I want to share with you these resources with you!
Election
More election resources
Sexuality

Here is a something I wrote to a friend a couple years ago. This may not make sense until you have listened to the sermon on “election.” Below is what some call “double predestination” or “reprobation.” My fear is that some will misread or misinterpret or that I would have miscommunicate. This should cause us to be joyfully humble that God has called us to Himself just like He did with the Apostle Paul (Acts 9:1-19). However, if I am wrong biblically, please let me know. Also, please feel free to ask any questions if I was unclear:

This essay assumes you believe in the TULIP, that is the 5 points of Calvinism. I will not try to defend each point of Calvinism, but rather trying to explain why believing the “U” in the TULIP—unconditional election, is actually the same as Double Predestination.
According to Wayne Grudem, he defines Election as “Election is an act of God before the creation in which he chooses some people to be saved, not on account of foreseen merit in them, but because of his sovereign good pleasure.” Grudem also defines Reprobation as, “the sovereign decision of God before creation to pass over some persons, in sorrow deciding not to save them, and to punish them for their sins, and thereby to manifest his justice.”
Double Predestination is mainly used by Arminians who are attempting to break down the Calvinist way of thinking. Calvinist stress God’s sovereignty over man’s will.
I think the issue here is in understanding the doctrine of reprobation. Romans 11:7 says “The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened.” Paul says here in Romans that those who were not elected have been hardened. This type of hardening has not been for those who happened to sin, but for those who were predestined to sin—mainly, humans.
1 Peter 2:8 says, “they stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do so.” On a note in Grudem’s book, Systematic Theology, he says that “the verse does not simply say that God destined the fact” that they would sin. But rather they were destined to sin and disobey. The word “destined” here does not mean that because they acted a certain way they become “destined” to hell. This is not the same terminology that when we act a certain way we may say, “You are destined to do such a thing”. The Greek word for “destined” here has the possibility of being in the passive tense, however the word can also mean to “ordain” but it is impossible to “ordain” a person in a passive manner.
Before I continue at looking at a few different verses, it has come to my attention that this “double” side of election is one that we should not rejoice in it, because God does not take pleasure in it. Sure, it brings Him glory, but it does make Him sad (Ezek. 33:11).
“What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience the vessels of wrath made for destruction” (Rom. 9:22; Italics mine). Notice the word made. It does not say, “the vessels of wrath that had chosen destruction” or “the vessels of wrath that is in sin on their will”. But what does it say? The vessels made for destruction. Why would God do this? To demonstrate His power! I do not know of another way to understand the word in the text, “made”. If God made something for a purpose, He is actively involved in causing them do whatever they were made for. Ultimately His glory, but we all have had different tasks to do for this very purpose. Some were made “for honorable use and another for dishonorable use” (Rom. 9:21)?
For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”
So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.
You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?”
But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?”
Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use?
What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, (Rom. 9:17-22)

Why was Pharaoh created? Answer, to exemplify God’s magnificent power throughout the whole earth. God shows mercy to whom He wants and hardens whom He wants. Again, to harden someone has to be active in some way. This could be by removing some grace from one’s life and the person will naturally seek sin—which is hardening his/her life. Pharaoh wanted to harden His heart. This was His desire, but God cause it to happen!

For the brief reasons listen above, I have to accept the fact that God predestined some to spend eternity in Heaven and He predestined some to spend eternity in Hell.

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