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Bible Doctrine of Election

From The Universalist Herald
December 23, 1859


That the Scriptures teach the doctrine of "election" we do most fervently believe. But that this implies endless "reprobation," as taught by those of the Calvinian church, we do most solomnly deny. In our view, Paul's Epistles are most shockingly mutilated, every time they are summoned to testify in behalf of Calvinism proper.

But we shall be told, that we do read of the "elect" of some who were "chosen before the foundation of the world," of being "ordained," "predestined," etc. This is all so; but when we are told that this "election" implies the endless ruin of some, we discard the thought as blasphemous, and call for proof.

The plain truth is this: God elects people (not to curse others, but) to benefit and bless the whole world! -- Christ was "elected" (for what purpose?) to be "the Savior of the world." John 4:42. The Apostles were chosen and elected to preach the gospel to all mankind, to the end that all might be blessed.

To use a well known simile, the Bible doctrine of "election" may be compared to the election of the Governor of any state, or, the President of the United States. They, it is true, are "elected" from among the people, but the object steadily kept in view , is the good of the whole. This, in our opinion, is the only just and impartial view of "election" as spoken of in the Scriptures.