The perfect, or ideal church has saved people as its membership because the church is meant for believers. That is not to say that non-believers are unwelcome. Quite the opposite. When someone who does not know Christ as Savior comes into a Bible-centered church, the first thing they should feel is welcome. The love of Christ should be immediately obvious. I saw that kind of love in the church where I got saved. A friend had invited me and I listened to the preaching. Most of what I heard I did not understand. What I did understand was that the people in that church genuinely loved each other – and they loved me. Couldn’t put my finger on it at the time, but those people in that assembly had something I did not have and I wanted it. I guess it’s no surprise that I accepted Christ that very night. Continue reading
The Bible teaches election. It also teaches free grace. The same God Who said that as believers He had “chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4), also said: “whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
In addressing the Thessalonians, Paul reminded them of their “election in God” (1 Thessalonians 1:4). The key to understanding the doctrine of election from the perspective God intends us to understand it is to remember that God means for that truth to be a source of comfort, not contention. Continue reading