No doctrine of the KJV Bible is more seldom taught or taught accurately in any form of apostate church today than the doctrine of election. The purpose of this article is to set the record straight on this most central and most important of Bible teachings that is so little understood today. Make no mistake about it: this is no accident! It is by deliberate and intentional design of the devil and his minions.
In a nutshell, the Bible teaches us in many places that God has chosen some people, since before the world began, as His chosen, set apart, elect vessels of honor, whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life and who would one day, at God’s initiative and timing, and in a manner of God’s choosing, have God place His Holy Spirit in us, orchestrate events so that we would hear the full gospel preached, because of the Holy Spirit in us, we would believe it and submit and surrender our wills and our lives to the Lordship of Yahushua (Christ) completely and without reservation or exception and become born again adopted sons and daughters of the living God, YHWH, heading to eternal life with YHWH and Yahushua with all other saints after we die. Conversely, the vast majority of humanity that has ever lived are not so chosen, elected and set apart. These far more numerous members of humanity, the non-elect, are God’s vessels of dishonor, who are at odds with those of us who are blessed to number among God’s chosen elect and who will never be born again and saved. In short, God plays favorites, which is not something that anyone who does not number among God’s elect ever wishes to hear or even contemplate. Yet the Bible asserts that this is 100% true and until we understand this truth properly, those of us who are good, just and decent end up putting up with a lot of behaviors from the bad, the unjust and the indecent that harm, anger and frustrate us to no end. It is time for us, the good, to become wise and discerning between good and evil and to cease having anything to do with those who are evil, as revealed by their repeated conduct.
Nowhere in all the Bible is the doctrine of election more clearly taught than in Romans 9:10-24. Let’s examine this passage in pieces to fully comprehend what it is telling us.
“And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac; (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God (Eloah) according to election might stand, not of works but of him that calleth (meaning God);) It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. As it is written, Jacob have I loved (chosen), but Esau have I hated (not chosen).” Romans 9:10-13 (Parentheticals added for clarity; boldface added for emphasis)
In the Book of Genesis, we learn the story of twin boys, Jacob and Esau, born to Isaac and Rebecca, in which the second born son Jacob is favored by God over the first born son Esau. Even before these boys were born, before they had a chance to do anything good or evil, God chose one, Jacob, over the other, Esau on whom God purposed to shower His blessings. Jacob, who would later be renamed Israel by God, became the father of the 12 Hebrew tribes of the nation of Israel, whose story is told throughout the rest of the Old Testament of the Bible as a nation chosen and favored by God above all others.
On the surface of this story, something does not seem fair. Why would God ever play favorites, blessing some people, seemingly at the expense of others? The answer is because God is sovereign in all things. He created the universe and all that’s in it and He is well within His rights to choose to bless whom He chooses to bless and to fail to bless those whom He chooses not to bless. Mankind has been deceived into thinking that all men are created equal and of the same value to God. God says just the opposite.
“What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness (a lack of fairness) with God (Eloah)? God forbid. For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him (a man) that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God (Eloah) that sheweth mercy (grace). For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.” Romans 9:14-18 (Parentheticals added for clarity)
This passage is explaining that no one can exercise their mythical “free will” or do anything (runneth) to earn or deserve the blessing and salvation from God. Instead, God makes those choices to reveal His mercy and grace as He and He alone chooses to do so. Where Pharaoh is referred to here, the author Paul is referring to the Egyptian Pharaoh, Ramses, who resisted releasing the Hebrews to leave Egypt under the leadership of Moses and Aaron, upon whom God rained the ten plagues described in the Book of Exodus and ultimately drowned Pharaoh and his entire army in the Red Sea as a powerful demonstration to all of mankind of God’s power and might which deserves to be both feared and respected by us all. We are not the least bit God’s equal.
“Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault (fail to save some people)? for who hath resisted his will? Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God (Eloah)? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter (God) power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel (person) unto honour (one of the elect), and another unto dishonour (of the non-elect)? What if God (Eloah), willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction (the non-elect): And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy (the elect), which he had afore prepared unto glory. Even us, whom he hath called (elected), not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?” Romans 9:19-24 (Parentheticals for clarity; boldface for emphasis)
Mankind makes the mistake of assuming that we all deserve to go to heaven. God tells us the precise opposite. A holy, just and righteous God tells us that no man is without sin and that the wages of sin is death: either our own physical and spiritual death, or that of Yahushua (Christ) in our stead. So the simple truth is that God owes none of us anything. All of mankind is born sinful, depraved, selfish, separated from a right relationship with God and heading for hell when we die. That is the default condition for all of mankind; man is born to lose. Until a person grasps this challenging truth, if he ever does, he sees no reason why he needs to be saved from himself that only comes through the saving work of Yahushua (Christ), if God so chooses. Note here the boldfaced text that repeats a second time that these choices of God were made before the world began, revealing that God has no intention of changing His mind or of anyone being able to change God’s mind through his or her own actions. God must do it all, entirely by His grace alone, so that no man may boast. It is an undeserved favor of God’s grace and mercy that anyone would be saved; nothing more.
