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The Problem with Predestination - Part 2

Sun, Jan 20, 2019
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But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” - Romans 9:6–7 (ESV) Struggling to understand God's purpose, plan, and predestination is not unusual. In fact I expect it. Many people over the centuries have. One of those was a British Monk named Pelagus in the 4th century. His story and objections provide us some insight not only into church history but the orthodox boundaries of the debate. In wanting to reconcile these things he denied some clear teaching of scripture and fell into heresy. It's worth some time to read his story. This week, we will continue to struggle with these truths alongside Paul. He raises important questions. Did God's Word fail when he chose Israel, but now they aren't following Christ? Or is God unjust to choose some and not others? I encourage you to read through Romans 9 before Sunday so that you can be ready for us to struggle together with it.
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