Exposing Calvinistic Predestination

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Dear Reader,

I received the following from an Adventist Doctor friend of mine:

Not sure how many others would like to hear YOUR views on why Calvin was off-track, BUT I sure would. So many verses SOUND LIKE election... such as Acts 13:48:

And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.

I don't especially care for Calvin, but some of my friends do... RON, look at the thing below, and tear it apart for us, OK?

phil

http://www.the-highway.com/DoublePredestination_Sproul.html

Ron's response to Dr. Phil M.

Let's begin our analysis of what is stated at the following WebSite: http://www.the-highway.com/DoublePredestination_Sproul.html with a definition of essential terms. Let's define "essential reprobation or preterition," as this concept relates to foreordaining to damnation.

One entry found for reprobate.
Main Entry: 1rep·ro·bate
Pronunciation: 're-pr&-"bAt
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): -bat·ed; -bat·ing
Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin reprobatus, past participle of
reprobare -- more at REPROVE
Date: 15th century
1 : to condemn strongly as unworthy, unacceptable, or evil
2 : to foreordain to damnation
3 : to refuse to accept : REJECT
synonym see CRITICIZE
- rep·ro·ba·tive /'re-pr&-"bA-tiv/ adjective
- rep·ro·ba·to·ry /-b&-"tOr-E, -"tor-/ adjective

There is absolutely no foreordaining to damnation. Many are called--in fact ALL ARE CALLED--but few are chosen. How do we know that ALL ARE CALLED? Because unto EVERY MAN is given a portion of faith with which to either CHOOSE the government of God or the government of Satan. The angel's who mutinied with Satan, had, and indeed made that choice. We all make that CHOICE.

Rom 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think [of himself] more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Why would every man be given a measure of faith, if some men were predestined to reprobation? Thus, the theory of predestination is fallacious and makes the Bible contradictory. What is a measure of faith is dealt to every man, then every man is proffered the free offer of the Gospel, for that is the very purpose of dealing to every man the measure of faith.

If every man was given a measure of faith, then surely the angel's were given a measure of faith with which to choose the government of God or the government of Lucifer. All men have sinned by the sin of Adam. What does that mean? It means that if one man, Adam, was predestined to sin and damnation, then all men were predestined to sin and damnation.

But wait a minuet! Just as we are all condemned to sin by the sin of one man, we all have access to righteousness and life by the overcoming of sin by one man--even Jesus Christ. But does that mean that all men are made righteous because they have the choice to accept the righteousness of Jesus Christ? No indeed! The important factor here is CHOICE. All men have the opportunity to CHOOSE righteousness or evil. Are all men proffered the divine nature of Jesus Christ as a promise? Yes indeed. So why do not all men receive that promise? Because they do not CHOOSE that promise. Not because they are predestined or pre-programmed not to CHOOSE that promise.

One of the most satanic notions ever to grace the annals of professing Christianity is the Calvinistic notion of predestination as that concept relates to pre-programming, and to any degree that teaching precludes THE POWER OF CHOICE. Satan would have it so. Why? Because he could plead innocence on that basis. We could plead innocent on that basis. Satan could plead injustice on that basis. Man could plead injustice on that basis. Therefore, Satan is furnished the perfect basis for charging God with injustice, and this one of His greatest objectives. He has said that God was so unjust that He gave us a law we cannot keep by His grace as power for obedience, Rom. 1:5. Satan tried to make Adam and Eve believe what about God? That He was unjust and did not want them to discover the knowledge of good and evil because if they discovered that they would be as Gods. So Lucifer's first lie to man was to paint God as unjust.

What it all reduces to is that if God preprogrammed man to sin--reprobation or preterition, then who is responsible for sin? God Almighty Himself? God, not Adam, was responsible for sin among men! God, not Lucifer, was responsible for sin among the angels. This is the greatest evil of the doctrine of predestination. It ultimately and irrevocably casts the blame for sin upon God Almighty. That is the only logical conclusion to the doctrine of Predestination.

What the Bible really means by that doctrine, is that we are predestined in that God, knowing the beginning from the end, knows and knew who would accept His free gift of gospel salvation to every man. We are told that Christ loved us enough to die for us while we were yet sinners. Christ condemned all sin in the flesh. But relatively few men want and receive the pardon and power of the righteousness of Christ. It is a free gift to all men who CHOOSE to receive it. Some believe that the death of Christ justified all men. The truth is that the death of Christ provided, made possible, the gift of justification to all men who would believe and receive it by at the same time being repentant for sin.

If God ordered all men to keep His commandments, and it was impossible for some men to keep those commandments because they were predestined not to keep those commandments, then God, of all Being, is not just or fair. He has required of some men that which it is impossible for them to achieve. Thus, the doctrine of Predestination serves Satan's purpose of making God appear as unjust and tyrannical. The doctrine of Predestination finds its cousin in the doctrine of eternal burning in hell. Satan uses both of these doctrinal errors to conjure in the minds of men that God is unjust and unfair. Thus, many are led to the path of infidelity and atheism.

Ron Beaulieu

"If we turn from the testimony of God's word, and accept false doctrines [eg. Calvinism] because our fathers taught them, we fall under the condemnation pronounced upon Babylon; we are drinking of the wine of her abominations." E. G White, The 1884 Great Controversy entitled Spirit of Prophecy, Vol. 4, 347

Romans 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

Christ died for all "us all," NOT A PREDESTINED FEW.