One of the problems we encounter with the doctrine of election is an over analysis of what it is. Because we think we fully understand it, we can become inhibited in our communication of the gospel to others. I must say this, if your belief in the doctrine of election is hindering you from freely sharing the gospel to all? then you have a wrong understanding of it, and a wrong application of it that is tying you in knots and is placing you in a religious bondage. Lets make this clear, this is a form of hyper-Calvinism which I outright reject! I’ve encountered this false kind of Calvinism in my evangelism efforts. For example, I’ve been told by some, that I cant pray for unbelievers and ask Gods blessings upon them for they are enemies of God. My question is, if we cant pray for the lost and reach out to them in compassion, how else can we reach them? This is nothing more than an hyper-Calvinism. An over analyzation of Election, and its robbing us from freely offering the gospel to all.
I am thankful that in our church, we have dealt with the issue of hyper-Calvinism and come out from it on the other side. We are a church that firmly believes in the doctrine of election, yet we also firmly believe we are called to preach the gospel freely to every creature. Though at first in our limited understandings, these seemingly paradoxical truths seem to be opposed to one another, they end up producing a wonderful harmonious doctrine and show us the big picture of all of scripture and not just one side of what scripture proclaims. Scripture is always a two-edged sword and must be rightly divided. See 2 Timothy 2:15, Hebrews 4:12,13, and Mark 16:15-16.