My Answers to Calvinist Friends

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…….

73 Years of Age and Surprises Every Day

Renting a room out of my house to supplement my income is a real hoot. A couple of days ago a renter comes to me with a complaint.

Renter……There are flies in my room.

Me….. Kill them.

Renter…….How?

Me……..Use a flies swatter.

Renter……There are too many of them.

Me……Let’s take a look……Found 2 flies.

Renter……..I told you so.

Me……Kill them with a flies swatter.

Renter……What is a flies swatter?

Me……Got one and handed it to the renter……

Renter……Now what?

Me……..Hit them and they will die.

Renter…….OK

Did this really happen? It most certainly did.

A few weeks ago I watched a journalist go to a ‘Preppy’ college campus to talk to political science students. He went from student to student and asked who is the Vice President of the United States. Not one student knew the answer,

A couple of days ago I watched a bunch of college students try to open a can with a manual can opener. Finally one college girl after about 10 minutes figured out how to do it. Nearly cut her finger off removing the lose top but she got a round of applause at her genius in figuring it out.

We sure do live in n amazing world. More later as I recall…….

More for our Flat Earth Friends

Definitive (Observable) Evidence Regarding The Flat Earth | David Rives


English signwriter Samuel Shenton formed the Flat Earth Society in 1956. Its headship was passed to Charles Johnson in 1971, and it went out of existence in 2001. However, in 2004, it was resurrected in website form by Daniel Shenton, who is not related to Samuel Shenton. The Guardian recently published a story about his views, and guess what? He is not a creationist. In fact, he is an evolutionist, and he thinks the evidence for human-caused global warming is rather strong!

He says that his society now has 60 members and his website’s discussion forums have been visited by 9,000 people. If you look at those forums, you find an interesting mix of views on global warming. For example, the Anthropogenic Climate Change forum starts with a graph of thermometer-based temperature measurements and the now-discredited “hockey stick” graph that supposedly show the reality of global warming. The discussion that follows contains those who believe it is real, those who believe it is not, and those who think it is real but mostly natural. Another forum is about the recent debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye. There doesn’t seem to be a single creationist in on the discussion.

The President of the Flat Earth Society Is An Evolutionist Who Also Believes in Global Warming

 

Isaiah 40:21-23

21 Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?

22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:

23 That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.

 

 

 

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Angelology – Satan’s Powers

Those who do not have a good understanding of the Bible, are prone to ridiculing Satan’s image.  He is often pictured in cartoons and movies wearing a red suit, reeking of brimstone, and wielding a pitchfork.  This image is in complete contradiction to the Bible’s description of him.  He appears in several forms in Scripture.  In the Garden of Eden, he takes the form of the subtle serpent.  Paul writes of Satan in 2 Corinthians 11:14, calling him an “angel of light;” and then in 2 Cor. 4:4, the “prince of the power of the air.”  The Bible tells us, that he has many titles, and that his powers are very great. 

he can work miracles!

The spiritually blind are often duped into following the evil one because he can work signs and wonders.  One example of this was in Pharaoh’s court, where the magicians were able to duplicate some of God’s plagues.  Satan’s two “beasts” will be capable of performing incredible wonders during the Great Tribulation, thereby deceiving the masses. 

Revelation 13:3-4

And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

Revelation 13:12-15

12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.


satan can blind the eyes of the ungodly!

Ever try to witness to an unbeliever?  All believers have.  It can be VERY frustrating.  You may even feel like you are talking to a brick wall for all it’s worth.  The underlying reason for the blockage is the workings of Satan.  He can blind and spiritually cripple through countless  lies and deceit of every kind.  To name a few would be evolution, psychology, educational indoctrination . . .

2 Corinthians 4:4

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.


he is incredibly subtle!

We know from Genesis 3:1, that one of his most dangerous powers is his subtlety.  He can transform himself into an angel of light!

2 Corinthians 11:4

For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

He has MANY “wiles.”

Ephesians 6:11

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

He pretends to be a man of spirituality.  But he is the master of subtlety. 

He will try to get you when you’re up –

1 Kings 19:1-4

19 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.

Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time.

And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there.

But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.

He will try to get you when you’re down –

Matthew 4:1-3

Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.


satan is very, very powerful – but he is not omnipotent!

All the power that Satan now possesses is by God’s permission alone.  All power that anyone has – is by God’s permission alone.  Recall from the first two chapters of Job, that God allowed Satan to test Job.  Every Christian can draw confidence from the fact that nothing can come into his or her life, except by God’s express permission. 

Mark 5:12

12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.

