Calvinism’s house of Cards
In my last post “Resetting the table of Predestination” We went through scripture to see if there was any other way to understand Romans 8:29-31. These few verses are used by the Calvinist to anchor their doctrines of Predestination (God before time began foreknew and chose only some to be saved), Election (God calls only those whom He predestined) and Limited Atonement (God only justified those whom He foreknew and predestined to be saved). Of Course the jest of this is… to hell with the rest of mankind.
Calvinist would argue it is not God rejecting the unelected, it is the unelected not having any desire to know God. Sounds good on the surface but they also have a doctrine that teaches no man can no God because man is absolutely reprobate and can not know God, of course without God revealing Himself to reprobate mankind. So their soft spoken answer to God predestinating part of mankind to hell by saying these do not want to know God, does not get God off the hook for the Calvinist. According to the doctrine of Calvinism, if those unelected do not want to know God, it is God’s fault that He did not reveal Himself to the unelected. Remember according to Calvinist man has no free will, not even free will to seek God without God’s active participation in it.
In “Resetting the table of Predestination” It was my desire to bring forth biblical truth to Romans 8:29-31 so that the defenses against the dangerous teachings of Calvinism can come directly from the verses they hold so sacred as one of their chief cornerstones. It appears to me those who do not agree with Calvinism want to contend against their ideas of Romans 8:29-31 it is done more from the text in other places in scripture and not so much the text itself. It is almost as if these few verses give Calvinist a secure footing and all others a challenge to explain away. In fact we use the same language they do. We speak of the elect as God knowing who would chose Him. We explain this away with God knowing everything.
In “Resetting the table of predestination” I have put forth a different understanding of election. The elect are no longer those whom God has predestined to be saved against the will of man as Calvinist hold. Nor are the elect only those whom God knew would eventually chose Him through free will as other contend. Instead I redefined the elect as all of mankind, both those who choose God or not by their own free will. Calvinist us Romans 8:29-31 as text to prove there is no free will. I use it as the definitive proof of man’s free will.
In summary: Jesus the Lamb of God was slain from the foundation of the world. His blood took the sins of the world away by which God has reconciled all mankind to Himself before time began. Not only has God foreknown everyone, He died for everyone causing everyone to be predestinated. Now He is calling anyone who would believe. Even though He is calling everyone who would believe, we all have been justified already and yes even glorified. But as scripture teaches, sons of the most High will die like men. Before time began God elected and predestinated all of mankind to be saved. This is why hell was never made for man, but the devil and his angels.
Consequently, the elect are not as the Calvinist claim, only those whom God chose to save. Nor is it as others say, only those whom God knew would be saved. The elect is His creation in mankind.
Now I found a post from ‘Whoever Believes’ concerning the circular reasoning of the Calvinist and how each doctrine depends upon the other. If one doctrine doesn’t stand they all fall. It was a great post and I encourage all to read it. Here is what I would consider the summation of the post:
Herman Hoeksema says:
All five points of Calvinism … are important. Indeed if any one of the five points of Calvinism is denied, the Reformed heritage is completely lost.(1)
By revisiting “Resetting the table of Calvinism” you will see the defense of the position I have taken concerning predestination and election. Understanding the truth of Calvinism’s need to have all it’s point hold or all falls apart. I feel that one of the five points of Calvinism is denied, bringing down the whole house of cards. Yes! God is off the hook if men choose not to come to Him. He has done everything for us to bring us to Him. Will we?
1 Hanko, Hoeksema, and Van Baren, The Five Points of Calvinism, 28.