VALLEY REFORMED CHURCH
Savoring God through literacy in His literal Word
God has chosen some to receive salvation and the rest to suffer in eternal hell for their sin against Him. God created all men to make known His power; some were created as objects of mercy and some as objects of His wrath, but all for His glory and His good pleasure.
Proverbs 16:4 (ESV) “The LORD has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.”
Isaiah 44:18 - 20 (ESV) “They know not, nor do they discern, for he has shut their eyes, so that they cannot see, and their hearts, so that they cannot understand. No one considers, nor is there knowledge or discernment to say, ‘Half of it I burned in the fire; I also baked bread on its coals; I roasted meat and have eaten. And shall I make the rest of it an abomination? Shall I fall down before a block of wood?’ He feeds on ashes; a deluded heart has led him astray, and he cannot deliver himself or say, ‘Is there not a lie in my right hand?’”
Deuteronomy 7:17 - 21 (ESV) “If you say in your heart, ‘These nations are greater than I. How can I dispossess them?’ you shall not be afraid of them but you shall remember what the LORD your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt, the great trials that your eyes saw, the signs, the wonders, the mighty hand, and the outstretched arm, by which the LORD your God brought you out. So will the LORD your God do to all the peoples of whom you are afraid. Moreover, the LORD your God will send hornets among them, until those who are left and hide themselves from you are destroyed. You shall not be in dread of them, for the LORD your God is in your midst, a great and awesome God.”
Romans 9:10 - 13 (ESV) “And not only so, but also when Rebecca had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of his call— she was told, ‘The older will serve the younger.’ As it is written, ‘Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.’”
Romans 9:14 - 18 (ESV) “What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! For he says to Moses, ‘I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.’ So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, ‘For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.’ So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.”
Romans 9:22 - 24 (ESV) “What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory— even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles?”
1 Peter 2:7 - 8 (ESV) “So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,’ and ‘A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.’ They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.”
1 Peter 2:9 - 10 (ESV) “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”
2 Peter 2:12 - 13 (ESV) “But these, like irrational animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed, blaspheming about matters of which they are ignorant, will also be destroyed in their destruction, suffering wrong as the wage for their wrongdoing. They count it pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, while they feast with you.”
Jude 1:4 (ESV) “For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”
2 Thessalonians 2:11 - 12 (ESV) “Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
All who were chosen before the foundation of the world are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and will be drawn by God to follow Christ. Every person not chosen by God, and by nature of their birth, has rejected Christ. The invitation to follow Christ is extended to all, but only those whose hearts have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit will follow. If you desire to follow Christ, it is because you were chosen in Him and were given the gift of faith to believe. Your eternal security rests in the shed blood of Christ and you will never be lost.
John 17:6 - 11 (ESV) “I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.”
Salvation is a result of God’s provision. Your choice to follow Christ is a result of God’s provision. There is no salvation in baptism, good works, church membership or works of charity. Salvation is only through faith in the risen Savior, Jesus Christ.
There will never be a person, chosen by God, who will wish or say that he would rather remain under the wrath of God. Likewise, there will never be a person chosen by God for destruction, who will wish or say that they desire to belong to God through Christ.
If you desire a relationship with God through Christ, it is because God is drawing you to His predetermined salvation. If you have questions, please contact us via our contact form from the "Contact Us" page. You may also contact us via phone at, 541-428-2177 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you desire to follow Jesus, get a Bible (we suggest the Geneva, the Original King James, or the English Standard Version) and start reading it immediately. Get involved in a Bible teaching church/fellowship. We welcome you to join us in our fellowship and we also welcome you to ask any questions you probably now have about living the Christian life. Again, please contact us using one of the methods mentioned above.
A warning to those who think they have salvation because they were taught to believe that salvation is based on human will or works; not God’s sovereign choice:
Isaiah 47:10 - 11 (ESV) “You felt secure in your wickedness, you said, ‘No one sees me’; your wisdom and your knowledge led you astray, and you said in your heart, ‘I am, and there is no one besides me.’ But evil shall come upon you, which you will not know how to charm away; disaster shall fall upon you, for which you will not be able to atone; and ruin shall come upon you suddenly, of which you know nothing.”
Isaiah 48:1 (ESV) “Hear this, O house of Jacob, who are called by the name of Israel, and who came from the waters of Judah, who swear by the name of the LORD and confess the God of Israel, but not in truth or right.”
A promise and a comfort to those whom God has called:
Romans 8:28 - 30 (ESV) “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.”