Clear exposer of a counterfeit doctrine I'm ashamed to admit that I was greatly influenced by many Calvinist preachers on this platform, believing that it was scriptural. It was not until I started attending a Calvinist church that I began to see that it is actually what Paul describes as another gospel.
As the cold clammy tendrils of Calvinism advanced towards my heart, I continued to read my AV Bible and began to see that the more covert aspects of their beliefs were absolutely contradicted. We are not robots, we can and must make a choice, Jesus invites and doesn't force.
I then read about Calvin - who was revered like a pope at the church I attended - and am still astonished when I hear otherwise sound preachers quoting him as if he was a godly man.
I studied Scripture, listened to their arguments and became convinced that the infant sprinkling (practised by the church I attended) is not baptism any more than the Catholic mass is the Lord's supper - but that is a small matter compared with a corrupted gospel which leaves people hoping that they are elect and waiting, waiting, waiting for God to save them - and their loved ones.
Thankyou for this valuable rebuttal of the insidious doctrines of Calvin. I wish I'd heard it years ago.
In the end I thought i was saved, then years later I fell away because many deaths and ruin hit my family, In the end it comes down to this.. God gives you faith to believe, if you dont have the faith to go through hell and still praise Him, then how can you judge yourself unworthy of Christ ( which I do) if 'Faith is a gift of God least any man should boast'
why is it that I know Jesus Christ is Lord, yet have no peace of mind in this, and avoid the bible because I cant live up to its high standard, I try but i cant.. and every Time I 'seek and knock' I come away empty handed so to speak.
I am desperate, i fear God, yet I cannot find love for Christ in my heart.
Its like seeing the ship slowly sinking and seeing no life boat to find rescue in.
I hate sin in my life, I hate lÃ¬fe itself.
I want it to be over yet fear those terrible words 'Depart from me I never knew you'
Why wont God forgive me?
Did i commit the unpardonable sin against the Holy Spirit?
Is it all just a big joke? Are we all just little pawns in a Devine game of chess with Good and Evil?
Great Sermon! I gave thanks to the Lord this morning for you, and your learning. I didn't do much school, so I am really thankful for these teachings on church history and those who gave thier lives for the Truth of Gods word and our right to have it.
And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
It is not something new there has always been violent persecution Jesus told us this.
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
It does not matter if we die. In Daniel the 3 men did not run for their lives or pull out an AR15 they trusted in God and were willing to die for him.
And if you ask me the church of America had it coming. I encounter so many bizarre fringe groups that trust more in a person or a letter Q than their bibles.
Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.Â For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?Â And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?Â
Pray for your enemies. Love them. And do not respond with insults or like ungodly men.
The day I read my bible cover to cover was the day I realized that almost all Christians in America were in disobedience to God. Christians were supposed to spread the Gospel of Jesus and be righteous, but they are far from it. All they care about is money and blessing. They do fight for pro life but you cannot stop the world from going entering into moral decay. Making a law to stop abortions will not stop abortions or suddenly make America into a paradise. You cannot force sinners to live like Christians. Pastors and Christians preaching are the ones who will change the people and make them REPENT. not some law of man which can change the next day. Marijuana is legal.
GO and look at all the preachers from 2016 to 2019. All they preached about was prosperity and idolized Donald Trump.
They call him the second David. You call him Cyrus the great. They call him the anointed one. Which means Christ.
Idolatry over a man. Obama said some bible verses but people knew better Trump says one and you start making icons of him.
Well do you want my gold is in heaven. My weapons are not physical they are spiritual. Your prophets and leaders were wrong and blind. The blind will follow the blind and they will both fall.
Yes I agree there is no more Jew or non Jew in Christ. We become part of the kingdom of God where everyone from every tongue and nation is there worshiping the Son and Father.
My only problem is with wicked men that have come inside the fold. They teach that black people have no soul and are not human. Like the Mormon Cult. People that preach Jesus but then want to segregate people based on ethnicity.
Peter was eating with the gentiles, but when some Jewish men came he isolated himself from the gentiles and only hung out with his Jewish people. Paul rebuked his behavior because a true believer in Christ should not act like that.
Timothy was half Greek and half Jew and some Jewish people had problems with that.
Just like today. They have no problems that their children marries an unbeliever but if its another "race" they cannot stand it. They say that because of the old testament but they ignore the new testament. The only problem is the union of non believers with believers.
Why do some of you isolate yourselves from people who look different from you? Why do some of you act bias?
I am not accusing people, but this is my own reflection.
Amen brothers. How many more people like Jon Steingard are among us.Jesus already knew who believed and who did not believe. Not everyone will reach the narrow gate. All we can do is be fearful for our salvation and help strengthen the faith of those among us.
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.Â But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;Â That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.Â For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?Â And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?Â
I will say it again. TOO many people are SELF righteous.
If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,Â And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?Â
"America First" "America FIRST!!" Why not Jesus First?
Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.Â
Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother:
And OPPRESS NOT the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.
But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.
Therefore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, saith the LORD of hosts:
I am sorry to say this but God will not listen to people who did not listen to him. God wanted mercy and righteousness.
All this 2016 and beyond was SELF righteousness. Go listen to your false prophets and false teachers that told you this was going to be the best years of your lives. You listened them defend putting children in cages and all cruel laws against foreign and non white people.
Now that you are facing cruel laws yourselves, you want to disobey them when you forced other people to obey the government you claimed to love.
God ahead pray and act like you are innocent but I tell you that God came for the lost not 99 self righteous people that do not believe they have no sin.
God is Judging this cruel nation. Just like he will judge everyone.