A REAL DEATH FOR SIN, FOR EVERYONE, OR JUST A FEW ELECT?
If ALL have sinned and ALL come short of the glory of God, then Jesus Christ must have died for ALL mankind, and not just for a select few, unless of course, the elect are the only ones who sin and have sinned, which is preposterous to say the least. MacArthur continued in this dastardly vain tone of erroneous statements, when he tried to explain why there is a heaven and a hell. » PLEASE CONTINUE READING HERE »
One of the most poignant and beautiful passages in Scripture, despite the devastating earthquake that shook the prison where Paul and Silas had been incarcerated for their witness of the Gospel of redemption through Jesus Christ, is in Acts 16.
And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? (Acts 16:30).
It was no ordinary earthquake. It shook the foundations of the prison so that not only the prison doors were slammed open, but even the chains that shackled the prisoners to their cells were miraculously loosened. » PLEASE CONTINUE READING HERE »
John Piper made nine videos in defense of TULIP and Calvinism which can be viewed on his site “Desiring God.” In response to the Calvinists’ and John Piper’s unbiblical view of God’s sovereignty an ex-Calvinist, Leighton Flowers, Professor of Theology at Dallas Baptist University, Director of Youth Evangelism for Texas Baptists and a local teaching pastor, made this excellent audio. The music itself is not my cup of tea. However, it does not diminish the value of his message in anyway. Leighton Flowers succeeds in his exposure of the hypocrisy of the Calvinistic view of God’s sovereignty.
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.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SAINT’S GROWTH IN HOLINESS AND SANCTIFICATION – GOD ONLY OR GOD AND MAN?
I have heard it said on numerous occasions on the internet that those who adhere to the doctrine of free will (also known as Arminians by Calvinists) are the worst kind of idolaters imaginable and — wait for it — inescapably on their way to hell. But wait a sec.
How can Calvinists say that sin, of which idolatry is the worst kind, is the determinative factor in sending people to hell when they actually believe that reprobation (non-election) is the sole determinative factor? Sin is something anyone can and may repent of AND receive forgiveness AND ultimately go to heaven.
Predestination and election unto damnation, on the other hand, is something no one can repent of. The reprobate’s fate is sealed. They will go to hell whether they like it or not OR whether they believe in free will or not OR whether they have sinned or not because God has ordained and assigned them to hell on the basis of his sovereign choice and because it pleases Him. So, for Calvinists to say that free willy idolaters (including Arminians) are going to hell because they are committing the worst kind of sin imaginable (idolatry), is not only a gross misnomer but hypocrisy that woefully stretches to the ends of the abyss. You may already have seen this on the INTERNET:- » PLEASE CONTINUE READING HERE »
Pharisees – “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” (Matthew 15:8-9)
An article (sermon), worthy to be read with keen interest and no less acute attention, recently appeared on the Internet. It deals with the classic parable of the Pharisee and the Publican Jesus told in Luke 18 to illustrate the dreadfulness of self-righteousness.
As I was reading the article I noticed how the author, who is a staunch Calvinist, unwittingly impeached Calvinism with Pharisee-ism. Lo and behold, he even admitted that the Pharisees believed in election, predestination and limited atonement. That alone, by his own admission, proves that Calvinism and Pharisee-ism hinge on three of the most important elements in Reformed Theology.
To kick off my article I would like to begin with this particular camaraderie between Pharisee-ism and Calvinism.
NEW: PLEASE READ THE ADDENDUM AT THE END OF THIS ARTICLE
In their zeal to defend God’s sovereignty many blogists have joined renowned Calvinists in their campaign against the so-called non-elect by emphatically declaring that Christians should hate non-believers (non-elect sinners). Before you read this article I suggest that you first read an open letter John Pedersen wrote to one of these more renowned Calvinists questioning his view on 2 Corinthians 5:21. Christ was not made sin in the sense of becoming a sinner or taking on Himself the character of a sinner. It simply means that He, being without sin and perfectly spotless, was treated like a sinner by his Father. Their explanation of this passage reminds one of the Word of Faith preachers’ blasphemous remark that Jesus took on Himself the character of Satan. Mr Pedersen eventually received an answer from the Calvinist who teaches that Christians (Calvinists) should hate the non-elect.
I received an answer from . . . . . . . . . :
Dear Mr Pedersen,
Enjoy yourself. I hope your delusions give you great satisfaction.
