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21 Misunderstandings of Calvinism

January 18, 2016 3 comments

“21 Misunderstandings of Calvinism”—The Twentieth and Twenty-First Misunderstandings of Calvinism

January 11, 2016 1 comment

By Sam Waldron

A little apology is due here. I estimated that this blog series would number about 20, but this post is the twelfth in this series, and will be the last. I now deal with two misunderstandings related to the Perseverance and Preservation of the Saints.

V. Misunderstandings related to Perseverance and Preservation

(1) The Perseverance and Preservation of the Saints means that, once men are saved, it does not matter how they live, they will still go to heaven!

In our degenerate age this is actually how many professing Christians understand what they call eternal security. Eternal security is a corrupt form of the doctrine of the perseverance and preservation of the saints.

The historical fact is that at the time of the Synod of Dort and the writing of the 1689 Baptist Confession, neither mainstream Calvinists nor Arminians believed such a horrible doctrine…

 

 

 

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“21 Misunderstandings of Calvinism”—The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Misunderstandings

January 4, 2016 1 comment

By Sam Waldron

In this blog post, I’ll take up misunderstandings related to the fourth of the five points of Calvinism: Irresistible Grace.

IV. Misunderstandings related to Irresistible Grace

(1) Irresistible grace means that God saves men against their will!

Exactly not! Irresistible grace means rather that God makes people willing in the day of His power! The text often quoted by Calvinists here is Psalm 110:3: “Your people will volunteer freely in the day of Your power.” The 1689 (10:1) makes this matter abundantly clear:

 

 

 

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“21 Misunderstandings of Calvinism”—The Fourteenth, Fifteenth , Sixteenth, and Seventeenth Misunderstandings

December 28, 2015 1 comment

By Sam Waldron

In past blog posts I’ve dealt with misunderstandings related to total depravity and unconditional election, in this post we come to the “L” in TULIP, Limited Atonement. The following treatment of four misunderstandings of limited atonement serve to illustrate why many, like myself, prefer a different name for this doctrine (like definite atonement or, my preference, particular redemption).

III. Misunderstandings related to Limited Atonement

(1) Only Calvinists limit the atonement.

The fact is that every evangelical somehow limits the atonement. Only the Universalist who believes that absolutely everyone will actually be saved by the death of Christ has a really unlimited atonement. Evangelicals with an atonement which is unlimited in extent limit the power or efficacy of that atonement to actually save those for whom Christ died. Calvinists limit the extent of the atonement. But both…..

 

 

 

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“21 Misunderstandings of Calvinism”: The Eleventh, Twelfth, and Thirteenth Misunderstandings

December 21, 2015 3 comments

By Sam Waldron

I’ve dealt with four misunderstandings of Calvinism related to the doctrine of total depravity. Now I am dealing with a number of misunderstandings related to the doctrine of unconditional election. Here are the seventh, eighth, and ninth of those (numbers 11-13 overall).

II. Misunderstandings related to Unconditional Election

(7) It is not the duty of the non-elect to believe in Christ for salvation! Calvinists do not believe in the free offer of the gospel.

This is, indeed, the doctrine of a few Hyper-Calvinists, but it has never been the doctrine of mainstream Calvinism. The 1689 Baptist Confession (7:2) affirms: “Moreover, man having brought himself under the curse of the law by his fall, it pleased the Lord to make a covenant of grace, wherein he freely offereth unto sinners…..

 

 

 

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“21 Misunderstandings of Calvinism”: The Ninth and Tenth Misunderstandings

December 14, 2015 2 comments

By Sam Waldron

I’ve dealt with four misunderstandings of Calvinism related to the doctrine of total depravity. Now I am dealing with a number of misunderstandings related to the doctrine of unconditional election. Here are the fifth and sixth of those (the ninth and tenth overall).

II. Misunderstandings related to Unconditional Election

(5) Calvinists teach double predestination!

Here we Calvinists must avoid a snare. We must first ask our accusers, What do you mean by double predestination? We may affirm double predestination and mean something by it that is much different and much better than what our accusers mean by it. So we must be careful.

 

 

 

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“21 Misunderstandings of Calvinism”: The Seventh and Eighth Misunderstandings

December 7, 2015 1 comment

By Sam Waldron

I’ve dealt with four misunderstandings of Calvinism related to the doctrine of total depravity. Now I am dealing with a number of misunderstandings related to the doctrine of unconditional election. Here are the third and fourth of those (and the seventh and eighth overall).

II. Misunderstandings related to Unconditional Election

(3) Calvinists steal assurance of salvation from God’s people!

Wrong! This assertion is exactly and precisely the opposite of the truth. It is Arminians who make assurance of salvation impossible. I remember seeing John Wesley quoted in support of assurance of salvation. But whatever John Wesley believed, since he believed in falling from grace, he did not and could not consistently believe in genuine assurance of salvation. Real assurance of salvation is only possible if the genuine Christian cannot fall from grace. If a genuine Christian can fall from grace, then you can have assurance that you are Christian today, but you can have no assurance that you will be a Christian tomorrow! This is no true assurance of salvation at all. Only someone who believes that salvation is a gift of the sovereign God and the fruit of sovereign election can be certain that the salvation he has today he will have on the day he dies!

 

 

 

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