Does Election Exclude Genuine Seekers?

Those who oppose the Calvinistic view of election do so on the grounds that it would teach that men, who sincerely desire salvation, cannot receive salvation because they are not elect. In other words, a man may want to be saved, but he is turned away because he is not on God’s “elect list.”

There are a couple of problems with this idea:

(1). First, it is assumed that there are men who sincerely want salvation with out any intervention by God. As we have seen with total depravity, men do not desire to have any thing to do with God (Rom 3:11 says, "there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God"). He wants to run his own life. The notion that there would be individuals who want to be saved, but are not on God’s “election list” is pure, unbiblical fantasy.

(2). Secondly, this thinking separates man’s response to salvation from the Holy Spirit’s divinely effective work in the heart of men. No man is going to wake up one morning and think, “I believe I want to go to heaven.” As we will see under irresistible grace, any person who comes to Christ demonstrates that they are elect, because God calls all His elect out of the world.  If we desire to truly come to Christ, that is evidence of God's call.  We would not have that desire apart from God first working in us to desire Him. ("for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose." Phil. 2:13)

Jesus said, "All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away" -- John 6:37


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