Calvinism is seriously convoluted, as there are many views and aspects to it. I am not against Calvinism in general, but I am seriously against the TULIP theology of Hyper Calvinism which is Heresy of another Gospel.
God does choose and select some for certain works like Prophet Samuel, John the Baptist, or Apostle Paul – but absolutely God DOES NOT choose and select some to salvation and others to damnation like some sick twisted game (eeny meeny miny moe to which place shall you go). When one studies Calvinism and compares it with the Word of God and believes the Word of God over the ideologies of man, they see that it’s the Doctrines of Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, and Unconditional Election that are the main issues because these are complete and utter deceptive heresies.
Limited Atonement is that Christ ONLY atoned on the Cross for a special chosen few select people, and He did not die for or atone for the rest of the people, that they are hopelessly damned with no chance, that God specifically made them to be Hell fire fodder. The sheer amount of Scripture that defies that is so overwhelming it’s unbelievably ridiculous to think that there could be some ignorant enough to believe in this blasphemous heresy. Christ died for all as Scripture clearly says, it’s not a pick and choose like an arcade claw game.
- 1 John 2:2) “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.“
- John 3:16-18) “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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 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.“
Nowhere in all the Word of God does it even allude remotely to that only 1 special chosen select elect can be saved. Rather that His grace and mercy is for all, given to all, and all can be saved – that we have the choice to believe or not believe.
Irresistible Grace is that you have no free will, no choice in the matter, that when God reveals Himself and salvation to you that you are incapable of resisting Him and will be saved whether you want to be or not. However Hebrews 6:4-6 and Hebrews 10:26 clearly show that the unsaved can resist the enlightenment and knowledge of the truth and fall away from Salvation. Hebrews 6:4-6 and 10:26 is speaking about the unsaved falling away (rejecting) enlightenment, the knowledge of , the taste of salvation – they had not yet taken hold. This does not relate to the saved giving up or losing salvation as many think. So therefore you can resist His grace and you do have free will, that He does offer it to all not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
Unconditional Election is the spawn of the previous 2, that if the other 2 are true then yes it is a pick and choose elected few. But since the previous are based on unscriptural heresy then that doctrine is false. This dogma states that you have no free will and are only a product of predetermination, that you have no chance or ability of your own – that you are damned to Hell or a special chosen one to Salvation, that Christ may or may not love you and may or may not have atoned for you – it’s a gross and despicable hellish garbage heresy. Let alone that this nonsense also includes Infant Damnation as a special added bonus. That from the moment you are conceived, if you aren’t one of the special lucky predestined ones, if you die as a Baby you still go straight to Hell to burn. Such a lovely theology, damning Babies to Hell.
The only aspects of Calvinistic theology that is true is the Total Depravity of Man, Perseverance of the Saints, and a modified variant of the chosen – that some are chosen, like John the Baptist for a work, but not all are. That sin is complete in degrading mankind to destruction, our sins have caught us away and separated us from God and condemned us to Hell, the Bible backs that up clearly – and that Once we are Saved we are Always Saved.
Perseverance of the Saints is a major Biblical truth. Saying that one could lose their Salvation or have it taken away would mean you would have to work to keep it. But our Salvation is by Grace through Faith alone, not of works.
Salvation is a free gift, no maintenance, no earning of favor, and once given it cannot be taken away. Ephesians 4:30) “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” – – if we do grieve Him we just confess and we are cleansed (1 John 2:1 / 1 John 1:9). The Father doesn’t disown the wayward child, but like the prodigal son the goodness of God leads us to repentance and cleansing. – – When did the prodigal son cease to be a son of the Father? – – Not by works, Not by righteous works, Not by deeds of the law, and Not by sight. But by Faith alone, through Grace alone, by Jesus Christ who is God alone.
Titus 3:5 / Ephesians 2:8-9 / Galatians 2:16 / 2 Corinthians 5:7 / Romans 1:17 / Romans 6:14 / Hebrews 10:38
- Romans 10:9-10) “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
After believing and repenting you are sealed/saved, then because of your love for Christ you want to follow Him. It’s not because you have to but because you want to. The Will of the Father is that all would come to Christ, not follow laws and commandments (John 6:39-40)
Any idea of self merit affecting salvation in earning to gain, maintaining to keep, or self atonement for sins is heresy and the person is not saved. The same goes for believing that Baptism saves, forgives, or seals with the Spirit – it’s still a belief in a form of righteous works that affects salvation – this is heresy too. It’s all through Christ’s merit on the Cross and His Resurrection, or else through attempting in your own merit you earn Hell.
- Ephesians 1:7) “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;“
- Ephesians 1:13) “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise“
- Acts 10:43) “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.“
James 2 is talking to Christians already saved, and it’s talking about charity and Christian behavior for promotion of the Faith, not maintenance of salvation. If it was talking about works for salvation, then Paul is a liar, James and Paul are butting heads, God wrote a contradiction in His Word and is then the author of confusion, and would then not be God. Correlating with the rest of Scripture shows there is literally no way one could make works for salvation on any level truly work with the layout of Scripture. Salvation would then not be by Grace as it says if works were involved.
And this Salvation can never be lost or taken away – Romans 8:1 no condemnation unto those in Christ who walk in the Spirit – Galatians 5:18 and if you are lead by the Spirit you are not under the law. Any sin after that brings chastisement, not disowning or a casting away. John 15:1-6 is paired with 1 Corinthians 5:1-5 / Psalms 66:18 / Proverbs 28:9 / James 1:6-7 about God’s discipline, and nowhere does it relate to losing salvation or having it being taken away.
In addition, as mentioned previously: Hebrews 6:4-6 and 10:26 is speaking about the unsaved falling away (rejecting) enlightenment, the knowledge of , the taste of salvation – they had not yet taken hold. This does not relate to the saved giving up or losing salvation as many think.
Losing Salvation, or it being taken away, given up – denotes a working to keep it. But it’s not by works or righteous works, deeds of the law, or by sight. It’s by Grace alone through Faith alone.
- By Grace are you saved through Faith – Not by works or self merit.
The Hyper Calvinistic TULIP theology is corrupted and unbiblical, and it teaches another gospel – Galatians 1:8-9