Friday, January 11, 2008

Calvinists "bastardize" scripture? Really? Part 1

Ignorant men like the man in this video, need to be called out for their false and errant theology, so I will do so here.
May God be pleased to either bring these men to repentance or raise up others to refute their false assertions and ignorance.

Meanwhile, until I write a response, here is the video to watch....


Ok, the first point after the initial comments seem to be about some pamphlet the guy read which said something about man not being able to do anything regarding his salvation. This is what motivated the person in the video to respond against Calvinism. He finds the idea that man can do nothing about his salvation as "wickedness" and "heartless".....I see.

Well, this is a common misconception and false charge from the Arminian. See here.
First of all, no Calvinist worth his salt would ever say to a non Christian that they can do nothing, but rather we would say what Paul says, that all men everywhere ought to repent and believe the gospel. In evangelism we would call upon people to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. That is the first point.

But, what the pamphlet is saying is the truth, a truth the Arminian has not yet understood. It is a Biblical reality that no man can do anything to save himself.

For example, using scripture, was Jesus being "wicked" and "heartless" when talking about salvation, when the people asked about how they can be saved? The story of the rich young ruler illustrates the point.

Mat 19:25 When His disciples heard, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?

Mat 19:26 But Jesus looked on them and said to them, With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.

Somehow I think the Arminian has a problem with Jesus, not Calvinism.
As a Calvinist we here agree with Jesus.
With men, salvation is impossible!

It is impossible because
"Salvation is of the Lord" Jonah 2:9.

It is a work of God.
Joh 6:29 Jesus answered and said to them, This is the work of God, that you believe on Him whom He has sent.

The Arminian rejects the idea that Salvation is wholly of the Lord. The Arminian believes he has a free will to choose or not choose to be saved! It is a man centred theology nowhere taught in the bible.

The Calvinist teaches the biblical position, which is that man cannot do anything to be saved, but he will do something when God the Holy Spirit enables him to do so.

It is called "regeneration", whereby the Spirit imparts "new life/new birth" to whoever the Lord desires to call to faith and repentance. That is Calvinism and that is what the Bible teaches.
Mat 22:14 For many are called, but few chosen.

The guy in the video does not understand these things like all Arminians do not get these things.
They are revealed truths, not deducible from poor human merit/understanding.
It is the difference between scripture Biblically revealed and man made religion.


troypulk said...

Hello Mark,

How have you been?

I have responded to this guy at his u-tube site and sending him e-mails.

He is like most Arminians or Semi-Pelagian’s

They read scripture and instead of understanding it by what it says they say it cannot mean what it says.

So in talking to him he has a whole different interpretation of what the bible says and then says we don't understand what we are reading.

Basically their god can't be the way the bible says he is so they use their own logic and verses taken out of context to understand what they want to understand.

see ya Troy

Tartanarmy said...

Hey Troy, long time no hear!
I just decided to not go any further with this guy..See my part 2 and I would appreciate your comments as to his Freudian slip!