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The following are some of my personal notes, I have decided to include in this book, that were prepared for a home Bible study.

TULIP
1) Total Depravity
2) Unconditional Election
3) Limited Atonement
4) Irresistible Grace
5) Perseverance

Calvinists believe that unregenerate man is in absolute bondage to Satan. Calvinists believe that man can do nothing to please God unless he first is regenerated.

Obviously this position is completely contrary to the Scriptures.
The whole Bible from Genesis to Acts is calling upon unregenerate men to repent and do good.

Keep in mind personal regeneration does not occur till Acts 2.
Prior to Acts 2 from Genesis to Acts, we had few being indwelled by the Holy Spirit which almost all were temporary. There was cleansing and even proselytes, but all occurred as acts of the free will. These cleansings oftentimes would come and go like the wind. Personal assurance of personal eternal salvation, as a result of individual regeneration, was unheard of.

Man pleased God as a result of free will choices based on faith. (Hebrews 11)
Hebrews 11:2 For by it the men of old gained approval.
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Calvinism teaches:
Man cannot will to trust Jesus unless God regenerates him first.
(Gives him life.)

I ask, can an unregenerate man choose not to lie, steal, or murder? Of course. It seems the only thing he can’t do, from a Calvinistic point of view, is trust Jesus as his Savior. Calvinists believe that foreknowledge was based on the purpose and plan of God. And election is the result of the free will of God.

If in fact God randomly elected for no good reason (having to do with the individual), but did so “for His own good pleasure” as the Calvinists, advocate, why could He not have done it just as efficiently without all the rest of the people being brought into existence? Calvinism boils down to God creating robots “for His own good pleasure”. That is at a whole lot of people’s expense.

Keep in mind when we talk of election, it’s not a general election of some sort but an individual choice of God in relationship to each person that is elected. Therefore, God foreknew each individual He would choose.
Somehow, the Calvinist can’t understand that if the system works for God’s free will choices that it just as well could work for man’s free will choices.

In other words, since God had a purpose and a plan, it’s only His foreknowledge that would see the living realty of that purpose and plan. God’s foreknowledge would see everything from the mountains to the rivers and streams, to all the birds in the sky and fish in the sea, to every human that has ever been conceived. God’s purpose and plan reflects reason and intelligence.

To think that God’s electing people unto eternal life is void of reason is inconceivable with everything God has revealed to us about Himself.
If it’s possible that God’s election of individuals to eternal life as the Calvinist teaches (the random choice of individuals without reason) is based upon God’s knowledge through His free will to choose some, without considering anything about them, all the time knowing everything about them. Then it’s just as possible that His free will would be just as free to elect to eternal life with good reason those that trust Jesus as their personal Savior.

The point needs to be clearly made that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is not a work.

Romans 4:5
But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness,

2 Timothy 1:9
Who has saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity...

Matthew 22:4
“For many are called , but few are chosen.”

The question is, why are they chosen, with reason or without reason?

2 Thessalonians 2:13-14
But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. 14) And it was for this He called you through our Gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 1:16-17
For I am not ashamed of the Gospel , for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…

Acts 17:30
“Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent…”

If God’s election were based on God’s foreknowledge of man’s choice to trust Jesus, there would be good reason for electing him, but that’s not what Calvinists teach.

Calvinists believe that the success of Christ’s death on the cross is only measured by the result of all whom Christ died for being saved. This is attempting to psychoanalyze God. There are other options of success that do not take away from God’s attributes such as God’s free will honoring man’s free will to either accept the provision that God has provided for man’s salvation or reject it.

The Calvinist’s view is if man has a free will to trust Jesus, then God’s will is bound to man’s choices.

This position ignores the fact that God’s purpose, plan and will is to honor man’s free will choice to trust Jesus.
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The Calvinistic position is that God’s will is to finish the work that was started in us.

Of course, I agree with the Calvinist on this point.
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Roman 9 is one of the favorite chapters in the Bible that the Calvinists love to use to promote their misuse of application.

The context of Romans 9 has to do with Paul’s great desire to see the Israelites saved. The key to understanding the context of chapter 9 is found in verses 1-11 and verses 24-33 the 12 verses in between should fit the context of those verses. Paul knows if anyone should be taking advantage of the new covenant, it should be the Jews. He is aware that he cannot save them, so he does the next best thing. He presents a series of arguments to persuade them to come aboard the new deal and part company with what they have been tied to for thousands of years, the Mosaic Old Covenant Law.

