Monday, August 23, 2010

Problems with Calvinism

Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion - Book 3 - Chapter 21 - Section 5 -
... By predestination we mean the eternal decree of God, by which He determined with Himself whatever He wished to happen with regard to every man.  All are not created on equal terms, but some are preordained to eternal life, others to eternal damnation;  and, accordingly, as each has been created for one or other of these ends, we say that he has been predestinated to life or to death ... 

If Calvin is correct in his view that some have been preordained by God to eternal damnation and have been predestinated to death, then all of the whosoever will passages in the Bible are meaningless.  Whosoever no longer means whosoever.  Whosoever now means only those who have been preordained to eternal lifeThose preordained to eternal damnation are not included in the whosoever -- they have no choice in the matter.

In addition, 2 Peter 3:9 -
The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
and 1 Timothy 2:3-4 -
This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
become meaningless statements.  If God has truly preordained some to eternal damnation as Calvin claims, then how can He say that He is not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance?  How can He say that He desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth?  If God has truly preordained some to eternal damnation, then He does wish some to perish because He has ordained it so.  He does not desire all men to be saved because He has made it impossible for some to be saved.

What an incredibly heinous doctrine!  What a terrible twisting and distortion of the Bible's clear teaching!  Calvinism is not a philosophy that is derived from Scripture.  It is a philosophy that must be imposed on Scripture.  Scripture must be twisted and distorted and redefined in order to support Calvinism.

Calvinists teach that God preordained some to eternal life.  Most, however, would deny that He preordained others to eternal damnation.  And yet, that is exactly what Calvin taught.  If someone is going to claim the name Calvinist, then they should agree with everything that Calvin taught.   If they don't, then they shouldn't claim to be a Calvinist.  To not do so is akin to someone claiming the name Christian and not agreeing with everything that Jesus taught.  If they don't agree with everything that Jesus taught, then they shouldn't claim the name Christian.

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