The 5 points of Calvinism are: T.U.L.I.P. = Total Depravity – Unconditional Election – Limited Atonement – Irresistible Grace – Perseverance of the Saints. Most will agree with some of these points. For example: the bible is clear that man cannot come to Christ except he be drawn by God, so man cannot just decide to be saved, there must be a drawing. By nature, man is a child of wrath. We are not born again by our own will. Now it sounds like we could agree, but the Calvinist goes, too far. They claim that, because man is totally depraved, then man cannot even call on God to be saved, but what about Romans 10:13?. To this they say God predestines some to life and others to death. I struggle with this, because the first 2 people were given a choice. Therefore doesn’t everyone get a choice? The next one is very vague in my own opinion. One reason is the scripture sited is Romans 9. This deals with the nation of Israel corporately, rather than individually. Paul uses Israel as his illustration because the problem with the Roman Church is that there were Jews trying to mix law and grace. Paul was simply trying to help them understand that that was impossible. They use Jacob & Esau as a springboard to push the election of God, however this is simply God’s foreknowledge of these 2 men at work. The 3rd part, limited atonement, is something I totally agree with, for there is much scripture to support it. Yes, I know what John 3:16 says and Hebrews 2:9, however John 1:12 still says, “as many as…to them gave he.” Also, when Paul writes about Christ dying for “our” sins, we must keep in mind that he says this in letters written to the church, not the world. The death of Christ certainly is sufficient, yet many reject His gospel, therefore they are not who He came for. This is all proven in the foreknowledge of God. The next is where the Calvinist basically says that God forces Himself upon certain people. In the doctrinal statement they claim that, “God’s internal call cannot be resisted.” Finally there is the Perseverance, of which I again totally agree.
One big hole in their theory is, are the elect ever even sinners? Where is the redemptive work in the doctrine of the Calvinist? Where is the mercy” Where is the grace? Where is the forgiveness? I mean, if God’s salvation cannot be resisted, then it is mandated, hence there is no need for mercy, grace or forgiveness, which are all teachings of Christ. In Acts 10:34, Peter proclaims that God is “no respecter of persons.” This means God is NOT partial, meaning He does not choose one over another for any reason. The only thing God demands is righteousness and that can only be obtained through faith in Christ. The case of Cain and Abel is another case that demands the Calvinist to answer. God specifically deals with Cain’s sacrifice as lesser than Abel’s, for God says to Cain, “If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door.”
When it was stated that God saw every soul’s decision to either receive or reject Christ, I was told that it was foolish, because that means that God was “learning.” If God already knows all things from the beginning, then He does not learn, however He does decide based upon His knowledge, right? Why is that such a confusing concept.
Why write on such a topic this evening? The main reason is that it is a very false doctrine and a dangerous one to believe that God allowed some to have a choice, but then take that choice from others. It’s a dangerous doctrine, because it contradicts God and robs Him of His mercy and grace. If Calvinism is true then mercy is vain and so is grace, because with it being irresistible, why even preach? Why teach? Why witness? Why go to church? Why send missionaries to foreign countries? If God is going to do it all without the action of man, then why not just stay home? Where’s the reason for making youtube videos to present the gospel? It all seems fruitless and vain if man is just going to be a spiritual robot.
Calvinism is much like other false teachings that use only certain verses and the over emphasizing of God’s sovereignty. God is sovereign, don’t get me wrong. However, the Calvinist abuses it and furthermore abuse the bride of Christ with it. By the way, I would be weary of being attached with a belief that stems from a man’s name.
search “the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”
Until He comes again…