Oh Romans 8: 28-30, you’ve confused even the best and brightest Biblical scholars, haven’t you?
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified;those he justified, he also glorified.
Romans 8:28-30 (NIV)
The war literally shaped the foundation of the modern church.
Predestination, God already chosen those who will go to Heaven.
Free Will, we as an individual get to make the choice of receiving salvation ourselves.
In my Baptist upbringing, free will has most definitely won out. So much so that if a member to the clergy believes in predestination, he will get booted out of his position. So there’s obviously still harsh debate on the matter.
Many people who believe in predestination ask two questions.
1. Am I destined to go to Heaven?
2. What’s the point in me witnessing if God was chosen those who will be saved?
While free will Christians basically just say:
How can people believe in that crap?
And… well, I can see both sides. The above verse is arguably the most hotly debated passage in all of scripture, and I confess that even I don’t completely understand what it means. It *kind of sort of* leans towards predestination, but there are plenty of other scriptures (such as the Great Commission) that *kind of sort of* lean towards free will.
So, (cue the church rage) I don’t know which is correct. I don’t have enough information, and I am not sure I ever will.
But, I’d like to propose a question. Why does it matter if God both knew and is expecting specific people to be saved. In his infinite knowledge, I suspect he knew full well before the beginning of time who was going to accept him.
No matter what you believe on the topic, your mission to direct others to salvation still applies. If you are saved, you are still a missionary of Jesus. And if you are saved through faith, you know it through the Holy Spirit. I propose that the predestination debate is nothing but a humongous waste of time.
Instead of debating things that are irrelevant, go change the world for good. And if you believe in Jesus as your savior then change the world for good in his name.