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Paul didn’t teach unconditional election. Here’s why.

God’s act of election shows up multiple times in 1 & 2 Thessalonians. Calvinist interpreters tend to read these passages as evidence for their doctrine of unconditional election. In this video, we consider how the larger context of the Thessalonian correspondence makes that interpretation impossible. Instead, these letters highlight Paul’s understanding that election is conditional on faith. Click here to watch it on YouTube. Don’t forget to subscribe for more videos on Arminian Essentials.


Dr. Matt O’Reilly is Lead Pastor of Hope Hull United Methodist Church near Montgomery, AL, and a fellow of the Center for Pastor Theologians.  He is the author of Paul and the Resurrected Body: Social Identity and Ethical Practice, The Letters to the Thessalonians, and Bless the Nations.

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