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of the most divisive doctrinal invasions on the scene today is the debate over
John Calvin and his theology.  It
seems every generation has to contemplate and parley this issue.   It is kept alive where
intellectualism has become the god of our so-called higher institutions.  The truth is God is more concerned
about the simplicity in Christ and common man hearing Him gladly.
is based on the theological beliefs and teaching of John Calvin (1509-1564), a
leader of the Reformation period. 
The truth is Calvin never thought of himself as a theologian.  However, many others did. Augustine
first taught his extreme doctrines and then for about a thousand years no one
found them in the Bible, until Calvin developed such a theology.
by grace, eternal salvation, without works, is a Bible doctrine. I believe John
Calvin’s doctrine is a perversion by proud intellectuals who thus may try to
excuse themselves from any spiritual accountability of not only going soul
winning, but actually leading souls to Christ for salvation.
usually outline their doctrinal position with the letters TULIP:
T for Total depravity of the sinner
U for Unconditional Election
L for limited Atonement
I for Irresistible Grace
P for Perseverance of the saints

doctrine that all are sinful being incapable of saving themselves or doing good
without God’s help is certainly a truism. 
However, it is certainly absolutely NOT true that some never could
repent or that God leaves them intentionally without light or unable to be
17:30, “God…now commandeth all men every
where to repent.”
11:18, “Then hath God also to the
Gentiles granted repentance unto life.”
1:9, “That was the true light, which
lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”
12:32, 33, “And I, if I be lifted from
the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he
should die.”
1:18-21, “For the wrath of God is
revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who
hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is
manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the
world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his
eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when
they knew God they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became
vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”
19:1-4, “The heavens declare the glory of
God; and the firmament sheweth his handwork.  Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth
knowledge.  There is no speech nor
language, where their voice is not heard. 
Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end
of the world.  In them hath he set
a tabernacle for the sun.”
2:11-16, “For there is no respect of
persons with God.  For as many as
have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have
sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; (For not the hearers of the law
are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.  For when the Gentiles, which have not
the law do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the
law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their
hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean
while accusing or else excusing one another,) in the day when God shall judge
the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.”
1:16, “the gospel of Christ…is the power
of God unto salvation”
2:11, “The grace of God that bringeth
salvation hath appeared to all men.”
4:12, “For the word of God is quick, and
powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing
asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of
the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
is sad when some make election a whim of God whereby he saves some, compels
them to be saved, and damns the rest whom He has decided He does not wish to
save.  No, election is not
comes the doctrine of election! God elected me to be in the ministry! God
elected my son to be my pastor! Election is when you were saved first God
commanded you to be baptized, join a local church, tithe and give offerings,
and go soul winning, second His election is to put you into and area of
ministry to others. In essence election has to do with you working for God. No
one is elected for Heaven or elected for Hell. That is as much heresy as a
bloodless religion is or a non-inspired Bible is!
God saved me at age eleven at 132 E. Michigan Ave., Galesburg, Michigan in
February of 1957 He cleared my record in Heaven, declared me justified or
innocent, appeased Himself, court adjourned, He gave me a new creature, He gave
me the Holy Spirit, He prepared a glorified body for me in Heaven, gave me an
opportunity to fellowship with Him, preserved me for Heaven, and elected me to
be in the ministry.
Israel was called an elect nation
 Romans chapters 9, 10, and 11 you find that Israel was not
chosen for salvation but was chosen by God to do a unique work in the world.
She was chosen by God to give us the Scriptures, give us the Messiah, and give
us the local New Testament church. In Matthew chapter 10 all of the members of
the first Baptist church of Jerusalem were all Jews. Israel was chosen by God
to present the Gospel to the world.
 When God elected Israel to do all of that He was saying I
need a nation to give the Scriptures too, the Messiah too, the local New
Testament church too, and the Gospel too! God is not saying I have chosen
Israel to go to Heaven and all the other nations to go to Hell. No, God elected
Israel to do a particular work for Him on earth.
