Calvinism ... theological deception then
Many people today in the bodies of man made denominational religion
have been swept up into the theology of Calvinism. John Calvin taught that
only certain people were picked by God to receive salvation ( election
) and the result has been it creates a lax attitude towards repenting of sin,
evangelism is now questioned and personal daily holiness in ones life
seems less important as we are not responsible for anything. I admit
this topic is very complex but I will address it quickly at one of its core
issues and I will post some scripture to guide us.
First, let me say that my every heart beat and very breath are alone to God's
glory so in truth... GOD GETS THE GLORY FOR EVERYTHING IN ALL
THINGS! I take no claim in my own salvation as it is all done at the CROSS by
Many Calvinist teachers will say that "you are unable to repent of your own will"
and their own testimonies lack any evidence or details of them actually
understanding and seeing the facts and details of their very sinful state then
turning their minds from it in obedience to God's Word. This would make you a
robot and a slave to God and if that was His aim.... why is sin allowed to rule
today? (Most will tell you correctly because man has a choice or free will.)
Example: if you were a drunk but kept drinking and you didn't even realize your in
a sinful drunken state then one day God just moves and you were born again on
the spot without you even understanding it all? This is not what God's Word
shows us. Even the Apostle Paul who was visited by Christ Himself knew that he
was in sin, a murderer and had to turn and change for God's glory.
While God and the Holy spirit are indeed involved in our salvation, just how are
Romans 2 says "God's goodness leads us to repentance."
John 16:8 says "And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and
of righteousness, and of judgment"
Remember we must use scripture to tell us what scripture means. God's grace,
goodness and His conviction by the Holy spirit will led us to repentance and then
Many have told us they didn't even know what going on as God was saving them
at the time? This would be like infant baptism for salvation, would it not? How is
this accountable behavior in the life of a FOLLOWER ( verb ) of Christ who
could be judged and is accountable to a Holy God?
If we read Acts 2 where the church was first started, clearly we can see the men
reacting to Peter's preaching and being convicted they said in verses 37-
38 "Men and brethren, what shall we do"?? Peter tells them to repent and be
Clearly these men knew exactly what they must do turn from their sin ( repent )
and come to the Lord in obedience. They knew just what was happening indeed!
It was their will at work.
A great weakness of Calvinism is that it does not consider ALL of God's
word but defies it by picking and choosing verses rather than embracing all
of God's word.
Jesus said in Matthew 4:4 "we live by every word out of the mouth of God"
Still many Calvinists tell us that only God can grant you repentance even as your
repenting. They base this on these scriptures:
Acts 5:30-31 "The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had put
to death by hanging Him on a cross. He is the one whom God exalted to His
right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and
forgiveness of sins."
*We see that this verse above clearly says He has granted repentance to Israel.
(No where does it mean He had to then grant EACH person special repentance
power and some would not be given it.)
Acts 11:17 "If God therefore gave to them the same gift as He gave to us
also after believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in
God's way?" And when they heard this, they quieted down, and glorified
God, saying, "Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the
repentance that leads to life."
* Again this verse above clearly states that God HAS already far in the past
allowed the Gentiles (you and me) to come through Christ (in repentance and
salvation) so no special individual granting needed nor rejecting of some.
Grant= the Greek root word "didomee" which means to deliver, give, bestow
God has delivered, given and bestowed on us ALL the ability to come and
Many will use this verse below and they stand hard on it:
2 Timothy 2:24-26 And the Lord's bond-servant must not be quarrelsome,
but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness
correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them
repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to
their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held
captive by him to do his will.
While this verse "may appear" to say God may withhold salvation to some, if we
continue and read ALL of scripture this is clearly NOT the case is it? (As scripture
can't contradict scripture can it?)
Go to 1 Timothy 2:4
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will
have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For
there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ
Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
* So if we use ALL of God's Word to interpret itself, we see He wants ALL to be
saved. Does this sound like limited election to you? No, not at all.
These verses below mention repentance but they do not say God must first
grant it special in each persons case does it?
Acts 26:19-20 “Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the
heavenly vision, but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem,
and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they
should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance.
Jesus said in Luke 15 I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy
in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous
persons who need no repentance. In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in
the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."
Note: The ability to repent is already given to the Jews and the Gentiles as taught
in the word long ago. It is the gift of God that any man can come to God though
Jesus Christ in faith and repentance.
This portion of scripture below takes Calvin's ideals and really blows them away
(Paul on Mars Hill)
That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find
him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and
move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For
we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God,
we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone,
graven by art and man's device. And the times of this ignorance God
winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
* In the above verses Paul is saying God is there for everyone of us ( including
those pagans ) and He commands EVERYONE to repent.
As stated above, the verses below show us that God's goodness leads us to
repent and those who did not repent store up wrath which He will render each
according to their deeds. Clearly this also destroys Calvinism.
Romans 2 says it is Gods goodness that leads us to repentance and we are
responsible for the unrepentive heart we have. "Or despisest thou the riches
of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the
goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after thy hardness and
impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath
and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every
man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well
doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life: But unto them
that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness,
indignation and wrath"
So how can God require something of man for salvation (repentance) when
Calvinists say He alone can do it for them?
It seems clear that if a person reads all of scripture, we do not see how they can
rest in Calvinism doctrine as it is often taught or stated (election) at all? The poor
fruit of such a theology that we have seen is for people to be very lax on sin in
their life. It indeed appears to give men an excuse to be in sin, not to live holy or
be obedient to God's FULL Word and no where does He EVER teach us that in
all of Holy scripture. So don't pick and choose your theology by sorting verses but
cling to ALL of God's Word and then you will be fully rooted in truth unto eternal
life to come.
To be clear... A man is indeed called to salvation by God alone as the Holy Spirit
No one can come to God unless He is drawn by the Spirit.
Then God in His grace and mercy has already granted us (Jews and
Gentiles) the ability to turn and repent to His Son and His ways and receive
eternal life. This is not in any works based way but in and through the glory of the
cross of Christ ALONE. It is Him that marked the accounts of those who will
come .... paid in FULL! Glory to Our King and Savior!
As you know we warn against following man's ways, and Calvinism is just
another man made doctrine to repent of and avoid for God's glory. Walk in spirit
and truth alone. (John 4:24)
Lastly, did you know that Calvin was a murderous man who sent a man to
a death by fire only because he opposed Calvin's theology? (See Michael
Here is Calvin's quote on that murder:
"Honour, glory, and riches shall be the reward of your pains; but above all, do not fail to
rid the country of those scoundrels, who stir up the people to revolt against us. Such
monsters should be exterminated, as I have exterminated Michael Servetus the Spaniard."
And I am ashamed to tell you that often Calvinists know this (we tell
them) and they won't dispute it but they follow man's false ways just the same!
Please don't be one of them.
Repent and believe the gospel!
Repent or you all will likewise perish