The Religious Are Not the ELECTED!
This picture is a microcosm of the total number of people who have "accepted Jesus" in the 20'th and 21st centuries and who remain the religious and not the elected.
Have you noticed that many people who don’t profess Christ seem to have better character than those who do? In fact , Over 4 decades of reviewing my Christian history, there is evidence that I have trusted unsaved people in matters of morals and business better than I have trusted the merely “religious.” Perhaps that is because most of the religious are not the elected. In other words, those who were in my Christian environment and experience were merely those who professed Christ but they were not chosen or elected by Him.
Yet the Bible says that all human beings have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Certainly as measured by human standards, there are people in the world who are quite eligible for public honor and trust. Nevertheless, some of the most moral and honorable people in every generation have not been chosen by God for salvation. So it’s understandable why many resist the doctrine of election by promoting and believing in the doctrine of self-willed decision by “accepting Christ.” .
For the last 43 years, I know this problem pretty well, as I was an atheist for 33 years who thought she was “a good person” for various reasons: I tell the truth, I have a bold, courageous nature in my fight for the humanistic causes of the downtrodden, and I am real, not a phony in any way. I can also be depended upon to keep my word. I may not tell you everything, but I will not lie to you. As a lover of the truth from the time I was 3, I can even recall my words at that age. I told my family, “Why don’t y’all stop lying to me. I know there is no Santa Claus because I was with you when you brought those presents and I watched you wrap them.”
So when an angel from God spoke to me on March 25, 1977, and called me a materialistic sinner, I was highly insulted and I passionately defended myself to him. I argued by pointing out that I periodically opened my house to the homeless and that too many times to even recall, I helped people who were “down on their luck.” Therefore, I was in no way materialistic. Nor was I a sinner. Yet in spite of my many arguments, 4 days later, March 29, 1977, that angel clearly proved to me that I was a materialistic sinner from an entirely different perspective, one that I had not even considered. This is how sin is. It has innumerable sides, styles, and trends. We also sin in our thoughts, not necessitating action or behavior.
If we look at the problem closely, we are inclined to admit that if God had destroyed the first two humans who fell into sin, He would have been perfectly justified in doing so. If He had waited for centuries for mankind to populate the entire world for 20 centuries and then He swept everyone into hell without exception, He would have been justified in doing so, for all departure from righteousness deserves God’s wrath. None of us are “good.”
So I ask everyone who boasts that they accepted Jesus, “How do you sound, fool?!” How is a sinner who can do nothing to please God have nerve enough to say that he or she accepted God???? The reason why you hate election and predestination is because even though you live and the world sees you as “a good person,” you are dead in your trespasses and sins, many of which you do not even have a clue that you consistently commit, even in your daily thoughts and even while you dream!
The first apostles and Disciples were CHOSEN! They thought they chose Him by their free will but Jesus actually chose THEM. So the Lord Himself announced the great hatred of election when He declared these words to them 20 centuries ago and to us today: (John 15)
18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have CHOSEN you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
If you love the “I accept Jesus, come into my heart” doctrine and practice that has been preached worldwide for decades now, and you hate the doctrine of election, namely that God has elected or chosen His people for salvation so that they might not boast that they chose HIM,
The religious are not the elected. Yet some simply responded to what they were taught and they “accepted Jesus.” That situation can be overturned for the truly elect, the chosen of God. Are you one of the religious who not the elected? If so, remember that according to Jesus Himself, you are a hater!