Predestination and Fatalism

There are no two things any more in opposition to each other than predestination and fatalism. Yet, those who believe and give witness to what the Bible says concerning predestination are very often charged with being fatalists.

Fate is simply man’s replacement god, impersonal and requiring no accountability. Fate is man ignoring what God says about how He is and what He has done in Scripture. Fate is inaction, irresponsibility and obliviousness.

Predestination is action, God in action, and while it involves every event, it is most directly associated in Scripture with individuals. It is something God has done and it has to do with His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” (Romans 8:29-30)


“Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.” (Ephesians 1:5) 


“In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.” (Ephesians 1:11)

Men may deny it, change its meaning or call it fatalism, but there are some things for sure: It will not change it. It will not change God. It will not reverse or negate what He did in eternity past. And it will not keep God from bringing His elect people into conformity with His glorious Son. Predestination is God in grace and mercy and power making a people like Christ! It is God’s doing and for His glory. This is why men by nature hate the very sound and thought of it! 

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