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Where is the love of God in Calvinism? Part 2

Where is the love of God in Calvinism?

Calvin and Augustine

Reformed theologians credit John Calvin with creating the essential points of Calvinist theology.  However, it is commonly agreed upon that the core principles of Calvinism were first taught by Augustine centuries before Calvin. Augustine was the “Father of Roman Catholic Theology,” but oddly he is claimed by Catholics and Protestants alike as the greatest of theologians.  As we shall see, much of Calvin’s teaching is “warmed-over Catholicism” [Dave Hunt – What ...

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Where is the love of God in Calvinism? Part 1

Where is the love of God in Calvinism?

Let’s look at the words of John Calvin himself:

In this series of articles, our goals are to examine the beliefs of John Calvin and each part of the beliefs of Calvinism and to provide a Biblical answer to all part of Calvinism’s T-U-L-I-P.  In this article, we will examine the beliefs of John Calvin and compare them to what the Bible teaches us.

The term “Calvinism” has been ...

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Where is the love of God in Calvinism? Part 9

Where is the love of God in Calvinism? Part 9

Perseverance of the Saints:  Can Professing Believers Be Assured That They are Eternally Secure?

With a few noteworthy exceptions, most evangelicals believe in “eternal security,” the teaching that a saved person can never be lost.  Eternal security aids in assurance regarding salvation—the confidence that one can recognize beyond any doubt that he is saved.  Did Calvin teach that one could be sure of his salvation, eternally secure from the point of conversion ...

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Where is the love of God in Calvinism? Part 8

Where is the love of God in Calvinism?  Part 8

Irresistible Grace:  Can the “Elect” Refuse Salvation?

Acceptance of the first three points of Calvinism leads unsurprisingly to the inevitability of accepting the next point, what Calvinists call “irresistible grace.”  The argument goes as follows:

  1. Humanity is totally depraved, meaning man is powerless to hear, understand, and respond to the gospel.
  2. so-how-do-you-know-you-are-electGod has unconditionally elected some people to ...
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Where is the love of God in Calvinism? Part 7

Where is the love of God in Calvinism?  Part 7

Limited Atonement: Did Christ Die for the Whole World?

As previously posted, Calvinism restricts the love of God by suggesting that God has only chosen to save a few and condemn the rest (Unconditional Election).  Accepting this point logically leads to the thought that Christ did not die for the sins of the whole world, but rather for the sins of only the elect.  Calvinists teach that their doctrine of ...

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Where is the love of God in Calvinism? Part 6

Where is the love of God in Calvinism?  Part 6

Unconditional Election:  Forced or Free to Choose?

tiiptoeing-tulipsUnconditional election is our second stop on the tiptoeing through the “TULIP” theology.  Calvinists say that this principle must rationally follow their dogma of Total Depravity (which they describe as the total inability, not merely sinfulness).  A leading Calvinist Herman Hanko says, “No man can claim ever to ...

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