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Evangelism Verses Predestination


July 8, 2008
Re:  Evangelism verses Predestation
Dear Tom:
You wrote:
"Your writing on predestination made so much sense.  I don't subscribe to the belief myself but have encountered three people who do believe it to be true.  Not to degrade them but they all were proud people exercising very little humility.  They did not have an interest in evangelism but were prone to argue and a desire to have the last word.  They were not that willing to answer my questions but were full of their own for me to answer.  Needless to say, our discussions went nowhere.  Has this been your experience?  If predestination is true and valid, why did Christ suffer and die on earth?  Why do we evangelize today?  Why did Paul make the journeys he did?  Why do we need a bible?"
Tom:  People who choose to believe in this teaching do so in order to justify their disobedience to Christ.  When someone tells me they are a predestinationist, as an excuse to not do evangelism, I do not argue with them about the rightness or wrongness of their belief, I ask them this question:  "Are you predestined to be saved or lost?"  If they say "Predestined to eternal life."  I then will point out to them that God's word states in:
1 John 2:3-4 "By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, I have come to know Him, and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him."

We are saved by faith in the death and shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross.  However, the Bible teaches that if a person is truly saved it will be evidenced by their obedience to Christ.  I then will tell that person "If you are predestined to be saved, Jesus' Word states plainly that it will be evidenced by your obedience to Him.  It will not matter whether you believe it will do any good since by your belief you believe those who will be saved has already been determined by God, that is not your concern.  If you are then the predestined you will show this by your obedience to Christ by going out and sharing His love and forgiveness in the Gospel with humanity.  If you argue against that, then 1 John 2:3-4 states plainly that you are a liar and those destined to be lost."

These things are never about what people believe but about the rebellion in their hearts they are justifying.

Sincerely in Jesus,

Dale P. Kruse
Pastor Evangelist

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