Calvinism

Posted on August 17, 2011

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Calvinism is  full of false beliefs.  Calvinists do not just believe some will go to Hell (as other Christians believe), they believe that all who are going to Hell are going there because they were incapable of believing in Jesus, and  those whom God does save cannot believe either, except that God gave them the Holy Spirit to make them believe.  They believe no one can believe in Jesus on their own; and their beliefs come down to that of God creating us without the ability to believe.  Calvinists say that they do not know why God chose some people to save and not others.  However, the bible tells us why God saves some and not others.

The Bible says people do not believe because the god of this world has blinded their minds.

2 Corinthians 4:3-4  And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.  The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

People don’t believe because they love darkness instead of light.

“men loved darkness instead of the light because their deeds were evil.”  John 3:16.

That is what the Bible says about unbelievers, that scripture is not about everyone, it is about unbelievers.  Calvinists say that all, even after hearing about Jesus still love darkness instead of the light, until a special enabling of the Holy Spirit to make us believe.  However, that is not what the scriptures say.

Nowhere in the Bible does it say that we are born without being able to believe on our own.  Nowhere in the scriptures does it say we are all totally depraved.  Do you want to believe God’s word?  On the other hand, do you want to believe man’s assumptions? 

If we are so totally depraved that we cannot even believe God, then why does Paul tell us that before Jesus saved him, he had the desire to do what is good, but he could not carry it out?  How could Paul have had the desire to do good if he was born totally depraved?  How could Paul have said he wanted to do good?  See Romans 7:18, 19.

The Bible SAYS there are those who GLADLY do right and REMEMBER GOD”S WAYS, but that we continued to sin against them.  That is God’s word!  See Isaiah 64:5-6.  Why will you not believe God’s word?  

Cornelius was not a Jew, but a Centurian, an excluded Gentile, excluded from citizenship in Israel and as a Gentile, he is a foreigner to the covenants of the promise.  The scriptures say Cornelius and his whole family were devout and God-fearing.  How could this be true about Cornelius and his whole family if God did not yet save them and cause them to be such ways?  Calvinists say no one can do anything right towards God until God saves them first! 

Cornelius believed in God, feared God, and was devout, see Acts 10:1-2. Though he was a Gentile, see Acts 11:1.  Gentiles were excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, see Colossians 1:4-6.  God did not save Cornelius yet, not until he heard the message, see Acts 11:14.

How is it that we can show scripture to Lutherans and Calvinists that their beliefs on total depravity are false, but they just continue as if they did not hear or see?

Acts 10:34-35  Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.

Did you see that?  Peter realizes how true it is THAT GOD DOES NOT SHOW FAVORITISM BUT ACCEPTS FROM EVERY NATION THE ONE WHO FEARS HIM AND DOES WHAT IS RIGHT.

Calvinists surely teach that God shows favoritism, favoritism to some sinners and not other sinners for no reason but just because.  Calvinists say no man can fear God and do right without first being born again and the Holy Spirit causes them to believe, Calvinism goes against the words of God, for the word of God does not say what Calvinists say.

Read Luke 7:1-9.  There was a man, he was NOT a Jew, but rather he was a Centurian, a Roman Gentile.  The Jews said to Jesus that the Centurian man DESERVES to have Jesus heal someone for him.  The Centurian was not even a Jew!  Yet Jesus said concerning the Centurian, that he had not found SUCH GREAT FAITH EVEN IN ISRAEL.  How could the Centurian man have faith yet?  According to Calvinists, faith only comes AFTER Jesus saves a person and they become born again.  GOD HAD NOT YET ALLOWED NON-JEWS, GENTILES, TO HAVE SALVATION YET.

Here are more scriptures to show that there is no total depravity to all people…  Brothers, children of Abraham, and you God-fearing Gentiles, it is to us that this message of salvation has been sent, Acts 13:26.  This scripture tells us that the message of salvation has been sent to God-fearing GENTILES.

Calvinists say that humans cannot believe on their own without God giving us the Holy Spirit first.  They say that because they claim we are so totally depraved that we cannot understand enough to believe in God, or understand anything of God.  However, what do the scriptures say?  This is what the scriptures say about understanding—  Lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths (see Proverbs 3:5-6).  We do not even have to have understanding!

