The Erroneous Doctrines
< Romans 8:29-30 >
“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined
to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among
many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called;
whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also
These passages tell us that God has predestined
to save people in Jesus Christ. To do so, God has called them in Christ, justified
those whom He called, and glorified those whom He justified. All the basics
of the Scripture are planned and worked out within Jesus Christ. This is what
the Book of Romans tells us, yet many theologians and false ministers have turned
this clear and simple truth into a mere doctrine, consisting of their own thoughts
and self-interests, and earnestly spread it. We will now turn our attention
to examine how many misunderstand this truth.
Some theologians deduce five major doctrines from
this passage: 1) prescience, 2) predestination, 3) effective calling, 4) justification,
and 5) glorification. These five doctrines are known as the “Golden Chain of
Salvation” and have been spread as the truth to both believers and non-believers
alike. But their claims are full of flaws.
All five doctrines speak only of what God has
done–that is, “God already knew, already elected, already called, justified,
and glorified someone.” But the Doctrine of Predestination is a doctrine that
claims that God has unconditionally elected those whom He would save even before
their births. Yet the Biblical truth of predestination teaches that God has
made sinners His children by pouring His love over them. Having thus elected
them, God has called them, justified and glorified them.
The Error of the theological doctrines of predestination and
In Christian theology, we can find the “five great
doctrines” of Calvinism proclaimed by John Calvin. Among them are the Doctrine
of Predestination and the Doctrine of Election. In the following discussion,
I will point out the Biblical errors of these doctrines and bear witness to
the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
The Doctrine of Election originated from a theologian
named John Calvin. Of course, God spoke of the election in Jesus Christ long
before Calvin’s time, but his Doctrine of Election has led many to confusion.
This false doctrine limits God’s love and defines it as discriminatory and unfair.
Fundamentally speaking, there are neither limits nor boundaries to God’s love,
and as such, the Doctrine of Predestination that imposes such limits on God’s
love cannot be anything but wrong. Yet the reality is that many believers in
Jesus today have accepted this doctrine as natural and fatalistic.
The ideas of this Doctrine of Predestination have
come to rule over many minds, as the doctrine is fitting for those who like
philosophizing, and, as such, dominate their minds, making it believable to
them. The doctrine claims that even before Creation, God unconditionally predestined
and elected some, while others were predestined to be left out of this election.
Were this doctrine true, those souls that were not selected would have grounds
to protest against God, and He would turn into an unfair and prejudicial God.
Because of these doctrines, today’s Christianity
has fallen into great confusion. As a result, many Christians are suffering
while wondering, “Have I been elected? If God had reprobated me before Creation,
what is the use of believing in Jesus?” They end up being more interested in
whether they were included or excluded from God’s election. This is why the
Doctrine of Predestination has produced so much confusion among the believers
in Jesus, as they assign more importance to the question of their elections
rather than to the true gospel of the water and the Spirit, given by God.
This doctrine has turned the truth of Christianity
into just another world religion. But it is now time for us to cast these wrong
doctrines out from the Christendom with the gospel that has born witness to
the righteousness of God. As such, you must first see to yourself whether the
Doctrine of Predestination is correct or not, and be delivered from all your
sins by knowing and believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Those
who have truly been selected by God are those who know and believe in His righteousness.
The predestination and election spoken by the Truth
Ephesians 1:3-5 says, “Blessed be the God and
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing
in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation
of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having
predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to
the good pleasure of His will.” The election spoken in this passage from
Ephesians is an election chosen “in Him (Christ) before the foundation of
the world” (Ephesians 1:4). It also tells us that Jesus Christ has not excluded
a single person from the grace of the salvation from sin.
From this passage, we must ascertain what is exactly
wrong with the Doctrine of Predestination. The fundamental error of this doctrine
is that it is bias against the standard of God’s election–that is, its basis
of who is to be saved or not does not depend on the Word of God, but instead
on His arbitrary and unconditional decision.
