Out of a desire to be fair to both sides of this argument and for us to fulfill the RZIM mission of ‘helping the believer to think’, what do you think is the strongest Biblical argument for the predestination of individuals (as held within Calvinism)? Personally I do not hold to this view - I believe that all people are free to choose God and we are predestined in the sense that God chose Christ and therefore He indirectly chose those who freely decide to follow Christ. But since we are mainly getting one side of the discussion in this book, I wanted to provide a place for us to reflect on why someone might hold this position.
For me, Romans 9 falls flat when taken in context, so that does not help the case for predestination of the individual. But I think Tim Keller, in this sermon on the call of God, makes a strong case that in the Bible we generally see God initiate. If I were asked the question, “What is the strongest argument for predestination of the individual in the Bible?” I would say that this line of argument about the necessity of God’s call would be the strongest.
Even if you do not agree with this position, what are your thoughts? What would you say is the strongest argument for predestination of the individual?