Calvin said that it is only God that saves and there is nothing mortal man can do for salvation. On the surface that seems correct. It is true that only God saves. The question Calvin raises in my mind is “how does God save?”. If Calvin was right then Jesus was wrong, or at least that is how it appears to me.
(Mat 28:18-20 NIV) Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
If Calvin was right then no one can make disciples, baptizing has no worth, and neither does teaching. If it is only God that chooses then nothing matters. One would not be condemned for sin, because sin is what man does and nothing man does matters.
If only Calvin could have been born before Jesus so that Jesus would have known that sin didn’t matter! If he understood Calvinism he would have known that he didn’t have to be sacrificed for the sin of the world, because sin doesn’t really condemn a man: only God saves and He saves those that He wants to save. Because all men sin and He saves some of them then sin really has nothing to do with salvation. Would He save some because they try not to sin? That would mean that man would have something to do with his own salvation. Well, according to Calvin that is not possible.
If Calvin was correct then of what benefit to anyone would teaching his doctrine be? Would it be of any benefit to anyone to teach about Jesus or anything for that matter?
If a man is to be condemned and there is nothing he, or she can do about it then it would only be cruel to teach about God to them. Why rub salt in the wound?
We call ourselves Christians because we say we follow him. He said that we should make disciples. If you do not believe it is possible to make disciples then in effect you are saying Jesus was wrong. You do right to call yourself “Calvinist” because you do not believe Christ and you prove yourself wrong by teaching Calvinism because if Calvin were correct it would not matter what you taught, or even if you taught. It would even be better not to teach.
Do you teach from pride of what you think you know, or do you teach because of your love for your fellow man? What love could there possibly be to teach the unsaved that there really is no hope for them.
I know that you are thinking that I should not be saying these things about you, but if you and Calvin are right it doesn’t really matter: does it? And if Jesus is right nothing else matters. Well, I might have hurt your pride, but then why do you have any pride?
Who do you really follow Calvin, or Jesus? What do you teach “Calvinism or “Christianity”? If Calvin says one can not make disciples and Jesus commanded us do so then the two disciplines are not compatible.
Before you start to throw stones at me, look in the mirror and ask yourself, ‘Am I a “Calvinist or a “Christian”? If your answer is “Calvinist” then by all means start throwing. Let’s talk about this.