Written by Jay Yeager
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:09


The teaching of John Calvin has invaded most religious bodies in one form or another. The major doctrine of Calvin has five points easily remembered by the word tulip.

  1. Total depravity
  2. Unconditional election.
  3. Limited atonement.
  4. Irresistible grace.
  5. Perseverance of the saints.
 Our focus tonight will be on predestination and here is their own writing on the matter; “God, from all eternity, did by the most wise and holy counsel of His own will, freely and unchangeably ordain whatsoever come to pass” (Presbyterian Confession of Faith, chapter 3, section 1). 

Beloved, do you know what that means? Well, it means that your eternal destination was sealed before you were born. Either you are destined for heaven or destined for hell, and that destination is unchangeable. Now, hold that for a moment, for not only does that statement pertains to the souls of men, it also means that God unchangeable ordained whatsoever comes to pass.


Does man have a free will, or does God seal your eternal destination before you were born? A question like this deserves an honest investigation. If our eternal destination is sealed it will make no difference what we do, for we are either going to heaven or to hell no matter what we want, or don’t want, the freedom of choice is removed. If our eternal destination is not sealed we do have a choice, and the decisions we make will determine where we spend eternity.

 Serious questions

  1. Does God hate the shedding of innocent blood (Proverbs 6:17)? Yes _____ No _______. Is abortion the shedding of innocent blood? Yes ___ No _____. What does Exodus 21:22-23 teach concerning God’s view of a baby in the womb? _________________________________________________________________Did God ordain unchangeably the abortion of millions upon millions of babies? Yes______ No ____.
  1. Did God set before us life and good, death and evil (Deuteronomy 30:15)?  Yes_______ No_____. Did God say we could choose (Deuteronomy 30:19)?
    Yes ____ No _____. Do we really have a choice? Yes ____ No _____
  1. Did Jesus come to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10)? Yes ___ No ____. Can you lose a person predestined for heaven? Yes ____ No ______
  1. Does man have a voluntary will (Leviticus 1:3)? Yes ____ No ____
  1. Does man have the freedom to choose whom they serve (Joshua 24:15)? Yes ___
    No ______. If yes, can predestination be true? Yes ___ No ____. If no, was Joshua being facetious? Yes ___ No ____
  1. Does God want all men to be saved (I Timothy 2:4)? Yes ___ No ____Could that be a serious statement if many souls were condemned before they were even born? Yes ___ No ____
  1. Is God not willing for any to perish (II Peter 3:9)? Yes ____ No ____. How could God be longsuffering, if the outcome has already been unchangeably determined? _________________________________________________________________
  1. In Genesis 6:5-7 was God displaying a mock anger? Yes ____ No ____. If predestination is true were they doing exactly what God unchangeably ordained to happen? Yes ____ No ___. Did God condemn man for actions he programmed before the world was? Yes ___ No _____
  1. In Isaiah 38:1-5 did God change his mind? Yes ____ No ____. If no, did God lie? Yes ___ No ____. Can God lie (Titus 1:2)? Yes ___ No ___. If yes, can predestination (unchangeably ordained) be true Yes ___ No ___

 Can the saved be lost?

  1. In II Peter 2:20-22 had these Christians escaped the pollution of the world? Yes ____ No ____. Who said they had escaped? ____________________How had they escaped? _______________________________. Did they make a choice? Yes ___ no ____. What would have been better for them? _________________
    ___________________. Did they go back into the world? Yes ____ No _____. Can the saved be lost? Yes ___ No _____
  1. Did Paul warn of an apostasy (I Timothy 4:1-3)? Yes ____ No ______. Would some depart from the faith? Yes ______ No ____. Can one depart from the faith, if they were never in the faith? Yes _____ No _____

 What value is a warning? 

  1. Do those predestine for heaven need to fear (Philippians 2:12)? Yes _____

No ____

  1. Can the saved fall (I Corinthians 10:12)? Yes ____ No _____
  1. Once a name is in the book of life can it be plotted out (Revelation 3:1-5)? Yes ___ No ___
  1. Can an apostle fear for souls he had brought to Christ (II Corinthians 11:2-3)?
    Yes ____ No _____