If we were to base our faiths in Jesus on the
logic of such unconditional predestination and elections, how could we ever
believe in Jesus in our nervous uncertainties and worries? Calvinism preaches
of a false doctrine that turns the just God into an unfair and unjust God. The
reason why Calvin made such a mistake is because he took out the condition of
“in Jesus Christ” from God’s predestination, and the error has been grave enough
to confuse and mislead many. But the Scripture clearly tells us, “God chose
us in His Son Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 1:4).
If, as the Calvinists claim, God unconditionally
chose some in order to be their God while excluded others without any reason,
what could be more absurd than this? Calvin turned God into an unfair God in
the minds of many people. But the Bible tells us in Romans 3:29, “Or is He
the God of the Jews only? Is He not also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, of the
Gentiles also.” God is the God of everyone and the Savior of all.
Jesus is the Savior of all. He gave redemption
to everyone by taking upon all the sins of mankind on Himself with His baptism
by John and His blood on the Cross (Matthew 3:15). The Scripture tells us that
Christ saved every sinner by bearing all the sins of the world with His baptism
and carrying these sins to the Cross (John 1:29), being judged for these sins
in our place (John 19). Also, John 3:16 tells us, “For God so loved the world
that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not
perish but have everlasting life.” Jesus Christ took upon everyone’s sins
with His baptism, died on the Cross, and arose from death for all of humanity
in God’s righteousness.
Our understanding of whom God has called must
be based on His Word. To do so, let us take a look at the passage from Romans
9:10-11. “And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man,
even by our father Isaac (for the children not yet being born, nor having done
any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand,
not of works but of Him who calls).”
It says here that the purpose of God might stand
“of Him who calls.” Whom, then, has God called in Jesus Christ? They are precisely
sinners whom God has called. Between Esau and Jacob, whom did God love? He loved
Jacob. God did not love people like Esau, who was full of his own righteousness,
but He called sinners like Jacob and allowed them to be born again through the
gospel of the water and the Spirit. This was the very will of God’s righteousness
that chose sinners like Jacob to love and call through Jesus Christ.
Because Adam was the forefather to everyone, all
were born as the offspring of a sinner. In Psalms 51, David says that he was
conceived in sin from when he was in his mother’s womb. Because people are born
as sinners, they commit sins, regardless of their determinations. Throughout
their lives, they continue to bear the fruits of sin until the very end. Mark
7:21-27 tells us that just as apple trees bear apples and pear trees bear pears,
humans are bound to live in sin for their entire lives because they were born
You must have had an experience of committing
a sin against your wishes. This is because from the very beginning, you were
born a sinner. People are born with evil thoughts including adulteries, fornications,
murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, and others such
sins in their minds. This is why everyone lives his or her life in sin. Sin
is inherited. Since we were born with the sins that our forefathers passed on
to us, we are fundamentally determined to live in sin. This is the reason why
we need to believe in Jesus as our Savior and believe in God’s righteousness.
Does this then mean that God’s first work, Adam,
ended in failure? No, it doesn’t. God decided to make mankind His children,
so He allowed the first man to fall into sin. He fundamentally permitted us
to be sinners in order for God to save us and make us His children with the
baptism of Jesus Christ and His blood. So, we must know that we were born as
sinners without exception.
However, God decided to send Jesus Christ to this
earth before Creation, knowing that mankind would become sinners. He then placed
on Jesus, through the baptism of Jesus received from John, all the sins of the
world and had Him die on the Cross. In other words, He decided to bestow upon
anyone who believed with the blessing of the redemption from sin and of becoming
God’s children. This is God’s plan and His purpose for creating mankind.
Some people might ask in their misunderstandings,
“Look at Jacob and Esau. Was not one selected and the other abandoned by God?”
But God did not unconditionally elect those who insisted to be saved outside
of Jesus Christ. He clearly chose to make everyone His children through Jesus
Christ. When only considering the Old Testament, we may get the impression that
God chose only one side, but with the New Testament, we can unmistakably see
that He elected people like Jacob to save all sinners through Jesus Christ.
We must have a clear understanding and believe in whom God called with His Word.
Of Esau and Jacob, who did God call and love?
