Unconditional Election?


Elder John (Pat) Young

Let me affirm, without doubt, that the election of God, is UNCONDITIONAL. If there is one act performed in time, which could influence God's sovereign choice of His people in eternity, before the foundation of the world (Because He foreknew them with an everlasting love, and did not begin to love them when He chose them, but chose them because He loved them); and the notion of some that His foreknowledge of events in time influenced the Divine election of His people in eternity, is not scriptural.

Having heard recently from more than one source, claiming God is/was dependent upon happenings in time, to work His sovereign will in eternity, and how by His eternal and perfect prescience of events in time, would view and take into account what men would do, to determine His actions in eternity before the foundation of the world. We hear some of God's children say: “God, in His perfect foreknowledge, looked into time and saw who would accept Him, or who would follow Him; and having such knowledge, determined who He would love and predestinate to an inheritance in heaven; and thus He chose them in Christ for redemption, and to be the people of the everlasting covenant in election.

The love of God, according to my understanding of the Scripture has several attributes, showing it to be: Sovereign, uninfluenced, eternal, infinite, immutable, Holy and gracious. The notion, that God acts in eternity, upon the choices or actions of men in time, is disproved by any one of the several attributes of His Holy Love, whether individual or collective; and to say: “Nay, but it is so, that God knows who will believe in Him, and based His choice or election in eternity upon the actions of people accepting, and/or following Him in time;” is to deny the sovereignty of His Love, and declare Him a God, who is NOT able to predestinate His people, “according to the purpose of Him who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will. Eph. 2:22


Time Salvation  John Gill's Commentary :- Ephesians 2:8

In Verse 8. For by grace are ye saved,.... This is to be understood, not of TEMPORAL SALVATION, nor of preservation in Christ, nor of providential salvation in order to calling, and much less of being put in a way of salvation, or only in a salvable state; but of spiritual salvation, and that actual; for salvation was not only resolved upon, contrived and secured in the covenant of grace, for the persons here spoken to, but it was actually obtained and wrought out for them by Christ, and was actually applied unto them by the Spirit; and even as to the full enjoyment of it, they had it in faith and hope; and because of the certainty of it, they are said to be already saved; and besides, were representatively possessed of it in Christ their head: those interested in this salvation, are not all mankind, but particular persons; and such who were by nature children of wrath, and sinners of the Gentiles; and it is a salvation from sin, Satan, the law, its curse and condemnation, and from eternal death, and wrath to come; and includes all the blessings of grace and glory; and is entirely owing to free grace: for by grace is not meant the Gospel, nor gifts of grace, nor grace infused; but the free favour of God, to which salvation in all its branches is ascribed; as election, redemption, justification, pardon, adoption, regeneration, and eternal glory: … Revelation 1:3, "Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand."

The above is to help disprove the argument in recent decades, and to help prove that “Time Salvation” is not just a recent belief by some, and should be regarded as such.

We know this doctrine to be well understood and believed among the Baptist, and some others, in the early 1700's; And since we believe also, that the Word of God, has been preserved by Him for His people, that the true doctrines of it remain unchanged to this hour, and will in all time to come.