Keep in sight of the fact always, that nowhere in God’s word does it say we are born without being able to believe on our own, and nowhere does it say that we are all totally depraved.   Calvinism adds to God’s word many times in their explanations of their beliefs.  We are not to add to God’s word (see Deut 4:2; 5:32, Prov 30:5-6; Acts 5:25; Isai 8:20; Acts 17:11; and Reve 22:18-19).  The original apostles received all the truth we need to guide us to eternal life, and they wrote this down in the Scriptures (John 16:13; 2 Pet 1:3; Acts 20:20, 27; Matt 28:20; I Cor 14:37; 2 Tim 3:16, 17).  The common people can understand the teachings of these inspired writers.  We do not need official interpreters to understand the word, but we should use the word to check out the teachers (Mark 7:14; 2 Tim 3:15, 16, 17; John 20:30, 31; Acts 17:11; Psalm 119:105).  We displease God when we follow tradition or church laws or any human standard as the source of authority for the church (Matt 15:1-14; Colo 2:8; Gala 1:6-9; Prov 14:12; 2 John 9-11; Jere 10:23). The world’s wisdom is foolishness to God (Matt 11:25; Luke 10:21; 1 Cor 1:7, 19-21, 25-27; 2:1, 4-7, 13; 3:18,19; 2 Cor 1:2; Ephe 1:8, 17; Colo 1:9; 2:3; James 1:5; 2 Pet 3:15).  We do not have to read books upon books like the Calvinists do to understand and explain their false beliefs.  We do not have to learn exegesis and Greek or Hebrew.  When did Calvinists stop loving the word of God? 

One must be careful when studying Calvinism; it is a very strange doctrine, and it will suck you in if you are not careful. 

Hebrews 13:9 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings.

Calvinists make God responsible for the sin of the world, and that just is not so.  People are responsible for their own sins.  The world’s sin is unbelief in Jesus.  If God made all people unable to ever believe— ever, then how can it be the world’s sin?  Read what Jesus says in John 16:8, 9, this scripture explains to us that the world’s sin is unbelief in Jesus.

John 16:8, 9 When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me;

In this next passage, read how many times Jesus says “whoever.”

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s only begotten Son.  This is the verdict:  Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.  Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.  But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”

John 3:36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.

How can they reject Jesus if they are as Calvinists say “incapable” of believing Jesus?

9:41 Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.

John 15:22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin.

John 15:24 If I had not done among them what no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have seen these miracles, and yet they have hated both me and my Father.

“Whoever” is whoever.  This is plain and simple.  Calvinists use special exegesis to twist the scriptures.  Whomever in the world believes turns into whomever in the world of believers who believe.

1 John 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Jesus is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.  This scripture shows that Jesus saves any who come to him in belief; it is a choice of all men, if they only would not love darkness instead of the light.

God wants all men saved.  Read how many times scripture says “all men.”

John 1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  7The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.  8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.  9That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 10He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. 13Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

1 Timothy2:3-6 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony given in its proper time.

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.

1 Timothy 4:10 (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.

That scripture right there should stop any one from ever misunderstanding and believing Calvinism ever again.  How much plainer language does it have to be?  “Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.”  All men have the chance to obey and believe.

All the scriptures Calvinists use to try to prove their beliefs are actually passages explaining how the Gentiles come into salvation.  Jews are God’s first people, and salvation had to be an offering to the Jews firstly.  In addition, God had hardened many of the Jews.  They did not believe, and they were hardened.  Gentiles grafted in when Jews were hardened and cut off.  The elect are the people who believe.  The Gentiles obtained what Israel sought so earnestly (by works).  We are saved by grace and not of by works.  The Jews had the Law to which they worked.  Paul says, “I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.  For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, those of my own race, the people of Israel.  Theirs is the adoption as sons; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises.  Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, forever praised!  Amen.”  (Romans 9:1-5)

The Remnant of Israel

Romans 11:1I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. 2God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don’t you know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel: 3″Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me”? 4And what was God’s answer to him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” 5So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace.6And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace. 7What then? What Israel sought so earnestly it did not obtain, but the elect did. The others were hardened,

Again, the elect are the people who believe in Jesus.  We believe in Jesus, and this believing Jesus saves us.  That is God’s grace.  The people who would not believe in Jesus, they are the people who were hardened for not believing.

