Beware Of Calvinism
by David J. Stewart | May 2011
The unbiblical teachings of John Calvin (1509-1564) are referred to commonly as “Calvinism.” John Calvin was a total heretic. All of John Calvin's religious tenets are FALSE! Calvinism has crept unawares into many of our churches today.
Calvinism is a subtle set of lies, used by Satan to begat a host of destructive false teachings which corrupt the simplicity of salvation, deny the redemptive work of Christ for all humanity, and deny the free will of men to freely receive or reject God's gift of eternal life. Calvinism is of the Devil in all it's aspects. Phooey on John Calvin!
Click on the image to the left, or CLICK HERE, to read Dr. Curtis Hutson's excellent booklet refuting all 5 points of Calvinism.
Many people today have fallen prey to the lies of John Calvin and don't even realize it. Dr. John MacArthur is one of the most followed religious leaders of our time and is a staunch Calvinist. Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort are followers of John MacArthur's heresy on Lordship Salvation, which is based upon a wrong view of what repentance means. These men have been corrupted by Calvinism. Lordship Salvation is rooted in Calvinism.
“Calvinism” is a set of tenets which sinfully conform to the heresies of one man, John Calvin. Mr. Calvin was a heretic who lived centuries ago; yet foolish and ignorant men still follow his heresies today. Calvin taught a bunch of unscriptural ideas, including the satanic lie that God chooses who will be saved, and who wont. Calvinism is a destructive set of tenets.
The great Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) was a one-point Calvinist, admittedly. I believe that Spurgeon succumbed to one of the popular religious views of his time in an attempt to appease peers in the clergy. We see this much today in the religious world, where preachers are tempted to go along to get along. All across America there is a deafening silence concerning the prisonhouse of Roman Catholicism. The only explanation is woeful apostasy in our churches! Many pastors are hen-pecked by some apostate pulpit committee. I'll tell you what brother, it'll be a cold day in Hell before anyone will ever tell me what to preach or not to preach. I get my sermons from God alone through the teachings of God's Word in the Bible. Hebrews 1:2 teaches that God Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son. Anyone today who claims to receive private revelations, visions, or dreams from God is a liar. God speaks through the Bible, which is why the world hates Jesus Christ, the Living Word, so much (John 7:7; John 15:19; John 3:20).
Spurgeon believed in “Limited Atonement,” i.e., the heresy that Jesus only died for those whom He foreknew would be saved. The Bible does not teach that. The Bible plainly states that Christ died for all men (2nd Corinthians 5:15, “...he (Christ) died for all...”). There are many Scriptures which teach that Christ died for THE WORLD (John 3:16, “For God so loved THE WORLD, that he gave his only begotten Son...”). The Bible tells us that Jesus died for false prophets (2nd Peter 2:1, “...even denying the Lord that bought them...”). Spurgeon got caught up into the wrong theological crowd (Calvinism) and was somewhat tarnished in his beliefs. Yet, Spurgeon is a brilliant speaker and has left to us treasures of excellent sermons to read.
Though Spurgeon was a professed Calvinist, he openly condemned Hyper-Calvinism (and he called it that). Hyper-Calvinists are people who reject some of the basic teachings of Calvinism. The Greek word for “hyper” means over or above. Thus, hyper-Calvinists are said to be those who go over and above the teachings of Scripture and have strayed from what Calvin meant and taught. But please understand that Calvin did not correctly teach the Scriptures, so Calvinists are incorrect in their definition of Hyper-Calvinism.
n researching, I couldn't find a group of professed believers who call themselves “Hyper-Calvinists.” This is because there are NO groups who call themselves “Hyper-Calvinists.” It is a derogatory term given to them by their critics. So what do they call themselves? “Calvinists,” what else?
Those who are labeled as “Hyper-Calvinists” by orthodox Calvinists don't accept the term, because the term accuses them of going over and above the Scriptures in their beliefs. In actuality, both Calvinists and Hyper-Calvinists go over and above what the Scriptures teach. They are all a bunch of misled heretics, who have erred from the faith.
What we all ought to do is SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES (John 5:39) instead of follow the heretical ideas of John Calvin. The claim that John Calvin is Scriptural is complete and utter nonsense. Anyone who claims that Jesus didn't die for all men doesn't know the first thing about the Word of God. John 3:16 evidences that plainly... FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD. Calvin taught that Jesus only died for those who would one day get saved, and that Christ DIDN'T die for Christ-rejecters. That goes against everything that the Bible teaches about the unconditional love of God. Luke 19:10 says that Jesus came to SEEK AND TO SAVE THAT WHICH WAS LOST. That means everyone! Romans 4:5 says that Jesus justifies THE UNGODLY by faith. That means everyone!
Beware of False Prophets!
