Thursday, October 19, 2006

Calvinissssm...I wonder!

Calvinissm. What an inflammatory word. It slides from between clenched teeth like the hiss of the serpent. Calvinissst! What an indictment. For one preacher to call another preacher a Calvinist is to heap on him one of the worst invectives immaginable. It means one is anti-evangelism, anti-soulwinning, cold hearted, intellectually and spiritually dry.
Calvinissssm.

Where did the word come from anyway? I think it came from a man named George Calvin who imposed his doctrine on the word of God. Yes!...Now that I think of it...I'm sure that's where the word originated. And later (after Calvin died) some man named Synord Dort captulated Calvin's doctrines into 5 points. Here they are...And I am only writing this to warn you so that you won't be infected with this terrible doctrine that has been IMPOSED on the word of God.
Here they are...are you ready?

1. Total Depravity: It means that mankind has so fallen away from God that he has no ability or desire, in himself, to do one spiritual good thing. It means that, left to himself, he has no will at all to please God, or even to come to God. Eph.2:1-3; Rom. 8:8; Rom. 7:18; 1Cor. 2:14; Titus 1:15; Jer. 17:9; John 15:9; John 6:44-45; Jer. 13:23. WARNING!!!PLEASE DO NOT LOOK UP ANY OF THESE SCRIPTURES BECAUSE YOU MIGHT FALL FOR THIS HERESY CALLED TOTAL DEPRAVITY!

2. Unconditional Election: It means that those who become children of God are made that way based on a choice God made concerning them without any regard to their own merit. God's election is based solely and totally in His own free will and grace. He elects according to His own will.
Eph 13-6; 2Thes. 2:13; Mt 24:31; Rom. 9:8-16; Rom. 11:5; 1Thes. 1:4. AGAIN...I FEEL COMPELLED TO WARN YOU. CAREFUL STUDY OF THESE PASSAGES MIGHT INFLUENCE YOU IN THE WRONG WAY. PLEASE DO NOT...I REPEAT..PLEASE DO NOT LOOK UP THESE PASSAGES OR GIVE THEM ANY THOUGHT AT ALL.

3. Limited Atonement: It means that those whom God the Father unconditionally elected are the same people for whom Christ specifically died. It does not mean that the blood of Christ is not offered to all nor does it mean that the blood of Christ is not sufficient for all, but it does mean that the blood of Christ does not wash away the sins of all...else all would be saved.
John 3:16 (whosoever there is the translation of a participle...All the ones believing.);Eph. 2:13 (the people referred to here were "made nigh by the blood," it does not say that the blood made it possible for them to come nigh.); Gal. 3:13; Rev. 5:9 (Those singing this song of joy were redeemed OUT OF the rest of mankind not along with all of mankind.) PLEASE! PLEASE DON'T LET THESE VERSEs DISTURB YOU. THEY PROBABLY DON'T MEAN WHAT THEY SAY...UH..WHAT THE SEEM TO SAY. JUST BE VERY CAREFUL THAT YOU ARE NOT LED ASTRAY HERE.

4. Irresistible Grace: It means that those whom God the Father has elected and God the Son has specifically redeemed are sought out and inwardly changed by the Holy Spirit so that they, contrary to all other men, and contrary to their own natures if left alone, now willingly choose Christ as their Lord and Savior. It does not mean that the work of the Holy Spirit cannot be resisted. It means that God's grace overrules everything to bring His elect to Himself. John 6:44-45; 1Cor. 2:14; John 3:1-8; Jer. 13:23; 2Cor. 5:17. HA, HA! ISN'T THAT ONE FUNNY? EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT MAN HAS A FREE WILL AND SO IF HE EVER COMES TO GOD IT IS WHOLLY BECAUSE HE CHOOSES TO. DON'T BE FOOLED BY THOSE WHO TAKE THESE VERSES OUT OF CONTEXTUAL APPLICATION.

5. Perseverance of the Saints: It means that all whom God the Father elects, and all whom the Son specifically redeems, and all whom the Holy Spirit changes , will be enabled by God to continue to live a life of faith until the day they die. They will never fall from grace. They will be enabled to persevere in their total reliance upon Christ for their salvation all the rest of their days on earth. John 10:25-29; Heb. 7:25; John 6:38-40; John 3:36; 1John 5:13. FINALLY WE HAVE REACHED THE ONLY POINT IN THIS DISCUSSION THAT MAKES ANY SENSE TO ME. THANK GOD WE ARE ONCT SAVED ALWAYS SAVED! HERE CALVIN WAS CORRECT. IF YOU HAVE EVER MADE ANY KIND OF PROFESSION OF FAITH AT ANYTIME UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES...EVEN IF YOUR LIFE HAS NEVER CHANGED AT ALL SINCE THEN....DON'T WORRY. ONCT SAVED ALWAYS SAVED!

But let me warn you again against this Calvinissssssm. Most of this stuff is hearsay. But then, I wonder why all those verses say what they do? Hmmmmm? I wonder if they really mean what they say? I wonder if maybe ole George Calvin might have gotten some of what he said from those verses? Maybe these things aren't IMPOSED on the Scriptures but really are coming OUT OF the Scripture. Hmmmm. I wonder why most of the early Baptists believed all this stuff. Hmm. Maybe I was a little hasty. I'll get back to you on all this.

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