When one enters the phrase "why are Calvinists" in Google, the first few auto-fill responses that appear are: "wrong," "so angry," "so arrogant," "such jerks," and "so negative." A recent brouhaha in late November at Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary, which caused four students to walk out of a lecture, is just the latest in a series of events that keeps the subject simmering.
Calvinism is a theological construct that places such a high priority on God's sovereignty that it draws a conclusion that all believers are predestined by God to believe, casting confusion over whether those who place their trust in Jesus Christ as Savior have done so of their own free will.
Most Calvinists argue they are misunderstood when it comes to evangelism, adding that they are just as committed to preach the good news of Jesus Christ as any other Christian.
Reformed theologian Greg Dutcher noted in a video...
When I see SteveR rants and toxic belchings this verse of scripture ALWAYS is brought to my mind; ...O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the LORD? Acts 13:10.
'Antichrist Unveiled' Timely Reading by Richard Bennett, Christian Apologist / Biblical commentator & former RC priest
‚ÄúNone, but God, could have delineated beforehand the ‚Äúmystery of iniquity,‚ÄĚ which is clearly the Office of the Papacy of the Roman Catholic Church. Man could never have anticipated all this; only God foretells it. That a power claiming to act for God, to be ‚Äúas God,‚ÄĚ in the midst of the Christian Church, flouting His truth and mocking His own Holiness, defies imagination. Corruption, fraud, and false pretenses have ruled the world for ages from the very same seven-hilled city where the pagan Roman Empire once ruled by military force. And, they are such that if they were not clearly described by the Lord‚Äôs Word, and seen in past and recent history, man would never have expected them. The prophetic portrayal of the wickedness of the system built around the Antichrist is a demonstration of the divine inspiration of the Bible and the power and authority of our Lord God.‚ÄĚ
Rev 7:9-12¬† - After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;¬† And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.¬†¬† And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.¬†
and ALL God's people said ....Hallelujah and amen!
The RCC troll will never face torture, Satan doesn't martyr his own. I suppose the 'unholy trinity' is off the hook now, he's taking aim at the womenfolk here!
JuneAnnette wrote: SteveR longs for the good ole days of the INQUISITION when those who spoke against the POPE and his "church" were permanently silenced. There's a whole lot of PROTESTING against the Jesuit pope's social justice gospel, his Marxist liberation theology and the climate change agenda he is advancing.
When the real antichrist arrives on the scene, needs people to torture Catholics, and they ask you for references, feel welcome to put me down. I think ladybug, ms and yourself would do a marvelous job. Especially if they allow you duty at your old Churches you were scorned by
ladybug wrote: One thing is certain sister, you are getting 'under his skin' with your continual exposing of the evils of this dead religion. This house is divided against itself and will not stand. However, God will use this dead religion for His purpose, and when that is done, it will cease to exist.
Amen sister . . Soon . . in the fullness of time . . the imposter posing as the ‚Äúbride of Christ‚ÄĚ will receive her just reward, when perfect justice will be exacted upon her by the Righteous Judge of all the Earth who will reward her double according to her wicked works.
‚ÄĚCome hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.‚ÄĚ (Rev. 17:1-2; Rev. 18)
Roman Catholicism is not CHRIST's Church!
‚ÄúFor the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church, and he is the saviour of the body.‚ÄĚ (Eph. 5:23)
"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them." - Eph. 5:11 ‚ÄúCome out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.‚ÄĚ - Rev. 18:4
One thing is certain sister, you are getting 'under his skin' with your continual exposing of the evils of this dead religion. This house is divided against itself and will not stand. However, God will use this dead religion for His purpose, and when that is done, it will cease to exist.
The RCC opposes the doctrines of grace vehemently, "In the year 1563 by the order of the Pope, there was a council held at Trent. And Rome then and there defined her theological position on the points that had been made by the Reformers, and one of their decrees read thus [now the decrees of the Council of Trent are their standard today on controverted points], "If anyone shall affirm that since the fall of Adam man's free will is lost, let him be accursed"- A. W. Pink
That isn't shocking, for it flies in the face of their 'works-based' salvation. This is why it won't be hard to sway most churches to accept and unite with Roman Catholicism, most believe in and teach 'free will'. So their teachings are that different after all are they?
ladybug wrote: Sister JA, You have struck a nerve in the RCC troll - to God be the glory!
SteveR longs for the good ole days of the INQUISITION when those who spoke against the POPE and his "church" were permanently silenced. There's a whole lot of PROTESTING against the Jesuit pope's social justice gospel, his Marxist liberation theology and the climate change agenda he is advancing.
SteveR would SHUT DOWN these Catholic Bloggers if he could who daily expose the heresies / blasphemies of Pope Francis!
