Acts 2:23

Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel

and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken,

and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:

Some people who believe in predestination and election also believe "What will be will be". I don't. There is a vast difference in predestination and "What will be will be". Predestination is what God does, so arranging the affairs of man to fulfill His eternal purposes. "What will be will be" assumes that God has predestined every event. God didn't predestinate Satan to sin, but allowed him to sin. So it is with us.


1. I Sam. 23:9 - David asks, Will the men of Keilah deliver me up?

2. I Sam. 30:7 - David asks, Shall I pursue the destroyers of Ziklag?

3. Ezek. 3:16-21 - God made Ezekiel a watchman of Israel, making him responsible for warning Israel about coming calamities. If he doesn't warn them, their blood is on his hands, and he will be judged for not doing what God said.

4. II Tim. 4:1 - There is a judgment of the saved and the lost. If we have no responsibility, why are we judged? It looks to me like a fear of the judgment of God is a chief motivation for us to serve Him.

5. II Peter 3:10 - Seeing the end of the world ought to convince us to be true to God.

6. If I will have a job, I will have a job. So I sit and drink coffee in the morning instead of going to work. What will happen? My boss will fire me because I didn't go to work.

7. You are driving to the grocery store. If you are supposed to get there, you will get there. Therefore, instead of steering your car, you concentrate on your grocery list. What happens? You go into the ditch! God didn't cause that, you did.

8. If my children are going to be saved, they are going to be saved, therefore, I don't pray for them, teach them, or try to instruct them in being saved. What happens? I won't receive any blessing for the good in their lives. If they are going to be saved, they will be saved, but I won't receive any blessings because of it.

9. If I am going to die, I am going to die, there is nothing I can do. It is true that everyone has a time to be born and a time to die. It is also true that we can die before our time - Eccl. 7:17. If everybody has a set time to die how can I die before my time? By doing something foolish like suicide, or stepping out in front of a train or car.

10. It is also possible to live longer than our appointed days. Hezekiah did. God added 15 years to his life, but it wasn't for his good. People today can add to their life by extra means of life support. But it isn't for their good, for the additional days are more often filled with misery and suffering.