I’ve yet to be convinced that the choosing of Jacob over Esau is referring to individual salvation. I think that is something Calvinists have “read into” the text, and such an interpretation fits their doctrines. Yes, God is certainly showing preference as to what people he will bless and Tell your mountain about your God shirt but to extend this passage to mean personal salvation is a dangerous stretch in my view. To apply these passages to eternal salvation causes this very contradiction described in the article and seems to make God out to be both arbitrary and the author of sin.
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We don’t know their eternal status. The view that Jacob is regenerate and Esau unregenerate are assumptions based on the interpretation that Romans 9 has to do with individual salvation and Tell your mountain about your God shirt. Have Calvinists ever considered that that maybe they have a wrong interpretation of Romans 9 and that if wrong, their interpretation greatly damages the scriptural basis for their doctrinal system? I believe that when the Reformers were correcting false doctrines and wrong practices within the Catholic church, their reaction was to swing the pendulum too far in the other direction.
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If God says he wants all to be saved, then that’s all we need to know and proclaim. As to why so many die without being saved, that is a mystery. Some Christians who oppose Calvinism and Tell your mountain about your God shirt, believe that there is an opportunity for the lost to come to faith in Jesus Christ somewhere beyond this life, but I see little basis for that. Maybe, that is another way of man trying to explain things that God has not allowed us to know. So I can’t accept Calvinism, Arminianism, or Christian Universalism. All I can do is accept the gospel and trust God in his sovereignty.