Friday, February 3, 2017


Calvinists believe that no person is saved because of their individual decision to believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, to repent, to confess Jesus as the Christ, nor to be baptized in water.

Calvinists believe God selects certain people for salvation and then forces them to believe, to repent, and to confess. They believe water baptism is not essential for salvation, period.

Calvinist believe all Christians are saved by grace alone.

ERROR 1: Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.(NASB)

Calvinists erroneously believe that saving faith is the gift mentioned here. The gift is salvation, not faith.(NOTE: Have been saved.)

Calvinists mistakenly understand that, not as a result of works, means believing in Jesus is a work forbidden as a term for salvation. Jesus has a different view than John Calvin.

John 6:28-29 There they said to Him, "What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?" 29 Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent."(NASB)

How do men come to believe?

Romans 10:12-17.......So faith comes from hearing, hearing  by the word of Christ.(NASB)

Faith comes by hearing, not by having the gift of a saving faith inherited because God imputed faith at conception for a selected few.

Works that do not save.

Romans 3:20 because by works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.)NASB)

Keeping the Law of Moses cannot save anyone.

Titus 3:5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.(NASB)

God does not save because of the good deeds men do.

Neither, faith, repentance, confession, nor immersion in water are keeping the Law of Moses nor are they good deeds. (John 3:16, Acts 3:19, Romans 10:9, Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38)

ERROR 2: Ephesians 1:1-7.....4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intentions of His will......(NASB)

Calvinists erroneously contend that a certain few were predestined for salvation and that all others would burn in hell.

God predestined, that all who become Christians will be saved. God did not pre-select which individuals would become Christians.

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared , bringing salvation to all men, (NASB)

God's grace in available to all men. God does not force His grace on any man. God grace is only withheld from those who reject His terms for salvation. 


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