Lesson 13 – The Doctrine of Election
God does just exactly what He wants to do. This is plain from Daniel 4:35. So if God wanted to save all men it is certain that all men would be saved. But it is certain that not all men are saved (John 8:44), so it stands that God did not intend to save all men. He elected or chose to salvation all whom He intended to save. God is the supreme sovereign and election is an expression of God’s sovereignty. Election gives all glory to God. “There are only two systems of theology. One of those gives all the glory to God, the other divides it with man.” (J. W. Porter)
Arminianism is any system of doctrine that makes salvation conditional on the acts, will, or merit of man.
“Arminianism is the slickest lie the devil has ever invented in all his age-long opposition to God. It is his supreme effort to deface the godhood of God. It exalts man and insults God. It festers human pride and detracts from divine glory.”
(T. P. Simmons)
“The Bible not only teaches the doctrine (of election) but makes it prominent–so prominent that you can get rid of election only by getting rid of the Bible.” (Bishop)
1. What is an Arminian?
2. Why is Arminianism so popular?
3. What is meant by God’s sovereignty?
4. Is the Arminian idea of God the Biblical idea of God? Why or why not?
5. Why is the doctrine of election glorifying to God?
“Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God, for our Gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.”
(I Thessalonians 1:4-5)