1 Thessalonians 5:9, The Antidote To Calvinism
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.
//The above verse was a favorite of preacher John Murray in the late 18th century. It was a time when Calvinism ruled, and many people fatalistically accepted its doctrine of predestination. God had appointed some people “to prosperity, others to labor; some to ease, others to pain; some to fame, others to obscurity; some to salvation, others to be damned.” Murray couldn’t stomach this idea, and preached a dangerous alternative, using the words of Paul. God didn’t plan his wrath upon anyone, but appointed everyone to salvation.
Shades of Universalism? How do today’s Calvinists (who rely heavily upon other teachings of Paul) counteract this verse? Paul was an enigma who seemed to preach contrary messages depending upon what his listeners needed to hear, in order to embrace Christ. Did Paul believe that we were all predestined–destined to salvation?
Certainly there are a plethora of verses used by Universalists to support their stance that everybody goes to heaven. There are also a plethora of contrary verses quoted by exclusivists. It’s this smorgasbord of contrary Bible interpretations that keep my blog alive.
Ah, who really knows the nature of God?