Proof #6 of 7~The Bible gives examples of sinners saved without any conditions.
Since God saves sinners unconditionally by His own sovereign wisdom and power in Jesus Christ, and the gospel and its ordinances are only for the education and comfort of the elect, then there must be be examples of such cases in the Bible, or we do not have a right to believe and teach others the same~ And there are many. The previous proofs and the following examples solve the perpetual questions men have had about infants, idiots, and the heathen. Salvation is by God's grace alone, and it can easily reach every class of man in every situation. The examples to follow cover every man and thus are comforts for our souls. We have already shown in the previous five proofs that God's elect are saved fully and infallibly "without" conditions. But let us add to these proofs with specific examples of such from the Bible.
What about John the Baptist? He leaped for joy in his mother's womb at the presence of Jesus, and he did so by the Holy Ghost (Luke 1:15, 44). Joy is a fruit of the Spirit and an evidence of eternal life, so we know John was saved before he was born (Galatians 5:22; Romans 8:14-15; Ist Peter 1:8). Any of you men who are against my understanding PLEASE address John the Baptist example...it should be very entertaining to watch you. I do NOT expect certain men to even try to attempt to explain how John FILLED with the Spirit even in his mother's womb WITHOUT circumcision and water baptism!
What about Cornelius? He feared God, which no unregenerated man can or does (Romans 3:18); and he gave alms and prayed acceptably to God (Acts 10:1-4). And this was true before hearing the gospel or being baptized. Peter revealed by the Spirit he was already accepted with God (Acts 10:34-35). More could be said, but we will wait for you men to prove that Cornelius was not born of the Spirit BEFORE Peter ever arrived and preached the first words to him. He needed to be saved for SURE, but not in the sense in which you men believe. For you to believe biblically would mean that your false religion would be exposed for what it is....another gospel under the curse of God per Paul from Galatians chapter one...a double curse.
What about Lot? He loved Sodom more than righteousness, and he ended up incestuously with his daughters in a cave (Genesis 13:12; Genesis 19:14, 16, 20, 36). Yet we are taught by the Spirit Lot was a just and righteous man, saved by the glorious grace of God by Christ's obedience (2nd Peter 2:7-9). The ONLY ground upon which he was righteous and the only ground upon which he would inherit eternal life in the world to come.
What about the rich young ruler? Though he chose his riches over Christ, Jesus loved him; and he went away sorrowful~two marks of a man with eternal life (Mark 10:17-27). Jesus hates the wicked (Psalm 5:5; Matthew 7:23); and only spiritual men desire to follow Christ. Riches are a strong obstacle to obedience, but salvation by an omnipotent God is easy even in such cases.
What about Israel in the wilderness? They ate and drank spiritually of Jesus Christ, which is to have eternal life (Ist Corinthians 10:1-4); but they were disobedient and rebellious (Ist Corinthians 10:5). Yet God chose them, chastened them, called them children, and loved them (Deuteronomy 7:6-8; 8:5; 14:1; 33:1-3).
What about blinded Israel? Who fear God and believe in God, yet NOT according to TRUE KNOWLEDGE. (Romans 10:1-13) Paul declares that a portion of elect Israel was blinded to the gospel, so that though they were enemies of the gospel, they were beloved in the election of grace~(Romans 11:25-32). MUCH LIKE many here on this forum.
What about infants? There is no doctrine of salvation on earth that consistently and Scripturally provides for infants (and idiots, and the heathen) , except the truth of unconditional salvation. Since eternal life is entirely by God's grace in Jesus Christ, dying elect infants (idiots, and the heathen...THINK ABOUT THIS before rejecting what I'm saying...how would YOU, and/or your doctrine, get them to heaven?) are saved the same way as all other sinners.