The bible tells us that God hardened Pharaoh.  Pharaoh was hardened for a reason.  Calvinists like to use the scriptures of people being hardened as proof of Calvinism, but those passages really disprove Calvinism.  Just the fact that some were hardened that alone should show a Calvinist that God did not create people without the ability to believe.  Do Calvinists think that God created people unable to believe from the beginning, but that was not good enough so that God had the need to harden them more down the road?

God knows everything.  God knows our hearts.  Yes, many Jews did not believe, they were hardened; they were hardened so that the Gentiles might obtain salvation.   Paul says about the Jews, “And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.”  (Romans 11:23)  There we see too that there is a choice.  Paul says, “And if they do not persist in unbelief.”

Hebrews 3:13 tells us that we too can be hardened!  Hebrews 3:13, we are told to exhort one another daily lest any of you be hardened.

Calvinists say that none of us has the capability to believe and that we are totally depraved, if that is so, then why does the bible say God searches?  Here are many passages that tell us God searches.  What is God searching for if all are totally depraved?

1 Chronicles 28:9 “And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.

2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.

Psalm 7:9 O righteous God, who searches minds and hearts, bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure.

Proverbs 20:27 The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being.

John 4:23 yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.

Psalm 34:4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.

Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

Calvinists teach that all are totally depraved.  Again, what is God searching us for if all are totally depraved anyways?  In addition, look at these passages. 

Matthew 18:3 Jesus says to become like little children.  He would not tell us to do this if children were truly born totally depraved.

Luke 8:15 “… these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.”

If total depravity is true, then there is no such thing as “good and honest” hearts.

Calvinists teach that ‘believing’ is a work.  However, believing is like drinking water.  In addition, if it is a work, it is the work required.  Moreover, what kind of work is drinking?

Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”  Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”  John 6:28-29.  Jesus says that believing is the work God requires.

For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body–whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free–and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.  1 Corinthians 12:13.

Remember that Calvinists say believing is a work and that since they say it is a work, then that means, to them, that we cannot believe on our own.  Ultimately, that means God made us without the capability to believe .  In addition, for those who do believe…Calvinists say that the Holy Spirit caused them to believe without their knowing or wanting.  However, we do not receive the Holy Spirit before Jesus saves us.  We receive the Holy Spirit after we believe.

Calvinists say we all hate God and are His enemy, and in this state of hate, God gives us the Holy Spirit to cause  us to believe.  We do not receive God’s Spirit if we hate God!  We receive God and Jesus’ Spirit when we love God and obey. 

John 14:23 Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me he will obey my teaching.  My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.

Calvinists say we have to do nothing, not even believe.  That is not biblical.  The bible clearly and plainly says that we have to believe.  We have to obey.

We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.  Acts 5:32.  God gives the Holy Spirit to those who obey.

Where does our faith come from?  Our faith comes from HEARING the word, see Romans 10:14.  From hearing the word and being TAUGHT, Colossians 1:5, 7.  From continuing in what we have been CONVINCED of, see 2 Timothy 3:14.  In Acts 26:17 Jesus tells Paul he is sending him to the Jews and Gentiles to OPEN THEIR EYES and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God.  How do you think Paul is going to open the eyes of the Jews and the Gentiles?  Remember, faith comes from hearing the word, and Jesus sent Paul to preach the gospel.  1 Corinthians 1:18 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel–not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

Read what Paul says in Romans 16:25-27.  Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him–to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.

Paul says that God made the prophetic writings (the prophetic writings from the Old Testament), known so that all nations might believe and obey.  So again, the word of God tells us that faith comes from hearing.

We are not all so evil and wicked that we cannot hear the truth and believe.  Surely, some are so wicked, but obviously not all.  Before Jesus saved us, we indulged in impurity!  However, the Bible says we did not come to know Christ while we were indulging in the impurity. We came to know Christ when we HEARD of him and were TAUGHT, with regard to our former way of life, to put off our old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of our minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness, see Ephesians 4:18-24.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.  Matthew 5:6.