The very fact that Paul is making these arguments, appealing to their hearts, minds and free will to change, should be enough for anyone to see the error within Calvinism.

We have to try to understand that it was a real big deal to get through to the mind of the Jew that the Mosaic Covenant is ineffectual as a result of the death of Jesus Christ. Here in Roman 9, Paul is making a number of arguments based on human examples that the Jew should be able to accept and relate to.

The point is to show God’s superiority over all things to do as He pleases whenever it pleases Him. The subject matter is not dealing with personal regeneration, but the fact that God has the right to replace the Old Covenant with the New Covenant.

Romans 9:6-13
But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel; 7) neither are they all children because they are Abraham’s descendants, but: “through Isaac your descendants will be named.” 8) That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants. 9) For this is a word of promise: “At this time I will come, and Sarah shall have a son.” 10) And not only this, but there was Rebekah also, when she had conceived twins by one man, our father Isaac; 11) for though the twins were not yet born, and had not done anything good or bad, in order that God’s purpose according to His choice might stand, not because of works, but because of Him who calls, 12) it was said to her, “The older will serve the younger.” 13) Just as it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”

These verses are not setting down doctrines of personal salvation (regeneration), but declaring that God has the right to set forth one covenant over another, even though one came before the other.

Ephesians 2:15
By abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace...

Galatians 4:28-31
And you brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise. 29) But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also. 30) But what does the Scripture say? “Cast out the bondwoman and her son,
For the son of the bondwoman shall not be an heir with the son of the free woman.”31) So then, brethren, we are not children of a bondwoman, but of the free woman.

Saying this, we cannot lose sight of the fact that there were two twins; one was picked (Jacob) for the purpose of God before being born. This was an exceptional situation.

The purpose of the pick was not to demonstrate (regeneration) before one was to trust in Jesus, but to establish the nation of Israel through the line of Abraham. This is the very line, which God made in that the promise to Abraham would come through the seed, Jesus Christ. So just as Jacob takes precedence over Esau and Isaac over Ishmael, Jesus Christ (the fulfillment of the promise) takes precedence over the law of Moses. This example is a type of what was to come.

Galatians 3:16-18
Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ. 17) What I am saying is this: the Law, which came four hundred and thirty years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to nullify the promise. 18) For if the inheritance is based on law, it is no longer based on a promise; but God has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise.

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Romans 9:14-15
What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be! 15) For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”

Galatians 2:21
“I do not nullify the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly .”

God can do whatever He wants whatever way He wants and is always righteous.

The question is, does reason play a part within God’s purpose and plan?
And what do the Scriptures reveal to us about God’s purpose, plan, and nature?

God has the right to pick the New Covenant over the Old Covenant.
And to show mercy upon whoever He wants, even the Gentiles.
That’s the point being made.

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Romans 9:16
So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.

Regardless of the theology, all have to depend upon God and His mercy 100% for eternal salvation. That certainly does not nullify the Jew’s responsibility to place their faith in the fulfillment of the promise, Jesus. Also, God has the right to show mercy to the Gentiles.

The issue is not man’s free will to trust Jesus or even the good works that proceed from saving faith but God’s Word, His power, His promises.

We have to trust that God will be faithful to keep His promises.
That’s what our salvation is dependent on.

John 5:24
Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.
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Romans 9:17-18
For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed throughout the whole earth.” 18) So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.

These verses indicate that God has the right to make the New Covenant effectual and the Old Covenant obsolete. Paul is using an example that they can all relate to in relationship to God’s power.

It is not setting forth a doctrine of personal regeneration and salvation, but illustrating that God is in charge. To imply that God hardens all the unsaved people is ridiculous. This is an exceptional situation. If not, this example would be unnecessary. It’s simply being used as an argument to show that God has the power to take away the Old Covenant and validate the New Covenant. In other words, just because you’re Israel that does not mean you’re OK.

God made you Israel and God has the right to transform His people and program and it’s best you get aboard the new deal and receive God’s mercy.

There is the general rule and there is the exception to the general rule.
The Pharaoh was an exceptional example to show the power of God to harden and to testify to the world His mercy.
This example within context is a warning to Israel that if they reject their Messiah (the Promise) Jesus, a hardening will occur.

God has the right to demonstrate His mercy any way He wants and to anyone He wants. So accept your Messiah Jesus Christ and receive mercy.

More exceptions:
These examples were saved before birth. Yet not all people are saved before birth.

