CALVIN: Wrong from the beginning

Instead of fighting over, arguing about, or just trying to disprove the Doctrines put forward by John Calvin, why not look at the errors he made when he formulated those Doctrines.
It isn’t just the fact Calvin came up with some of the most controversial Doctrines to be found in all of Christendom, but rather the question should be, what were the misunderstandings, assumptions, suppositions that ultimately led this man along a path to an inevitable end, the ultimate formulation of his beliefs into the actual Doctrines of the Church, because he had the Power, and the Authority at that time in history to do so.
At a time when his Power and Authority which came from the state, gave him the right to institute his Doctrines as LAW, it did not mean he had the Theological knowledge to do so. We have now had well over 400 years of controversy concerning these Doctrines of Calvin’s. Isn’t it time they were resolved?

As we all know, when you attempt to form a Doctrine using some particular Verse of Scripture, there will inevitably be someone who Interprets that very same Verse, diametrically opposed to the way you are Interpreting it.

So lets start where I believe Calvin could have very well made his first misstep.
If we work our way backwards from the Doctrine of Predestination, we ultimately come to who was supposedly to be Predestined.
If Calvin made the assumption, that the (ELECT, CHOSEN) being spoken of in the New Testament Scriptures were only referring to Christians, ( and therefore meaning all Christians of all Generations), that is the moment when he started to wander off of the path. By the time he finished his journey, he had arrived at the destination he had Predetermined for himself.

Now lets look at these two words, and determine if what I have said is true or not.

We find from the accounts found in the Gospels, Jesus only used the word (ELECT) 4 times.
From those 4 usages by Jesus how did anybody of the time know who He was referring to? When I look at it I can only think of 2 possible answers.
1) Jesus was referring to those Jews that would gain their Salvation through Faith in their Messiah before the destruction of the Temple or as Jesus said Himself before that generation would pass away.(Mt.24:34)
2) Jesus was referring to everyone that would gain their Salvation both of the Jew and of the Gentile and this again would be before that generation would pass away.

Mat 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
Mat 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Mat 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Luk 18:7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?

For clarification I have used only the verses from Mt. they are repeated in Mk. but the verse from Luk. is not repeated in any of the gospels.

Jesus ministry was to the Nation of Israel, not to the Gentile.

Mat 10:5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:
Mat 10:6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Mat 15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

The word Chosen, appears to also be in relation to the Jews, as a remnant.
Mar 13:20
And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect’s sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.

ROMANS 9:1-33

I’m sure the Calvinists would claim there is a case for Predestination according to verse 11, but alas poor Cal missed it on this one.{:>(

If we look from verses 1 through 10, we hear nothing but Paul bewailing the loss of the Nation of Israel, culminating in verse 11.
Rom 9:11
(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)

This is where we then hear Paul say, “that (THE PURPOSE OF GOD MIGHT STAND)”.
What was this purpose of God? (ELECTION)
But this is not the Election that Calvin would have people believe, we hear Paul speaking of the Election of a Remnant of the Jewish Nation, who would believe in their MESSIAH thereby gaining Salvation, and the Gentiles of the 1st. century also, they were the Election Paul was speaking of, that the Purpose of God according to Election might stand, NOT BY THEIR DOING OF THE LAW, (Works of the Law) but of God who calls.

We see then, there was a Predestination before the Foundations of the World, but it was not the Predestination reasoned out by Calvin.
But these people who were Predestined, were to be the Elect of the Nation of Israel, and Chosen of the Gentiles, who formed the First Century Church.

Rom 8:29
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Paul goes on to give example of God choosing Jacob over Esau, then he just quotes God.
Rom 9:15
For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
God chose Jacob over Esau for the family to be continued, that was according to HIS purpose.
Paul gives the example of Pharaoh being chosen by God to show HIS Power in him, and that HIS name might be declared throughout all the earth.
Rom 9:17
For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.

Paul goes on declaring that God, has the right to do in His earth, what He chooses to do.
Then in verse 22, Paul begins speaking of both the Jew, and Gentile.
Rom 9:22,23
22) What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:
23) And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,

Paul then recounts a prophesy about the Gentiles, from Hosea, how being unloved they would become loved, and how the Gentiles would become the Children of God.
Rom 9:25,26
25) As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.
26) And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.

Paul then refers to Isaiah, speaking about God preserving a remnant of Israel, in a short work upon the Earth.
Rom 9:27,29
27) Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:
28) For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.
29) And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.

Paul finishes by expounding upon the fact Israel did not gain the righteousness she sought through the Law, because they stumbled at the stumbling stone which is Christ.
But the Gentiles gained righteousness which they were not seeking, by Faith in the Jewish Messiah, that corner stone that the builders rejected.

Rom 9:30,33
30) What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.
31) But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.
32) Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;
33) As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

So we see by going through the chapter slowly verse by verse, the Predestination that Calvin saw, doesn’t exist, it’s gone up in smoke and mirrors.

In summery, the Election spoken of here are the Jews, and the Gentiles of the First Church.

Mat 23:35,36
35) That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
36) Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.

1Co 10:11
Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Heb 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

JIM

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