(Part of the Election, Sovereign Grace, Will, Salvation
bible study group.)
It is sometimes claimed that, the parable of the Sower & the Seed disproves the Doctrine of Election.
Matthew 13:3-9, one source for the parable of the sower and the seed, is often cited as an example. Overlooking verses 10-11,
- - "And the disciples came and said to Him, 'Why do You speak to them in parables?'
He answered and said to them, 'Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given."
A jump is made to verse 23,
- - "But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty."
The the claim is made that anyone who hears the Gospel message has the capacity to accept or reject its message of salvation. Jesus' declaration in verse 11 is slid under the rug, His teachings in other portions of Scripture are ignored, and teachings of the Bible concerning natural man and his spiritual depravity are disregarded.
Any farmer can tell you that spreading seed on his best, unprepared, soil will not yield a harvestable crop. To one knowledgeable in growing crops, good soil is that which has been worked, fertilized, and prepared prior to planting seed. Therefore, it follows that someone prepared, made open or receptive, the "good ground" in verse 23, to the "seed" of the Gospel. The Bible teaches that it is God, who is responsible for the good ground, not man.
The contention, that this parable proves that Sovereign Grace, Will, salvation, Election is not a valid doctrine, is not supported by the biblical evidence.
Sower & Seed Parable
page updated 03/15/2011.