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Posted By: ATulipNotADaisy Warrant to believe - Thu Jun 24, 2021 2:03 PM
"If your proclamation of the law is not to drive people to seek the election of the Father you are preaching damnable heresy. So the question is, how does proclaiming the law drive the elect sinner to seek the solution of the Father? Get this wrong and get everything wrong. This is what the antinomians and legalists miss."

Does this quote appear to express the view of the hyper-Calvinist that only the elect have warrant to believe upon Christ? In other words, one must first ascertain if one is elect before the "right" is given to repentant and believe unto justification.

Whereas the Biblical view would be that Christ promises to save all who come to Him in faith.
Posted By: Pilgrim Re: Warrant to believe - Thu Jun 24, 2021 2:44 PM
yep This is a "classic" hyper-Calvinism statement. That is what was being taught, for example, at the Protestant Reformed Seminary in the early '80s. I have no reason to believe that things have changed since then. "Only the elect have the warrant/right to believe" is totally unbiblical. Everyone, without exception has the warrant/right to believe. And, equally biblical is that only the elect have the ability to believe.

The biggest caveat and unsurmountable problem with the doctrine of "only the elect have the warrant to believe" is how can a spiritually DEAD sinner discern that they are one of the elect? Even true believers at times have difficulty with that kind of assurance. The fact is, only God knows who are the elect since He predestined them and elected them to Christ in eternity. There is no biblical evidence that guarantees any human being can infallibly know who the elect are. The Gospel is promiscuous. No one is exempt from the proclamation of the Gospel, because it is the Spirit working through it that the elect are called to faith as they are regenerated and given the desire and ability to repent and believe.
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