The prospect should also be asked if he believes in Unconditional Election. John Piper explains the idea of Unconditional Election taught in Calvinism:
If all of us are so depraved that we cannot come to God without being born again by the irresistible grace of God, then it is clear that the salvation of any of us is owing to God’s election. Election refers to God’s choosing whom to save. It is unconditional in that there is no condition man must meet before God chooses to save him. Man is dead in trespasses and sins. So there is not condition he can meet before God chooses to save him from his deadness. We are not saying that final salvation is unconditional. It is not. We must meet the condition of faith in Christ in order to inherit eternal life. But faith is not a condition for election. Just the reverse. Election is a condition for faith.
It could be easily assumed that in the process of searching for and calling a pastor, both the church and the prospective pastor desire a good match in matters of doctrine. This assumption has caused many regrettable mismatches and more than a few church splits. Many ministers do not offer information about personal doctrinal stances that may not be shared by the congregation considering them for the pastorate. One area in which a potential pastor may be less than forthcoming lies in the issue of Calvinism. At LifeWay’s conference on the issue of Calvinism, one question that was discussed was whether or not Calvinistic ministers under consideration for the pastorate should reveal their convictions concerning that doctrine. Dr. Danny Akin advised:
**This article was previously posted by Dr. Randy White on his website www.randywhiteministries.org and is used by permission.
“You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.” (Matthew 16:3, NKJV)
I am continually frustrated that Christians, even pastors and theologians, seem to have an overwhelming inability to discern the times. The Christian world is continually making false assumptions about reality, then making decisions based upon those assumptions. A continued downward spiral is the only result.