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Calvinism-What Does The Bible Say?

January 24th, 2012

Calvinism-What Does The Bible Say?

1. Total inherited Depravity—

  • “Brethren, do not be children in your thinking, YET IN EVIL BE BABES, but in your thinking be mature.” 1 Cor. 14:20 NAS (emphasis added)

Paul is obviously NOT telling the congregation in Corinth to be evil, so why would he use babes in this example if all people are inherently sinful at birth?

  • “And they said, “Cornelius, a centurion, a RIGHTEOUS and GOD-FEARING MAN WELL SPOKEN OF by the entire nation of the Jews, was divinely directed by a holy angel to send for you to come to his house and hear a message from you.” Acts 10:22 NAS (emphasis added)

How could Cornelius be described as RIGHTEOUS and a GOD-FEARING MAN before his conversion if, at that time, he was totally depraved and unable to do anything spiritually good?

Conclusion from the Word of God: The doctrine of “Total Inherited Depravity” is a FALSE doctrine that is NOT found in the Word of God.

2. Unconditional Election—

  • “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.” 1 Tim.2:3,4 NAS (emphasis added)

If God unconditionally elects those who are saved and desires that ALL MEN to be saved, then why are only some men saved instead of all men?

  • “Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we DO?” And Peter said to them, “REPENT, and BE BAPTIZED (IMMERSED) in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:37, 38 NAS (emphasis added)

If God’s election is unconditional, then why did Peter tell them two things that they should DO? Would it not have been better for Peter to explain that there was NOTHING they COULD DO and that salvation is unconditional?

Conclusion from the Word of God: The doctrine of Unconditional Election is a FALSE doctrine that is NOT found in the Word of God. Salvation IS INDEED CONDITIONAL and the given conditions MUST be met in order to be saved.

3. Limited Atonement—

  • “For there is NO PARTIALITY with God.” Rom. 2:11 NAS (emphasis added)

If there is NO PARTIALITY with God, then how can “atonement” be limited to only the “elect”?

  • “And He himself is the propitiation for our sins; and NOT for ours ONLY, but ALSO for those of the WHOLE WORLD.” 1 John 2:2 NAS (emphasis added)

If “atonement” is limited only to the “elect, then how can Jesus possibly be the propitiation for the sins of the WHOLE WORLD?

Conclusion from the Word of God: The doctrine of Limited Atonement is a FALSE doctrine that is NOT found in the Word of God. Jesus died so that ALL PEOPLE can have the OPPORTUNITY to be saved and NOT exclusively for those that will be saved.

“Irresistible Grace” and “Once saved, always saved” will be answered in part 2.

JR Johnson

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Is Man Completely Passive In Salvation?

September 18, 2011

Is Man Completely Passive In Salvation?

Calvinists, that is, those who hold to the tenets that were espoused and promoted by the French reformer John Calvin, believe that human beings are completely passive in regard to salvation. They say that God does it all, therefore there is nothing that a person can do to be saved. They say “Christ has already paid the price on the cross of Calvary.”

Actually, they miss the point. Who denies that Christ died on the cross so that we may have a means of being saved? The Bible is clear that Jesus shed his blood in order that we may have the forgiveness of our sins. (Matthew 26:28; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Revelation 1:5) We are forgiven through his blood.

The real issue is: must a person do anything in order to appropriate the benefits of Jesus’ death on the cross? The New Testament answers the question with an emphatic yes! If there are conditions of salvation that God gave; if there are commands that God has given that must be obeyed in order for a person to be saved, then it is false to believe and teach that man is completely passive with regard to salvation.

The fact is, God has given commands to be obeyed in order for one to be saved, therefore man is not completely passive. God does not do it all because he does not obey his own commands. He wants people to obey his commands to be saved. Now let’s prove it from God’s own word.

The scriptures teach that a person must believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God in order to be saved from sin. (John 3:16; 8:24) This belief is not something that God does. It is what man does! Faith comes by hearing the word of Christ. Hearing is an action of man. (Acts 15:7; Romans 10:17) Both hearing and faith are conditions that man is to meet, so man is not completely passive with regard to salvation.

The scriptures teach that a person must repent in order to be saved from past sins (Acts 2:38; 3:19; 17:30). Repentance is an action of man; it is not an action of God. Since it is something man does in order to be saved, then man is not completely passive.

The scriptures teach that a person must confess that Christ is the Son of God. (Romans 10:10; 1 Timothy 6:12) This is something man does. Since it is something man does, then man is not completely passive regarding salvation.

The scriptures teach a person must be immersed in order to be saved. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; 1 Peter 3:21). Therefore, man is not completely passive! The Calvinists are wrong. By the way, Jesus told the Jewish teachers of his day that they were wrong when they were wrong. So it is right to do so today. (Matthew 23:29)
Ron Daly

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