The Remnant Newspaper Novus Ordo Watch Vox Cantoris Mundabor's Blog TradCatKnight TRADITIO Fathers Commentary Pope Francis the Destroyer Blog The Wild Voice
The open hostility and animosity many Catholics have for Pope Francis is palpable and is reflected in their no holes barred commentary directed against him. They are PROTESTING vehemently against this POPE who they ACCUSE of abandoning Catholic Tradition. ------
How much more should professing Christians PROTEST against the Catholic "church" whose doctrines and traditions make void the "commandment of God."
‚ÄúAnd he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.‚ÄĚ (Mark 7:9)
You have struck a nerve in the RCC troll - to God be the glory!
Roman Catholicism is from the pit of hell, and the minions of Satan will defend her to the death. This religion has led multitudes down the broad road and will never be defended by God's elect. May we keep exposing it for what it is, even when met with opposition from the followers of Satan.
They uphold a 'works-based' salvation and worship a different 'jesus'. They enslave their followers because they themselves are enslaved and know nothing of the new birth. They refer to their leader as 'holy father' breaking the commandment given in Matthew 23:9. The list goes on and on and on.....
B. McCausland wrote: This, along with the Neo Calvinist antinomianism so rampant in today's evangelical settings, and so obvious in this Forum where topics about conduct receive virulent derision, bear witness to the suggested assertion of this thread's topic
Neo Calvinism in many instances is indeed a long way from the promotion of holiness which brothers like Bishop Ryle preached on.
It seems to me that there are some who vainly imagine that the holding of correct doctrine is all that the Lord requires of us. This is a big mistake. It leads to armchair Christians, which is as far away from Christlikeness as you can get.
I point no finger because I have been guilty of this myself. There is a sort of idolatry involved when any sinner is made into a saint (being predestined unto good works) but ends up filling shelves with good Christian literature and reading it, but never getting out and about in the world as the Lord Jesus did.
Eventually, the power of the Spirit diminishes, and the connection to the True Vine is frayed, leading to a powerlessness and lack of fruitbearing. It becomes impotent - never wins converts.
Thankfully, the Lord is full of grace and restores. "He restoreth my soul". His love is eternal.
We will NEVER stop PROTESTING against POPERY so long as Catholic Apologists ARROGANTLY claim Roman Catholicism is Christ's church . . which it is NOT !
1 ) ‚ÄúLecky, in his two-volume classic History of European Morals (1911) wrote: ‚ÄúIt would be impossible to conceive a more complete transformation that Christianity had thus undergone, and it is melancholy to contrast with its aspect during the Crusades the impression it had once more justly made upon the world, as the spirit of gentleness and of peace encountering the spirit of violence and war.' The church was fully converted to the Roman Empire. The ministers ‚Äď pope, bishops, priests ‚Äď denied the beatitudes by proclaiming bloodshed as its official teaching. The ancient creed that upheld the sanctity of life was abandoned.‚ÄĚ
Roman Catholicism is NOT Christ's Church!
God's Word declares: ‚ÄúFor the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church, and he is the saviour of the body.‚ÄĚ (Eph. 5:23)
God's Word trumps blasphemous and ARROGANT papal proclamations, who have sought to usurp the power and authority that belongs to Christ and Him alone!
Citation: History of European Morals, P. 253 / by: W. E. H. Lecky / Publisher London : Longman, Green
JuneAnnette wrote: Christian Apologetics is NOT slander! Exposing the popes as antichrists was very much a part of the two-fold witness brought by the Reformers. Popery is against Christ!
To me you sound very much like any other garden variety atheist/jew/muslim/Buddhist/universalist slandering the RCC. Now, if you were to offer a SPECIFIC Christian Theology that you are defending, then you would qualify as an apologist. You are yet to do so.
- Anywhere but the RCC or even no church at all instead of the RCC isn't a specific doctrine
Christian Apologetics is NOT slander! Exposing the popes as antichrists was very much a part of the two-fold witness brought by the Reformers. Popery is against Christ!
Regarding the PAPACY, a former pope writes: In his book, Ecclesiam Suam, Pope Paul expressed his distress because of what some of the `separated brethren' say about the pope as the stumbling block in the way of church unity. He said, ‚ÄúDo not some of them say that if it were not for the primacy of the pope, the reunion of the separated churches with Catholic Church would be easy? We beg the separated brethren to consider the inconsistency of this position, not only in that, without the pope, the Catholic Church would no longer be Catholic, but also because without the supreme decisive pastoral office of Peter, the unity of the Church of Christ would utterly collapse.‚ÄĚ - - Paul VI, 6 August 1964
God's Word declares: ‚ÄúFor the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church, and he is the saviour of the body.‚ÄĚ (Eph. 5:23)
‚ÄúAnd he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.‚ÄĚ (Colossians 1:18)
As the Apostle Peter said: ‚Äúwe ought to obey God, rather than men.‚ÄĚ - Acts 5:29
JJ wrote: ..made me fully understand how satanic Calvinism is....
