This is a interview with J. I. Packer about unconditional election. Packer answers questions like: Doesn't election detract from our responsibility to respond to the gospel? Wouldn't it be unfair for God to elect one person to heaven, but then not elect my next-door neighbor? How essential is this doctrine to our understanding of salvation in general?
Appeal is often made to Romans 9 to explain and defend the doctrine of election. The traditional Reformed exegesis of Romans 9, however, is increasingly questioned today. Schreiner first wants to explain two of the objections to this exegesis, and then examines whether the objections are persuasive.
The doctrine of election is a source of comfort to believers, since believers can know that God has chosen them eternally in Christ. Believing in election does not, however, nullify the call to believe in Christ.