Tuesday, October 11, 2011

M. R. Vincent On "Election" 1 Thessalonians 1:4

By Pastor Bruce Oyen
E-mail: bk_oyen@hotmail.com

    Many Bible students use M. R. Vincent's set, "New Testament Word Studies." Here is what he said about the doctrine of election, as it is referred to in 1 Thessalonians 1:4. Note that he did not accept the Calvinistic doctrine of election.

"Election of God. Incorrect. Const. of or by (upo) God with beloved. Eklogh election, in N.T., mostly by Paul. Elsewhere only Acts ix. 15, and 2 Pet. i. 10. This, and the kindred words, ejklegein to choose, and ejklektov chosen or elect, are used of God's selection of men or agencies for special missions or attainments; but neither here nor elsewhere in the N.T. is there any warrant for the revolting doctrine that God has predestined a definite number of mankind to eternal life, and the rest to eternal destruction."

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