The Confessions: On Election
On this week’s episode:
We dive into the ever controversial topic of election.
Although we’ve covered this topic before, we wanted to look at what some of the historic confessions say about it.
What kind of role does God play in salvation?
Does God’s election remove our ability to choose?
If God elects, why should we evangelize?
Why does the doctrine of election matter today?
Below is an excerpt from our earlier episode covering this, Election (Calvinism & Arminianism), which provides a list of passages supporting this doctrine. For more info on the topic, as well as counter-arguments, check out that episode:
Where do we find this in Scripture?
You can find references (explicit and implicit) all over Scripture. However, we've provided a few of the explicit references below:
For he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in love before him. He predestined us to be adopted as sons through Jesus Christ for himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he lavished on us in the Beloved One.
For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift—not from works, so that no one can boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.
Everyone the Father gives me will come to me, and the one who comes to me I will never cast out.
No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up on the last day.
For those he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, so that he would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
For he tells Moses, I will show mercy to whom I will show mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then, it does not depend on human will or effort but on God who shows mercy.
You can certainly find more passages related to this doctrine, but for sake of space we'll stop here.
Various confessions, creeds and statements that we either hold to or appreciate greatly:
Abstract of Principles (Baptist)
New Hampshire Confession (Baptist)
Westminster Confession (A.D. 1647) (Presbyterian)
Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy (Nature of Scripture)
Nashville Statement (A.D. 2017) (Biblical Sexuality) - CBMW
Danvers Statement (A.D. 1987) (Complementarianism) - CBMW
ARTICLE: Why Creeds and Confessions? (Ligonier)
ARTICLE: 6 Reasons to Confess Your Faith Corporately (9Marks)
ARTICLE: Confessions: Thick or Thin? (9Marks)
ARTICLE: Confessions: Old or New? (9Marks)
ARTICLE: TULIP and Reformed Theology: An Introduction (Ligonier)
ARTICLE: Do All Infants Go To Heaven? (TGC)
BOOK: Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J. I. Packer
BOOK: The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther
BOOK: Chosen by God by R. C. Sproul
BOOK: Five Points by John Piper
VIDEO: "Calvinism" (DesiringGod)