He called no other than Jacob, a man full of shortcomings, deceit and unrighteousness,
to love and save him in God’s righteousness. You, too, must believe in this
truth, that God the Father has called you through Jesus Christ in His righteousness.
You must also believe in the fact that the gospel of the water and the Spirit
in Jesus Christ is the very righteousness of God.
Why, then, did God choose such people as Jacob?
God chose Jacob because he was a representative of all unrighteous humanities.
Jacob’s calling by God was a calling congruent to His will; a calling in accordance
to the Word of God that “we were chosen in Jesus Christ.” This calling is also
consistent with the Word of truth that “the purpose of God according to election
might stand, not of works but of Him who calls.”
The way to save sinners through Jesus Christ was
to completely fulfill the righteousness of God with His love. This was the law
of salvation set by the righteousness of God for sinners. To clothe them in
His righteousness, God called people like Jacob, who had no self-righteousness
at all, and those who answered His calling through Jesus Christ.
Did God call those who were self-righteous and
who seemed just fine? Or did He call those who had no self-righteousness who
were full of shortcomings? Those whom God called were people like Jacob. God
called and saved sinners bound for hell because of their sins. You must realize
that from your very birth, you, too, have been a sinner who has come short of
God’s glory, and as such, were bound for hell. You need to know, in other words,
your true self. God called all sinners through Jesus Christ and saved them in
The people of God are those who have been justified
by believing in His righteousness. God predestined to call all sinners and redeem
them in Jesus, and He fulfilled what He had predestined. This is the predestination
and the true election in Jesus Christ that God speaks of. To understand the
true election of God, we must first understand the background of this truth
on election, as described in the Old Testament.
Background to God’s election from the Old Testament
Genesis 25:21-26 tells us about the story of Jacob
and Esau while still in the womb of their mother, Rebecca. Between the two,
God chose Jacob. Calvin based his Doctrine of Election on this passage, but
we will soon find out that his understanding departs from the will of God. There
was a reason why God loved Jacob more than Esau. This reason is that people
like Esau, rather than relying on and trusting in God, live by believing in
their own strengths, while people like Jacob live by their reliance on and trust
in the righteousness of God. When it says that God loved Jacob more than Esau,
it means that God loved people like Jacob. This is why we were “chosen in
Christ” (Ephesians 1:4).
“Unconditional election” without Jesus and outside
of God’s righteousness is only a false Christian doctrine. This idea is akin
to bringing and believing in a god of fate into Christianity. But the truth
tells us that God elected all sinners in Jesus. Because God chose to save all
sinners “in Jesus Christ,” His election was a just election. Had God chosen
Jacob unconditionally and reprobated Esau groundlessly, He would have been an
unfair God, but He called us in Jesus Christ. And to save those whom He called,
He sent Jesus to this earth to take upon the sins of the world with His baptism,
which has fulfilled the righteousness of God, and to shed His precious blood
on the Cross. This is how God has chosen and loved us through Christ Jesus.
We need to throw away our human thoughts and believe
in the Word of the Scripture, not in a faith of literalism, but in our spiritual
faiths. God the Father, in other words, chose all of us through Jesus Christ.
But how does Calvin treat God’s election? True faith is found when one knows
and believes in God’s righteousness. To believe in human thought as the truth
is the same as worshiping an idol, not God.
Believing in the righteousness of God through
Jesus is clearly distinct from believing in the erroneous Doctrine of Predestination.
Were we not to know and believe in Jesus according to the written Word of God,
we would be no different from mere beasts incapable of reasoning. We have been
chosen as God’s children by the seal of God’s righteousness “in Jesus Christ.”
We should examine our faiths with the basis of the Word of the Scripture.
One of the five doctrines of Calvinism speaks
of “limited atonement.” This doctrine claims that among the many people of the
world, some have been excluded from God’s salvation. But God’s love and His
righteousness cannot be so unfair. The Scripture tells us that God “desires
all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4).
If the blessing of salvation were a limited blessing that is granted to some
but not permitted to others, there would be many people who would give up on
their faiths in Jesus. Those who believe in such false doctrines must return
to the gospel of the water and the Spirit, be saved from their sins and receive
eternal lives by knowing and believing in Jesus Christ as their Savior. God
has saved everyone through Jesus Christ with His righteousness.
