Thursday, May 10, 2018

What about Calvinism? (SD38)

Calvinism - man is completely useless and cannot respond to God. So God has to exercise His sovereignty and chooses who will be saved and then made him perfect.

The following are the five main points of belief in Calvinism:-

1. Total Depravity 
As a result of Adam's fall, the entire human race is affected; all humanity is completely in trespasses and sins. Man is unable to help nor save himself.
Truth - In the garden of Eden, men were deceived by Satan leading them to death. But before the foundation of the world, God had predestined that the Word (Jesus) would be made flesh (man) and that by His death and resurrection, He (mankind) defeated Satan and the power of death so that men are alive again.
John 5:24 "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life."

2. Unconditional Election Because man is dead in sin, he is unable to initiate a response to God; therefore, in eternity past God elected certain people to salvation. Election and predestination are unconditional; they are not based on man's response because man is unable to respond, nor does he want to. {This is heresy for it annuls both the old and new testaments (bible) or covenants}
Truth - By His grace, God gives men the choice of life or death again. He made the old covenant with the Jews and the new covenant with all mankind. So whenever we keep our part of the covenant *to His satisfaction*, He will fulfill His part of the covenant. In these covenants, man is given the complete freedom to choose his own salvation and destiny.

3. Limited Atonement
Because God determined that certain ones should be saved as a result of God's unconditional election, He determined that Christ should die for the elect alone. All whom God has elected and for whom Christ died will be saved.
{This is heresy for the blood of Jesus cleanses the sins of all those who believe in Him}
John 3:17-18 "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."

4. Irresistible Grace
Those whom God elected He draws to Himself through irresistible grace. God makes man willing to come to Him. When God calls, man responds.
Truth - God cannot break His covenant by doing what He likes for He is righteous, just and faithful to His words.

5. Perseverance of the Saints - The precise ones God has elected and drawn to Himself through the Holy Spirit will persevere in faith. None whom God has elected will be lost; they are eternally secure.
{Once saved always saved is heresy. Please read Hebrew 6:4-6}

Calvinism completely destroys the covenant God makes with man. It nullifies all His teachings and promises, and reduces the words of Jesus to lies and deceptions.
    Brethren, repent of Calvinism for any interpretation or doctrine that compromises His words and reduces God to be lawless, unjust, sinful, unfaithful or a liar is heretic.

Brethren, God wants us to decide our future, but He will verify whether we have fulfilled *our part of the covenant with sincerity and truth*. Only when *He is satisfied with our belief and commitments* then He will choose, justify, sanctify or glorify us, for many of us claim that we love Him, but to Him we are far from it.