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By James Ray
Does God predestinate some to go to heaven and others to go to hell
without giving them a choice in the matter? Are we wasting our time
with sending missionaries to foreign lands?
GOD IS SOVEREIGN AND HIS SOVEREIGN WILL had a wide range of readership, including England,
IS THAT MAN SHOULD CHOOSE.

Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. A reader wrote to me
Some years ago in England, the author published a stating that since God was Sovereign, all of His grace
Gospel publication known as Bible Truth. The periodical had to be sovereign too. Therefore, the term Sovereign
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Grace was scriptural, meaning that God would save
some by that Grace and reject others. The writer went
on to explain, “If God wanted to save the whole world,
He would do it, and since God has not done it, it is not
His will to do so.” It is this type of argument that the
hyper-Calvinists usually use to prove their point.

This argument, however, quickly breaks down when
applied to any other areas. For example, shall we
conclude that God delights in murder, lies, and adultery
because He does not stop these things? Surely being
sovereign, He would stop all of this if He did not desire
it to happen. The truth is that God DOES allow murder,
lies, adultery, and evil in this world, and He DOES NOT
APPROVE OF IT!
H is Word abounds with
verses against these
things. He DOES allow men
to reject Him, yet He desires
for them to be saved. WHO
WILL HAVE ALL MEN TO
BE SAVED, AND TO COME
UNTO THE KNOWLEDGE
OF THE TRUTH (1 Timothy
2:4, emphasis added).

The Bible clearly teaches
that God wants all men to
be saved; yet, some men
reject God. The Church and Christ are compared to a
husband and wife in Ephesians 5. Is it honest to say that
a bride has absolutely no say in the marriage? It is true
that the initial choosing is done by the groom, yet, what
man wants a bride who does not choose him also? As
recorded in Genesis 24, when the servant of Abraham
asked Rebekah if she would go and become the bride of
Isaac, he said, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said,
I WILL GO (Genesis 24:58, emphasis added). She made
a personal decision. It is clear from verse eight of that
chapter that she could have chosen NOT to go, And if
the woman will not be willing to follow thee....

GOD’S METHOD OF ELECTION IS BASED ON
HIS FOREKNOWLEDGE OF THOSE WHO WILL
SAY “YES” AND THOSE WHO WILL SAY “NO.”
is the bringing to pass of the election. Election looks
back to foreknowledge; predestination looks forward to
destiny.” God does not determine the choice. On the contrary,
He decrees choice. To deny Him this is to deny His
sovereignty. W
hen God looked out into the future when there
would be a world full of lost sinners and saw a
man, woman, or young person who would in true faith
come to Christ, whose heart would respond to the call
of the Spirit, who strives with all men, He said that
that person is MINE and wrote his/her name in the
Book of Life. Romans 8:29 tells us: For whom he did
FOREKNOW, he also did predestinate to be conformed to
the image of his Son (emphasis
added). One thing is certain—God
knows ahead of time those
who will accept Him. It is
not unreasonable to believe
that He loves those people
in a special way because they
are by belief and choice HIS.

God hath from the beginning
chosen you to salvation
through sanctification of the
Spirit and BELIEF of the truth
(2 Thessalonians 2:13, emphasis added).

The “whosoever wills” are in His heart and have been
before time began. God would not tell a person to come
if he could not come or to believe if he could not believe.

Some picture God like a cat playing with a mouse,
letting it go only to grab it again to eventually kill it—a
game of doom.

God is sovereign and His sovereign will is that man
should choose. Again, keep the Bible order always
before you: foreknowledge, election, predestination!
THE BIBLE NEVER TEACHES LIMITED
ATONEMENT OR LIMITED GRACE.

The followers of hyper-Calvinists go to great lengths to
prove their fallacious doctrine of hyper-Calvinism with
First Peter 1:2 states Elect according to the such verses as Esau have I hated (Romans 9:13) and
FOREKNOWLEDGE of God (emphasis added). In the whom he will he hardeneth (Romans 9:18). They lose
1917 edition reference notes of C. I. Scofield Bible, he sight of the context of Romans 8:29, which states the
wrote the following: “The divine order is foreknowledge, fact of foreknowledge.

election, predestination. That foreknowledge determines It is true that Esau and Pharaoh did not have as much
the election is clear from 1 Peter 1:2 and predestination of God’s mercy as Jacob and Moses, but it is equally
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