Isaiah 49:1
Listen to Me, O islands,
And pay attention, you peoples from afar.
The LORD called Me from the womb;
From the body of My mother He named Me.

Jeremiah 1:5
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
And before you were born I consecrated you;
I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

Luke 1:15
“For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and he will drink no wine or liquor; and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, while yet in his mother’s womb.

Obviously, John the Baptist was an exception within the Old Covenant; otherwise, the example would be unnecessary to use.

Within the New Covenant, regeneration is when one is justified “indwelled with the Holy Spirit.” If regeneration occurs before one were to trust in Jesus, as Calvinists advocate, then trusting Jesus would have nothing to do with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit nor Salvation.

Trusting in Jesus would be ineffectual for regeneration. (Salvation)
So why trust Jesus? What good would it do?
Are we to look at it as a sacrament, or just a formality?
The error of Calvinism should be obvious to all.

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Here in Romans 9:19-24, it’s not Paul’s intent to set forth a doctrine that would make God the author and orchestrator of sin. Simply, we have a series of questions to point out that God has the right to do whatever He desires. The point is that if a potter can do what he wishes with his vessels, certainly God can with His. Again this argument is not about personal regeneration or even condemnation, but the replacement of the Old Covenant with the New Covenant.

Romans 9:19-24
You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?” 20) On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it? 21) Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use, and another for common use? 22) What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? 23) And He did so in order that He might make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, 24) even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles.

The vessels of mercy in this example would be the sons of the free woman in which He makes known the riches of His Glory upon them because they trust in the fulfillment of the promise Jesus Christ. The vessels of wrath are of the bondwoman that follow a system of works. (Galatians 4:28-31)

At the time of Abraham’s birth, we ask the question, how many races were there? This was about 2,400 years before the birth of Christ. The answer would be the same number that were there shortly after the tower of Babel. There would be Orientals, Blacks, and Caucasians.

Would there be Jews or Arabs? Obviously not. Jews and Arabs were a unique special creation. They were vessels that God created differing from all before. God took special interest in them. Abraham’s son, Isaac, was born as a result of the promise. This was approximately 13 years after Abraham’s son Ishmael was born. Ishmael was born as a result of Abraham’s attempt to fulfill the promise on his own through his own efforts, representing “works.” So we have it contextually, God created vessels of wrath and vessels of mercy.

So considering the complete context of Romans 9, the application is that those that follow the way of the free woman (the promise) place their faith in the Jewish Messiah Jesus Christ and become vessels of mercy. But those that reject Gods provision and depend on their own good works for salvation are following in the way of the bondwoman and become vessels of wrath. (Galatians 4:28-31)

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Paul in Roman 9:25-33 drives home the point that I have been making that the context of Romans 9 has to do with the superiority and right of God to replace the Old Covenant with the New Covenant.

Romans 9:25-33
As He says also in Hosea,
“I will call those who were not My people, ‘My people,’ And her who was not beloved, ‘beloved.’” 26) “And it shall be that in the place where it was said to them, ‘ you are not My people,’ There they shall be called sons of the living God.” 27) And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, “Though the number of the sons of Israel be as the sand of the sea, it is the remnant that will be saved; 28) for the Lord will execute His word upon the earth, thoroughly and quickly. “ 29) And just as Isaiah foretold, “Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left to us a posterity, We would have become as Sodom, and would have resembled Gomorrah.” 30) What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith; 31) but Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law. 32) Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone, 33) just as it is written, “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense, And he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.”

It is easy to see the Calvinists make a great error in their distortion of the context of Romans 9. The context has to do with two systems: one of works - the other of faith.

All of this would be inconsequential if regeneration came before faith. But Jesus Christ, the fulfillment of the promise to Abraham, is the very stumbling stone that stands in the way of salvation for many. The whole issue is the personal responsibility of each individual to believe in Jesus Christ, which results in not being disappointed referring to this life and eternal life.
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The whole idea of regeneration coming as a result of faith in Jesus Christ is carried on right through Romans 10.
Romans chapter 10’s context is supportive of my position.

It should be obvious to all, when it comes to who had first choice and whose will takes precedents, that it’s God’s. Man is subordinate to His will, choice, purpose and plan. All I am saying is that God’s will, choice, purpose, and plan was to honor man’s free will choice to have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation.

Romans 10:4
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

Romans 10:9-10
That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; 10) for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.

Romans 10: 9-10 makes it clear that salvation is the result of believing and (regeneration) is salvation. Regeneration does not come before believing as Calvinists advocate, but it comes as a result of believing as Romans 10:9-10 teaches.

