The letter by Free Will (Write Back, August 15) illustrates the perception of the general public of the Christian faith.
One can easily understand the logic to that letter, which is based on the commonly used doctrine of the main Reformed Churches in Ireland.
This is the doctrine that only those who are predestined to God's heavenly home will be there in eternity. This is the doctrine of the Westminster Confession of Faith, as accepted by most of the Reformed Churches. But this is a false doctrine (see John 3:16). Clergy and Church leaders have to agree to this doctrine, otherwise they will not be ordained and so seldom is it challenged.
This doctrine definitely turns people away from the Gospel, as according to the Westminster Confession of Faith, if we are not predestined for Heaven, we are predestined for Hell. No wonder church attendances are diminishing.
The simple Gospel message is that God is calling us all to believe in the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ, as recorded in the New Testament. We are all born with a free mind and God is calling those who believe. That is our decision. And, if we don't, then our eternity is in Hell. We cannot comprehend God's plan for life on earth, but the one thing we do know from the Bible is that he is calling for volunteers to follow his plan for our lives through our faith in Jesus Christ. God in his grace then pardons our sins and imbues us with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will be our guiding light throughout our lives. If only our Churches would preach the Gospel of the New Testament, this land could be a glorious land.
Newry, Co Down