Is hunger and thirst a work?   To hunger and to thirst is a condition of a person’s spirit.  If it is as Calvinists say, that our spirit has nothing to do with whether or not we have salvation, then what does it matter if we hunger or thirst?

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30.

Is weariness a work?

“Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”  Romans 10:11.  Is trust a work?

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  Romans 10:13.  Is calling a work?

Calvinists say we have to do nothing at all, not even believe.  That is nonsensical, to say the least.  We have to do that which God says to do! 

In Luke 24:4, Jesus opened the minds of the apostles, so they could understand the scriptures.  In Acts 16:14, Jesus opened the heart of Lydia so she could respond to Paul’s message.  Jesus opened minds and hearts to people who first believed!  Jesus did not do this to make them believe, they already believed.  Lydia was already a worshiper of God, and Jesus’ disciples already believed in Jesus.

Calvinists insist no one can lose their salvation, but there are scriptures that tell us people can  lose their salvation.

God can blot people out.

Exodus 32:33 The LORD replied to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against me I will blot out of my book.

God can cut people off.

Romans 11:20 Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but tremble.
21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.

God can assign you a place with unbelievers.

Luke 12:46 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers.

We can be shamefully exposed.

1 Thessalonians 5:4 But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.
Revelation 3:3 Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.
Revelation 16:15 “Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed.”

We can have our lampstand put out.

Revelation 2:5 Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.

We can be thrown out.

In Matthew 22:13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

We can fall.

2 Peter 1:10. Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall,

Romans 11:22 Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.

Our lamps can burn out.

Matthew 25:8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

We can fall from grace.

Galatians 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

We can drift away.

Hebrews 2:1 We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.

We can draw back

Hebrews 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

We can become defiled.

Hebrews 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

We can cause ourselves to have to have Christ formed in us again.

Galatians 4:19 My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you,

You can get enticed while you were just escaping.

2 Peter 2:18 For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error.

We can be hardened by sin.

Hebrews 3:8 do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness,

Hebrews 3:13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

We could could come into judgment.

Hebrews 10:30, 31 For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Calvinists say that no one can resist.  “Resist” is in this scripture.

Acts 7:51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.

Here Paul beseeches not to receive the grace of God in vain.

We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.  2 Corinthians 6:1.

For whom did Jesus die?  Jesus died for believing Jews, and for all who would believe in him after learning of him. 

The Old Testament believers in God were God’s people.  Not all Old Testament Jews were true believers.  The people who did love and believe in God, God gave them to Jesus.  God’s people who loved and believed in Him, they now had to go through Jesus in faith to continue with God..  They are the people who God enabled to come to Jesus during Jesus’ ministry on earth.  The Jews who did not truly believe in God, God hardened them so they were not able to come to Jesus.  The people who are drawn to Jesus, they are drawn because they are all ready believers in God the Father.  

The people, the Jews, who loved and believed in God, they recognized what Jesus said as God’s word, and in this, they are drawn.

John 6:37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.  John 6:44, 45 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.  45 It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’  Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me.

Did you see that?  Jesus says, “Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me.”

Did you see that in the last sentence where Jesus says “Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me”?  THAT is why they come to Jesus, because they recognize what Jesus says as God’s word!

The people were already God’s, now they would become Jesus’ people.  Those who did not believe in God, they were hardened.  God did not allow them to come to Jesus.  Only a remnant, the lost sheep of Israel would come to Jesus (Matthew 10:6; 15:24).

John 17:6 “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world.  They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.  See also, John 3:37, 39; 6:65; 10:28; 15:21-24; 16:3; 17:2, 9, 24; Romans 11:4, 5, 7; Hebrews 12:23; 11:39-40.  John 8:19 Then they asked him, “Where is your father?”  “You do not know me or my Father,” Jesus replied.  “If you knew me, you would know my Father also.”

There is nothing in the Bible that says we cannot believe in God on our own.  That is man’s thoughts and assumptions.  Calvinism adds to God’s word and even goes against the word of God.  The Bible says Jesus died for all; all have a chance for Jesus to save them.  Calvinists say that Jesus did not die for all that Jesus died only for the chosen.  Therefore, you have a choice before you today, to believe what is scriptural, and continue to grow in God’s Word, or to believe in what demons have begun with thoughts in man’s head.  Jesus says Satan is the prince of the air.  Surely, the prince of the air has put these thoughts in man’s head.  I hope you choose God’s word.  Search the Bible to see if anywhere in the Bible if it says we cannot believe on our own, you will not find that.  Search the Bible to see if Jesus died for all, that you will find.  Do not let anyone convince you with twisted doctrine. 

