Re: For those who lean towards free-will, who do you believe the "elect" are?
Amen. The elect are those who hear the Gospel, repent, believe, and receive the gift of eternal life.
Originally Posted by Adstars
I believe that God calls everyone to repentance, He does not will that any should perish, and He is willing that all be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. He sent His Son to die for all, He sent the church to proclaim the gospel to every person, and sends His Spirit to convict all the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgement. Everyone who hears the Gospel of Jesus Christ, then repents and believes becomes one of God's elect.
Romans 1:16- For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
1 John 1:7- But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
2 Corinthians 7:1- Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.