Torturing Scripture to say Jesus only died for the elect

Tortured scriptureI grew up in the faith being told to read the Word of God for myself.  That by doing this I would grow in my faith and understanding of the truths of scripture.  But ironically what is plainly written isn’t enough for some in the Christian faith.  Now I am told by some individuals that I can not trust what I plainly see written in the scripture.  That somehow I have not grown up in the faith, unless I believe what is not written in the text I have come to put my faith in.   Continue reading

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.  Continue reading

Has God really said?

As a follow up to yesterdays post, I would like to keep discussing God’s love for mankind and the dangers of heresy in the church that would unwittingly pervert the gospel we have received.

Our adversary, the devil, could not keep Christ from becoming our savior.  Christ has died to take away the sins of the world and there is nothing that can be done about.  But this doesn’t keep him from spreading lies about what Christ has done and what it means for mankind.

There is a man of history who has bought into a lie from Satan concerning the love of God and the sacrifice He has made for mankind.  Calvin bought into the lie that Christ did not die for every man.  Somehow he had persuaded himself, like Eve in the garden, that God’s word doesn’t really mean what it says.  The phrase is the same, “Did God really say.”

The teaching of this man Calvin has grown into a doctrine unto itself.  There are vast number of professing bible believers who not only follow this doctrine of Calvin, they malign those of us who do not.  They accuse us who believe God so loved the whole world that, He died for the whole world and offers the whole world salvation as being ignorant of God’s word.

Satan in his lust to pervert God’s grace toward us has actually gotten a large part of believers to believe that Christ did not die for those who will never enter the kingdom of heaved.  They say Christ only died for those who will accept Him.  The Calvinist mumbles and jumbles and twist scripture to say what it does not.  So again the question is, has God really said?

Calvinism teaches that God’s grace is only for the elect and not the non-saved.  They would say that the unsaved has God’s mercy, as in the fact He hasn’t judge them yet and He lets it rain on the just an unjust alike.  But His grace is reserved solely for those who will come to a saving knowledge of Christ.  But has God really said that?

No He hasn’t.  The Holy Spirit has said to us that the grace of God is extended to everyman through Christ.  For Christ has tasted death for every man.  Not some, not elect, but every man.  So again, what has God really said?

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.[1]

The question for the Calvinist is, will you keep saying to yourself, has God really said and believe a lie straight from the father of lies?  Or will you embrace the gospel message that is presented by the Holy Spirit to us in scripture. Will you let God be God and give us His gospel message or will you now tell us that the word “every man” does not mean every man.  Just like the word “world” doesn’t mean world or the word “whoever” doesn’t mean whoever?  Will you always be stiff necked and say in your hearts, has God really said?

To those of you who love the Lord and His word and are seeing the lies of Calvinism in light of scripture, the Holy Spirit is calling you out of that religion of man.  Depart from this doctrine of man unto the life giving gospel message of the Holy Spirit that wishes to witness this to you on your heart of flesh.

If you are a Calvinist and the Holy Spirit is revealing His word to you, let those of us who follow this web sight know, so you can be encouraged and prayed for by these fellow believers in the true grace of God.  If you have questions in your search for the truth of scripture, ask, so readers of this blog can help you to come to a better understanding of God’s word.  Let you light then so shine that you too can minister to those who come out of her.  As it is written, come out of her my people.

[1] Hebrews 2:9

God’s love in precision

If God’s righteousness is displayed in the heavens, modern science has been showing us how vast is His righteousness.

The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all the peoples see his glory.[1]

Through the innovation of technology we get to look light years into deep space see how the heavens declare the glory of God.

Man has learned how precise God has put the heavens together.  If we were but a little bit closer to the sun life would not exist on earth.  If we were but a little bit further from the sun, again we would have no life on earth.  If the earth axis and rotation was not what it is, we would not have the weather we do have making life impossible again.  If our solar system was closer to our galactic core than it is we would have too much exposure to the violent nature of the cosmos.  We seem to be tucked away very nicely in the exact location and circumstances that we need to be in for life to exist.

We see this same precision when we look at the atomic level.  If the electron rotated any slower or faster around the atom we would have no atoms.  If the nuclear bond was any weaker or stronger we would have no atoms.  I have not tried to be technical, but in the simplest way show how God has done a very precise work that can not and should not be altered if mankind or creation is to exist at all.

Do we now go from the vastness of the created universe with all of its precision and working laws of science, that God has put in place, and zoom down to earth to a book and declare His work in this book is not exact?  Are we to believe God is exact in His creation that declares His righteousness and glory, but in His book that declares His love it is not so exact?

Believe it or not there are Christians who advocate this very thing when they teach the doctrine of men.  Can you believe that men actually teach that John 3:16 doesn’t mean what we read?

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.[2]

Through a perverted doctrine concerning election they advocate that God did not send His son to the world but to those elect who are in the world.  They teach that whoever does not mean an open invitation to all mankind to receive Christ, but only the elect.  They throw out all kinds of reasons and equally unbiblical uses of scripture derived from the reason of man to support such a position.

Through the reason of man they want us to believe that God did not send His Son to the whole world and that an open invitation is not given to all mankind.  That world doesn’t mean world and that whoever doesn’t mean whoever. 

We can see the in the simplest way that God is precise in what He has done to establish a home for mankind in the heavens.  We can see His exacting handiwork even in the examination of the smallest details found in the atoms.  And this incredibly accuracy is found in something that is temporal and will be burned up.

Yet in His word we have believers that assume God can not and has not communicated His love to us with such accuracy in His eternal word.  These same believers want us to believe that “if” doesn’t mean perhaps or the place of decision but rather to mean “since”.  By hold to and advocating their doctrines upon the hearts of men who would put their hope in Christ, they offer a twisted convoluted idea of God’s love to mankind.

I urge believers to trust God to mean what He says and say what He means in His word.  If God is able to hold creation in His hands with such precision, is He not able to hold His word in His hands with such precision too?  Men will take you down roads of reason and doctrine that starts out biblically but then will imply or say stands to reason.  I say. let’s just stick to what the text says.

For God so loved the world that He gave His Son, our Logos, to us in perfection so that in His open invitation to mankind He is willing that none be lost when we as sinners repent and put our hope in Him.

Be encouraged, those who were burned at the stake during the reformation did not die in vain as they laid down their lives so we can read the scriptures in our own language.  God who is the originator of language did not cut Himself or the representation of Himself out of His word in our translation.  There is no hidden meaning in the word “world”, “whoever” or even “if”. 

We can trust the Holy Spirit to teach us all things in Christ.  We who trust and believe God at His written word are like David who apposed not only a giant, but a whole nation who had God figured wrong.  So be bold in the Holy Spirit and proclaim the written word of God as the Holy Spirit reveals it to you in opposition to the more educated and established institutions built on the doctrines of men.  Remember the exactness of His temporal creation, God’s love communicated to us is even more precise.

[1] Psalms 97:6

[2] John 3:16

Are you worthy in the world of election?

Many teach that God in His election has chosen men to receive salvation and others He has chosen not to receive salvation.  They teach that those men who have been elected have God’s irresistible grace which they can not refuse.  They must and will become saved, there is no choice about it.  Those who were not elected have no choice but to go to hell, since God never gave them the invitation in the first place.

Funny thing though, Jesus’ theology doesn’t match the theology of these teachers.  Jesus taught that people were bidden, called, elected to come to the great wedding supper of the Lamb but were not found worthy.

Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.[1]

Why were these people not worthy?  Why were they invited in the first place if they were not worthy?  If the Calvinist understanding of election is true, then why did they get the invite in the first place?  They should have never been invited according to Calvin.  Was there unworthiness a condition of election only or was it something involving free will on their part?  It couldn’t be from election for what corruption does God impute to man in election? 

Jesus sets up the story by telling us that a king’s son is getting married and to call those who were invited to come but they would not come.

The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.[2]

We see from the story those who were called to come refused to come.  If God’s election, His grace is irresistible and no man can refuse His sovereign will, how is it those called, those invited refused His election, irresistible grace and His sovereign will?  Not only did they refuse Him once they refused Him again!

Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.  But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:[3]

A second sincere invitation was sent, but Jesus tells us of these people they made light of it.  They made light of His calling, they made light of His electing them to come.  They were not compelled to behave contrary to their own free will and they rejected the invitation.  Apparently God’s sovereign will is not as the Calvinist describe.  They teach that God’s sovereign will no man can resist.  But Jesus is describing to us not just a single rejection but two.  These twice call, twice elected to come are described as making light of the invitation.  And who were these that were called?  Who were they that were elected to come?  Who were they that demonstrates the Calvinist doctrine of irresistible grace is a lie?  Who were they that turns the Calvinist doctrine of God’s sovereignty on its head?  They were not just a group of people on the fringes, they were the remnant!

And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.[4]

The chosen people of God refused Him and mistreated His servants and killed them.  The people of God that were under the covenant to be the people of His calling and election did this.  Those to whom it was said they would be His people and He would be their God did this.

And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.[5]

Jesus doesn’t describe those who were not elected, as the Calvinist do, who are the ones to receive wrath.  He describes that wicked remnant as those who receive wrath.

