We have examined and answered so far:
- Not everyone who is not Calvinist is Armenian
- There is a difference between Baptist and Armenian
- The TULIP theology actually contradicts Scripture
- Total Depravity actually teaches Total Inability
- Total Inability is the key teaching of Calvinism – if Total Inability is removed, the entire Calvinism doctrine falls apart immediately.
- Calvinism really is Augustinianism
- There’s not a whole lot of difference between Calvinism and some Roman Catholic doctrines
- The historic understanding of Salvation as expressed by the Early Church “Fathers” does not match Calvinism’s undertsanding
- A person reading the Bible literally through for years without having been taught Calvinism would not arrive at an understanding of TULIP theology, thus raising grave doubts as to any claims of it being “Biblical”.
- Total Inability is based upon Biblical half truths.
- There are few Calvinist proof texts, and they are cited against the majority of Bible verses that prove otherwise, or consist of verses taken out of context and forced to appear as if they support Calvinism
- The Bible clearly teaches “whosoever will…” many times.
- The Calvinist ignores Biblical texts in favor of his dogma, thus Calvinism actually champions tradition and logic above the Bible
- The supposed logical arguments of the Calvinist are flawed right from the beginning
- The Calvinist accepts the verses that state “Whosoever will not” as supporting damnation for anyone who rejects Christ, but refuses to accept the verses that state “Whosoever will” as supporting salvation for anyone who accepts Christ
- Calvinism does not give you any assurance you’re one of the elect
- Calvinism cannot be learned purely from reading the Bible – it has to be taught.
- Most who believe in Calvinism misunderstood what predestination was, and grasped onto Calvinism once they heard it.
- The Bible describes the Gospel as simple, but Calvinism is extremely complicated – and therefore cannot be the Gospel
- Unconditional Election cannot be found in the Bible
- The Bible uses conditional language to describe the decision to be saved, which refutes Unconditional Election
- The Bible also continually uses “Whoever…” “whosoever…” and “if any…” when discussing whether someone gets saved or not.
- The “Church” does not replace Israel
- God is not “Through with the Jew”
- Calvinism dates back to the 15th Century, and borrows heavily from Roman Catholic Doctrine created by Augustine
- Calvinists teach “Christ died only for the elect.”
- The Bible teaches that the “Elect” is Israel.
- If Calvinism is correct, then only the Jews are saved
- We are predestined according to FOREKNOWLEDGE. God knew in advance who would accept Salvation, and the office of Salvation was appointed to all who would turn and trust in Jesus Christ.
- Christ died for ALL, as the Scriptures repeatedly instruct.
- Salvation depends on whom accepts the Gospel and calls upon Jesus Christ, not on who is predestined.
Moving on to (finally) the last of the TULIP doctrines, I’m going to absolutely floor the Calvinist, and upset every Armenianist who’s been reading this.
Perseverance of the saints. I agree with the common Calvinist interpretation, but disagree with the doctrinal stand of it.
Let me explain. If you ask your common Calvinist, “Can a person lose their salvation?” The Calvinist will correctly answer, “No.” But the reason why is the issue.
The Baptist explains it with, “Well, that’s what the Bible says.” Can’t argue with that, I suppose.
That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:15 KJV)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16 KJV)
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:18 KJV)
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (John 3:36 KJV)
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. (John 10:28-29 KJV)
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Hebrews 13:5 KJV)
All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. (John 6:37 KJV)
And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.(John 6:39 KJV
But the educated Calvinist will attempt to link it to the TULI(P). Here’s the reasoning.
A person is totally depraved and unable to come to the Lord. Thus, the Lord saves the person whether they want to or not, having shed His blood only for the elect. The person cannot resist the election, and thus having been saved, is saved forever. How do we know if the person is one of the Elect? They remain strong as a Christian, and don’t depart from it.
In other words, the Baptist sees it as “You’re sealed by the spirit unto the day of redemption.” The Calvinist sees it as the only way to really know if one is one of the elect – sort of. You could still be fooling yourself.
So my only opposition to Perseverance of the saints is one of semantics.
Like I said, the practical understanding of most Calvinists concerning Perseverance is correct. Its the application of, and the attempting to make it part of TULIP that I oppose.
So, there you go.
Before I finish up ,l et me deal with one last topic.
Calvinists are downright stubborn about insisting that believing through faith is Salvation by works.
That makes absolutely no sense.
34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. 36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. 38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. 39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. Acts 8:34-39 (KJV)
25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. 26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. 27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. 28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. 29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, 30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. 32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. 34 And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house. Acts 16:25-34 (KJV)
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. James 2:17 (KJV)
The Bible draws a distinction between faith and works. Many Calvinists do not. Odd. Have they never read the Bible?
Well, it’s been great analyzing Calvinism. I’m pretty much done with this one, and doubt I’ll address it much further, as I will with Roman Catholicism and Jehovah’s Witnesses.
I’ll say this: If you’re a Calvinist, and cannot point to a moment where you repented of your sins and surrendered to the LORD Jesus Christ, asking forgiveness for your sins and asking the LORD to save you – you’re in for a VERY rude shock at the Great White Throne judgment.
Take care of it NOW, while there’s still time.
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3 (KJV)