Biblical Predestination #2: Is Christian Predestination 'Fatalistic' Like Islam?

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Larry Wessels, director of Christian Answers of Austin, Texas/ Christian Debater (websites: BibleQuery org, HistoryCart com & MuslimHope com) and Bob L. Ross, author, speaker, & director of Pilgrim Publications of Pasadena, Texas (world's leading publisher of the works of Charles Haddon Spurgeon; see website PILGRIMPUBLICATIONS.COM) discuss the Biblical doctrine of predestination.
The famous 19th Century preacher C. H. Spurgeon once said, 'Men will have God everywhere except the throne.' Men replace God's sovereignty to make His own decisions with mortal man's 'decisions' to decide what God will have to do for them instead. According to man-made theology man is sovereign over God's decisions by way of man's 'free will'. But is this what the Bible really teaches? Does God have the ability to make His own decisions without the aid of man's 'free will?'
Divine Predestination means that God has a purpose that is determined long before it is brought to pass. This implies that God is infinitely capable of planning and then bringing about what He has planned. The scripture speaks of Him as doing this (Isaiah 14:24-27; 22:11; 37:26; 44:7-8; and 46:8-10). Biblical prophecy in its predictive mode is to be understood accordingly. The salvation of certain people to be saved by God long before the world was even created (Ephesians 1: 4-11) is thus already a certainty. This is why Jesus can state in Matthew 7:13-14 that only a few people will be saved from the wrath of God to come.
'Predestination' is a word often used to signify God's foreordaining of all the events of world history - past, present, & future. This usage is quite appropriate.

Sermon ID 42141239185
Duration 58:25
Date Apr 2, 1995
Category TV Broadcast
Bible Text Ephesians 1:4-11
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