• Is God equally active in causing the salvation of the elect and the damnation of the reprobate? Question and Answer

    This question is addressed in the conclusion of the Canons of Dort. The Canons say that there is equal ultimacy in the sense of the decrees. God is sovereign both in the decree of election and in the decree of reprobation, but there is not a symmetry in the exercise of those decrees. They are not exercised in the same manner. Eodem modo is the Latin expression in the conclusion of the Canons of Dort. The Canons want to say that, while God is in charge both of electing the elect and reprobating the reprobate, and while He sovereignly gives … View Resource

  • How do you explain the doctrine of election to an unbeliever? Question and Answer

    The first thing I would say is that it is not the place to begin in talking to an unbeliever. The second thing is that since the reality of election is grasped only by faith, that’s what we really need to emphasize. The third thing I might say, however, is that the one thing the doctrine of election does is underline that we are utterly helpless, and we need God to save us. I think it’s true that people sing about that, and yet when you ask them about it they say, “No, I don’t really believe that.” What’s the … View Resource

  • How can I be assured that I am among the chosen? Question and Answer

    Acts 16:31

    HAMILTON: Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. SPROUL: Now the problem is complicated because we have four kinds of people: people who aren’t saved and know that they aren’t saved, people who aren’t saved and don’t know that they aren’t saved, people who are saved and know that they are saved, and people who are unsaved who know that they are saved. That’s where the problem comes in, because you have all kinds of people who have an assurance of salvation illegitimately. Because they don’t understand what salvation requires. Maybe somebody taught them if you raise your hand in an … View Resource