NONE of Calvin's teachings can be legitimized when the light of God's Word is shone upon his works of darkness. Calvin taught 5 main heresies, which Pastor Curtis Hutson refutes.
Tragically, millions of misguided religious people today are following a modern John Calvin—whose name is John MacArthur, founder of GRACE TO YOU ministry. In the Afterward written by John MacArthur Jr. for the unscriptural book, “THE FIVE POINTS OF CALVINISM: DEFINED, DEFENDED AND DOCUMENTED,” Dr. MacArthur openly states that he wholeheartedly agrees with the doctrines of John Calvin (1509-1564). John MacArthur is the most prevalent teacher of the heresies of Calvinism today.
Phil Johnson of Spurgeon.org is a professed 5-point Calvinist and big promoter of John MacArthur...
Should it be surprising that Dr. MacArthur teaches Lordship Salvation? (i.e., the lie that a sinner must forsake intentional sinful behavior and surrender one's life to Christ in order to be saved). Such errant teaching negates the free gift of eternal life (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 11:6). Dr. MacArthur states in his book titled, “HARD TO BELIEVE,” p. 93:
“Don’t believe anyone who says it’s easy to become a Christian. Salvation for sinners cost God His own Son; it cost God’s Son His life, and it’ll cost you the same thing.”
SOURCE: Dr. John MacArthur, Grace To You, an updated quote from his book 'Hard To Believe', page 93.
John MacArthur is very wrong in his teachings. It is not HARD to believe. The Bible teaches the exact opposite, it is very EASY to be saved. You simply need to BELIEVE!!! All 5 points of Calvinism are a lie of the Devil. Woe unto those who are deceived by the heresies of John Calvin and John MacArthur! A man doesn't repent AND believe; but rather, he repents TO believe. The object of repenting is believing. Many preachers disagree on what it means to “repent.” Consequently, there are two very different plans of salvation circulating in the churches today.
The Calvinistic plan of salvation requires turning away from sinful activities to be saved. If a man doesn't experience a radical change inside and out, he is deemed as still unsaved.
In sharp contrast, the Word of God teaches that eternal life is a free gift, which doesn't require a change of heart or life to be saved. The Holy Spirit is the change! Lot in the Bible gives us an example of a worldly believer. If it weren't for 2nd Peter 2:7 in the New Testament, we would never know that Lot was a true believer. We learn that Demas, a believer, forsook the Apostle Paul because he loved this present world (2nd Timothy 4:10). I can hear Calvinists accusing Demas of a false conversion. I believe and teach “the simplicity that is in Christ,” which is Biblical (2nd Corinthians 11:3-4). There is nothing simple about Calvinism! And as I have shown you in the preceding quote, Dr. John MacArthur plainly teaches that salvation is hard, not easy!
God NEVER chooses anyone for salvation. Scriptures such as Acts 17:30 make this abundantly clear (“...but now commandeth all men every where to repent”). Why would God command ALL men to repent if only certain men have been chosen for salvation? There really is NO debate concerning Arminianism, Calvinism, and Hyper-Calvinism if you simply take the Word of God at face value... they're all messed up! Millions of churchgoers are Calvinists and don't even realize it! If you believe in Lordship Salvation, you are a Calvinist.
The Bible is so clear on all these matters. There are problems with all three views. Arminianism is wrong to teach that a person can lose salvation. Romans 5:15 declares that eternal life is a “FREE GIFT.” A gift CANNOT be taken back if it is freely given. Salvation is God's gift to man, paid for by the blood of Jesus (Romans 6:23; Colossians 1:14). Calvinism and Hyper-Calvinism teach “limited atonement” and “selective salvation,” which are both Satanic lies. 1st John 2:2 couldn't be any clearer, “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” Calvinism is unbiblical heresy!
Jesus told us to SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES in John 5:39. We're not supposed to follow the Westminster Confession as the Presbyterians do, nor should we follow Martin Loser (Luther) as the Protestants do, nor ought we to follow Jacob Arminius nor the Catholic Pope, nor any other person except the Lord Jesus Christ (Who came to earth as the Godhead manifest in the flesh - see Colossians 2:9 and 1st Timothy 3:16, King James Bible).
The notion of “sacraments” originated in the Catholic religion and later migrated with Martin Luther into Protestantism; however, the Bible does NOT teach sacraments at all. There's no such teaching as “holy baptism” nor “holy communion.” And by the way, up until his death Martin Luther (1483-1546) taught that keeping sacraments is required to be saved, which means he went to Hell. Martin Luther is a false prophet!!! Yet, most Christian leaders have been fooled into honoring Mr. Luther as a great Christian. The Bible simply teaches water baptism as the profession of one's faith in Christ, and the Lord's Supper is a remembrance of Christ's crucified body and shed blood for our sins. Mr. Luther taught that baptism and communion are necessary to get to Heaven. This is a false Gospel. Beware of Martin Luther!!!
