Disarming Calvinism (part five)

I have stated that Calvinism teaches that God is ultimately committed to His chosen people, the children of the promise, which gives support to the doctrine of irresistible grace and once saved always saved.  This commitment and support for His people is nonnegotiable with God and that God will not violate this.

I will demonstrate from the New Testament that God is not dedicated to His people as taught by the Calvinist.  That He is dedicated to something that is greater than His people.  Although this following statement is very explosive and nuclear in proportion to the other topics in this series, I will demonstrate that His commitment to His people is conditional and will disarm the notion birthed in Calvinism, that God is unconditionally committed to His people. 

If you have not followed these series of post on Disarming Calvinism, I would recommend you go back and read them in order for the Biblical support of what I will only summarize here. 

We have learned that our New Testament teaches that Abraham has received a seal of the righteousness that God gave him, a mark in his flesh.  Circumcision is this seal of imputed righteousness that was given to Abraham and all his descendants.  Our New Testament teaches that we gentiles, now through Christ, get to share in the imputed righteousness that was given to Abraham by becoming his spiritual offspring,

Even though they were elected as a people through Abrahams calling and even though they were in a covenant of imputed righteousness many never entered their rest.  As scripture says not all who are Jews are Jews.

A man is not a Jew if he is only one outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical.  No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a man’s praise is not from men, but from God.[1]

Knowing through our past study of scripture that God has imputed the whole nation of Israel His righteousness through His covenant, to what does God obligate Himself?  Does He obligate Himself to His chosen people under the covenant of imputed righteousness or does He obligate Himself to something even more important?  It is not His chosen people that He has obligated Himself to, it is His WORD.

In Calvinism they like to teach that God is obligated to His people over and above all other things.  They even go as far as to teach that we can be faithless, which goes against all other teachings in scripture but God will be faithful to us because He can not disown Himself.  Teaching we belong to Him and even is a reprobate state, even in a lukewarm condition He can not disown us.  They have read but not understood what is written.

Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.[2]

The people of the covenant of righteousness who walked away from the imputed righteousness came to understand what is meant by God remaining faithful to Himself.  They learned He will not disown Himself, He will not disown the Living Word.  He will do exactly as He said He would when we do not live out our lives in faith and obedience.

“‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will deal with you as you deserve, because you have despised my oath by breaking the covenant.[3]

Was it not the Lord who gave Moses the blessings and the curses?  Was it not the people of God’s election choice to do good or to do harm?  Wasn’t it the people of the covenant of imputed righteousness that had a choice before them that day?  And did not God tell them He will do to them as His word says, whether for good or for harm?  Well He did harm to them as they deserved.  It wasn’t His people who were imputed His righteousness that He was ultimately committed to, it is His WORD.  He did exactly as He said He would.

When God in His word says He will disown us if we disown Him, we cast that aside and pervert His intent to do as His word says.  Even the very words we just cast aside.  It is true the Lord has spoken to us in these in the past though His prophets and now through His Son.  Jesus’ teaching is full of warnings to believers to not be disobedient, faithless, lazy, backslidden, overtaken by this world, yet the Calvinist say God will not disown me.  Sorry Calvinist, as God declares in His WORD He will do as He has declared. 

One day not only the Calvinist whose rest is solely on in eternal security, but the disobedient, wicked, lazy, unrighteous servants of other denominations and theologies will be overtaken by the words of God that He has spoken to us, just it did the covenant people of His election.

But did not my words and my decrees, which I commanded my servants the prophets, overtake your forefathers? “Then they repented and said, ‘The LORD Almighty has done to us what our ways and practices deserve, just as he determined to do.'”[4]

[1] Romans 2:28-29

[2] 2 Timothy 2:11-13

[3] Ezekiel 16:59

[4] Zechariah 1:6

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