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Thursday, October 12, 2006

The Lie that is Calvinism - Part 3

For review:
The Lie that is Calvinism - Part 1
The Lie that is Calvinism - Part 2

Now for Part 3:

The whole doctrine of Calvinism is based on a misunderstanding of the sovereignty of God. Calvinism, it an effort to proclaim and doctrinally protect God’s sovereignty, ignores the fundamental truth of free will in man, and in the process, succeeds in marring the very character of God. God is a holy and perfect God, incapable of sin or error.

I have had Calvinists tell me that man does have free will, but because of the doctrine of Total Depravity, man can only choose to reject God. So how can man have free will if only one choice can be made, and that choice was decreed by God in eternity past? That puts God in a position of decreeing evil. And if the choice of man is to reject God, and God did not decree it, then that choice is as much a challenge to God’s sovereignty as the choice to accept God. Either man has free will, or God is the author of sin.

The truth is that God is sovereign and man has free will. And as difficult as that is to the finite human mind, it is no more difficult than the truth of the Trinity of God, and is just as true.

"For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe." I Timothy 4:10

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At 9:20 PM, Blogger ELAshley said...

Very astute reasoning. Sadly, few Calvinists will see it. I've come to discover that people cling to their beliefs like barnacles on a whales behind. I know a few such barnacles myself. And it's exasperating!

When Isaiah wrote: 'Come now let us reason together...' He pretty much set the template... Reason, logic... inescapable truth. But most folks are afraid of truth, and will run at merest hint of it.

Thanks for the lesson. ya learn something new every day.

How's your husband doing, btw. Better? I'll keep you in my prayers.

 
At 10:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Calvin had it right, one would need to ask the question "Why would our Christ need to have come and died on a cross? If GOD pre-selected those that he wanted to save and they had no free will to choose him, there would be no purpose in his dying for our sins. What Glory would Christ bring back to the Father if no one choose to die to sin and choose the lamb of God as our savior. To me Calvinism speaks of eletism. Those that are especially chosen.

 
At 1:13 PM, Blogger Ms.Green said...

To me Calvinism speaks of eletism.

Good point, anonymous. They endeavor to hide that elitism by appearing humble at the thought that God chose THEM. I don't, however, see the broken heart and anguish over lost souls that I see in those that understand that God does indeed offer salvation to all men - and some men tragically reject that salvation. More often, I see an intellectual shrugging of shoulders - "Those sinful men that God did not choose. Oh well, we all deserve hell, and so do they. Good thing we're elected, praise God."

 

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