The Elect

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

In Christ,

Craig

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3 responses to “The Elect

  1. This is what I believe as well!

  2. Maybe I’m misunderstanding you, but are you endorsing universalism here?

    • Hey Nolan!
      Thanks for stopping by and checking out this article. I hope school is going well for you and that you are mining the depths of God’s love for you! The answer to your question is “Absolutely!” As I have spent the last 20+ years of my life studying God, I have finally arrived at a place where God and His Word make more sense than they ever have. No more contorting text to fit my theology. No more “lame” excuses to treat difficult texts (though I realize every theology has difficult texts to deal with in the Bible), trying to fit the Word into either Calvinist or Arminian theology. As I have studied many and more aspects of the Bible and church history, I have come to find out that it is not God’s revelation that is in error but man’s error, conforming God to man’s image of what the church (man has made it about power and money) should be and who should hold it, and who God is (God is either loving BUT just (one aspect of reformed theology) or He is loving but not powerful enough to overcome the human will with His love (one aspect of Arminian theology)) The God I now know and love and see in the Bible, is one WHO IS LOVE. Heovercomes all adversaries and will one day overwhelm everything in creation with His all powerful love and restore everything to what it was originally designed for, loving relationship with Him! Sorry for such a long reply, but I do get rambling sometimes.

      Anyway, God’s richest blessings to you!
      Love in Christ,
      Craig

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