Calvinism’s Heretics Produce More Heretics

Friends,
Another message / letter I wrote, this one on July 1st of this year, 2009:

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The executioner / “theologian” I wrote about was John Calvin, born July 10, 1509. –Thus all the birthday celebrations for his 500th. Unfortunately, many “Christians” honor this man’s theology as if it is God’s Word. Yes, he took God’s Word –just like the devil loves to do– and twisted it into pretzel form. Haven’t you heard the famous TULIP junk? It’s everywhere in our mainline churches. Maybe and hopefully you are just going to a good church and so haven’t been exposed to it. But most evangelical churches adhere to at least some of those five core doctrines, even if they may be calling it by different terms.

I firmly believe Calvin’s theology to be a mixture of heresy (–a different gospel), and outright blasphemy. I believe #1) –it creates a barrel of pride, stimulating thoughts such as, “I have been chosen into ‘the elect’ group. Those others have not.”

I believe #2) –it has also created a lazy, sin-tolerating –even a “sin-I-must–can’t-help-it”– attitude: “If I’m already of ‘the elect class’, then nothing I do (good or bad) can affect my ‘going to Heaven’ status. And besides, if God foreordains everything, then I should not be held accountable for any of my sinning, because God predestined my sinning anyway! Therefore it is GOD’S fault that I sin.” Such an unrepentant, blasphemous attitude festers in these hearts.

#3) –And also, “Why witness? –The elect are going to go to Heaven whether I present to them the gospel or not (and I’d rather not), and the damned are certainly going to Hell –no matter if I try to convince them to believe –because God Himself has already decided before creation to withhold belief from these non-elect individuals.” Again: The “It’s God’s fault” attitude.

#4) –And also, “Why pray? –God has predestined everything already, so prayer (which I’m too tired and busy to do) is not going to change one thing!” (Once when a pastor of a Baptist church kept insisting to me that every action, thought, word, motive, etc. has already been predestined by God, I asked him, “Then why pray? It’s not going to change anything… right?” He answered, though visibly confused, “Um, right. We pray because we are commanded to pray.”)

Such is the reasonings of Calvinists.

Oh, many Calvinists excuse themselves by saying they are not “ultra-Calvinistic” or “extreme Calvinists”. However, they are so steeped in most of its belief system, that they are too biased to even realize how Calvinistic they are. They are so tied up in confusion on many fronts. If they would just read the beautiful Scriptures and stop reading all the writings of men, then maybe there’d be room for the reality of 1 John 2:26,27 in their learning. Those two verses say, “I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. As for you, the anointing you received from Him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as His anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit –just as it has taught you, remain in Him.”

But alas, these “Christians”, instead of meditating on God’s Word for themselves several hours a day, choose to use their time to go to seminaries where they read writings of the Reformers –those confused sinful men who thought they could teach everyone else what God’s Word is REALLY saying. “Since,” lament many professors, “an unschooled individual could not possibly grasp the true gospel in its entirety unless those of the ‘educated elite Pharisee class’ teaches them.” Contrast this mentality to what Jesus says in Matt. 18:3, “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” And how do we become like little children? The next verse says, “…whoever humbles himself…” It’s about humility. And the educated (as well as the powerful, the talented, the rich, and the famous) often veer far from that position. And remember, “Like teacher, like student.” Even Jesus said this: “Everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.” (Luke 6:40) Therefore, arrogant teachers of heresy produce arrogant students of heresy. And the snowball (the apostate church) grows larger… and larger… and ever larger…

If people want to study Calvin’s doctrines (who actually expanded Augustines’ doctrines –whose mixed-up philosophical / religious / heathen background should also be taken note of), or any of the other Reformers’ writings, that’s their choice. As for me, I’ll stick with letting Jesus’ words from the Bible, and His Holy Spirit do the teaching in my life. His teaching is more than adequate. No, we don’t learn it all in a day. As Jesus says in John 15:12,13, “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into ALL truth.” And back to 14:26, “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you ALL things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