Please listen very carefully how Dr. RC Sproul, a very devout and staunch Calvinist, used the above confession to humiliate 50 Arminian students. [DTW note: We here at DTW are not Arminian (aka Methodist), we believe in Eternal Security.]» PLEASE CONTINUE READING HERE »
“I do not come into this pulpit hoping that perhaps somebody will of his own free will return to Christ. My hope lies in another quarter. I hope that my Master will lay hold of some of them and say, ‘You are mine, and you shall be mine. I claim you for myself.’ My hope arises from the freeness of grace, and not from the freedom of the will.’” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (19 June 1834 – 31 January 1892), also known as the Prince of Preachers, allegedly preached to approximately 10 000 000 souls. We cannot assert with absolute certainty that all of them are now in heaven because it is impossible to know who among them were the elect.
Not even Charles could have known whether all of them, some of them or any of them are in heaven because he never knew whether his Master had lain hold of them. In fact, he could only express the hope that his Master had sovereignly and monergistically lain hold of some of them.
On Spurgeon’s hope that God will lay hold on some and say to them “You are mine and you shall be mine, I claim you for myself” J Vernon McGee paraphrased Spurgeon as follows:
If you’ve read any of my other Calvinism articles, you know by now why it’s a false gospel. I thought you should see Calvinism in action, though, for there’s nothing like seeing its application in real life. Imagine, if you will, (no theological pun intended) a Calvinist witnessing his gospel to a lost man. What I will show you here is no exaggeration of their beliefs. I do realize that some of the views here are what is called “Hyper-Calvinism,” and for those that are uninitiated in this nonsense, it is basically Calvinism taken to its logical conclusion-that because God has preordained everything, nothing we do changes anything or makes a difference in the long run. Now I know that Calvinists will scream and say this doesn’t represent them, but if they are honest, they will admit that Hyper-Calvinism is what regular Calvinists teach, but they just don’t want to admit it. The word “choose” shouldn’t even be in the Calvinist’s bible. So then, some of my statements may reflect this other flavor of Calvinism, but it is just the same tree with a different branch. Calvinists (Hyper or non) can’t reconcile man’s free will with God’s will. They don’t think God’s sovereignty is big enough for including both. I will (there’s that word “will” again) use what they teach and show you the absurdity and madness of its teachings when preached to people who know nothing about it. » PLEASE CONTINUE READING HERE »
(A look at the surrounding chapters of Romans 8 and 10 to show the immediate context of Romans Chapter 9)
Romans chapter 9 is claimed by many to be the best defense of predestination and the gospel of Calvinism. I would agree that this passage is a formidable weapon, for I, too, formerly believed these doctrines. And let me say also from the outset here that I am not condemning those who have come to believe in eternal election and predestination after their salvation, rather, I am calling out their beliefs as to what is error and heresy. I am well aware that men can be saved and believe the doctrine of Calvinism-I was one of them. I have several close friends that hold these same beliefs. It is my belief that any man can come to Jesus and later get deceived by error, and I could point out several people from scripture who as Christians did these very things. I don’t believe, however, that a man can believe the gospel of Calvinism for his initial salvation. Paul talked about the gospel saving us, not a false gospel. Paul mentioned in 1 Cor. 15 that the first teaching of the gospel is that “Christ died for our sins”. That is primary and of utmost importance. To misunderstand who “our” is is to misunderstand the gospel. So my dear reader, please understand the difference being spoken of here. Being deceived after salvation is one thing, but believing a false gospel for your salvation is quite another.
Romans 9, at first glance, does appear to bolster the Reformed position. I will give them that much. If it can be proven otherwise, however, Calvinism will lose the heart and soul of its doctrine in the New Testament. Until now, I have not felt that I had a strong enough case against this chapter teaching predestination. I knew Romans 9 didn’t teach predestination as Calvinism teaches it, but I couldn’t prove it sufficiently, that is, until now. » PLEASE CONTINUE READING HERE »
You are “elected” “THROUGH sanctification of the Spirit” and the application of Jesus’ blood on your soul. That does not happen before you get saved. That does not happen eons ago when you supposedly were the elect. This scripture says you become elect through these things, and this contradicts the Calvinists’ main teaching who say you were elect before those things. You were not. Not one whit according to Peter:
Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. 1 Peter 1:2 » PLEASE CONTINUE READING HERE »