A Question I Was Asked:

Somebody Said "We Are Not Even Able to Come to Christ" - True?

Somebody in my hearing said, "we are not able to come to Christ, even if you wanted to....it must be granted to us by God Himself." How about this?

UK Apologetics Reply:

This position is very biblical; it's simply what the Scriptures teach. A person may decide for themselves to go into stamp collecting, even train spotting, others may decide to follow a particular football team, or maybe join a library, or a book club, or fitness club (or gym), or take up tennis, or country walking, or maybe photography. All such things are within the power of all of us. Similarly a person could decide to 'join' a church, and I have no doubt that many do, but to become a true and committed Christian is a calling from God. Moreover, if one does indeed become a true and committed Christian - and is still clearly on that path, even many years later - then that person is almost certainly an 'elect' Christian. Yes, it is a matter decided in Heaven, or perhaps we should say it was decided in Heaven by God Himself long ago. This is what Scripture teaches and I don't deviate from it.

So Are 'Elect Believers' Perfect?

But - it might be asked - would such an 'elect Christian' be perfect, absolutely unblemished? Oh no, not necessarily at all, but he or she will be on God's 'wavelength.' None of the true servants of God as mentioned in Scripture were absolutely perfect, but they were all 'on God's wavelength.' For example, would such a person say something like, 'well, I know the Bible says that but I don't see it that way at all, especially in this 21st century.' If a person says a thing like that they are clearly putting this rotten society first, and a true servant of God would never do that. They know they must live in this society yet never be part of it. We are to behave as ambassadors for the kingdom of God. See 2 Corinthians 5:20. Okay, I need to back up some of these points with Scripture:

No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day. (John 6:44).

"Yet there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. He went on to say, "This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them." (John 6:64-65).

Jesus answered, "I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father's name testify about me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. I and the Father are one." (John 10:25-30).

For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. (Romans 8:29-30).

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will - to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment - to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, (Ephesians 1:3-11).

He replied, "Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. This is why I speak to them in parables: "Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: "'You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.'" (Matthew 13:11-14).

Now Read the Following Very Carefully...

Notice: if it is not God's time for a certain person to be called, their eyes will remain shut, but that person's time can come later. The mistake which Calvinism, and especially hyper-Calvinism, has made is to teach that everybody outside of this elect 'specific calling' group (by 'specific calling group,' I refer to those who are being called right now, during this church age), are simply going to Hell (according to some versions of this, even unbaptized little babies who die when young), that is a most monstrous teaching and one which is not Scriptural, rather, all outside of this group are simply being left to their own devices for now, but can still repent later. Look at these very plain Scriptures:

For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all. Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! (Romans 11:32-33, my emphases).

PLEASE NOTE: It does not say that 'For God has bound everyone over to disobedience because they are all going to Hell no matter what they do' (as Calvinism would have it), no, the majority are concluded as simply disobedient so God can more easily show mercy (with knowledge comes responsibility, these people were and are spiritually unknowledgeable).

This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. (1 Timothy 2:3-6, my emphases).

That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe. (1 Timothy 4:10, my emphasis).

By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked: Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear. They will say of me, 'In the Lord alone are deliverance and strength.'" All who have raged against him will come to him and be put to shame. (Isaiah 45:23-24).

Robin A. Brace. July 4th, 2016.