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A Letter from the Director

Salvation and the sovereignty of God are taught in the Bible from cover to cover. It is a faith issue. Regarding Calvinism, some people believe that a person has to be "regenerated" before they are saved. Some people believe in double predestination — meaning that some are doomed from the womb to the tomb, in a caste system, or some are destined for heaven and others are not. Some well-meaning Christians believe that a person is so "dead" that they can't discern Godly things or the difference between right and wrong.

However, in regard to faith, the Bible states that God has given every man a conscience — the seat of reason between right and wrong (Romans 2:15). Since the Law is written on their hearts, they can understand how they are accused, and people all over the world are seeking how they can be acquitted. If man is so darkened in his mind about God, why are there over 6,500 religions finding varieties of ways to resolve their sin problem and bring members back to God? Why are all of those non-elect people desperately seeking God? God gives grace to the humble and resists the proud.

The truth is, there are some humble people seeking God who eventually realize that God intervened in humanity, getting their attention through signs, wonders and miracles. The reason for miracles, according to John 20:30-31, is so that man would believe and be saved. Realizing that they are sinners, in their "un-regenerate" state, their conscience bearing witness, God provided miracles, authenticating the prophets who bear witness of the one true Sin-Bearer Jesus Christ. Once a person realizes their sinful condition through the Law (Romans 7:7), and repents, and trusts in Christ, hearing the Gospel of their salvation, and believes, they are sealed with Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13). It is then that they are regenerated by God. Without the Holy Spirit they are not one of His (Romans 8:9).

Calvinists put regeneration before salvation. In other words, they are saved before they can be saved. Also, according to Calvinism, if a person is saved from the womb to heaven, what are the "elect" really saved from? Certainly not from the wrath of God. While saying that all men are saved by faith, they are really not saved from the wrath of God — ever. This is clearly not taught in the Bible.

I am not a Calvinist because I do not believe in limited atonement (John 3:16, 2 Peter 3:9). According to 1 John 2:2, Jesus died not only for our sins, but for the sins of the whole world. Will the whole world accept Christ? No. Only those who repent and trust in Christ. But God rendered all men savable. God gives grace to the humble, but resists the proud. It is a choice. It is an eternal covenant to enter into.

You can accept the terms of the covenant, or reject the terms of the covenant, but you cannot alter the terms of the covenant. Once a person accepts the terms of the covenant by repenting of their sins and trusting in Christ, they are eternally secure, forever. Once saved, always saved (definitely not Arminian). It is a choice. Just as King David said to his son Solomon in 1 Chronicles 28:9, “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever."  So, it's a choice.  Choose life.

— Paul Diamond, Director of Chosen People