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Don’t Question Your Election, Question Your Repentance

You begin at the wrong end if you dispute about your election. Prove your conversion and then never doubt your election…. Whatever God’s purposes be, which are secret, His promises are plain. How desperately do rebels argue, "If I am elected I shall be saved, do what I will. If not, I shall be damned, do what I can." Perverse sinner, will you begin where you should end? Is not the word before you? What saith it? "Repent and be converted that your sins may be blotted out." "If you mortify the deeds of the body you shall live." "Believe and be saved" (Acts 3:19; Rom. 8:13; Acts 16:31). What can be plainer? Do not stand still disputing about your election, but set to repenting and believing. Cry to God for converting grace. Revealed things belong to you; in these busy yourself.

-Joseph Alleine, An Alarm to the Unconverted (1671; reprint London: Banner of Truth Trust, 1959), 30

Quoted in Joel Beeke, Puritan Evangelism, pg. 58

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April 26, 2012 - Posted by | Doctrine of Election, Fearing God, Puritans, Salvation

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