We may know for certain that Satan is not omnipotent, though he pretends he is, from Scripture.  See here, where Michael contends with Satan:

Jude 9

Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

If he were omnipotent, he could not be cast into the bottomless pit. 

Revelation 20:3

And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

Nor could he, 1,000 years later, be cast into Lake of Fire. 

Revelation 20:10

10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.


Satan is extremely intelligent – but he is not omniscient!

We are prideful, as Satan is, yet we wonder how he does not realize the utter futility of his plots and schemes.  As subtle as he is, he does not understand Christ’s ability to overcome his temptations.  When Satan entered Judas, we read further in Luke, vs. 22, that all this was known beforehand.  God knew that Calvary was necessary for the redemption of mankind – but how is it that Satan seems unaware of the full consequences of the crucifixion of Christ? 

Furthermore, by every evidence of Holy Writ – The Evil One can not read the minds of Christians!  He also can not indwell a truly born again believer.  Satan  can oppress the Christian from without, but he cannot possess a Christian from within.

1 John 4:4

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Despite every effort by soothsayers and prognosticators, Satan can not predict the future.  Infrequently, God may allow him to control a few current events, and appear to fulfill what one of his followers has predicted, but most of his foretellings are not fulfilled, because he is not omniscient.  We can look back at all the potential Antichrists throughout history to prove that fact.  He has had a ready and willing despot in every generation waiting to fulfill that role.


he has great influence, but he is not omnipresent! 

Job 1:7

And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

He may be able to influence hoards of sheeple, but, and that is a very big, BUT – he simply can not be in more than one place at one time. 

1 Peter 5:8

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

His future doom is sealed, with two documented and separate places of confinement. 

1,000 years in the bottomless pit – Rev. 20:1-3

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Eternity in the lake of fire and brimstone – Rev. 20:10

satan falling

Ephesians 6:11

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

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Powdered Sugar Donuts and Porn

That catchy title was to catch your interest.  Now that I have it, I’m going to talk about it.  What do the two named objects in the title have in common?

  • Both are cheap thrills
  • Both are instant gratification
  • Both are shallow in content
  • Both give empty promises
  • Both are deceptively filling
  • Both are able to destroy from the inside out
  • Both give the appearance of satisfaction
  • Both leave you empty
  • Both will ultimately make you sick

 

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1 John 2:15-17

15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

This world is full of temptations that are endorsed by a supernatural, yet perverted intelligence.  Satan.  You must put on Christ to be able to withstand the wiles of the Devil.  Go to church,  read your Bible, turn off your television.  Put on Christ.  Praise Him! 

 

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Scientists Proves God Protects Israel

Scientist proves from the rockets of the Gulf War that God protects Israel.

Nuclear physicist, Gerald Schroeder, a known researcher in the past for Weizman Institute and Hebrew University, simply cannot be accused of unscientific thinking. When observing statistics that don’t seem all too logical, most of Shroeder’s colleagues admit that there was “luck” involved. The existence of the State of Israel, the fact that there were so few casualties from the scud missiles shot down on Israel during the Gulf War, all appear, on the surface, to be a stroke of luck. Schroeder, however, refuses to call it “luck”. Luck is just not a scientifically sound term. For Nuclear physicists like Schroeder, the real answer is that God is protecting His people.

 

Everyone Does Not Understand the Gospel

Everyone does not understand the Gospel or the Bible. You might be an English teacher with a PHD, a poet laureate, speak multiple languages or a rocket scientist but those things do NOT qualify you in understanding the Gospel or the Bible.

The above is not my opinion but it is what God declares in His book.

God had Paul write:

3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.  11 Corinthians chapter 4

First you must believe and then and only then can you comprehend and understand.

It is further explained in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians:

14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians chapter 2

This is why no one can be educated into becoming a Christian. First comes belief, next comes understanding and spiritual growth.

There was never a moment in time when you came to Christ? Better examine yourself whether or not you are IN the faith. Eternity depends on it. No one ever grew into believing. No one ever got Saved other than through hearing the Gospel preached. Again, not my opinion. It is what God says in His book:

21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 1 Corinthians chapter 1

Hearing the Gospel preached is Gods method. Not talking necessarily about audible Preaching. It may be you read a tract, a sermon with the Gospel as the subject. However Preaching is Gods method.

When a person gets Saved, the Holy Spirit convinces them that God is right. Tells their heart and mind that Jesus the Christ is the answer. There is NO other way. No one can be taught logic to believe. Getting Saved comes from God and Him only.  It is not math, science or history.

Jesus Christ is the answer. The only answer. If you have ANY doubt that you are Saved, turn to Him right this very minute. More later as I recall…….