The Unpreachability of the “Doctrine” of Predestination

Eclectic Orthodoxy

When was the last time you heard a sermon preached on election and predestination? In thirty-plus years of priestly ministry I think I may have preached on it once. Christian pastors do not preach on the topic; and it doesn’t matter whether they are Protestant, Catholic, or Orthodox; Thomist, Molinist, or Maximian; Calvinist or Arminian. Given the many New Testament texts that speak to predestination and given the importance of this subject in theological reflection, the refusal of pastors to proclaim predestination to their congregations cries out for explanation.

Preachers no longer preach predestination because the doctrine of predestination has become unpreachable.

James Daane explored the unpreachability of predestination in his book The Freedom of God: A Study of Election and Pulpit (1973). “Sermons on election are so rare,” Daane writes, “that even a regular churchgoer may never hear one. … And the rare occasion when a minister does…

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One Response to The Unpreachability of the “Doctrine” of Predestination

  1. Agnikan says:

    Some say that predestination is properly viewed as Protestant Christianity’s only true “esoteric” teaching: to be taught only to those ready to hear it.

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