Election and Predestination


The subject of election and predestination has been one of controversy in the church for centuries.  I do not claim to have the final answer on this by any means.  It is, however, something to ponder, as there are a great many passages that relate to this issue.  The following documents are provided to help you think through the issue for yourself.  Some of these are my own writings, but some are by others.  The first document below is by a friend of mine, Dr. Charlie Bing, who succinctly describes seven different views of election.

        "Free Grace and Views of Election"  -  Dr. Charlie Bing, GraceLife Ministries


        "How God Draws People to Salvation" (John 6:44)  -  Dr. Charlie Bing, GraceLife Ministries

"No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day."

        "Reflections on Acts 13:48  -  'Appointed to Eternal Life'"  -  Dr. J. Paul Tanner

"When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord;
and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed."

        "What is the Gift Mentioned in Ephesians 2:8-9?  Why the Discussion Needs to Shift Away from Faith as a Gift"  -  Dr. J. Paul Tanner

8 "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves,
it is the gift of God;
9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast."

        "Preliminary Reflections on Election and Predestination in Ephesians 1:4-5  -  Dr. J. Paul Tanner

4"He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.
In love
He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will."