Saturday, December 15, 2012

Calvinism Revisited




Many months ago our pastor preached against on Calvinism.  Oh no, we didn't run screaming out of the place this time...our Pastor was preaching against Calvinism!  ;)  The week before he preached on the subject, he had given the above leaflets out to everyone, and encouraged us to read, and learn about John Calvin and his heretical theology.  

Please just let me say before I go any further: I do not wish to receive comments detailing why you think Calvinism is biblical or similar. Our family has studied this topic, and know that it does not stand up to scripture.  We took the trouble to read John Calvin's own words (something that most "calvinists" don't do) and found him to be a heretic.  The Bible should be our only guide, not the uninspired words of a murderous man.

Calvinism has been on my heart a little over the last few months, when considering the loss of our precious little one.  Calvinists believe, that parents cannot know for sure, that their miscarried child is in Heaven with the Lord, as (they reason) one cannot know whether said child was one of the "elect" or a "reprobate".  This completely unbiblical and false theology makes me feel physically sick.

We found the above leaflet to be very helpful, in answering those out-of-context snippets of verses that Calvinists often throw out there to "prove" the theology.  In the interest of sharing truth in love, I am enlosing the link for the downloadable PDF to the above leaflet, here.

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ETA: Apologies to any "anonymous" readers who have posted kind comments here, over the last few months that never got published.  They were sent automatically into my spam folder.  I have only just spotted them; they have now been published!  :)


14 comments:

LoriS said...

Picked up your blig from "Our Little Corner", 1Happywife. Thank you for this post. Praise the Lord for Truth, His WORD!!!!

Blessings,
Loretta
Hebrews 10:24

Sarah in Ireland said...

Loretta ~ Thanks for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment! :)

Karen R. said...

Wow Sarah I had no idea how EVIL this man was, thank you for sharing that link. Very informative..what a wicked heresy.

Mrs. Josh said...

Always so happy to see you updated. We received your card today. It made us all so happy. :) Thank you!! I have been carrying around a note for you in my purse for way too long. I think I will write a new one. :)

Anonymous said...

Interesting and VERY revealing that you quote NO SCRIPTURE that proves Calvin wrong......

John Lofton
JLof@aol.com

Sarah in Ireland said...

John Lofton ~ I have used scripture to highlight John Calvins heresy on my blog before, the fact that you took no trouble to look it up before leaving your comment, is also "interesting and VERY revealing"

I will not debate with a man on doctrinal issues (this is a ladies blog), additionally I do not have to "prove" anything, any intelligent person can conclude that Calvinism is heresy, by simply reading their own Bible (KJV).

Anonymous said...

Calvin was an infallible man, as we all are, and did come to some conclusions that can be strongly disagreed with from Scripture. However, he did have many good teachings. Be careful of judging someone a heretic, because anyone may be believing & promoting heretical beliefs because of their humanity. No one is perfect. ~J

Anonymous said...

The article had some good stuff that I enjoyed, but I don't know why the author felt compelled to defend Charles H. Spurgeon. You can say Spurgeon was a calvinist, an armenian, or a baptist because (as tends to be the case with wolves in sheeps clothing), they say a lot of different things that they know people want to hear, but they never say what people need to hear. Spurgeon was a heritic himself and is in hell with Calvin, and the author of this article will find himself with them someday as well if he truely believes that one must repent of their sin to be saved (pg. 9). One must trust Christ alone. Repenting of one's sin as a condition to salvation is works! For by grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourself, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.

Jessi said...

Calvinism is evil! I was surprised to find out that this splits many independent Baptist church's. People need to know their Bible!

Sarah in Ireland said...

Anon (23rd Dec)~ I apologise to anyone if I have caused confusion with the linked leaflet.

I completely agree with you on the Spurgeon issue. I have read some of Spurgeons quoted words on the issue of salvation and found them to be highly questionable!

Whilst I also agree with you on the "repenting of sins" issue, I would like to share with you the following information as I heard it on a recent sermon from the most anti repent-of-your-sins Pastor: As "repent" means to "change or change of mind" one could describe the realisation that one is a sinner, and in need of saving, as an act of repentance.

I agree that repentance does not mean "sorry for sins" and neither do we have to be "sorry" or "stop sinning" in order to be saved. We only have to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ!

Anonymous said...

All of the things in the leaflet linked have been proven to be false-simple research can show you this. As for reading Calvin's words and deciding he is evil-I would challenge that you are reading and posting bits and pieces of his work and taking them out of context. One could very easily do the same with the Bible and come to the conclusion that it is evil. You can disagree with Calvin's theology, but this post is simply spreading false information without checking facts.

Sarah in Ireland said...

Anon ~ All the information contained in this leaflet, has not been "proven" false. "Simple research" of our BIBLES, is how my husband and I came to understand that John Calvins theology is/was heretical. You are right that I am entitled to disagree with his theology, as I am also free to provide vital information regarding this heresy to anyone who wishes to read it.

If you wish to worship/defend Calvin and his theology you could perhaps begin your own blog? I don't know what it is with Calvinists, but you guys sure do get worked up when someone disagrees with you/him.

Rebecca said...

A lot of people don't realize that God as the creator does not owe us anything and that we owe Him everything. Therefore we have no right to expect that our unborn children will go to heaven. If that was the case than every abortion would be a blessing in disguise. God can do with His creation as He pleases and can never be judged for that, just as an artist can not be judged for burning a painting he created Himself and does not like for whatever reason. I encourage all of you non-Calvinists to research the sciptures where God refers to human beings as clay and to Himself as a potter (Jes 29,16; Jes 45,9; Jes 64,7; Jer 18,4; Jer 18,6; Röm 9,21; read these verses in context pls). That should give you a more realistic view of yourselves and the proper place you have in the universe. You might think you as human beings are the centre of the universe, when you are not. God is! And He does everything in the first place to glorify HIMSELF, for His name only, not to make us happy. If you have created in your mind a God whose job it is to keep you happy, you have created an idol in your heart, sorry.

Sarah in Ireland said...

Rebecca ~ I will be addressing your comments over the next week or so.