Freewill vs Predestination: Denominational Beliefs

Posted By Thomas Perez. December 14, 2010 at 5:07pm. Copyright 2010.

Anglican/Episcopal – “Predestination to Life is the everlasting purpose of God, whereby…he hath constantly decreed by his counsel secret to us, to deliver from the curse and damnation those whom he hath chosen…to bring them by Christ to His everlasting salvation…” 39 Articles Anglican Communion

Assembly of God – “And on the basis of His foreknowledge believers are chosen in Christ. Thus God in His sovereignty has provided the plan of salvation whereby all can be saved. In this plan man’s will is taken into consideration. Salvation is available to “whosoever will.”

Baptist -“Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. It is consistent with the free agency of man..” SBC

Lutheran -“…we reject…the doctrine that conversion is wrought not by the grace and power of God alone, but in part also by the co-operation of man himself…or anything else whereby man’s conversion and salvation is taken out of the gracious hands of God and made to depend on what man does or leaves undone. We reject also the doctrine that man is able to decide for conversion through “powers imparted by grace…” LCMS

Methodist – “The condition of man after the fall of Adam is such that he cannot turn and prepare himself, by his own natural strength and works, to faith, and calling upon God; wherefore we have no power to do good works…” UMC

Presbyterian – “There is nothing that we can do to earn God’s favor. Rather, our salvation comes from God alone. We are able to choose God because God first chose us.” PCUSA

Roman Catholic – “God predestines no one to go to hell” Catechism – 1037 See also “Notion of Predestination” – CE

NOTE: As one that believes in the Ultimate Reconciliation of all, I have to side with the Roman Catholic Church concerning this particular point of view pertaining to the doctrine of Soteriology.

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