Again Salvation (regeneration) comes as a result of calling upon the name of the Lord. Salvation is available for all. This concept is in complete opposition to Calvinism.

Romans 10:17
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

Faith does not come from some prior regeneration as Calvinists teach, but by hearing the words of Christ and then implementing them personally. Salvation is available for all.

Romans 10:10-15
For with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11) For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” 12) For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call upon Him; 13) for “Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14) How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15) And how shall they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring glad tidings of good things!”

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Romans 8:29-30
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren; 30) and whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

Based upon what He foreknew (our faith), He predestined us and those He predestinated He called (and those that responded to the calling) He justified and those He justified He glorified.

Matthew 22:14
“For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Proverbs 1:24
“Because I called, and you refused;
I stretched out my hand, and no one paid attention;”

Isaiah 66:4
“So I will choose their punishments, And I will bring on them what they dread. Because I called , but no one answered; I spoke, but they did not listen. And they did evil in My sight, And chose that in which I did not delight.”

Jeremiah 7:13
“And now, because you have done all these things,” declares the LORD, “and I spoke to you, rising up early and speaking, but you did not hear, and I called you but you did not answer...

Zechariah 7:13
“And it came about that just as He called and they would not listen, so they called and I would not listen,” says the LORD of hosts;

So then the call goes out to many, but only the ones that positively respond to the call are the ones that are called, chosen, predestined, justified and glorified.

Matthew 13:14-15
“And in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says,‘You will keep on hearing, but will not understand; And you will keep on seeing, but will not perceive; 15) For the heart of this people has become dull, And with their ears they scarcely hear, And they have closed their eyes Lest they should see with their eyes, And hear with their ears , And understand with their heart and return, And I should heal them.”

Authors Note:

I have not written this section on “Election” thinking it’s going to straighten out either Calvinists or Arminians. Any more than I wrote my section on “Who is God” thinking somehow the so called Jehovah Witness or even Mormons would see the light of the “Word” and turn to truth.

Now of course I hope that’s the case but I rather doubt that’s what is going to happen knowing the power of deception working within the world.

My main intent is to provide Christians with tools so that they are able to give an adequate defense for the truth to those that are so bent on muddying the pure waters of the word of God.

Acts 17:11
Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things were so.

2 Timothy 3:15-17
and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16) All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17) that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

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election

What You Think About Election
Will Determine What You Think About God...

The purpose of this paper is to discuss some of the problems with the Calvinistic doctrine and the Arminian doctrine and offer an alternative, the Calminian Doctrine. Cal-minian is a combination of the two taking the truth of each while rejecting the falsities and bringing the truths to light through Scripture.
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Arminian Doctrine:
Election is based on God’s foreknowledge of man’s continual faith in Christ.

Romans 8:29
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren;

Ephesians 1:4
Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love

2 Peter 1:10
Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble...

God saw, before the foundation of the world, that by His grace we would respond by faith to the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and He chose us unto eternal life (election).

Arminians believe that there is common grace for all people. And that Christ died for all people.

Arminians believe that the Holy Spirit works in the unbeliever’s life.

Romans 1:19
Because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.

John 16:8
And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin, and righteousness, and judgment;

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Arminian doctrine necessitates that when a person believes in Christ, he is put in a kind of holding tank. He will eventually be saved if his life on this earth meets God’s standard. If it does not, he is taken out of the holding tank and is back where he started: without Christ, hell bound. Many Arminians believe that this process may happen a number of times within a person’s life. In the tank > out of the tank, > in-out...
Only death will have the final say.
This misapplication of the Scriptures obviously violates many Biblical texts.

Arminian doctrine has the problem of the individual’s salvation being established by his continual ability to keep the faith. Knowing whether he is in the faith or not is always tied to what he is doing or not doing. Therefore, if he performs correctly, he will be saved; and if he does not, he will be lost and end up in hell.

When an Arminian gets saved, all he gets is the promise that if he performs correctly, one day, he will be eternally saved.

Arminian doctrine is in opposition to Romans 8:30 where the number justified is the same number as glorified.

Romans 8:30
And whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

The Arminian becomes his own savior, since Christ has done everything else.

It is a doctrine of works; the Arminian works on keeping the faith by his accomplishments.

Many of the verses that Arminians use to support their doctrine can easily be explained by just looking at the verse in context.

