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Failures of Great Leaders in the Bible


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Chapter: 14.29
(Section 14: Selective Salvation)
Copyright © Michael Bronson 1998 - 2005

There are many people in the Bible who were used mightily of God. King David, Samuel, and John the Baptist are just a few. Selective Salvationists point to these people and say, "See, this is proof selective salvation is true. God had certain missions He wanted to accomplish, and He forced these people to carry out these tasks. Since most of these tasks involved these people being believers, God obviously had to force them to become believers."

I discussed this issue in a previous chapter (Sovereignty of God) so I won’t cover it again here. Yet, the lives of these great leaders are proof that selective salvation can’t be true. If you study the Bible, you will find very few of these great people led consistent, pristine lives. Some of them made some very significant blunders.

Following is a list of some of the believers who led consistent and faithful lives:

  • Samuel
  • Joseph
  • Queen Esther
  • Job
  • John the Baptist
  • Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (the three "asbestos children")
  • Daniel


Daniel in the Lions Den

Following is a list of some of the people who were less consistent and obedient

  • King David
  • King Saul
  • King Solomon
  • Adam and Eve
  • Samson
  • Moses
  • Abraham
  • Aaron
  • Eli
  • Lot
  • Isaac
  • Jacob
  • Most of the 12 sons of Israel
  • Many of the other Kings of Israel


Samson and Delilah

Let’s assume for the moment selective salvation is true. All of these people were selected by God to do a great service. There were forced to become believers, and they were forced to do this service. If this were true, you would expect each of these people would have lived consistent, exemplary lives. You would not expect any of them to make any major blunders. This isn’t, however, what we find. Many of them took their eyes off God and fell into deep sin. Many of these great leaders ended their lives out of fellowship with God.



Other Chapters in this Section

PART 1: What is Selective Salvation?
PART 2: What Does the Bible say about Selective Salvation?

What does the Bible Say?
Why, then, do some still Believe in Selective Salvation?
Interpreting the Bible
Does All mean All?
How Could God make it any Clearer?
Does it all Add Up?
Are People Perishing Despite God's Desire for their Salvation?
Why did Jesus Cry out for Their Forgiveness?
What is "Election" and "Predestination?"
Does a Sovereign God do Whatever He Wants?
The Sovereignty of God
Failures of Great Leaders in the Bible
God's Foreknowledge

PART 3: Problems with Selective Salvation
PART 4: “Choice” –The Achilles’ Heel of Selective Salvation
PART 5: Difficult Questions Answered
Appendix: Foundational Documents used by Selective Salvationists

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