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

Christian warm fuzzies

Warm Fuzzies

We in Christendom love to give ourselves the warm fuzzies from scripture.  We not only do this for the sake of ourselves, but we do it for all our brothers and sisters in the Lord too.  We run around comforting ourselves that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?[1]

We incorrectly understand this scripture as we do the other one we are so famous for quoting. 

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.[2]

How dare I put in disrepute two of the cornerstones of our great comfort, which have become the twin pillars of our complacency with our Lord. 

First of all let us agree that every sect of Christendom, and I use that term lightly, comforts themselves with these scriptures, the Catholic, Mormon, Witnesses, Baptist, Evangelical, Holy Ghost People, etc.  So either we are convinced all these sects are heaven bound and our own particular faith is not the only correct way of understanding scripture, which would strip us of all authority to preach exclusively our particular doctrine.  Or we have to conclude not everyone who believes in these verses and is well accustomed to putting their hope in them is not a benefactor of them.

So which is it for you? 

Now I know that of course in our circumstances we would naturally say of ourselves that we are the ones who benefit from the love of God, that we can not be separated from.

Do you believe that in the beginning God?  Do you believe that our God is unchanging?  Do you believe that He is the same yesterday, today and forever?  Well let us look at what was said from the beginning.

But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children–with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.[3]

We have this testimony from scripture concerning God’s love.  His everlasting love is not with every man, only those who fear and obey Him.  This everlasting love is what Paul talks about in Romans.  Those verses of comfort are only applicable to those who fear and obey God.

Then I said: “O LORD, God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and obey his commands,[4]

What we have is God’s covenant of love with us and He determines the conditions of His love through His covenant to us.  Are we to dare pervert what God has established with us just so we can give all, obedient and disobedient believers comfort, in one big melting pot since we refuse to believe the disobedient believer is outside of this covenant of love?

Why do we refuse to believe that this covenant of love has conditions?  We must continue who heartedly in His way in order to have His everlasting love shine upon us.

He said: “O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven or on earth–you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.[5]

I know, I know all of this is Old Testament and doesn’t apply anymore.  We are under a new covenant.  Tell me, when did God ever announce to the prophets that He would extend His covenant of everlasting love to the disobedient who does not serve the Lord whole heartedly?

Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.[6]

Well if this be the case, show me from the Old Testament how God will let the disobedient sit with Him on His thrown.  Show me from the Law and the Prophets where God has place the disobedient converted sinner on the same standing as the obedient converted sinner?  If not from the Old Testament, how about the New Testament?

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.[7]

Who is it that is part of God’s covenant of love?  It is not those who claim to be His , but those who obey faithfully Him.

They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.[8]

They deny God not by their belief, not by their faith, not by their hope in comforting scriptures, but by their disobedient actions.


[1] Romans 8:35

[2] Romans 8:38-39

[3] Psalms 103:17-18

[4] Nehemiah 1:5

[5] 2 Chronicles 6:14

[6] Amos 3:7

[7]Ephesians 5:6

[8] Titus 1:6