(a.k.a. “Unconditional Election” Under Calvinism)
Those who call themselves Calvinists (Calvinism) claim that God has predestined (“unconditionally elected”) some people (individually) to be saved and others (individually) to be lost before the world began, and that not even faith itself is required for salvation (nor repentance, nor confession, nor baptism, nor perseverance, nor obedience, … nor anything whatsoever). It’s astonishing that some “Christian” pastors actually believe and teach this.
I’d like to repeat this so it’s clear: This false teaching, which comes along with the other Calvinism and “Reformed” Protestantism false teachings, says that God has already chosen who to save before the foundation of the world (and also thereby who will be lost) and that man has no choice nor say nor free will nor responsibility to accept Christ in the matter. I must immediately therefore point out that in light of their own teaching, it is ironic and hypocritical in the extreme why this group still has pastors, ministers, elders and even churches at all today preaching the gospel; for according to their own beliefs, there is no point nor effect in preaching the gospel to anyone, because God has already selected everyone to either save or condemn, and it was all predetermined long before the world began! They can all therefore close up shop and go home, right?
There is no need to preach anything, for God has already finalized His selections…but they don’t do that. Hmmm…is the hypocrite alarm going off for anyone else besides me on this? Why do they even need preachers of their theology if men cannot choose whether to accept the gospel or not? They could just as soon play reruns of Hogan’s Heroes shows at their church services and have the same result, yes?
And not only that, but this group compounds their error even further by also teaching what they call the “perseverance of the saints,” i.e., a fancy name for the “once saved always saved” false teaching, which claims that a person can never lose his salvation after confessing Christ, regardless of how he lives the rest of his life, and regardless of whether he is obedient to the commands of Christ or not. As I’ve mentioned, false teachings come in packs: where there is one, others abound. Please also see the “Calvinism” false teaching section which follows this.
In closing this false teaching, I think it’s best to simply give Wayne Jackson’s rebuttal, as I cannot say it any better: