Why You Cannot Fit God in A Calvinist Box

Why you Cannot Fit God in a Calvinist Box

Calvinists come in, I suppose,  many forms and levels. A typical Calvinist is likely to believe divine election based on God’s right to choose without question, anyone He wishes for salvation.  Most believe it is impossible to lose their salvation and that God, the moment they express their faith and are born again by the Spirit, are sealed eternally for heaven.  This may sound like a good thought and a good Idea but of course not a biblical Idea as we shall see.

A Calvinist will argue that if a person can lose their salvation then Christ’s precarious sacrifice was not sufficient.  They will also argue that, because salvation is not of the works of the law but through grace and by faith alone, then what you gained by grace you cannot lose by anything you can do.  They do believe that the person coming to Christ chooses the gift but believe that God engineers that decision so that He enables the individual to say yes to the preaching. 

The scripture that says, Joh_6:44  No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.  Yet they are misinterpreting this scripture because of another scripture, Joh_12:32  And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.  So as Christ has been lifted up on the cross all men are drawn to Him.  God has allowed the event of Christ’s death to draw every man to the opportunity of salvation.  That is to say he has made it possible to all and His invitation to all but the individual choice, that is not tampered with. The Lord has left that right to the person's free will so they may choose life or choose death. 

If election(the term meaning God has divinely selected individuals for eternal life because He willed it so and accepts no cry of injustice from any)was to be interpreted as God’s way of engineering individuals by initiating their decision through an inner process , then man could not be counted guilty for rejecting Christ.  It is very simple “whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish” and “whosoever believes not is condemned” Who is responsible for the individuals condemnation?  It is certainly not God.  You need to take into account the other verses that Calvinists seem to lose sight of.

Joh 3:14  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

Joh 3:15  That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Joh 3:17  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Joh 3:18  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Joh 3:19  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

Joh 3:20  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

Joh 3:21  But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Firstly notice that the term “whosoever” Indicates anybody.  A Calvinist could not say this.  In their doctrine there is no legality in the term “whosoever” if they should agree to the term then they rub it out by denying the right of choice by any individual. 

Then there is God’s great love for the world.  How He loves all, He is indeed not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. For God so loved the world, what does this mean?  Contrary to Calvinism it simply means there is not a person whom He has not loved.  He loves with a great and eternal love and if any of them receive the truth He will be born again.  The wind of the Spirit blows where it desires and so is the one Born of the Spirit.  What does this mean?  Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.  So when the Gospel is preached under the divine unction of the Holy Spirit, then the opportunity to respond to the Spirit.  Now this means that people get the opportunity but does not mean that God interferes with the personal choice.  Some reject the Holy Spirit as did they of the foolish band that tortured Stephen as he spoke with divine inspiration the beautiful Gospel, so the Holy Spirit was blowing but they still pounded him with rocks till death ushered Him into the eternal delight.  So then how did they differ from the multitude to whom the mighty Apostle Peter preached.  They were cut deep in their heart and they wanted to respond positively to such an intense conviction.  It would be absolutely ludicrous to imagine God presents that precious gift to two different groups and yet select only ones He decided.  He does not decide the response of the individual if He did they would not be counted guilty and would not have to suffer this judgement, “but he that believeth not is condemned already”

How could anyone call this justice?  God cannot lie! Tit 1:2  In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;    If God made the gospel available to everyone then they are responsible to respond to the call to repentance.  With the two groups that I mentioned there is an attitude that the first group had that was lacking in the second.  We find the importance of seeing this from the Scripture in the book of Acts. Act_13:46  Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.  This verse of scripture is vital to understand the operation of grace,  God through the Apostle Paul was presenting them the gift of repentance, what did they do with it?  They rejected it.  God was presenting them the gift of salvation and all they had to do was receive it but we know what they did. They rejected this precious gift and they were counted unworthy.  Why?  It was because they judged themselves unworthy of eternal life.  If we were to apply a Calvinistic perspective we would say God was justified in not allowing them to accept the gift.  Have you ever been teased by another child when you were growing up?  Has anyone said to you, “Here you can have this!” They present a gift or a toy or chocolate and as you go to take it they snap it away and eat it themselves or keep it themselves.  This would describe a Calvinistic view of God.  Here you are I love you all, you can have the gift of salvation and when some who wanted it reached out to take it, He would suddenly snap it away. 

Here is a portion of this scripture that Calvinists ignore. Joh 3:19  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. Joh 3:20  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

Joh 3:21  But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

 

So we have the Light coming into the world.  That Light was Christ!  So now we see why people would be condemned.  It was because they loved darkness, they did not want to come to the Light, which lights every man, they refused to obey and do the truth, and they wanted their lifestyle and refused the alternative presented to them.  God did not initiate that desire.  If you say He did you are making God a fraud, a liar and a provocative teaser that delights to discriminate and initiate a soul’s destruction in hell. You portray God as hanging a carrot over their noses and getting them to achieve His purpose and when He finishes His plan He discards them as worthless trash worthy of eternal fire. No, not at all!  God makes man personally responsible for all their choices.  That’s why Judas was responsible for his terrible choice to transgress.   He fell, fell from what?  

Act_1:25  That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.       

What did He fall from?  He fell from His Divine Calling?  What calling was that?  He was appointed to be an apostle of the Lamb, a pillar in God’s spiritual temple, the Church.  He was called to bear much fruit?  But Jesus lost Him!  Whose fault was it?  It was his own fault.  Read the verse!  He broke the laws of God, he transgressed.  He went to his own place.  God did not create a special place in hell for him.  He went to his place of choice as will all the rest of the wicked. 

The person drying up on the vine was Judas.  He was a branch in Christ but he turned to dwell in greed for the cash.  He ripped the poor off and betrayed the one whom he had seen perform wonders and miracles.  So when he dried up he killed himself and when he is resurrected he will be cast into the fire as will all liars, and all adulterers, and all fornicators, even if they are Christians.  If once saved always saved was valid why would Christians be called to repent?  Why would Christians have put Jesus out of their lives and He was knocking on the door to come back in.  The Spirit of God doesn’t inspect the works of unbelievers and then tell them to overcome.  He warns the Church the believers are the Church and only a believer can understand the voice of the Spirit.  They were warned if they did not overcome their names would be blotted out of the book of life.  If they did not overcome they would partake of the second death, the lake of fire.

To be continued

 

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