Calvinism’s Falsehood Of Total Depravity

Friends,
Calvinists have a doctrine that says that all humans are so spiritually depraved (spiritually dead) that we cannot even make a choice –especially not a moral or spiritual choice. They believe this in spite of the numerous Scripture references that tell us to choose, listen, obey, believe, repent, etc., and they change those words to mean that GOD actually does it –or refuses to do it– for each individual.

When cornered with having to acknowledge that this is Calvinism’s doctrine, some Calvinists will say, “Okay, we CAN make choices. But only choices to rebel against God, never to turn toward God.” But again, a choice (which God HAS given everyone) is all about choosing. Choose this, or choose that. Choose the wrong way to do it, or the right way to do it. Choose to believe God, or choose to not believe God.

Even those who never claim belief in the Bible do often make good choices over evil ones, and not only for law’s sake, but for their conscience’s sake. (Rom. 2:14,15) They show, therefore, that humans, even in their unregenerate state, are not so depraved that they cannot make a right choice. Why is this? Because God has already instilled in each one of us a conscience, as well as a free will to choose to obey conscience or not. This is why all humans already intrinsically know in their hearts that for one child to reach over and start abusing another child –for example, pulling her hair out, spitting on her, hitting her– is a wrong choice, and a choice we all have been given the ability to choose not to engage in. (But remember, Calvinists will say that all humans –except the elect, once they’re reborn– can never choose good, but only choose evil and sin.)

Calvinists make nonsense out of scores of verses –such as Jer. 29:13, “You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.” What is the logic in attempting to seek God if our every move is already predestined? In fact, what is the logic of even reading God’s Word to find truth? Our eternal destinations, as well as our every thought and action, are already predetermined; so there is no sense in seeking Him or truth. I have no need of meditating on Scripture for it to change me. God will change me either way –if that is what He predetermined for me from eternity past. And why does Isa. 1:18-20 say, “‘Come now, let us reason together,’ says the LORD… If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land; but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.'”–? What’s with that? Why reason with God? What is the purpose? It could not possibly change anything. My every move and my eternity is already predetermined. So I’m wasting my breath. And so is God. And really, the whole Bible is a waste, because reading it and knowing it won’t change one thing, nor will evangelism or prayer, for that matter, –as ALL things have been predestined already. Oh, and what’s with that “if” word? How can it be “IF” I am willing, obedient, resistant, or rebellious? That sounds like a choice… but I thought my will is already set in stone…….?

This has to be the reasonings of the Calvinists… if they would just THINK and realize what the logic of their doctrines say. But… no, they stop their ears and say, “I didn’t say that,” when a few minutes before they DID say that. (Sigh.)

Speaking of resisting… Why did Stephen, just before getting stoned by those “enlightened, wise” religious leaders, say, “You always resist the Holy Spirit!”–? How does one resist the Holy Spirit if one has no free will? Oh, yea, I forgot: You can resist on your own (even though you are “spiritually dead” as Calvinist say all but the elect are), but no one can use free will to surrender to the Holy Spirit, –oh, except by being forced to do so by GOD’s will. What? –forced? Isn’t that what the evil Inquisitions were all about? Is force truly God’s way of conversion? If not, then why do Calvinists say we have no choice in our conversions? –That our conversions (or lack thereof) is solely GOD’s choice?

Speaking of “totally depravity”, I wonder how Calvinists explain Luke 8:15, “But the seed [God’s Word] [that fell] on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who…” Noble and good heart?! How can it be?!

Calvinists insist that we are so spiritually dead that we cannot even look up to God for help –unless HE pulls the string to make us do so. I wonder what they think of John 5:25 where Jesus says, “I tell you the truth, a time is coming and HAS NOW COME when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live.” In the verse before this one, Jesus says, “Whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” Because of the context of verse 24, and because verse 25 says the time “has now come”, I believe “the dead” in verse 25 means those who are dead spiritually. But whether it means spiritually or physically, Calvinists cannot deny that Scripture is teaching that the dead CAN hear the voice of Christ. Therefore, if a dead person can hear, then the spiritually dead are not incapable of certain things, are they? –Like hearing God’s Word, His voice, or the Gospel, and making a choice concerning what they hear. As Rom. 10:16-18 says, “But not all… excepted the good news… Consequently, faith comes from hearing… But I ask, Did they not hear? Of course they did: ‘Their voice has gone out into ALL the earth…'”

Scripture makes abundantly clear that this choice of believing what one hears concerning Christ is extended to all men.* Calvinists will not accept this, though, because of their doctrine of “Limited Atonement” –that Jesus died only for the elect. However, Rom. 5:18 says, “Just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for ALL men.” Therefore, that “life” (in Christ) is for ANYONE who repents and believes. “For God has bound all men over to disobedience so that He may have mercy on them ALL.” (Rom. 11:32)

Friends, Calvinism, at best, is a bunch of illogical nonsense. At worst, it is one of those tsunami-size “doctrines of demons.” (1 Tim. 4:1) Calvinists love to chant “Sola Scriptura” which means “Only Scripture”, or “by Scripture alone”, but they do not practice this at all. They actually listen to, learn from, and quote MEN’s words (especially Calvin, Piper, Spurgeon, and Packer) –much more often than they do God’s words.

Get away from their indoctrination, for it is a false path, promoting a false god. Adhering to false paths and gods is really no gospel, and it will damn you, not save you. (Gal. 1:6-9) It is only knowing the truth that sets us free. (John 8:32) And truth is narrow. The gate to life is so narrow that only a few will find it. (Matt. 7:14) Why? No, not because God wills for many to perish, for 2 Peter 3:9 states the exact opposite. Instead, it is because many, including those who are “masquerading as apostles of Christ” (2 Cor. 11:13) and “prophesying in His name” (see Matt. 7:22), “exchange the truth of God for a lie.” (Rom. 1:25)

So do not tolerate just any doctrine in your church. Remember, there is no true peace or unity where TRUTH is not upheld. Oh, some may say it is the truth. All deceptions say that. Don’t listen to it. Don’t even take my word for it. Go to the Bible, get on your face and repent of any sin, call out to God through Jesus the mediator, listen closely, and wait (and wait and wait) to hear. And then read the Bible again and again, asking God that only His Holy Spirit teach you.

Theology is not some game to be trifled with; seeking truth is not some argument to win. This is about eternity! –Being saved from God’s wrath against sin and being allowed entrance into His presence through belief in His Son… OR sitting forever in anguish, darkness, and hopelessness –where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Truth must be found. It’s found in listening to God’s Spirit only… while studying God’s Word. Not man’s word.

Sincerely,
Rachel
* (1 John 2:2 … Rev. 22:17 … John 3:14-18 & 12:32 … 2 Cor. 5:14,15 … 1 Tim. 2:3-6 … Eph. 2:13-18 … Titus 2:11 … Isa. 53:6 … Col. 1:20 … John 1:7,12,29 … Rom. 1:19,20 & 3:23-26 & 5:10 & 10:13 & 16:26 … etc.)

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~ by smilesback on November 4, 2009.

 
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