Arminians need to understand that the Bible speaks very clearly of religious people who think they are saved, when in reality they are not. There are many verses that refer to these people. That’s why context is so very important. Many of the verses, which Arminians use to support their view, will annul with this understanding.

Hence, it is evident that these false believers attempt to weave themselves in with the true believers.

The writers of the New Testament speak to the churches with this understanding, putting the reader in the position of always taking this principle into consideration when interpreting the Bible.

2 Corinthians 11:13-14
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14) And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

2 Corinthians 13:5
Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you — unless indeed you fail the test?

1 John 2:19
They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, in order that it might be shown that they all are not of us.

Arminian doctrine attacks the work of Christ, claiming that it is not totally effectual in saving the lost soul for all eternity. It’s the work of Christ plus the continually personal merit of the Arminian that is required for Salvation.


Arminian election is determined by the end result of a person’s life. A person has to produce right up to the time of physical death in order to be elected and eternally saved. Therefore, in practical reality they become their own savior since Christ has done everything else.
It’s not just about what Jesus has done but what they must do to keep saved rather than Jesus Christ being totally sufficient as their Savior.

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Calvinistic Doctrine:
Can be divided into two groups.


Group #1 God elects some to be saved and reprobates all others, which means that God will not elect them. Christ died only for the elect.

Matthew 1:21
And she will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins.

Galatians 3:13
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”

Calvinists believe that salvation is totally of God. Even man’s ability to believe is a work of God.

Some Calvinists within this group go as far as believing and teaching others that regeneration occurs without the knowledgeof the one it’s occurring in.

Regeneration is when one becomes indwelled with the Holy Spirit...saved. Within this Calvinistic view, it’s only after regeneration (being born again or in other words, “Saved” indwelled with the Holy Spirit) that one places their faith in Christ as their Savior, which could be minutes, hours, days, weeks, or months after regeneration occurs.
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Group #2 God elects those who do believe and leaves those who do not believe in just condemnation.

Christ died for all people.

It differs little in respect to Group #1 in as much as the only ones that become God’s elect are those whom God has chosen to work within.

1 Timothy 4:10
For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.

Hebrews 2:9
But we do see Him who has been made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.

In addition, group #2 would teach that salvation is totally of God and believing is a personal positive response to the work of Christ. Salvation is a result of the Holy Spirit working in a special way in a person’s life that causes him to want to believe.

It’s like taking seven kids into a candy and ice cream store with a sign in the window that says “Free candy and ice cream today.” All seven kids go into the store and all seven kids, thirty minutes later, come out of the store. The question is: of the seven that went in how many did not take any free ice cream or candy? Obviously none.

That is Group #2’s concept of salvation God makes salvation so irresistible that no one can say no. One of the problems with this view is that God only makes salvation irresistible for a very few people, all the time advertising that He wants all people to be saved.

1 Timothy 2:4
Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Calvinism Group #2 Advocates:

All people the Holy Spirit chooses to work in will believe and be saved.
All people that the Holy Spirit chooses not to work in will go to Hell.

Ephesians 1:11
Also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,
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Calvinistic doctrine advocates:
God decrees all things to happen and within the sphere of events He without any good reason as far as man is concerned, personally picks a few souls. The rest are tortured in hell for all eternity.

This view calls into question the love and character of God, the harmony of the Scriptures, and the purpose and work of Christ. In the Calvinistic doctrine, it appears that God places little value on the human race, which is inconsistent with the Scriptures.
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Revelation 20:12 and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds.

To judge a person according to his deeds implies that the person is responsible for his deeds.

To hold someone responsible for their deeds means that the person has the ability to perform in some other manner.

The Calvinistic doctrines do not allow for that to happen and they make the Great White Throne Judgment ridiculous.

It’s like holding someone responsible for their heart beating and sending them to eternal hell because of it, all the time knowing there is nothing that they can do about it. Moreover, it is like commanding them to change, knowing they can’t.

The verses Calvinists use, they assume can only be understood one way, which is their way.
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In the case of salvation, a number of very complex things occur.

NOTE: “Depravity”
Does not have to mean as Calvinists teach: that man cannot respond to God, unless God makes man respond to Him.

An atheist knows what a lie is and can choose not to lie, steal, or murder. An atheist can choose to help a needy person or walk on by. Furthermore, he has within his own ability the freedom to “will” to do many wonderful things that are in accordance with God’s righteous holy attributes. It is inconceivable to think that an atheist has the ability to exercise his “free will” in doing good in every area of life with the exception of repenting (changing his mind) and trusting in Jesus Christ as his personal Savior.

