Soul Winning is Foolishness
This will probably be the shortest post I have ever written and many of you may sigh a sigh of relief because you are not particularly fond of long and drawn-out posts.
During my habitual surfing of certain Christian blogs (some of them claim to be Christian but are not), I read of a certain pastor who wrote to another certain pastor that "soul winning" is foolishness. Yes, you heard me correctly. SOUL WINNING IS FOOLISHNESS, he said with unashamed boldness. The person who said this either hates the Gospel of God or is completely ignorant of what the Gospel (Good News) entails.
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CALVINISM, THE GREATEST GOD-SENT DELUSION OF ALL TIME
There is a way that seems right but the end thereof are the ways of death – TULIP
I am deeply and sincerely convinced that Calvinism, also known as Reformed Theology, entrenched in the acronym T U L I P, is one of the best top ranked and most dangerous deceptions God Himself has sent to judge those who believe in its vile doctrines. Paul announces God’s judgment on all those who dare to misrepresent his Gospel of salvation in 2 Thessalonians 2 verses 8 to 12.
And then the lawless one (the antichrist) will be revealed and the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of His mouth and bring him to an end by His appearing at His coming. The coming [of the lawless one, the antichrist] is through the activity and working of Satan and will be attended by great power and with all sorts of [pretended] miracles and signs and delusive marvels—[all of them] lying wonders—And by unlimited seduction to evil and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing (going to perdition because they did not welcome the Truth but refused to love it that they might be saved.Therefore God sends upon them a misleading influence, a working of error and a strong delusion to make them believe what is false, In order that all may be judged and condemned who did not believe in [who refused to adhere to, trust in, and rely on] the Truth, but [instead] took pleasure in unrighteousness. (AMP)
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Free will is permissible when Calvinists judge others’ beliefs but forbidden when others evaluate Calvinism in the light of Scripture.
Calvinists are skilfull at discerning the Word of Faith Movement as being an idolatrous, blasphemous and God dishonouring teaching, and I wholeheartedly agree with them (see here). Nonetheless, it is always a good thing to remove the beam out of your own eye before trying to remove the mote out of someone else’s eye. (Matthew 7:5). This may come as a surprise to many but the Word of Faith Movement and Calvinism have several things in common. Indeed, Calvinism cannot boast to be any better than the Word of Faith Movement. The two major commonalities between them are:-
1) their views on the function and role of the mind
2) and the role of prayer in salvation
It is evident that Calvinism and the Word of Faith Movement espouse similar views in regard to the function and the role of the mind in spiritual matters. In fact, both want you to check your mind at the door because a free willy mind, as Calvinists refer to it, supposedly dishonours and demeans God’s sovereignty. In their zeal to uphold and defend God’s sovereignty they have fallen prey to a type of mind control. It is a self-imposed form of mind control because the deceived person aggressively and defiantly refuses to believe that he/she has a free will, even to the extent that they tell themselves that any shape or form of free will is blasphemous, idolatrous and in league with the beast in Revelation 13. Adolf Hitler said: “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.” If you keep on telling yourself that free will is a thing of the devil, anti-God and anti-Christ, blasphemous and idolatrous you will eventually believe it. No wonder Satan has chosen the mind as his battleground and does everything in his power to fasten his strongholds of lies in the mind.
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To be (free-will) or not to be (no free-will), now that aint such a tough question after all, is it?
The question whether man has a free-will to choose for or against God and decide for himself whether he wants to resist and reject or accept and receive the message of the cross of Christ as the only means for his salvation (1 Corinthians 1:18), has been a bone of contention for many centuries. Calvinists in particular must of necessity and at all cost uphold their anti-free-will doctrine because the slightest admission that God has endowed all men with the freedom of choice and the ability to choose between good and evil will immediately and permanently destroy Calvinism.
I had the pleasure of meeting a few eminent Calvinists at a debate between William Lane Craig and a so-called “Nuwe Hervormer” in Pretoria a few years ago, who are by far some of the most outspoken against free-willism in South Africa today (They hate my guts for loving His Truth). Their extreme bludgeoning ideas have incited them to associate free-will with the beast in Revelation 13.