Are the elect a super-special group from among billions who have ever lived? Are they the elite of the elite? According to those believers in reformed theology, the elect are those small number of special saved Christians who will be in heaven and have special rewards. They are those who are the saved in this life who have the special mercy of God abiding on them as opposed to all the “others” who are determined, by virtue of Adam’s sin, to condemnation. But not only to condemnation, but to “eternal” condemnation. This condemnation is not only because they are under the sin of Adam, or stained by Adam’s original sin, but because they want to stay in that sin rather than come to God for cleansing. The elect are those who have been chosen by God to receive His mercy and in fact cannot do otherwise, according to reformed theology. Arminians do not believe this. They believe, as failed pastor and former Muslim Ergun “Butch” Caner says, “They are elected because they selected (Christ).” Well, I thought this info below was very interesting and compelling enough to cause me to think deeply about this issue of election. See what you think. Respond (comment on this post) if you dare!
The following is an excerpt from Gerry Beauchemin’s blog, God’s Love Wins.
In The Gospel in a Pluralistic Society, a foundational handbook for the missional movement, Newbigin lays out the rational for the Church to be on mission. He argues that rather than our salvation being about a personal election to heaven it is a calling out and rescue of a people in “exile” in order to extend the same release from captivity to the world:
“God’s electing grace calls into being a people charged with the responsibility of being the bearers of His universal salvation…To be chosen, to be elect, therefore does not mean that the elect are the saved and the rest are the lost. To be the elect in Christ Jesus, and there is no other election, means to be incorporated into His mission to the world, to be the bearer of God’s saving purpose for His whole world, to be the sign and the agent and the firstfruit of His blessed kingdom which is for all.”
Lesslie Newbigin, The Gospel in a Pluralistic Society (“The Logic of Election” pgs 86-87)
We are not elected to the position of “the redeemed” just to sing about our own personal redemption but to be ourselves redeemers who have been given the “message of reconciliation” by our Redeemer for the world. An election assumes an office. An office assumes a responsibility, a job; a calling to fulfill. Newbigin did not believe our election was to proclaim the gospel message to an indeterminate audience called the “elect” but rather to the others God is determined to save through us, the rest of the world. We are blessed to be a blessing; we are saved from the world for the world. We are even at times against the world in order to be for it and save it.
Read the whole page here: http://godslovewins.com/articles-missionfounder.htm