What does Jesus mean in John 6:44 when He says, “No one can come to me unless the Father draws him”?

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Have you ever studied the texts in John 6 or had discussions about them with others? I am primarily referring to the texts about how no one can come to Jesus unless the Father draws him (John 6:44), and how Jesus chose the twelve (John 6:70).

What is the meaning of the word draw? What is the meaning of the word chose? Is Jesus teaching Unconditional Election in John 6?

What is your understanding of these verses?

When will God will gather His elect (Matthew 24:31)?

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One sometimes runs into Calvinists who argue that election is true because the Bible mentions election.

Well of course the Bible teaches election!

The question, however, is not whether or not the Bible mentions election, but rather what the Bible means when it mentions election.

This post looks at what Jesus says about election in Matthew 24, and in so doing, shows that the biblical teaching of election is different than what Calvinists claim.

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Dying to Religion and Empire

My next book is available on Amazon… but don’t buy it yet!

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What does “Many are called, but few are chosen” mean in Matthew 22:14?

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In Matthew 22:14 Jesus says, For many are called, but few are chosen. While this verse seems to support the Calvinistic idea of Unconditional Election, when we study this statement in its context, we see that it teaches something else.

In this post I examine the parable of the wedding feast in Matthew 22:1-14 to see what Jesus means by his concluding statement in Matthew 22:14.

What are your thoughts about what Jesus means in this parable?

Would Jesus waterboard His enemies?


The answer to this question is obviously No.

Jesus would not waterboard his enemies.

Instead, it seems to me that Jesus would untie his enemy, hand him the bucket, and then get down on the waterboard himself, saying, Go ahead. I forgive you.

But this is a much different question than whether or not governments should waterboard enemies…

Either way, what are your thoughts?

What does “For many are called, but few are chosen” mean? (Matthew 20:16)

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Are you called by God? Are you chosen by God?

What does it mean when Jesus says in Matthew 20:16 that Many are called, but few are chosen? What is the difference between the two, and what is the connection between this saying and the parable of the workers in the vineyard which Jesus just finished telling?

In Matthew 20:16, Jesus is saying that it is we who are upside down and backwards, and if we let Him, He will turn our world right way around for us so that we can see the truth and beauty that is God’s Kingdom.