Calvinism Myths Trashed

If you’re not familiar with Calvinism, it’s easy to get misled about some of the most important doctrines of the Calvinist faith. Some of these misconceptions may include Foreknowledge, Total depravity, and Free will. These are all utter nonsense. Instead, consider these statements from the great Oxford historian, Froude.

Total depravity

Calvinists claim that we are totally depraved, but this does not follow from their theological reasoning. They pervert total depravity by using bait and switch arguments, including the idea that we cannot do good, and that we cannot seek God and respond to Him. The result is confusion and an insinuation that God is not holy.

This doctrine rejects the idea of free will. Calvinists believe that man was born depraved, and that he has no choice in his salvation. However, the Scriptures teach that man has to obey the gospel in order to be saved. Otherwise, he will face judgment. In Acts 7:51, we read that if a man does not obey the gospel, he will be condemned.

Free will

Free will is a concept that allows us to make choices based on our beliefs and the circumstances that surround them. Calvin taught that human beings have limited free will, while Arminius believed that true free will requires that humans have the ability to reject God. Ultimately, we must decide which actions we want to take, based on what is best for our future.

The Calvinistic doctrine relies on Calvin’s view of man’s depravity. Adam once enjoyed perfect fellowship with God, but his sinful nature ruined that fellowship. As a result, man can choose what he wants, but he cannot choose God.

Natural equality of men

Calvinists believe that men are equally valuable and deserved of equal rights. This belief is based on the idea that all men have inherent worth, regardless of race or gender. This view is a direct opponent of the Scholastic notion that men should be more superior to women. Hence, Calvinists are committed to the notion of natural equality.

As a reformer, Calvin also opposed the concept that women were inferior to men. He believed that both men and women are created in God’s image. Consequently, Calvin encouraged the development of women deacons, as well as the distribution of charity. In addition, Calvin was open to women’s gifts and encouraged their development. In this regard, Stewart focuses on the correspondence that Calvin had with influential women. The author also sketches the Reformed movement following Calvin, acknowledging the many obstacles that women faced in their efforts to make progress.

Foreknowledge

In the Calvinist view of salvation, God foreknows which of His children will accept his saving grace, and He knows who will reject it. The purpose of these warnings is to spur us to perseverance and to live holy lives in his sight. Those who do not repent, however, will be judged.

In this way, Calvinism is in direct conflict with biblical teaching. Calvin’s primary purpose was to clarify the nature of God and man.

Double talk

There are many misconceptions about Calvinism. Many people were brought up in it and cannot imagine life outside it. Thankfully, most of these misconceptions are easily debunked. Here are five Calvinism myths that Brown has wrongly stated. I hope you’ll find this information helpful and useful in determining whether or not Calvinism is the right path for you.

“Total depravity” doesn’t mean that each and every man is a devil. Although man commits sins every day, they aren’t always as bad as they could be. In other words, man can do some good, but his nature is corrupted and unable to receive salvation.

The “miracle of conversion”

One of the core beliefs of Calvinism is that the salvation of man is completely dependent on the work of the Holy Spirit, which comes from God. Without the Holy Spirit, man cannot respond to the Gospel and believe, so God must do the work. This work is irresistible and separate from man.

For Calvinists, the conversion of sinners is a miracle. The Holy Spirit must change a person’s depraved nature before he or she can become saved. Therefore, this process is known as the “miracle of conversion” and is the direct operation of God.

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