“He loves me.”
“He loves me not.”
“He loves me.”
“He loves me not.” It is His choice and my chance, so says the Calvinist. Calvinism is to me detestable. It is a system of theology based on the teachings of John Calvin and the Bible that many Christians believe. I know these Christians love Jesus and revere the Bible. I am not attempting to convince you or reassure myself, it is simply an explanation to my outrage.
Calvinism is based on several notions. Chiefly that the will of God is always, always done. In every detail, in every action, all that has happened is exactly what God intended. “Everything happens for a reason” they say. Yes, but it is not always a good reason or God’s reason.
This is ridiculous. “The will of God is that none perish but all be saved (2pet3:9).” “God desires all to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth (1tim2).” Yet, everyday thousands perish without knowing Him. “God does not delight in the death of the wicked (ez18:23).” “It is the will of God that you always be thankful (1thes5:18),” Are you? It is the will of God that you abstain from sexual immorality (1thes4:3),” Do you? Does everyone.
Think of Ezekiel. Here in chapter 22 we find an explicit example of the will of God not done. “I searched for a man to stand in the gap that I might not pour out my wrath, but I found none therefor I poured out my wrath.” I will not tell molested kids “that was the will of God.” I don’t pass by starving children and say “that’s just what God wants in your life right now.” Or the robbed “I guess God just wanted them to have your stuff.” Jesus taught us to pray “Thy Kingdom come Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven (mt6:10).” Why would we pray for what already is? Because the will of man is done on the Earth, the will of the Devil is done on their Earth, unless we intentionally do the will of God. How many sex offenders re-violated in Heaven last quarter? How many aching bellies are groaning right now up there? How many got hit by a drunk driver on the golden streets? The will of God is always done there, not so much down here. “The Heavens are the Lord but the Earth he has given to the sons of men (ps115:16).”
Secondly, Calvinism redefines the meanings of words. The often-repeated words of Jesus “whosoever will (Mt5 uses the phrase over 10 times, then whosoever will believe, whosoever will come to me, whosoever thirst found in the gospel of John)” is rendered obsolete because we have no will. 1Tim4:1 which uses the word “apostasy” which means someone who was once part and then rebels. Read Hebrew 6 and see the clear meaning. Systems of theology should never come before the obvious meaning of scripture. John Calvin is not the apostle John.