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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Message Outlines: Chapter 8

Romans 8:26-30 (10)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 4 Study # 10
March 18, 2008
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:Biblical determinism is neither fatalistic nor indeterminism.

Introduction:In our study last week we looked into the issue of predestination as the Bible addresses it. We noted that because we live in a cause/effect universe and actions taken are purpose driven, the idea of some form of predestination is an integrated part of our lives. We also saw that "prophecy" as the biblical apologetic for the identification of the True God is impossible without predestination. As soon as the One True God says a thing "will be", it "must be" in order for Truth to mean anything. And "must be" is the basic definition of predestination -- something determined before its time. So, predestination, of itself, is simply a fact of life that we need to understand and take into account as we go about our activities.

But, as we wound up our study last week, we were looking into the real reasons for some people's aversion to "things predestined". We saw that there are two major issues. One is the "problem" of predestination "forcing" something to happen that "I do not want to happen". This is an agenda and control issue that has no place in the life of a "believer" who is supposed to consider the call of God as a summons to yield to His purpose. The other is the "problem" of eternal judgment. As soon as predestination enters into this picture, people get pretty antsy. After all, eternal condemnation is a pretty serious matter even though the vast majority of people do not think it of sufficient importance to make much of an effort to find out if it is unavoidable, or not.

Therefore, this evening we are going to look a bit further into the biblical concept of predestination to see what clarity we can gain by the effort.


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