But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.[6]

We need to ask ourselves in a world of election, were God has called every one to come, will we be found worthy?  Will we make light of the same invitation to come to the wedding feast of the Lamb?  Will we be to busy to really walk with the Lord?  Do our schedules keep us to busy to read our bibles and seek out God in prayer?  Have we been so stuck in the rut that we feel cold or yet worse, lukewarm in our walk with God?

We may not be those who kill His servants, but do we make light of the invitation by its not being a high priority to us in our daily lives.  Who will be found worthy in the world of election?

Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.[7]

If you are a believer, if you are part of the remnant and you rest your hope on irresistible grace and God’s sovereign will to see you into His kingdom, you hope in a vanity.  Jesus Himself shows us this.  Will you trust the words and teachings of Calvin or will you listen to the one you call savior?

[1] Matthew 22:8

[2] Matthew 22:2-3

[3] Matthew 22:4-5

[4] Matthew 22:6

[5] Genesis 17:7

[6] Matthew 22:7

[7] Matthew 22:8

What fits better?

What fits better a square peg in a round hole, or a round peg in a round hole?  Of course everyone knows it is a round peg for the round hole.  There is a scripture that I consider a round hole that some are trying to put a square doctrine into, simply because we have not acknowledged the truth of God’s covenant with our father Abraham.  I believe the doctrine presented here at The Gospel According to the Gospel is the round doctrine for the round hole.

Scripture teaches us that the Lord almighty is no respecter of persons.  He does not hold one higher than another and we are the same to Him.  Just as an earthly father should not love one child more than the others, God does not.  God does not value one of us over the other, we all have the same value to Him.

For there is no respect of persons with God.[1]

Even though scripture explains this to us, some like to teach that God is a respecter of people and has elected only some of us for salvation.  The others, well you know where they can go.  This is the square peg that they are trying to shove in a round hole.

But what fits better, do you think, the doctrine that God has elected some and not others or that God is as scripture says He is.  That He has treated all men equally.  Ironic isn’t it that we say God has created all men equal, yet the doctrine of Calvin teaches that God in predestination did not create all men equal.  Some are destined for this and others doomed for that.  I am glad the founding fathers look at scripture and not to Calvin to found the greatest country the world has ever known.

Here at The Gospel According to the Gospel I advocate not only the point God treats all men the same, I back it up with the example given to us concerning Abraham and the covenant God made with Him.  This round doctrine for the round hole has amazing impacts on how we see our own world today in light of this covenant.

The round doctrine is God imputing to Abraham righteousness, a righteousness that he did not deserve.  Like we Christians brag of today, a righteousness not our own was imputed to us.

And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:[2]

Receiving the sign in his flesh of the righteousness the Lord had imputed to him, he was commanded to circumcise all males and this was to be a lasting covenant.  All males received in them the same seal of imputed righteousness.  In fact if anyone did not receive this seal of imputed righteousness in their flesh they were cut off.  Not because they did not obey some do and don’t rule of God, rather because they broke His covenant that sealed the people in God’s righteousness that He was crediting to them.

And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.[3]

So what is the example we see in the covenant God has given to our father Abraham?  We see that in the people of Israel that truly God is no respecter of persons.  All were under the covenant that God gave to Abraham.  He did not predestine the descendants of Abraham with some to be outside this covenant and others in.  His plan was for all the people, if only they would accept Him and His covenant.

This is no different that the good news we find in out New Testament when it says we gentiles now share in the blessings given to Abraham through Christ.

That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.[4]

Now through Christ God has reconciled the world to Himself.  In doing so he has offered the whole world of sinners, not just sinners of the people of Israel His covenant in Christ.  Through the rejection of this covenant God has reconciled the world now to Himself in the same covenant of righteousness through Christ.

For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?[5]

This is God demonstrating to us that He is no respecter of persons and this is the round doctrine fitting into the round hole.  All me are equal before God and His invitation is open to all.

The question is, will we accept Him and His covenant that God has made with Abraham and has now extended to us gentiles.

[1] Romans 2:11

[2] Romans 4:11

[3] Genesis 17:14

[4] Galatians 3:14

[5] Romans 11:15

Disarming Calvinism (part six)

Calvinism teaches that there are those people that God has not sent His Son to die for.  Their doctrine actually teaches that God has chosen men to die in there sins because God did not send His Son for them and they call this election and predestination.  Why do they do this?  Because nothing that God does would be less than 100% realized.  So if Christ died for all mankind, and not all receive Him then His efforts are not 100% realized.

In “Disarming Calvinism (part six)” I will demonstrate that God has not chosen some men for glory and some men hell.  I will disarm the Calvinistic idea that suppresses the compassion of God who does not wish for any man to die his sins.  Calvinism is wrong when it teaches that only some men are elected for salvation and others are not.