In the Book of Ephesians, the Apostle Paul amplifies on these themes in several verses. Writing to the saints (born again elect ones) in the community of believers in Ephesus he writes,
“According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, and that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ (Yahushua the Messiah) to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.” Ephesians 1:4-5 (Boldface added for emphasis)
Here we can see Paul emphasizing the reality that God’s election of we, the elect, occurred before the foundation of the world and that we were predestined from that time forward, before we were even created, to receive His blessings of being born again and saved as one of His chosen people, not because of anything we did to deserve any of these gifts, but entirely because God willed it that way. Paul continues,
“And you hath he quickened (made spiritually alive), who were (spiritually) dead in trespasses and sins;” Ephesians 2:1 (Parentheticals added for clarity)
Spiritually dead people can do nothing to save themselves spiritually. God must do it all, so that He, and He alone gets all the glory, honor and praise for it.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith (trust in God); and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God (Eloah): Not of works (good deeds in which you earn salvation), lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 (Parentheticals added for clarity)
Grace means “unmerited favor.” It’s undeserved. We can do nothing to save ourselves. And this has the effect of causing us to be humbled and very grateful and appreciative to a holy, just and all-powerful God who could have chosen to let us endure eternal torment in the burning lake of fire and brimstone that is where all the non-elect will soon find themselves, all of which they fully deserve for their many sins, deceit and selfishness.
Many people who are Christians in name only, falsely and foolishly contend that no one can tell who is of the elect and who is not, but that claim is not the least bit true. In fact, it is utter hogwash! Anyone promoting this lie is revealing their non-election, whether they know it or not. What they are falsely claiming is that the elect and the non-elect are indistinguishable from one another, which is not at all the case.
The truth is that the Bible gives us many clues, revealed in a person’s actions, words and conduct that reveal whether a person is of the elect or not. The two telltale traits of the elect are 1) a love for the truth, no matter how uncomfortable or unpleasant it may be, and 2) a sacrificial love for their fellow man in which they consistently place the long-term best interests of others ahead of their own immediate wants and comforts. In other words, they are selfless, rather than fundamentally selfish. These two traits are extremely rare in our world today. They are not the least bit natural. In fact, they are supernatural and can only consistently manifest in those who have God’s Holy Spirit in them to give them the power to do that which is impossible for them to do without it. This is because the natural state of all of mankind is deceitful and selfish, as revealed in Jeremiah 17:9:
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
In many places throughout the Bible we are told that God and Christ are the source of all truth and spiritual light. This is in contrast with Satan, the devil, who is referred to as the ruler of this world, the father of lies, the destroyer and the source of spiritual darkness. Here are a few key passages which prove this point:
“. . . I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
“. . . To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.” John 18:37
“God (El) is not a man, that he should lie . . .” Numbers 23:19
In Matthew 22:39, Yahushua tells us that the second greatest commandment is “Thou shalt love they neighbor as thyself.” To do such a thing is to treat others as we would wish to be treated by sacrificing our immediate wants and comforts for the long-term best interests of others. The ultimate manifestation of this was when Yahushua laid down His life so that we might be saved. It was the ultimate in selflessness and is the second telltale trait of all of God’s elect.
While it is true that those of the elect, who the Bible often refers to as God’s spiritual sheep, often behave like spiritual goats (the non-elect) prior to being born again in God’s Holy Spirit, these two telltale traits of love for the truth and selflessness are virtually always apparent from the time a person of the elect is a little child. Once they become born again in the Spirit, their prior election becomes manifest in a couple of ways.
First, a person who is born again, and thus revealed to be of the elect, manifests the fruit of the Spirit consistently in their daily conduct as revealed in Galatians 5:22-23:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
In addition, a person born again in the Spirit, and thus of the elect, is able to freely confess that Yahushua (Christ), the son of God or YHWH came in the flesh, was born of a virgin, was the Messiah, taught us God’s ways during His 3 1/2 year ministry on earth, died on the cross for our sins, rose again three days later, ascended into heaven and sits today at the right hand of God the Father, and is that person’s lord and savior. This testing of the spirits is taught in 1 John 4:2-3. Many people claim to be born again Christians, but if they cannot meet this test, they are self-deceived or knowing frauds, and thus not what they claim to be.
The reason this doctrine of election is so central and vitally important to understand is because we, the born again elect, are taught in many places in the Bible to have as little as possible to do with the non-elect, who manifest the traits of the wicked and the foolish that are spelled out in considerable detail in the Book of Proverbs, the book of wisdom. Today, God is separating the few sheep (the elect) from the many goats (the non-elect) and the wheat from the tares or weeds. Everywhere we look in our world today, we witness utter madness and insanity. Almost everyone is lying through their teeth and profoundly selfish. No longer are most people making any real pretense at masking their true and depraved characters. It’s all out in the open for all to see. Thus, when we encounter anyone who is clearly playing fast and loose with the truth and/or evidencing fundamental selfishness, we ought to walk away and have nothing to do with them. They are not healthy or safe for us to be around and will merely steal our joy if we let them. Not everyone is redeemable. In fact, most are not. And yet the world, ruled by Satan, the father of lies, tells us the precise opposite of this. So who are you going to believe? God or the devil? The truth or yet another lie?
Finally, as we approach the imminent second coming of Yahushua, the KJV Bible makes no bones about it: He is returning to gather the elect to Himself in resurrected or transformed immortal bodies just like His:
“And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn (the non-elect), and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Matthew 24:30-31 (Parentheticals added for clarity; boldface added for emphasis)
1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 and 1 Corinthians 15:51-55 tell us that first the dead in Christ (the elect) shall be resurrected and raised to be with Christ in the clouds and then in the twinkling of an eye those of us who are of the born again elect who are still living will see our bodies transformed in the twinkling of an eye from mortal to immortal bodies just like that of Christ after He rose from the grave and we will rise to meet Christ in the clouds too. Everyone not so chosen by God since before the foundations of the world, will soon find themselves on the receiving end of God’s fierce wrath and fury for their endless wickedness and sins.
The bottom line is that truth and selflessness matter to God. He will have nothing to do with lies and selfishness, which are the hallmarks of the non-elect.