A local New Testament church is called
 II John 1:1, “The elder unto the elect lady…” The local New Testament church is
called “…the elect lady…” Does that
mean that everybody who’s a member of Longview Baptist Temple of Longview,
Texas, is elected to go to Heaven? Oh, no! Election is not about going to
Heaven or Hell in the Scriptures! The local church has been elected to be the
instrument of the propagation of the Gospel in the Ark-La-Tex area.
was elected for a particular work for God on earth. Longview Baptist Temple and
every other local New Testament church is elected to spread the Gospel on
earth. Election is when Dr. Bob Gray II was saved God said, “I’m going to elect
Dr. Gray II to be the pastor of the Longview Baptist Temple of Longview,
Texas.” At salvation God elected you to do what you are doing for God.
is the question! Your calling is to be a soul winner! Are you doing it? Your
election is to do a specific work for God on earth at this very moment! Are you
doing it?  
was an elect nation. Elected to Heaven or Hell? No! Elected to give the world
the Saviour, Scriptures, Gospel, and New Testament. The local New Testament
church is the “elect lady.” Elected
to Heaven or Hell? No! Elected to give the Gospel to every human being on earth
for God! This was not given to “Youth For Christ,” “Child Evangelism,” “Gideon’s,”
“Campus Crusade,” “Bill Bright Ministries,” “The 700 Club,” or any Para-church
organization. God has elected the local New Testament church not to Heaven or
Hell, but to spread the Gospel to “every
The Apostles are called His elect
this mean that the Apostles are the only ones going to Heaven? No, thousands
were saved and baptized during their day! Election cannot be referring to going
to Heaven or Hell. The Apostles were the first ones chosen for a specific job
on earth for God. They were chosen in a unique way to lead in spreading the
Gospel to the world. Election is being chosen for leadership to spread the
Gospel around the globe to every nation.
Paul the Apostle called God’s elect
1:1, “Paul, a servant of God, and an
apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the
acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;”
Paul calls himself a
servant and an apostle with both being according to the faith of God’s elect.”
He is saying God has elected him or chosen him to be a servant and an apostle.
Paul was elected for Heaven? No! Paul elected to get saved and then God elected
Paul to be a servant and an apostle.
Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slack
concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to
us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to
Our God does not want any one to go to Hell! Our God does not
elect people to Heaven or Hell. He elects people to do a work on earth for God
Elect Angels
Timothy 5:21, “I charge thee before God,
and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels…”
Are angels born again? No!
Thus, this cannot be dealing with Heaven or Hell. Angels cannot be saved! What
are angels? Messengers! What are they elected too? To be messengers!
was elected to be an apostle to the Gentiles. He took the Gospel to the Western
World. The Jewish nation was an elect nation to give us the Messiah, the
Scriptures, the Gospel, and the local New Testament church. The local New
Testament church is the elect body to spread the Gospel to the world. The
angels have been elected as special messengers to help us spread the Gospel for
is a Sovereign act of God to do a specific work to spread the Gospel to the
world for God. If God makes an act based on what you do then that is not a
Sovereign decision by God. God cannot elect you to do something or be something
you have already chosen. I did not choose to be a preacher and neither did any
one else who is in the ministry.
are commanded and called to be soul winners, but only a few are chosen to be
the pastor, youth pastor, or bus director, etc. Just before Matthew 20:16 is
the parable of Jesus sending forth labourers in to the vineyard. In dealing
with those labourers He said, “few are
Thus, this doctrine of election has nothing to do with who goes to
Heaven and who goes to Hell but who works or who labors in a particular field.
15:16, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have
chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that
your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my
name, he may give it you.”
