God Predestined But Holds Men Responsible

This is the NIV. I always compare translations because they all have flaws. The following is proof God predestined in Christ, yet holds man responsible for their fallen nature and their unbelief! God holds men responsible for their fallen nature and their unbelief even though they were born with that nature.

JOHN 12:


37 Even after Jesus had performed so many signs(A) in their presence, they still would not believe in him. 38 This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet:
“Lord, who has believed our message
    and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”[a](B)
39 For this reason they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says elsewhere:
40 “He has blinded their eyes
    and hardened their hearts,
so they can neither see with their eyes,
    nor understand with their hearts,
    nor turn—and I would heal them.”[b](C)
41 Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory(D) and spoke about him.(E)
42 Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him.(F) But because of the Pharisees(G) they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue;(H) 43 for they loved human praise(I) more than praise from God.(J)
44 Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me.(K) 45 The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me.(L) 46 I have come into the world as a light,(M) so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
47 “If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.(N) 48 There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them(O) at the last day. 49 For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me(P) to say all that I have spoken. 50 I know that his command leads to eternal life.(Q) So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”(R)

Verse 39 compared to verse 48 is clear. Those hardened will still be judged!

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God is responsible for using the sin nature to create His will. For example, Christ did not die by chance, yet those who had a hand in it won't be able to say they should not be at fault just because God planned it!

The scriptures clearly teach double predestination. In Romans 9 we see that God creates fancy pots to be retained and menial pots to be used and then cast away. This clay Paul speaks to is fallen man.

Calvinism, unfortunately, taught legalism and sacralism. Those doctrines must be rejected. But double predestination is clearly affirmed in scripture. The 1646 First London Baptists taught predestination. They rejected legalism.

I do not believe church/state sacralists were saved. That includes all Protestant and Catholic leaders. You can teach predestinatiin and not be predestined.

I do not believe that free will Anabaptists were saved. Few are saved. I stand with the 1646 First Baptists. There are no visible churches today that stand with them doctrinally.




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