Being baptized with water is NOT essential to one's salvation, and those ministers who are vague on the issue are corrupt, such as adherents of the Church of Christ and Seventh Day Adventists. These are demonic cults rooted in a works-based salvation. I say this not to be unkind; but rather, to speak the truth of God's Word. Beware of false prophets Jesus said who come to us in sheep's clothing (Matthew 7:15). The Bible is our false prophet detector.
Phooey on sacraments, phooey on Protestantism, phooey on the idea of Holy Baptism and the Holy Communion having efficacy (that is, some spiritual grace that is allegedly bestowed upon the recipient). The Bible does NOT teach any of that! To be saved, you simply admit that you are a sinner and believe the Gospel.
Heresy Means “an opinion”
I said that to say this: we ought to SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES as Jesus told us in John 5:39, and not allow deceived and wicked men to lead us astray in their heresies.
We've all heard the saying: “Everyone has an opinion...” Interestingly, the word “heresy” in the Bible comes from the Greek word hairesis. Here is what VINE'S COMPLETE EXPOSITORY DICTIONARY OF OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT WORDS (Page 303) states concerning the word “hairesis ...
..."a choosing, choice"; (from haireomai, "to choose") then, "that which is chosen," and hence, "an opinion," especially a self-willed opinion, which is substituted for submission to the power of truth, and leads to division and the formation of sects...
SOURCE: VINE'S COMPLETE EXPOSITORY DICTIONARY OF OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT WORDS; ISBN 0-7852-1160-8
The word “heresy” in the Bible simply means, “an opinion.” Any opinion that is not GOD'S OPINION is heresy!
Many of the doctrines circulating in today's churches are merely opinions, not based upon the Word of God. Many of these heretical opinions have been circulating in churches for centuries. It is tragic that millions of people today are still following the false opinions of Martin Luther (1483-1546). Mr. Luther taught Baptismal Regeneration, Mary Worship, and Sacramental Salvation long after he allegedly came to Christ by faith. Martin Luther never came to Jesus Christ; instead Luther started his own false religion. Luther came out of the damnable Catholic Church; but the Catholic Church didn't come out of Luther. Luther's new religion (Lutheranism) is nothing more than a surrogate religion for frustrated Catholics.
In John 5:39 Jesus commanded His disciples to... SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES!!! It is dangerous to form one's opinions apart from the Bible. There is no controversy if you believe the Bible! People who express teachings not taught in the Scriptures are guilty of spreading heresy. There are sincere people in every church, who attempt to help others by offering unsought advice. Unfortunately, much of this advice is heresy, even damnable heresy. Any opinion that contradicts the Scriptures is HERESY! Recommending divorce is HERESY! Supporting the homosexual agenda is HERESY! Supporting abortion is HERESY! Teaching that Jesus made intoxicating Booze is HERESY! Calvinism in all its aspects is of the Devil.
Any opinion that does not agree with God's opinion is heresy! There is no controversy if you believe the Bible.
Luke 6:32—Biblical Proof That God Loves Sinners!
Calvinism teaches that God doesn't love Christ-rejecters, and that Jesus didn't die for them, and that God hates them for it. In sharp contrast, the King James Bible proclaims that God loves all humanity, so much that “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
Luke 6:32, For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.”
Is God less righteous than the wicked?
Read carefully what the Bible says in Luke 6:32, “For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.” God says that if we only love them who love us, what virtue is there? What thank have ye? We read the same truth in Matthew 5:46, “For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?” If God expects us as His children to love those who hate us, then you can rest assure that God does the same my friend.
God tells us to love our enemies (Romans 12:18-21). Jesus said that we're no better than unrepentant sinners if we only love those who love us. The world only loves their own (John 15:19). That's what the wicked do, i.e., only love them who love them back. Now why would God teach us to love those who don't love us, and then turn around and hate those (as Calvinists claim) that don't love Him? Luke 6:32 is solid evidence against the foolish lie of John Calvin and those today who claim that God hates sinners. Is God less righteous than the heathen? Certainly not!
I heard a man once say to Evangelist Ray Comfort in public that “God hates sin, but loves the sinner”; to which Mr. Comfort replied with a question, asking the man where he had read such a thing in the Bible. Luke 6:32 gives us the answer. If God only loves those who love Him, then how is the true God of the Bible any better than the false god of Islam, Allah, who only loves those who love him? How is the God of Christianity any better than the gods of the heathen who only love their worshippers? The God of the universe is much bigger than that!!!
God loves all mankind, unconditionally, which is why God sent His only begotten Son into the world to SEEK AND TO SAVE THAT WHICH WAS LOST (Luke 19:10). That means everybody! John 3:16, “FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
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