All comments on this post are appreciated. However a bitter spirit in the form of calling names will not be tolerated. In my opinion the greatest Preacher outside of the Apostle Paul was Spurgeon who was a believer in Calvinism. Even though Spurgeon believed in Calvinism he rarely Preached the doctrine but instead pleaded for souls as if it all depended on him.
George Whitfield and Charles Wesley were used greatly by God in the first “Great Awakening” in America yet had opposite views on the doctrine of Calvinism, yet the remained good friends.
No way can I cover everything in this short article and my poor ability to write and communicate properly, forbids a wonderful article.
First things we both agree on. Salvation is wholly the work of God. Salvation is NOT the work of man. It was Jesus the Christ who sacrificed His life on Calvary as the means of redemption. Ephesians chapter 2 verses 8 thru 10 make it very clear:
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Many other Scripture but brevity for busy people seems appropriate.
Calvinists believe that agreeing with God is a work. However, agreeing with God and saying YES is not a work. A work is defined in the English dictionary as a physical action. One can say yes to God without moving their lips as Salvation has to do with the heart:
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. Romans chapter 10
Confessing with the mouth is a result of believing in the heart. Confessing with the mouth Saves no one.
We choose, God ordains. God knew beforehand what we would do but does NOT force us in any way.
Salvation is a gift from God:
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans chapter 6
When someone gives you a gift and you accept does that mean you helped pay for the gift? Of course not. The gift is from the giver. You merely said yes as in receiving the gift.
To my mind, making Calvinism in your Preaching, teaching and such never Saved a soul. Never convinced a lost person that they could come to Christ.
A short article yes but very important in your walk with God. Be a Calvinist if you want but never stop passionately pleading for souls to get Saved. Let the tears roll when you plead with God to Save a soul while in your prayer closet. God answers such.
Most, not all Calvinists have no compassion because they believe “whatever will be, will be,” and justify themselves by believing they can not alter an unsaved persons belief. The fact is, I am 73 years of age and has never yet had a person come to my door to tell me about Jesus and tell me of His wonderful Grace and how I could be Saved.
Most Calvinists have their hobby horses they major on such as certain sins that are prevalent in today’s society. They scold and seem to get high over believing they are right and everyone else wrong. Yet the biggest sin of all is simply NOT coming to Jesus the Christ to be Saved.
No way do I know it all. No way do I understand it all. Someday God will remove the blinders and I long for that day. More later as I recall…….