This is why in Acts 4:5,13 “the rulers, elders and teachers of the law… [upon seeing] the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” So what does it take to be courageous proclaimers of truth, rebukers of falsehoods? It takes being with Jesus. How do we do that now? By reading the doctrines of men? No. By reading the Word of God, humbly listening to what HE has to teach us that day. Can we glean from others? Of course. But only as their teachings submit to the teachings of Christ. Anything else is an example of what 2 John 1:9 warns of: “Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God.” And v. 11 –“Anyone who welcomes him [this deceiving teacher] shares in his wicked work.” This would include those who promote the writings or doctrines of deceivers (whether they are purposefully deceiving or not.)

When a believer is truly born of the Spirit of God / Christ, he is infused with “the wisdom that comes from heaven…” (James 3:17) Compare this wisdom with the earthly kind described a few verses prior. Earthly wisdom does not produce “good deeds done in humility” but instead produces “envy, selfish ambition, disorder, evil practices” and is “of the devil.” (See v. 13-16) Yes, for a time, Satan’s servants can “masquerade as servants of righteousness” (2 Cor. 11:15), but soon enough “by their fruit you will recognize them.” (Matt. 7:20) These “false shepherds” “have taken the way of Cain” (Jude 1:11) –“like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother.” (1 John 3:12) “We know that no murderer has eternal life in him” (v. 15), so why would we listen to a supposed “God-inspired teacher” who executed others for their beliefs?! Such men are of a different god –the evil “god of this age”! (2 Cor. 4:4) They “received a different spirit!” (2 Cor. 11:4)

Here’s some words straight from the mouths of our “wonderful Reformers”: Martin Luther wrote, “Let whoever can stab, smite, slay. If you die in doing it, good for you! A more blessed death can never be yours…” Later: “I, Martin Luther, have shed the blood of the rebellious peasants; for I commanded them to be killed. Their blood is indeed upon my head; but I put it upon the Lord God, by whose command I spoke.” (Table Talk, p. 276. Eisleben edition.) Indeed –the arrogance! –and absence of Christlikeness! Aside from the acceptable debate about killing in self-defense or war, could you ever envision Jesus (God in bodily form) commanding that someone kill another human being just because he or she is considered to be poor, dirty, sickly, retarded, or of a different race, culture, belief, or religion? Hardly. So what “god” was Luther listening to? Hmmm… And there is no record that Luther ever repented of this murder in his heart (and actions.)

Here’s what Calvin wrote to William Farel: “If he [Servetus] shall come [to Geneva], I shall never permit him to depart alive, provided my authority be of any avail.” And one day, Calvin did see to it that Servetus –a friend of his from the past but who dared to critique Calvin’s writings– was imprisoned and burned at the stake. Calvin also never repented of this murderous heart attitude, instead often defending his actions with venomous name-calling. In fact, even eight years after Servetus’ execution, Calvin wrote to Marquis Paet, “Honour, glory, and riches shall be the reward of your pains; but above all, do not fail to rid the country of those scoundrels, who stir up the people to revolt against us. Such monsters should be exterminated, as I have exterminated Michael Servetus the Spaniard.” And yet… incredulously, John Piper, one of our “modern esteemed theologians” says that Calvin didn’t actually want Servetus burned at the stake –or even killed. I call this kind of defense Piper displays: “Being in denial.”

I won’t go into how the Nazis used such quotes from these men against the Jews in order to justify that massacre… And –when…? Well, not in supposed “barbaric times”. No, –modern times. Yes, we would do well to realize this barbarianism can raise its head again like a beast –with all these self-righteous, hypocritical ideas swarming around in the heads of those partnering with apostate Christianity.

Well, enough for now. Did that answer your question?

Grace and peace,
with love,
Rachel

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~ by smilesback on November 5, 2009.

 
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