The Calvinist needs to understand:

“Foreknowledge” does not have to mean that God foreknew without reasons.

“Election” does not have to occur before “foreknowledge.”
Different things can occur simultaneously and need not be in
opposition to one another, since time is not required with God.
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Six points to consider:

Point #1

2 Corinthians 4:3-4
And even if our Gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4) In whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not see the light of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

JESUS’ POWER CHANGES THINGS!
John 12:46
I have come as light into the world, that everyone who believes in Me may not remain in darkness.

Luke 4:18
The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, And recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are downtrodden...

Acts 26:16-18
But arise, and stand on your feet; for this purpose I have appeared to you, to appoint you a minister and a witness not only to the things which you have seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you; 17) delivering you from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you, 18) to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, in order that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.

Romans 1:16
For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to every one who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

1 Corinthians 9:22
To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, that I may by all means save some.

Romans 10:13-14
For “whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will se saved.” 14) How then shall they call upon Him whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?

Yes, the Preacher with the Word of God in hand can cut through the satanic blindness; so the ones who are blind and perishing, can see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ.

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Romans 10:17
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:11
Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

1 Corinthians 1:21
For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.
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The question is, when people see the light, can they reject it?
We know that after a person is born-again, he can grieve and quench the Holy Spirit. If after, why not before?

After Salvation:
Ephesians 4:30
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

1 Thessalonians 5:19
Do not quench the Spirit...

Before Salvation:
John 1:11-12
He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. 12) But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name...

Acts 7:51
You men who are stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears are always resisting the Holy Spirit; you are doing just as your fathers did.

Calvinism advocates that man cannot resist God’s sovereign will. They ignore the fact that God’s sovereign will includes honoring man’s free choice.

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Point #2
Jesus says, speaking of the Holy Spirit:

John 16:8
And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin, and
righteousness, and judgment...

What would be the point of convicting the world of sin, if God had already rejected them (as Calvinism advocates)?

1 Timothy 2:4
Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

If God knew that most men could not be saved because God had not picked them, why would God desire all men to be saved?

2 Peter 3:9
Not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

The Lord God would have known that He had only picked a very small number of people to be saved. Does it seem reasonable that God would wish against His own elected decree, as Calvinism would require?
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Point #3
Ezekiel 3:18
When I say to the wicked, You shall surely die; and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand.”

Ezekiel 3:18 shows the same man could either die in his iniquity or live.

Paul refers to this text:
Acts 18:6 “Your blood be upon your own heads!”
Acts 20:26 “I am innocent of the blood of all men.”
(Calvinistic doctrine does not allow for this option.)
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Point #4
John 8:24
I said therefore to you, that you shall die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you shall die in your sins.

We have a case here of Christ speaking to the unsaved informing them that they have the option to believe or die in their sins.
(Calvinistic doctrine does not allow for this option.)
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Point #5
John 3:18
He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

How can a person be told to believe. And if he does not believe, he has been judged for his unbelief, when there is no legitimate way that he could have believed?(The Calvinistic doctrines would require this proposition.)
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Point #6
Ephesians 2:6-7
And raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in heavenly places, in Christ Jesus, 7) in order that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

Could it be in the ages to come that someone might ask God the question:
“If You really wanted to show the surpassing riches of Your grace and kindness towards people, why didn’t You save (elect) more people unto salvation, rather than so very few?” It would seem that the more You saved, the greater Your grace and kindness would appear.”
(This demonstrates another one of the inconsistencies within the Calvinistic Doctrines.)
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Point #7
There are many verses in the Bible that teach God chose us.

But is that without reasons? …Not likely.

Take a look at God’s creation from up, out and beyond or into the smallest of things like the atom. We see design, order, and reason.

The butterfly wing, snowflake, and rainbow, all point to Intelligent Reason behind them. Are we to believe that the only place where God lacks reason is in his electing of individuals unto salvation - the choosing of the saints? According to Calvinism, God’s election of individuals unto salvation has absolutely nothing to do with the individuals.

The truth is that we, through our own free will Faith choose to stand in the elevator (Jesus), but only through God’s grace and power does it rise.

God gets all the credit.

We can stand in Christ through faith, but we can’t make anything move up, regardless of whether we are Arminian, Calvinistic or even Calminian. Only God can do that.

