Calvinism in its Most Loathsome Form

The Reformation For Which We Are Pleading: A Collection of Articles by Moses E. Lard

Here it may be well to pause long enough to note the fact, that Calvinism in its most loathsome form, and the doctrine of original sin, different though they are, yet land their votaries very near the same mark. Calvinism places infants in hell, for no crime whatever, either of the parent or the child, personal or transmitted. Original sin places them there, for no sin of the child, but for a transmitted one of the parent. According to neither is the infant placed in hell for its own sin. Both, then, alike make God the author of the damnation of the innocent. In other words, both represent God as creating some infants for no purpose but to damn them, and as damning them for no reason except that he has created them. The difference between the two doctrines just at this point is a difference not worth drawing.

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  1. IS THE GOSPEL IRRELEVANT? by steve finnell

    If the five points of Calvinism are true, then preaching the gospel is irrelevant.


    1.Calvin’s Total Depravity

    If it is impossible for anyone to choose or desire God, then the gospel would be irrelevant.

    Mark 1:14-15 … Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 and saying “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”(NKJV)
    2 Thessalonians 1:8 in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.(NKJV)

    If the gospel was irrelevant why would Jesus preach the gospel and then condemn men for not believing?

    Calvin’s total depravity is perversion of the truth.

    2. Calvin’s Unconditional Election

    If God, by His election, chooses some individuals for salvation and all other are lost, then preaching the gospel would be irrelevant.

    Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also the Greek. (NKJV)

    If men attain salvation by Calvin’s view of unconditional election, then God’s power to salvation through the preaching of gospel would be powerless.

    Calvin’s unconditional election, is a total misunderstanding of the gospel.

    3.Calvin’s Limited Atonement

    If Jesus only died for those unconditional elected, then preaching the gospel would be irrelevant.

    Mark 16:15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.(NKJV)

    Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by grace of God, might taste death for everyone.(NKJV)

    Calvin’s limited atonement is at odds with the inspired writer of Hebrews. Jesus died for all men.

    4. Irresistible Grace

    If Calvin’s elect cannot resist the gospel call given by the Holy Spirit, then, the gospel is irrelevant.

    Acts 7:51 “You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you. (NKJV)

    Men do resist the Holy Spirit, contrary to the teaching of John Calvin.

    Acts 5:32 “And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God gives those who obey.(NKJV)

    The Holy Spirit does not cause men to believe the gospel. The Holy Spirit is given to those “who” obey the gospel. (Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.)(NKJV)

    5. Perseverance of the Saints

    If men do not believe the first four points of John Calvin’s T.U.L.I.P., then, perseverance of the saints AKA once saved always saved is void of consideration.

    The gospel of Jesus Christ is NOT irrelevant

    John Calvin’s five points are not only irrelevant, but they are a perversion of the gospel of Jesus the Christ.

    Mark 16:16 “He who believes and has been baptized will be saved….(NKJV)

    Jesus would not tell the world to believe and be baptized in order to be saved and then send some to hell, who supposedly are not saved because of John Calvin’s false gospel of Unconditional Election.