The false teaching of calvinism: Does God love you? God applies the Word of God to the hearts and live of those He plans to save. Praying to God will not get us saved, but we will have the assurance that God knows of our intense desire to become saved.
The above statement is wicked and satanic, heartless, cruel and demeaning to the character of God.
“He came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas…What must one do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (Acts 16.29,30,31)
The Bible says God loves everyone. He is not willing that any should perish. The calvinist says He is not willing that any of the elect should perish. “Love is kind” (1 Cor. 13.4). How can you predestine to eternal torment without consideration for a free-will?
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward [or, “you”], not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Pet. 3.9)
Does God desire all to repent refer to the elect who have repented to the cross already or does it refer to everyone? No doubt, the letter is being addressed to the elect, but within the letter what is being talked about? “Not willing that any should perish”. Since anyone who is saved will not perish, 2 Pet. 3.9 must be talking about everyone, not just the elect. "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 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" (Matt. 10.27-29).
John Calvin, to our pleasant dismay, said this regarding 2 Pet. 3.9:
So wonderful is His love towards mankind, that He would have them all to be saved, and is of His own self prepared to bestow salvation on the lost. But the order is to be noticed, that God is ready to receive all to repentance, so that none may perish; for in these words the way and manner of obtaining salvation is pointed out. Everyone us, therefore, who is desirous of salvation, must learn to enter in by this way.
Even John Calvin himself disagrees with his followers that the Greek “Pas” refers to all men that ever lived. So how does Calvin end up twisting his sickly mind for hidden meaning of Gnostics? He said,
But it may be asked, If God wishes none to perish, why is it that so many do perish? To this my answer is, that no mention here is made of the hidden purpose of God, according to which the reprobate are doomed to their own ruin, but only of his will as made known to us in the gospel.
For God there stretches forth his hand without a difference to all, but lays hold only of those, to lead them to himself, whom he has chosen before the foundations of the world.
John Calvin is saying that God omitted the truth and you just have to accept it. Should we trust the presumption of Calvin?
What is the context of 2 Peter? Besides the saved brethren, who else is being talked about from verse 1 to 9? “Scoffers, walking after their own lusts” (v.3). They who “willingly are ignorant” (v.5) who “perished” (v.6), the “ungodly men” (v.7). Therefore, God is “not willing that any should perish” (v.9) even these.
“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed”. (Luke 2.1). “All the world” is referring to all the known world under the aspirations of wicked men of Rome.
“Because of the hope which is laid up for you in the heavens, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel, which is come unto you; even as it is also in all the world…” (Col. 1.5-6). This does not refer to the world geographically.
“I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.” (Is. 46.10). Everything in God’s design is according to His will be done. That includes those going to hell for by their own free-choice, for they reject salvation offered to all.
“The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him" (John 12.19). Pharisees are not bastions of truth. Hence, their believing the whole world is an exaggeration, yet nonetheless believed by themselves.
For the Sins of the Whole World
“And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for [the sins of] the whole world.” (1 John 2.2)
“And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” (Rev. 22.19).
If the book of life only carries the
names of the elect, why would God make an idle threat to blot them out? God will
uphold threats that He issues. If it is just an idle threat, that would make God
a bully and a liar. The book of life existed before the foundations of the
world with everyone's name in it; only then are names blotted out when people
refuse salvation. The blotting out means definitely they are not coming back in.
The book of life existed before the foundations of the world with everyone's name in it; only then are names blotted out when people refuse salvation. The blotting out means definitely they are not coming back in.
“Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written. And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.” (Ex. 32.32,33) “Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into thy righteousness. Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.” (Ps. 69.27,28)
What is their sin? There sin was tolerating the apostates who worship the golden calf. Are we to tolerate the Calvinists?
“Say unto them, [As] I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live” (Ez. 33.11).
If God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked, doesn’t that mean God wants all to be saved?