II Thessalonians 2:13 And Election

The term “election” in the Bible refers to God choosing people to be saved. Nobody disputes the fact that election is taught in the Bible; the issue is – is our election unconditional (we have no say in the matter) or is it conditioned upon our response to the gospel? Notice how a passage like II Thess 2:13 clears the matter up for us. It reads “… God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.”

According to that passage, God choosing/electing us is conditioned upon:

· our sanctification (our holy life)

· our belief of the truth

The hard Calvinist position is that the elect are chosen regardless of how sanctified/holy their life is, and regardless of whether or not they ever believe the truth. Now you know differently! – our election to salvation is conditional.

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