God draws us with lovingkindness, Jeremiah 31:3. God is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked, see Luke 6:35

The following are scriptures that show a loving God, and that God calls and some do not answer.  They resist God.

But concerning Israel he says, “All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and obstinate people.”  Romans 10:21.

God held his hands out.  The people were obstinate to God holding his hands out.

Isaiah 65:2 All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people, who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations–

Does it make sense that God would hold out His hands to people if He made it impossible for them to come to Him?  Calvinism is insanity. Pagans CHOOSE to do that in which they do. 

1 Peter 4:3 For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do–living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.

God held out His hands to disobedient and obstinate people.  They rejected God.  It is their sin, their sin of rejecting God.  They rejected God on their own and will be judged and punished for that. When God judges them and punishes them, it will be the sin of rejecting God.  If God made them without the capability to believe, then they would be innocent.

Calvinists say that God created all people with the inability to choose Him, yet in these next scriptures, it shows that God wants the wicked to turn from their ways.  Why would God plead with them to turn from their ways if they cannot choose to?

“But as for you who forsake the LORD and forget my holy mountain, who spread a table for Fortune and fill bowls of mixed wine for Destiny, I will destine you for the sword, and you will all bend down for the slaughter; for I called but you did not answer, I spoke but you did not listen.  You did evil in my sight and chose what displeases me.”

Isaiah 65:11-12.  Here God says about being forsaken and His holy mountain being forgot.  Also, this passage tells us that God called the people, and the people did not answer; He spoke but the people did not listen.

Ezekiel 18:23 Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign LORD. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?

Ezekiel 18:32 For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent and live!

Ezekiel 33:11 Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, O house of Israel?’

John 3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Romans 11:14 in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them.

How could Paul ever think that he could save some by arousing them to envy if God saves us by the Holy Spirit enabling us to believe?

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Following are more indisputable passages from the bible that show Calvinism is not biblical.

Acts 17 24″The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. 25And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. 26From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. 27God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 28’For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’  29″Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by man’s design and skill. 30In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.”

You see in Acts 17:27 God wants men to seek him, and that God is not far from “each one of us.”  In addition, see in 17:30 God commands “all people everywhere” to repent.  Remember, Calvinists say not all men.  Clearly, Calvinists beliefs are different from what God says.  See also in 31, God has given proof to “all men.”

After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them:  “Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe.  God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us.  Acts 15:7-8. 

The scripture says God who knows the heart showed that he accepted them.  What does it matter what God sees in our hearts if all are totally depraved?  What does it matter what God sees in our hearts if we have nothing to do with being saved?

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools.  Romans 1:20-22. 

This scripture and many scriptures tell us why God has not saved someone, and the scriptures do not say God did not save them because He did not enable them to believe.

If humans are totally depraved and cannot know God, then how is it that even demons know there is one God?  See James 2:19.

In this next scripture, Paul warns us.  

See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks.  If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven?  Hebrews 12:25. 

Here Paul tells us not to refuse Him who speaks; we are warned not to turn away.  If we are incapable of believing, what good is that warning!   The Word of God says we have to believe.  God wants us to choose Him.

Warning against Unbelief

Hebrews 3:7-19 is about warning against unbelief.  Again, why would God warn people against unbelief if they were incapable of believing?

7Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, 8Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: 9When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. 10Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. 11So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) 12Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. 13But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; 15While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. 16For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. 17But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? 18And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? 19So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

Calvinists go against God’s word.  Yet, Calvinists say we do not have to believe in their teachings because it is not an essential doctrine.  However, it is important not to believe in falseness that goes against the word of God, falseness that goes against the deep things of God.

Please read my other post, Disputed by Calvinists Refuted by the Truth.  In that post, I refute all the scriptures Calvinists falsely use to support their doctrines. 

https://christiandefenseofthetruth.wordpress.com/2011/08/21/disputed-by-calvinsts-refuted-by-the-truth/

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