In light of all that I have read recently, I note that the doctrine of unconditional election is often misunderstood. Also, I know I should not be troubled by comments on my blog, but the most recent one was rather disappointing. It does feel terrible to be accused of deciding who the elect is, something which I do not do. And I think it feels even worse because I sense that this same accusation lies unsaid in the minds of people I know who do not believe in this doctrine either. So I just want to write a few quick words to clear this issue up as best as I can. If you want a detailed biblical argument, search for the appropriate resources on DesiringGod.
1) Election is an act from God’s perspective, not ours. God chooses the elect. We don’t determine who the elect is.
2) God’s choosing is not contrary to our choosing. Rather it is the premise of our choosing Him.
3) God chooses who receives His gospel as well as the means by which they hear the gospel. This is why evangelism is necessary. God makes His appeal through us. Man must hear the call of the gospel.
4) It gives us confidence for evangelism. Unconditional election places God as sovereign in salvation from start to finish. It is God who has power to save. It is by His grace that we are given the gift of faith, by which we are justified. God chooses who He will impart this grace to. As such, we know there are lost sheep out there who God will certainly bring back into the fold because He has chosen to set His grace on them and will bring His decree to pass. This is why we witness in the power of God, and not by clever words or acts of powers. This is why we are confident that even the hardest of hearts can be overcomed, simply because it depends on the sovereign power of God, and not on human will or means.
5) It is the surest foundation of God’s love for us. For those God foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified. This is unbreakable heavenly logic. God chose us before the foundation of the world for a destiny far beyond anything we can presently comprehened. It is by His power we are saved, and it is by His power we are preserved. We may be faithless, but God will always be faithful, as He has been since before the foundation of the world.
6) Man is still morally responsible for his sin. He is not exempted by this doctrine in any way.