Matthew 12:31-37 KJV (31) Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. (32) And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. (33) Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. (34) O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. (35) A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. (36) But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. (37) For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
I am truly sorry for you.
Only the Lord can help you out of this pickle, and awaken the dead.
JJ wrote: It was the comments posted on this site as well as direct quotes from Calvin himself that finally made me fully understand how satanic Calvinism is which most who hear the word have no understanding about whatsoever or never take the time to think about the ramifications of such a heresy, similar to all those willingly enslaved in the heresies of the Roman Catholic heresies and so many other heresies in the history of mankind.
A new reader to SA must conclude this devil guy sure owns a lot of Churches, maybe all. Is there any Church that hasn't been accused of belonging to the devil on the message board?? I would suggest the devil doesn't own the Reformed Church or RCC, but he sure owns some people on this board. I'm not saying you. I think you have an opinion and wanted to share it. I will guess you don't spend every waking moment of your day slandering a Church you don't like....but some here do. They cant stop, they aren't allowed to stop, because they are owned
Regarding Roman Catholicism, Thomas Watson (1620-1686), Christian Apologist / Biblical Commentator wrote:
It is a cruel Religion, it is maintained and propagated by Blood and Cruelty. The Pope will have St. Paul‚Äôs Sword, as well as St. Peter‚Äôs Keys; and what he cannot maintain by dint and force of Argument, that will he endeavour to maintain by force of Arms. In a word, the Romish Church is a Purple Whore, dyed with the Blood of Saints and Martyrs.
A. W. PINK: We need not be surprised then to find that [Roman Catholicism] repudiates most vehemently this precious truth and pronounces accursed all who hold it. That Roman Catholics and Arminians walk hand in hand may be seen from the ‚Äėdecrees‚Äô issued by the Council of Trent. Among the ‚Äėdecrees‚Äô of the Council of Trent (1563), which is the avowed standard of Popery, we find the following: ‚ÄúIf any one shall affirm with positive and absolute certainty, that he shall surely have the gift of perseverance to the end let him be accursed!‚Äô
Roman Catholicism is a gigantic system of Mary-worship, saint-worship, image-worship, and relic-worship.
In one word, it is a huge organized idolatry.
J.C. Ryle "Idolatry to be Destroyed"
IDOLATRY is a soul-damning error! And what is POPERY, but Romish idolatry? - Thomas Watson - [URL=https://www.gracegems.org/Watson/roman_catholicism.htm]]]https://www.gracegems.org/Watson/roman_catholicism..[/URL]
It was the comments posted on this site as well as direct quotes from Calvin himself that finally made me fully understand how satanic Calvinism is which most who hear the word have no understanding about whatsoever or never take the time to think about the ramifications of such a heresy, similar to all those willingly enslaved in the heresies of the Roman Catholic heresies and so many other heresies in the history of mankind.
Heresy? I would strongly disagree with you on that my friend, considering that the church as a whole was essentially Calvinistic theologically until last century. However I agree with you, that by reading some,of the posters comments on here, you would think that being reformed is a cult, and if you are not reformed you aren't saved. That is pretty wacked out..biut so is what you said when you compared Calvinists to Catholics. In my humble opinion you should 1st John 1:9 that because you are talking about believers.
ladybug wrote: This is an 'in a nutshell' link that shows all that is wrong with the Satanic teachings of the RCC - [URL=http://www.bible.ca/cath-overview-false-teaching.htm]]]http://www.bible.ca/cath-overview-false-teaching.h..[/URL]
Amen Sister . .CH Spurgeon: "Since he was cursed who rebuilt Jericho, much more the man who labours to restore Popery among us. In our fathers' days the gigantic walls of Popery fell by the power of their faith, the perseverance of their efforts, and the blast of their gospel trumpets; and now there are some who would rebuild that accursed system upon its old foundation. O Lord, be pleased to thwart their unrighteous endeavours, and pull down every stone which they build. It should be a serious business with us to be thoroughly purged of every error which may have a tendency to foster the spirit of Popery, and when we have made a clean sweep at home we should seek in every way to oppose its all too rapid spread abroad in the church and in the world. This last can be done in secret by fervent prayer, and in public by decided testimony. We must warn with judicious boldness those who are inclined towards the errors of Rome; we must instruct the young in gospel truth, and tell them of the black doings of Popery . ."
This is an 'in a nutshell' link that shows all that is wrong with the Satanic teachings of the RCC - [URL=http://www.bible.ca/cath-overview-false-teaching.htm]]]http://www.bible.ca/cath-overview-false-teaching.h..[/URL]