Predestination by P H Mell (142 KB)
Predestination is that eternal, most wise, and immutable decree of God, whereby He did, from before all time, determined and ordain to create, dispose of, and direct to some particular end, every person and thing to which He has given, or is yet to give, being; and to make the whole creation subservient to, and declarative of, His own glory.
Predestination by Matthew J. Slick (107 KB)
If you're a Christian, you've heard of predestination. You must have because the Bible uses the word and teaches the idea. But what is predestination? How does free will fit in? What about man's sinfulness and God's sovereignty? Is predestination a fair doctrine or does it make God out to be dispassionate and tyrannical? In this paper, I will attempt to answer those questions.
Predestination by aymon de albatrus (48 KB)
The plain truth is that NO ONE knows the purposes of God and for what reason He has given life to Creation, but we do know that God is benevolent towards His creation and that any one that goes to Hell cannot lament the condemnation for it is entirely due to his own sins.
The Doctrine Of Absolute Predestination by Jerome Zanchius (478 KB)
Having considered the attributes of God as laid down in Scripture, and so far cleared our way to the doctrine of predestination, I shall, before I enter further on the subject, explain the principal terms generally made use of when treating of it, and settle their true meaning. In discoursing on the Divine decrees, mention is frequently made of God's love and hatred, of election and reprobation, and of the Divine purpose, foreknowledge and predestination, each of which we shall distinctly and briefly consider.
Predestination & Divine Attributes by Jerome Zanchius (156 KB)
Of these attributes, those on which we shall now particularly descant (as being more immediately concerned in the ensuing subject) are the following ones: I., His eternal wisdom and foreknowledge; II., The absolute freedom and liberty of His will; III., The perpetuity and unchangeableness both of Himself and His decrees; IV., His Omnipotence; V., His justice; VI., His mercy.
A Treatise On The Predestination Of The Saints by Augustin (144 KB)
Wherein the truth of predestination and grace is defended against the semi-Pelagians (Arminians), — those people to wit, who by no means withdraw altogether from the Pelagian heresy, in that they contend that the beginning of salvation and of faith is of ourselves; so that in virtue, as it were, of this precedent merit, the other good gifts of God are attained. Augustine shows that not only the increase, but the very beginning also of faith is in God’s gift.
Election and Predestination (111 KB)
It is strange that many of those who profess to be Christians refuse to accept God at His word when He declares that He chose us and predestinated us before the foundation of the world. It is not possible to believe the Scriptures to be the Word of God and not believe in the election and predestination of His own, for the second statement nullifies the first.
A Brief Comparative Study of:Arminianism and Calvinism (Table) (36 KB)
It contrasts the Five Points of Arminianism with the Five Points of Calvinism, it is the clearest and most concise form found for the edification of the average student.
Verses Concerning Predestination (98 KB)
A collection of verses concerning Predestination, not a few.
Are All Men Saved? (86 KB)
Predestination is the doctrine that God alone is the One who chooses who is saved, that He ordains the means, the time, and the circumstances of salvation and that without His predestination, no one would ever be saved. In part this is because human nature is so completely corrupted by sin that no person is capable of choosing God unless God first regenerates that person. But any Bible student will soon discover there are verses which say God wants all men to be saved. For example, "This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth"(1Ti 2:3-4, NIV). The question, then, is if God predestines only some to salvation, why are there verses that say God wants all to be saved?
Dear Friend Consider this (33 KB)
In my article on "Preordination" what I really desired was to have an answer from you on the following concept (borrowed from someone else) that if taken calmly and correctly may satisfy to a large extent both camps. I am not sure if you skirted an answer or just did not gel.
No man can – Unless John 6:44 (49 KB)
Humans have neither power nor will of themselves to come to Christ being dead in trespasses and sins (Eph 2:1). And are impotent to everything that is spiritual and whilst men are in an unregenerate state, blindness, and darkness, they see no need of coming to Christ, nor they see anything in Him worth coming for; they are prejudiced against Him, and their hearts are set on wordily things and coming to Christ is to them pure madness (1Co 2:14). Coming to Christ requires a certain faith, which is not in man’s self; it is the gift of God (Eph 2:8) and the operation of His Spirit.
The Election and Predestination of the Believer (46 KB)
If it is true that there are none that seek after God, call upon His name, choose Him, or receive Him, then how did we believe?
John 6:63 "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing.