The article below is from a book
published in 1971 by Elder Wiley W. Sammons, titled: “IDENTITY OF THE TRUE BAPTIST CHURCH,
Doctrine Precept & Practice, From 1701 – 1971, In
West Tennessee, North Carolina and Alabama. The five
Primitive Baptist Elders who contributed to this
effort were: Wiley W. Sammons of Tennessee, C.M.
Mills of North Carolina, Guy Hunt of Alabama, T.L.
Webb Jr. of Arkansas, and E.B. Watts of Alabama.
published several of these well-crafted articles from
this book. They can be found in the Archive section.
We want to take all care in giving credit to
these men who labored to produce such a work. Fundamental of
Faith is so very important for the child of God to be
well-grounded in the “rudiments of truth,” and we commend
these good brethren for their efforts to furnish the
generations of the Lord's people with sound fundamental
This book would be a great addition to the library of every
“Old School Primitive Baptist,” with a desire to seek after
Elder John P. Young – Editor
By Elders Guy Hunt (dec.)
Predestination means a destination pre-set or fixed. When we
prepare for a journey, we make our plans to arrive at our
destination via road Maps, cars, gas, etc., and all things
we feel necessary to bring us to a predetermined
destination. Sometimes, because of unforeseen problems or
circumstances and our weaknesses, we fail to arrive. Not so
with God's predestination. He is all powerful and none can
hinder Him from doing all things necessary to accomplish the
the word predestination is not used in the Bible, the truth
of such is set out plainly, not only in the use of the words
predestinate, predestined and predestinated but in many
other companion scriptures. My purpose is not to merely
assert that predestination is taught in the Bible, for that
is plainly obvious, but to also exhort that it be believed
and rejoiced in. If the reader is a lover of truth, perhaps
I can point out the true teaching of the Bible concerning
predestination and then some misconceptions many have
concerning this great power and truth of God.
Predestination deals solely with the predetermining of
people to a given destination. Included in it would be all
the works of God necessary for those predestined to safely
and triumphantly reach the destination.
ADOPTION: "Having predestinated us unto the adoption
of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the
good pleasure of his will." Eph. 1:5 Adoption brings
about a severing of all the old. Under the adoption laws of
our nation, the order always divests the old ties of all
rights and privileges as if there had never been a tie. When
the adoption in all its glorious and final reality comes to
pass, there is a total separation from that which has
troubled us. "So also is the resurrection of the dead: It
is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption; It is
sown in dishonor it is raised in glory: it is sown in
weakness; It is raised in power: it is sown a natural body;
it is raised a spiritual body." 1st Cor. 15:42-44 We
certainly would be foolish to object to being predestined
unto the adoption of God's child.
INHERITANCE: "In whom also we have obtained an
inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of
him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own
will." Eph. 1:11 You have a right to inherit because you
are an heir of God, you are his Son. Notice also, it is in
Him you obtain the inheritance so that it is not something
you earn but receive as a gift according to His will.
"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is
eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord." Rom. 6:23
Notice, it is eternal, thus never ending. "To an
inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth
not away, reserved in heaven for you," 1st Peter 1;4
Could we object to this inheritance?
(3) IMAGE OF HIS SON: "For whom he did foreknow,
he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his
son, that he might he the firstborn among many brethren."
Rom. 8:29 This embraces both die inheritance and adoption.
The satisfaction of this joyful destination is well
expressed by David. Ps. 17:15 "As for me, I will behold
thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I
awake, with thy likeness." Would you object to God in
His love predestinating you to behold His face in
righteousness, in the sweet likeness and image of Jesus?
a person could not find any reason to object to being
predestinated to the adoption of the children and thereby
obtaining an inheritance that would finally bring you to an
eternal likeness of sweet Jesus, then they could really have
no reason to object to the Bible truth of predestination as
taught by Primitive Baptist.
can be no objection to the above as so clearly set out in
God's written word, any (other anxiety, hatred, or disbelief
in predestination might well he based on misconceptions
often put forth as predestination.
(1) To believe in predestination, you must believe that God
predestinated some to heaven and some to hell. This is
false. The Bible does not teach this. Of the scriptures
concerning predestination, not one of them says anything
about, nor infers, that any person is predestined to hell.
The Bible not teaching such, Primitive Baptist do not teach
it or believe it. Predestination deals with the final
destination of His people into the eternal joys of heaven
foresaw who would do good in this world and would accept His
Son and predestined those who do this to be His eternally.
This is false for it would leave salvation to the works of
man entirely. "For whom he did foreknow, he also did
predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that
he might be the firstborn among many brethren." Rom.
8:29 He foreknew a people and predestinated them, not just
foresaw them. This foreknowing is loving them before. For
proof we turn to John 17:23-24. "I in them and thou in
me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world
may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as
thou hast loved me...: for thou lovedst me before the
foundation of the world." Then if he loved us as he
loved Christ, he loved us before the foundation of the
world. His love for us caused us to love him, so that God's
love for us is the basis and cause for everything good and
righteous we do and not the reverse, that what we did or
what God saw we would do caused Him to love and predestinate
us. "We love him because he first loved us." 1st John 4:19.
predestinated everything whatsoever comes to pass, good and
evil. This is false. The "All" things that work together for
good to them that love God, and enumerated in the next two
verses: foreknow; predestinate; called; justified;
glorified. Rom. 8:29-30 God is not the author of sin as He
would be if such were true that he predestinated good and
evil. How do we know? "Wherefore, as by one man sin
entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death
passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:" Rom.
caused murders, the murderer should not be punished, for God
would be the author. Heaven forbid that we accuse God of
predestinates our good works, or at least some of them so
that we have no choice. This is false. This idea is the most
dangerous misconception because it more easily captivates
those who otherwise teach the truth. The reason is obvious.
The drawing of God's love, the feeling within us, has such a
power on the life of His children, we could very easily he
confused into thinking God forces us to do it.
who believe and teach the above idea, always deny that they
believe in absolute predestination (everything that comes to
pass), but they do. If obedience and good is predestinated
by God, then disobedience and evil would also be. "If ye
he willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the
sword: for the mouth of the I ore had] spoken it." Isa.
statements made by those who believe this doctrine often
contain sonic element of truth and that is the reason many
people will become confused about it. As an example, a
minister was preaching about joining or uniting with the
Church. His example is as follows which is absolute
predestination, pure and simple.
invitation for you to join his Church is like your greetings
to join the army. If you don't go, they will come after
you." The preacher was trying to tell the congregation they
really did not have any choice, that you were going one way
note the whole truth. If you do not respond to your
greetings or draft into the army, they will come get you and
you will suffer the punishment. shame, and disgrace, and you
may even be put in prison. None of this means you will ever
be in the army, but it will make you wish you had not
rebelled. Those who feel a desire to unite with God's church
and do not, may never unite with the church, but the remorse
they have for rebelling is the greatest anguish known to
who believed this misconception was expressing thanks for
the food set before him. "Thank thee Lord for this food thou
hast caused to be prepared for us." Doesn't sound too bad at
first hearing does it? Yet, it will run you straight to
absolute predestination, for what God caused could not be
cause the goodness and love to be in the good sister's heart
that prepared the food, for he called her by his grace. This
is part of it. He did not cause her to prepare the food. She
could have stayed in bed and told the visitors to prepare it
themselves. However, because of the goodness and love God
placed in her heart, she would have felt bad not to prepare
the food. See how crafty those who teach this doctrine must
be. That is why in many areas, it has crept in unawares.
dealt with this false doctrine and misconception of
predestination more because it has confused many and today
is being taught by many, claiming to be sound Baptist. Many
of our northern brethren have never heard of it. It is found
mainly in the states of Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama,
Georgia, and Florida.
have a time fixed by God (predestinated), to die and we
cannot go before our time nor stay a minute longer. This (is
false and) is also absolute predestination in that for this
to be true, Cod would have to guide the hand of him who cut
the throat of his brother and thus caused his death. Often
you will hear a person say, "I believe this much like a
Primitive Baptist, that every person has a time to go."
Yet, sound Primitive Baptist do not believe this false
doctrine for it is not taught in the Bible. Let us examine a
scripture often used to try to prove this error. "To
every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose
under the heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die: . .
." Ecc. 3:1-2 The time to be born is about nine months
from the time of conception. This is the normal. Yet some
are born sooner, some are born later. The normal time to die
is, to use an example threescore or 60 years. Some die
sooner and some die much later. What makes the difference
that the time for everyone is not the same?
difference is conditions and circumstances, some we have
power over, and some that other people do. The time we are
actually going is when all the necessary things to cause
death meet us, whether it be sickness or accident.
go to a doctor when we get sick. Yet if we didn't think we
could go before a set moment in our lives, we would be
foolish to go to a doctor. A baseball catcher wears a
catcher's mask to prevent being struck in the face, possibly
causing death. We drive an automobile and stay on our side
of the road, stop for red lights and stop signs, keep good
tires, all because we really believe we could go before our
time of 60 years. If we really didn't think we could go
before our time, there would be no need to watch our speed
when driving, nothing could happen to us that wasn't
supposed to. Doesn't that sound silly? It is silly.
corn you plant will have a season or time to mature of 105
days, Yet, very, very seldom does it mature and die at this
time. Sometimes it does not take this long. Sometimes it
never fulfills its season. When I used to plow a mule and it
would reach over and bite down a stalk of corn, the corn
died before its time of 105 days as we can die before our
time which is our normal life expectancy or for our example
we used 60 years. Ecc. 7:17 "Be not over much wicked,
neither be thou foolish: Why shouldest thou die before thy
time?" Die before our time, really! If you do not
believe we can die before our time, (normal life
expectancy), look at those who die from an overdose of
drugs, car wrecks or at war. God has not and did not fix our
time of death.
God's predestined work is revocable and changed if people
fail to live faithful in all things. This falsehood is
conceived by intelligent well educated people who know they
cannot get by by saying predestination is not taught in the
Bible. So they do not deny predestination is taught but
instead deny the effects of it so as to conform to their
there are untold numbers of scriptures to refute such an
obvious perversion of the word and work of God, two will be
sufficient. "Every god gift and every perfect gift is
from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with
whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."
James 1:17 "For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye
sons of Jacob are not consumed." Mal 3:6 God never turns
or changes from His plan and purpose. Those who say he does,
are accusing God of lying and they show a disbelief in the
scriptures often used to try to show that God's changes are
similar in teaching to that in Jonah 3:10. "And God saw
their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God
repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto
them ;and he did it not." This is God dealing with His
creation according to the rule of His promises. They showed
a fear of God by repenting and turning from their evil way.
God's rule in such matters is clearly shown in Isa. 3:10-11
"Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him:
for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe unto the
wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his
hands shall be given him." It was the city of Nineveh
which changed and not God. He is still the same today. Every
work shall reap its own reward.
come to the conclusion of the matter, after due
consideration of the truth of predestination as taught in
the Bible and the misconceptions as taught and believed and
used by others, God will deliver His people to the final and
eternal glorified bliss.
whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be
conformed to the image of his son, that He might be the
firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did
predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them
he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also
glorified." Rom 8:29-30 The same ones he foreknew (foreloved)
will finally be glorified! You cannot take the language of
the above scripture and come to any other conclusion.
"What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us,
who can be against us?" Rom. 8:30
Hallelujah to the Lord!
This is the final article in the series on
“Fundamentals of the Faith” from these writings.
While there are many of these articles which we
would like to use, we will forgo at this time, in
hope that there might be some energy to issue
another publishing of them in the future.
There are a few of these books which can still be
found, but it is sometimes difficult to find both
Volumes I & II together. We have only begun to touch
the information these volumes provide for those who
thirst after the truth as it is in Christ.