Monday, March 27, 2017


John Calvin's view of salvation was that God preordained a select few for salvation and that all others would be eternally damned as punishment for their sins.

The often used Scripture to support that claim is John 6:44 "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him ap at the last.(NKJV)

The problem is that Jesus said in verse John 6:47 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.(NKJV)

Jesus did not say, he who the Father has preordained to believe in Me has everlasting life. God does not impute faith into a select few so they may believe and be saved.

Romans 10:13 For "whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."(NKJV)

It is "whoever" calls on the Lord, it is not whoever has been preordained to be saved will be saved.

Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?

Why would a Calvinist need a preacher if they are all preordained for salvation, would they not have faith in Jesus from birth? Why would  Calvinists' have missionaries to spread the gospel, would not all the preordained be drawn to Calvinists' church buildings? Would it not be hypocritical to preach the gospel to the world if only  certain men have been preordained for salvation?

Faith is not preordained, faith comes from hearing the gospel.

Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.(NKJV)

Is it not hypocritical for a Calvinist' preacher to preach to his congregation to abstain from sin? If all Calvinists' have been preordained for salvation and can never be lost, then they should be able to live a sinful lifestyle with no loss of salvation. Why worry about sin?

Contrary to John Calvin's view, God's grace is available to all who obey the gospel plan of salvation. Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,(NKJV)

To assert that you have been saved because God loves you and you have been preordained for salvation, but your neighbor will be lost and punished externally because of his sin is the height of arrogance, it give hubris a bad name.

According to John Calvin all men are saved by "grace alone."

If you are saved by grace alone, then you do not have to obey God by believing that Jesus is Lord, Savior, and the Son of God.

If you are saved by grace alone, then you do not have to obey by repenting of your unbelief. You do not have to turn from sin and turn toward God. God will compel you to do all of that.

If you are saved by grace alone, then you do not have to be baptized in water to be saved.

If you are saved by grace alone, then you do not have to believe that God raised Jesus from the dead.

If you are saved by grace alone, then you do not have to have faith to be saved. God will provide you with faith so you can be saved.

Grace follows faith. Faith does not follow grace. Romans 5:1-2 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.(NKJV)

You are not under grace until you have faith in Jesus Christ and obey the gospel. 

Obeying the gospel is not a good work. 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8.....the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, 8 in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.(NKJV)



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