If God had indeed loved some and hated others,
people would turn their backs from God. Let us suppose that God is standing
right here, right now. Were God to select all those who were standing to His
right for salvation and those who were standing to his left for hell without
any reason, would this be just? Those who are to His left would have no choice
but to turn against God. If God were like this, then who in this world would
serve and worship Him as the true God? All those who were unconditionally hated
by God would protest and in turn, they, too, would hate God. Even the criminals
of this world are said to have their own morals and fairness. How, then, could
our Creator be so unfair, and who would believe in such an unfair God?
Our Father decided to save all the sinners with
the righteousness of God found in His Son Jesus Christ. This is why the Calvinist
Doctrine of Limited Atonement has nothing to do with God’s righteousness. Yet
because of such erroneous doctrines, many people are unfortunately still going
astride, believing in God wrongfully or turning away from Him, all from their
An untruthful movie
Stephen King’s novel entitled, “The Stand,” was
made into a TV mini-series some years ago, and was highly acclaimed all over
the world. The plot of the novel unfolds like this: In the year 1991, a plague
strikes America, leaving only a few thousand people alive, who are “immune”
to the epidemic. Of the survivors, those who instinctively serve God meet in
Boulder, Colorado, while those who worship the “Dark Man” are drawn to Las Vegas,
Nevada. The two groups separately rebuild societies, until one must destroy
Among the survivors, a young man named Stuart
repeatedly dreams that the end of the world has come, and an elderly woman named
Abigail tells him in his dreams to go to a certain place, reminding him that
God elected him already. In this movie, God saved this young man because He
predestined him before Creation, even when he did not believe in God or Jesus.
Does God, then, unconditionally save those who
do not even believe in Jesus? Of course not. God has predestined everyone in
Jesus Christ to save those who believe in His righteousness from their sins.
The storyline of this movie is based on Calvin’s
Doctrines of Predestination and Election. This movie is merely a story that
only tells a part of a theologian’s doctrine. How could God arbitrarily decide
to send some people to hell and yet elect others for salvation? Because God
is just, He has predestined and selected everyone through Jesus Christ, and
there is none who is barred from the salvation of His righteousness. God’s predestination
and election without Jesus Christ are meaningless and unbiblical. It’s unfortunate
that so many theologians continue to claim that God elected some while He reprobated
Even before He created the universe, God planned
to save all sinners and make them His children with His righteousness through
Jesus Christ. He elected, in other words, all sinners through the gospel of
Jesus. How, then, do you believe?
Do you believe that the Buddhist monks meditating
deep in the mountains are excluded from God’s election? If God’s predestination
and election were unconditional without Jesus Christ, there would be no need
for us to preach His Word, nor believe in it. If, without the Savior Jesus Christ,
some people were destined to be saved and others were not, there would absolutely
be no need for sinners to believe in Jesus. That Jesus has saved us from our
sins through His baptism and His blood on the Cross, in the end, it would also
be meaningless. But in the righteousness of God found in Jesus Christ, God allowed
salvation to even these Buddhist monks who do not believe in Jesus, only if
they repent and turn their minds toward God.
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There are many people in this world
who live their lives believing in Jesus. Were we to divide them
into two groups, one group would be those who are like Esau and
the other would be those who are like Jacob. People like Jacob identify
themselves as sinners bound for hell, and as such, are saved from
their sins by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit
given by Jesus. The other group is made of people like Esau, who
try to enter the gates of heaven by adding their own efforts to
their faiths in Jesus.
Who are you like? Jacob or Esau? Do you believe
in the righteousness of God? Or do you believe in the erroneous Doctrine of
Predestination? Your choice between these two faiths will decide where you will
end up–in heaven or hell. You must throw out these erroneous doctrines and receive
the righteousness of God to make peace with Him by believing in the gospel of
the water and the Spirit, spoken of by God’s righteousness. Only this faith
gives us perfect deliverance from our sins and eternal lives.