Consequently, it depends on God’s mercy and faithfulness to His promises,not man's will nor works, that man is transformed and ends up in heaven. Thus, God gets all the Praise, Honor and Glory. Thank you, Jesus.

God chose us with good reason because He knew where we would stand in Christ by faith choosing to depend on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross to save us from sin and hell.

God leaves all to their depraved state that choose to reject Jesus Christ. The facts are that even though there are few that respond, they come out within the corridors of time. The elect-saved come from all walks of life and from all different nations and cultures. All having one thing in common, after hearing the Good News, they freely choose to believe the testimony of the LORD JESUS CHRIST.

God desires to save all in spite of the fact that none deserve it. Yet God only saves the people that freely respond to the sacrifice of His Son. Surely that shows His love, grace, kindness and wisdom.

He has provided a way of escape for mankind from their nature of being children of wrath.

Free will for mankind was part of the original creation in accordance with being created in the image of God. In truth, God has a will and we have a will.

Genesis 1:27
And God created man in His own image...

Ephesians 1:11
Also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will...
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Calminian Doctrine:
Election is based on God’s foreknowledge of man’s faith in Christ.

2 Thessalonians 2:13
Because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth...

We know He knows.
We know He reasons.
We know He decides.


There is common grace for all people. Christ died for all people.
The Holy Spirit works in the unbeliever’s life.

Romans 1:19
Because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.

John 16:8
And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin, and righteousness, and judgment...
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Salvation is totally of God and believing is a personal positive response to the work of Christ, which is the requirement of God for salvation.

John 5:24
Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.

Romans 10:9-10
That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; 10) for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
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God has given man the opportunity to respond to the work of Christ.
Man may do so either positively or negatively.

When man responds positively, he becomes eternally saved: indwelled with the Holy Spirit, sealed till the day of redemption in Christ by the promise of the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 1:13
In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the Gospel of your salvation — having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise...

John 16:27
For the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from the Father.

1 John 5:13
These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life.

Calminian doctrine believes that salvation is totally of God.
And that God requires a positive response to the work of Christ in order for regeneration to occur.
Calminian doctrine believes that man’s ability to choose is neither good nor bad by nature.

Man is depraved by nature.
His choices are determined by the data he comes in contact with.
When he hears the Good News, he has new data.
Hence, he can either respond positively or negatively to the new data.

Calminians believe that from the beginning of the Bible to the end, man is admonished by God to use his ability to freely choose.

Calminians do not believe that man’s choice to respond to God is a “work.”

Romans 4:5
But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness.

This is a one time act for all of eternity.

It starts with your faith in Jesus and it perpetually continues on for eternity by Jesus’ faithfulness.

2 Timothy 2:13
If we are faithless, He remains faithful; for He cannot deny Himself.

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Calminian Doctrine:
Believes salvation is available for all people and a person becomes a regenerated (saved) Christian as a result of trusting in Jesus Christ.

Acts 17:30
God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent.

Acts 10:34-35
And opening his mouth, Peter said: “I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality. 35) but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right, is welcome to Him.”

Hebrews 2:9
By the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.

1 Timothy 4:10
For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.

Titus 2:11
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men.

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Adam’s Sin
As a result of Adam’s choice to turn away from God, we all are born separated from God and without hope in the world.


Thanks be to the Lord Jesus Christ

Now we can turn towards God through Christ Jesus and be saved, just as God allowed Adam to freely turn away from Him without interfering.
Today, God allows mankind to freely turn towards Him through the Lord Jesus Christ. He wants people to choose to love Him because they want to and not because they have to.

John 1:12-13
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13) who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Romans 9:16
So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.

Salvation is totally of God. God is the One that places the Holy Spirit in a person’s life. God is the One that forgives sins. God is the One that gives new life. God is the One that takes a person to heaven. A person can wish, will, and hope continually, but if that person has not correctly directed his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, nothing eternally will change for him.

Man can’t, through his birth, his works, nor his will, change his nature. In addition, he can’t place himself in heaven. But don’t think for a minute that God can’t place the responsibility upon man to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ before He initiates the supernatural act of regeneration within a person. What I mean by regeneration is a person becoming indwelled with the Holy Spirit, born again “saved.”

The Bible is full of such examples:
Ephesians 1:13
In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise...

When I go out to preach the Gospel, I desire that all would respond and believe in Christ. If I had the ability to change their minds, hearts and lives supernaturally, I would. Does that make me more virtuous than God, since according to Calvinistic doctrine, God could have, but did not? Or is it that I just think more of the human race than God does?