This is the end of my six part series on Disarming Calvinism.  To understand the biblical basis for my summation please read the entire post in order to follow the scriptural evidence I lay before you.

Some how Calvinist think they show the greatness of God by teaching that God in His great mercy has elected to only save some of mankind, knowing that none of mankind is worthy to be saved.  Therefore He displays His great benevolence in predestining some of us to be saved.

Calvinist also think they show the greatness of God by teaching that nothing that God puts an effort to is done in vain.  That it follows that Christ would not die for someone who would never come to a saving knowledge of Him.  That He is so mighty and we being without free will can not resist Him or His will for us.  Those who do not come to accept Him as savior were never predestined to receive God’s grace.  These people who die in their sins never had Jesus die for their sins, have their sins forgiven nor imputed righteousness.  And this is how Calvinist think they show the greatness of His benevolence, His mercy and His love.

Well I glasseyedave, the upstart that I am, believe that there is a better way to show these attributes of God’s character and this from a truly Biblical perspective.  That is to say in the perspective of The Gospel According to the Gospel.

God shows us plainly in scripture that He from the time of Abraham had selected one man and his descendants to show Himself to and to be their God and they to be His people.  To consummate this unique relationship with His creation, God imputed to Abraham and his descendants His righteousness with the sign of this covenant and righteousness being circumcision.  So the entire nation of Israel was elected, predestined and imputed righteousness to be a light unto the gentiles and a vessel that God would reveal Himself to the world.

Now in these last days, God has chosen His Son to be the vessel of His wrath to take away the sins of the world.  Through Christ we gentiles get to participate in the blessings given to Abraham.  We through our savior get to participate in the righteousness imputed to Abraham and his descendants as we become the spiritual children of Abraham.

But just as the biological children of Abraham did not receive by faith their imputed righteousness and sought it through obedience to the Law, they rejected the righteousness of God.  They further rejected His righteousness when they sought out other gods.  But what we see is God giving unmerited favor to a whole nation of His people with only a remnant to be saved.  Now this goes completely against the Calvinist idea of free will, election and predestination.  For the people of election after being imputed righteousness had a choice to live for God or reject Him.  Moses gave them a choice of blessings or cursings.  God predestined the nation of Israel to receive the covenant of imputed righteousness which many if not most rejected.  So we learn from scripture that predestination is not a shoe in.  Nor is election and having your sins wiped away by covenant as if they never were.

Now fast forward to the New Testament were Calvinism teaches contrary to the example of the people of Israel that we have not bettered, but have been grafted into though Christ.  They to the contrary of what is taught us in the New Testament believe that only those who will make it to heaven are imputed righteousness, have been predestined and called by God’s election.  But we have nothing on what God gave his servant Abraham or His descendants.  So how can we teach that our relationship with God is different than theirs?  Remember we are the ones grafted into the root not the root to us. 

Just as God chose Abraham and his descendants to impute His grace as a light and testimony to the world, now He has chosen all mankind and imputed to us all unmerited favor.  For who else could it be said of, they have become the savior of the world?  Who else has taken away the sins of the world? 

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world![1]

Jesus Himself says that He is the one who gives His life for the sins of the world, not for only that portion that fits the doctrine of Calvin.

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”[2]

Speaking of Israel, Paul says their rejection of God is not reconciliation for only those who fit the Calvinistic view of election, but the reconciliation of the world.

For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?[3]

Let us be happy to quote:

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:[4]

But let us quote also the rest of what was taught by Paul.  That we as believers have been reconciled but not unlike the rest of the world, but like the rest of the world.  Only we get the ministry of reconciliation that gets to preach this good news of reconciliation.  For God has reconciled the world to Himself.  Why else does Christ need to die once for the sin of all mankind?  Because the sins of the world have been paid for and mankind is reconciled to Himself.

that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.[5]

Christ paid for all of our sins and we have all been imputed grace.  All of us believer and those who will not receive or live by the grace of God have been imputed this righteousness.  The question is who will live by faith and obedience. 

So we actually find that God demonstrates His character better by dying for all mankind.  Predestining all of mankind, through Christ, to be reconciled to God through imputed righteousness.  His calling is for every man, woman and child.  For He is not willing that any should be lost.

“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?  And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.  In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.[6]

It is not that God dies only for those who receive Him, His love is so great for us that He dies for us even when we hate him so much as to despise what He has done.  His love for us is so great that He has predestined the whole world to be reconciled to Himself and now He is calling us, He is calling you.

[1] John 1:29

[2] John 6:51

[3] Romans 11:5

[4] 2 Corinthians 5:18

[5] 2 Corinthians 5:19

[6] Matthew 18:12-14