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In our last installment we showed how this truth meets with bitter protestations and the methods of attack against it. Very frequently, the one who opposes this truth is almost wholly ignorant of what it is all about, hardly knowing what he is up against. Usually, his ignorance is the result of failure to enlighten himself on the subject. He has made not even a cursory study of the matter. What little scrutiny he may have given it has been darkened by the veil of prejudice which blindfolds him.

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Any real study of the doctrine of election will mean a study of plain Scripture, the whole Scripture throughout, from beginning to end. The holy Scripture alone is our standard of doctrine and practice. Faith and life have their rule in the doctrine of Scripture. There is really only one doctrine—the doctrine of Scripture. It is called the doctrine of the Lord, the doctrine of Christ or the doctrine of God, the latter receiving the main emphasis, for Scripture is God-centered.

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In the last three installments of this series we have endeavored to present that view of the decree of election which is not only the most acceptable, but which is the correct view, the one most in harmony with Scripture. We showed that divine election is that act of God according to which He chose to everlasting life, not a group of individuals, merely, but a whole church. Also we must maintain that all the members of this elect church without exception, from the beginning to the end of the world, God regards as His own children.

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9. Its Supralapsarian Character (concluded) Election takes us back to the beginning of things, to the beginning of God’s counsel, since it has to do with what has priority in the divine mind. We have been dealing with the divine order of God’s eternal purpose as that order is revealed in and may be deduced from Scripture. This, of course, means that we have been setting forth Supralapsarianism, for that, we believe, is the predestinarian view to be found in Scripture.

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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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 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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