Could there be another option: something else to factor into the question? The answer is in man’s free will to believe in Christ, which is most important to God.

For example, it was free will that caused Satan to rebel against God in the first place. We certainly would not suggest that God’s sovereignty caused Satan to sin, would we? How many options are there? Only two: Satan willed to sin or God’s sovereignty willed Satan to sin. If God willed Satan to sin, then Satan should not be held responsible. With man it was either his own free will that caused him to eat of the fruit or it was God’s sovereignty that caused Adam to eat. How you answer these questions will determine what kind of a God that you have put your faith in. The fall of Satan and man were dreadful. Who is to blame?

(Norman Geisler) Let’s again illustrate the harmony of predetermination and free choice. Suppose you cannot watch your favorite sports event live on TV. So you videotape it. When you watch it later, the entire game and every play in it are absolutely determined and can never be changed. No matter how many times you rerun it, the final score, as well as every aspect of every play, will always be the same. Yet when the game happened, every event was freely chosen. No one was forced to play. Therefore, the same event was both determined and free at the same time. Someone may object and say this is true only because the event has already occurred, and that before the game occurred, it was not predetermined. In response, we need only point out that since God is all knowing (omniscient), and time is not a factor within His existence, then from the standpoint of His foreknowledge, the game was predetermined.
(Norman Geisler...Chosen But Free, page 45)

Romans 8:29-30 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren; 30) and whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

The question is what did God foreknow?
Did God know everything, the beginning from the end?
Did God’s knowledge effect His decrees?
Was time a consideration?
Could more than one thing occur without time being involved?
If that is true, could the Bible have verses that appear to be in conflict, yet are not?

When asking the question, -- what happened first? -- you attempt to make God something other than eternal and degrade His attributes.
Romans 11:33-34
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! 34) For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor?

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WHO IS GOD, WHAT IS HE LIKE?

Arminian Doctrine:

Their God is one who is looking for them to perform. If they continue to perform correctly, they are ok. If they fall away and don’t keep the faith, they are lost. It’s all up to them, their merit, their good works and their continual work of faith. They live with no assurance of salvation other than their own faith in their own ability to perform correctly.
A person will never know for sure if he’s going to Heaven until He physically dies and finds out if he performed correctly.
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Calvinistic Doctrine:
Their God is a little hard to figure out:
For example:
God appears to Care for mankind, but not enough to save them.
God appears to Love people, but only picks a few.
God appears to be Merciful, but only to a select few.
God appears to be Kind, but not kind enough to save but only a few.
God appears to have Grace, but only for a few.
God appears to dislike Hell, but will command most to go there.

God calls the shots. Nothing can be done short of God’s doing and He will do nothing for the masses of people, except send them to Hell.
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Calvinistic doctrine reveals their internal error by not wanting to credit God’s sovereignty with causing the original sin of Lucifer or Adam.

Nor credit Lucifer or Adam with causing original sin by an act of their own free will.

All the time advocating that God is sovereign in all things.
1. Did God cause sin?
2. Or did man cause sin through his own “free will” rebelling against God?
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Calminian Doctrine:
God created mankind to have a love relationship with Him.
God’s creation chose to rebel against God’s desires for them.
Separation occurred as a result.

God has been trying to bring mankind back to that love relationship, but won’t force people against their own free will to love Him. They made the choice to reject God’s desires for their lives. God now requires them to choose to accept His desires for their lives to restore their relationship with Him, which is just the reverse of what Adam did.

The Lord Jesus Christ made it all possible. When they respond just one time, their response puts them in an even better place with God than before the fall - eternally saved.

Just as Adam’s one choice changed the course of the world.
Man’s one choice can change the course of his eternal destiny forever.

God’s eternal eye saw man’s independent faith in Christ in His sight and plan.

1 Peter 1:2
Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

2 Thessalonians 2:13
But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.

1 Peter 1:3-9
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4) to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5) who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6) In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 7) that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 8) and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9) obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.

Acts 26:16-18
But arise, and stand on your feet; for this purpose I have appeared to you, to appoint you a minister and a witness not only to the things which you have seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you; 17) delivering you from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you, 18) to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, in order that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.

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The Calminian Doctrine is most consistent with the scriptures.

It offers a God that cares for all.

A God that died for all.
A God that provides a way of escape for all.
A God that is no respecter of persons.
A God that values people’s willingness to love and trust Him.

A God that eternally protects all His children.

THANK YOU,
JESUS!

 

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