|Romans 8:29 |
29 For whom he foreknew, he also predestined9 to be conformed to the image of his Son so he might be the firstborn in many brothers.
9 For whom he foreknew, he also predestined. With God there is no time: That which has been is now; and that which is to be has already been; and God requires an account of what has past. Ecc 3:15. God foreknew everyone: those who would not turn to him, as well as those who would. So everything that is yet to happen in our dimension of time, has already happened in God's timeless dimension; thus Paul can say those whom he foreknew, he predestined, called, justified, and glorified. Rom 8:29-30. Every man in the world has his chance to turn to God because the gospel has been preached in and to every man throughout history; see Footnote 4 to Col 1:23 for the detailed explanation of how that occurs. Every man has his day of visitation, every man hears the Lord's anonymous voice pleading with him to depart from evil; and if those words are not heeded, every man will remember those words he ignored when at judgment those words will judge him.
The following is a small excerpt from George Fox's detailed writing that disproves the doctrine of predestination and the Calvinist doctrine of election and reprobation:
"If God has ordained the greatest part of mankind for hell, according to your false doctrine, then how did God send his Son: ‘who so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son into the world, that whosoever believes on him, should not perish, but have everlasting life?’ And Christ lights every man that comes into the world, with his light, which is the life in himself, the word; and said, ‘believe in the light;’ and said, ‘he that believes, is saved; and shall not come into condemnation; and he that believes not, is condemned already.’ ...And Christ sends his disciples, and gives them power, and his Holy Spirit, into all nations, to preach the gospel to every creature under heaven...Now is not this glad tidings and joyful news of salvation to every creature under heaven, this gospel of salvation? Then where are those creatures or persons that are foreordained for condemnation, as you talk of? For is it not because they would not receive and believe the everlasting gospel of salvation, the good news and glad tidings to every creature under heaven, that they perish? They did not go and say, as you that are in the error, have said and talked, and so go and tell the nations, that God had foreordained the greatest part of them for hell and condemnation. That is not the gospel of salvation the apostles preached to every creature; who said, ‘those who believe, are saved; and those who do not, are condemned already.’ So it is clear, that it is unbelief that brings condemnation.
Also the grace of God, which brings salvation, [Mark!, brings salvation,] this grace and favor of God has appeared unto all men Tit 2:11, [but does not bring salvation to all]. Now if God had foreordained such a number of persons, (as you say and preach), for reprobation and condemnation, how does this grace and favor then appear to all men; and how can it then be said, ‘Christ tasted death for every man?’ Heb 2:9 for by the offence of Adam and Eve, did not sin and condemnation enter into the world, and judgment come upon all men, for that all had sinned? And so by the righteousness of Christ the free gift came upon all men to justification of life; and then, where is foreordination of persons to condemnation, seeing all were in condemnation? For by the righteousness of Christ the free gift came upon all men to justification of life, Rom 5:17-18. And so, has not the condemnation and the judgment come, for not receiving Christ, and believing in him? And did not the first condemnation come upon Adam and Eve for not believing, and disobeying God?"
‘God desires not the death of a sinner, but that he might repent, return, and live:’ Eze 33:11,18:30-32 .... all nations are blessed in Isaac, and all the families of the earth in Jacob, Gen 26:3-5,28:13-14;... And Jesus spoke to his disciples, saying, ‘all power in heaven and earth is given to me; go you, therefore, teach all nations, (not some nations, but all nations), baptizing, (that is to say, dipping or plunging them), into the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.’ Mat 28:20 ....God would have all men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4. We trust in the living God, who is the savior of all men, specially of those that believe. 1 Timothy 4:9-10. For God has consigned all people to disobedience so that he may show mercy to them all. Rom 11:32... Christ died for the sins of the whole world, not just some foreordained few. 1 John 2:2, Rom 5:18-19, 1 Tim 2:6, John 1:29, Heb 2:9.