God does not want you to be barren spiritually
but fruitful spiritually. Jesus is saying the being “chosen” relates to the work in the vineyard. Every context of the
word “elect” in the Scriptures has to
do with work! God has elected you not to be a lazy hound dog! All of us are
called to be a soul winner, but some are elected to be the principal, youth
pastor, mission’s director, college president, or pastor, etc.
salvation God took away our sins, decided not to record any future sins, put
Jesus’ righteousness on our record, declared us justified, appeased Himself by
Himself, declared the case closed with the court adjourned, set me aside for
Heaven in the future, regenerated us, gave us a new creature, sent the Holy
Spirit into us to convert us, reserved a new body in Heaven for him, made it
possible for us to fellowship with God, preserved us by sealing us with the
Holy Spirit, and then election is God giving us a specific work to do for Him!
term in actuality means “limited love” or “limited grace” and is a slander
against God Almighty. This doctrine is really the heart of Calvinism.  They are saying that Jesus Christ did
not die for ALL men.  They are
asserting that God made no provision for the unregenerate so they could have a
hope of Heaven.  They are in
essence claiming that God did not love all men enough to allow Christ to die
for ALL.  They are declaring that
grace is limited so it is “finite” instead of being “infinite.”
3:16, “God so loved the world, that he
gave his only begotten son”
He gave his Son for “whosoever” could believe
if he chose to do so. No limited atonement in this verse.
1:29, “Behold the Lamb of God, which
taketh away the sin of the world.”
It is obvious here that He taketh away
the sin of the WORLD.
2:2, “And he is the propitiation for our
sins: and not for our’s only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” 
No limited atonement here!
5:20, “Where sin abounded, grace did much
more abound.”
The grace of God is infinite, much more than for those who
will be saved, even much more than for all the sins of all the people in the
world.  Romans 5:20 creates no
limit on the atonement.
Timothy 4:10, “…the living God, who is
the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.”
1:20, “…having made peace through the
blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself, by him, I say,
whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.”
 This does not say a thing about
accepting Christ, but it does speak of atonement for ALL and a peace treaty to
bring to a climax the war between God and sinners. No limit on atonement here!

teaching here is that all who elected to be saved will be saved and they cannot
resist this special limited grace. 
Those will be saved when God calls. If this be true then it only makes
sense on the opposite side of the coin that…
Those not
elected are irresistibly damned and cannot be saved
·     Since God works
irresistibly to save or damn Christians cannot affect it
·     Since it is
irresistible Christians have no responsibility or burden
Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slack
concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to
us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to
Timothy 2:1, 3, 4, “all men,” “For this
is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, Who will have ALL MEN
to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”
Thus it is clear
that God’s grace can be resisted.
23:37, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that
killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often
would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her
chickens under her wings, and ye would not.” 
Jesus is saying I
and ye would not! Thus,
His grace was and could and would be rejected.  It was not irresistible!
1:24, 25, “Because I have called, and ye
refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at
nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof.”  “…did not choose the fear of the Lord.”
2:21, “I do not frustrate the grace of
The church at Galatia were teaching salvation by the law and
frustrating the grace of God.
6:3, “My spirit shall not always strive
with man.”
“P” in TULIP is used for PERSEVERANCE of the saints.  If Calvin meant that Christians receive salvation by works
then this is foreign to God’s Word. Christians do not always do right for they
are trapped in their flesh. Our righteousness is the righteousness of Christ
who bore our sins in His flesh.  He
paid for all of our sins and gives eternal life freely to those who choose
should be called “preservation” not “perseverance.”  The eternal security of the believer is a Bible doctrine.
5:24, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He
that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life,
and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed form death unto life.”
10:27-29, “My sheep hear my voice, and I
know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall
never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which
gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my
Father’s hand.”
Timothy 1:12, “…for I know whom I have
believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed
unto him against that day.”
is an unscriptural false doctrine that tends to flourish in intellectual pride
and where there is disobedience to the command to win souls to Christ.  It is Satan’s attempt to kill and
murder concern or compassion for souls.

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