google_ad_format = "160x600_as"; Luther rejoiced in the doctrine of predestination, which he believed is so clearly taught by Paul and, in fact, in the whole of the Scriptures — but he quickly stopped short of trying to explain why God works this way. google_color_border = "FFFFFF"; That’s a fine line between orthodoxy and heresy, but so it goes for many dogmas. “And Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.’ ” — 1 Samuel 3:10, © 2021 Presbyterian Mission Agency   Privacy Policy | GDPR Privacy Policy | Legal Notices. But many 20th-century Presbyterians have been very concerned about the few statements in the confessions that suggest that God has from all eternity condemned some people to eternal … The view below is taken straight from the PCUSA website In the words of the Westminster Confession of Faith, God "freely and unchangeably ordained whatsoever comes to pass." Man’s State: Fallen state due to original sin Sin: covered up through justification of the elect. The doctrine of predestination re-emphasizes that God alone is Lord. Calvin worked harder than Luther at trying to explain systematically how the doctrine of predestination works. In the second half of the 20th century there has been pressure to write new confessions, and in writing these the church has had to ask quite seriously how we now understand this doctrine. //-->,