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Its Resistance  Another objection to the truth of predestination is that it precludes the use of God-ordained means. The objection arises from a wrong inference, inferring that predestination means that something is bound to happen entirely apart from any means. Some, then, think that there are people who will be saved although remaining utterly ignorant of the gospel, never see a Bible, never hear a preacher of the Word, nor ever hear the name of Christ.

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Previously three articles appeared dealing generally, and for the most part, with the mode of baptism. The first, Various Baptisms, appeared in TSB, Vol. 47, No. 1l;Mar. 1, 1971, p. 261; the second followed in Various Baptisms Exemplifying One Baptism, Vol. 47, No. 20, Sept. 1, 1971, p. 477; and the third was The Mode of the One Baptism, Vol. 48, No. 8, Jan. 15, 1972, p. 181. The first proved there were many baptisms in the Old Testament, and all, every one of them, were by sprinkling and pouring. None were by immersion.

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He restoreth my soul. The soul needs restoring, refreshing, renewing. The constant pressure of labor in one’s calling must at some regular intervals be interrupted by a pause that refreshes. Our Lord Himself, in His infinite wisdom, so counseled: Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place and rest awhile. This He deemed necessary because of the incessant stress of coming and going with no leisure so much as to eat. Hence, there are times when in our busy round of toil and care we must take care to come apart and rest awhile or we may come apart.

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ELECTION: 1. Its Origin (concluded) In the previous article we noted that the origin of election is the sovereign will of God. This is important, since it will keep us from the error of seeking any root of election in man. Having only in this way the proper perspective of the truth, we will see that election is not to be conceived of as made on the basis of foreseen faith (Canons I, 9). What possible good is there to foresee, in the spiritually dead and totally depraved sinner?

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Of those eleven cases of New Testament baptism, three are baptisms of single individuals with no children,—Jesus, the Ethiopian Eunuch and Paul. Three other cases were the disciples of John, the three thousand at Pentecost and the Samaritan converts. The remaining five were family baptisms. Since at Pentecost the promise was to the families of Israeland their children (Acts 2:39), then over half of all these cases were family baptisms. That in itself is quite significant.

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This truth is not a part of modern-day evangelism and its methods. In the last two generations, the revivalistic evangelists never referred to it, except, perhaps, to deal it a backhand slap. Modern mass evangelism, mainly, preaches a humanistic religion, based, as it is, on free will. Modern evangelists regard those as naive and narrow who: think of their cause as a compromise. Their “co-operative” evangelism is no compromise.

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 Instances of God’s predestination we showed from both Old and New Testament. Also we indicated how this truth is opposed, especially by those of Arminian thinking. We proposed to show also how this opposition to true Presbyterianism has and does appear in some of the Presbyterian bodies. In the recent confessional perversions being perpetrated in the United Presbyterian Church. USA, the doctrine of predestination was the first marked for extinction. Sometimes mother-tender intimidation is employed against this truth.

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8. Its Character  The last paragraph of the previous article really began this new turn of our subject. There we said election is solely an act of God. God does the electing and the choosing. Men and angels are the chosen ones. Election is further characterized in Scripture as absolute. It is entirely free, independent of everything outside of God himself. Why did He write some names in the Book of Life, and eliminate others from that register?

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