This post is in the same theme as my last “10 Things” post (SEE HERE FOR ON THAT POST), except that this one is the EXACT OPPOSITE of the last one. Sometimes Calvinists remind me of Mormons. Now, I know that sounds insulting, but please let me explain. Mormons, often times, try to “hide” some of their more “hard to believe” doctrines from new converts or people they are trying to convert. They won’t talk about polygamy, the blood atonement doctrine, that Joseph Smith said that the “rest of Christianity” was apostate, that you could have your own planet someday, that God used to be a human being or that Jesus and Satan are brothers.
I see the same thing happening with Calvinists, a lot of the time. They rarely ever mention their “hard to believe” doctrines while witnessing to the lost, while preaching in the open air or in their prayers. They rarely ever talk about Unconditional Election or Unconditional Reprobation, on the streets. They rarely ever talk about Limited/Definite Atonement, while they are witnessing to someone. They rarely ever mention Irresistible Grace, while they pray.
Why is that? Are they ashamed of such doctrines? Do they not think that such doctrines are important? Do they really believe in them? In light of these experiences of mine, I have made a list of 10 things that consistent Calvinists SHOULD say, but usually don’t say. As with the last list, this list doesn’t include all Calvinists. There may be some Calvinists who would and do say these things. I couldn’t possibly include all Calvinists, since I don’t know all Calvinists and haven’t had an experience with all Calvinists. I am simply going by my extended experience with Calvinists, over the last 8 years or so.
1) A Calvinist, speaking to a lost sinner – “Jesus might not have died for you. However, Jesus did die for me and NO, that doesn’t mean that God is ‘playing favorites’.”
2) A Calvinist quotes Acts 17:30-31 and then says this, to a lost sinner – “That doesn’t mean that you CAN repent, though. God must first regenerate you (make you born again), BEFORE you CAN repent. God may not want you to be saved. He may have predestined you for Hell, from eternity past. That means that you may not be a part of the ‘all men, everywhere’ that God has commanded to repent.”
3) A Calvinist quotes John 3:16 and then says this, to a lost sinner – “God may not love you. You may not be a part of ‘the world’, since ‘the world’ in this verse only means ‘the world of the elect’ and not ALL of humankind.”
4) A Calvinist, speaking to a lost sinner – “God is angry with the wicked everyday, even though he predestined/decreed/ordained you to be wicked! I know that doesn’t make sense to you, but that is because you have a depraved mind. Who are you, oh man, to reply against God?!? Who are you, to use Logic?!? Don’t you know that Calvinism invented Presuppositional Apologetics?!? Only Calvinist can use logic!!”
5) A Calvinist, speaking to a lost sinner who is mocking him – “God predestined/decreed/ordained you to mock Him like this, yet He is not the ‘author’ of your mocking.”
6) A Calvinist, speaking to a newborn baby they are holding, in front of the parents of the newborn baby – “You’re not innocent or cute! You’re a CHILD OF WRATH because a man ate a piece of fruit around 6,000 years ago! You are GUILTY, GUILTY, GUILTY of his sin!”
7) A Calvinist, speaking to their 7 year old – “I’m sorry Johnny, but you may not be a part of God’s elect. God may have predestined you for Hell and there’s nothing that you or I can do about it.”
8) A Calvinist speaking to another Calvinist, who asked him to go out on the streets witnessing – “There’s no reason for me to go out witnessing tonight. God will save whomever He has decreed to save. He doesn’t need my help. He is sovereign. I am going to stay home and watch college football, instead.”
9) After a Calvinist has sinned, he prays a prayer of confession – “Thank you God, for decreeing my sin and then decreeing my repentance. I don’t understand it all, but you obviously have decreed that as well. And as far as I understand, you have decreed that I will keep sinning and keep confessing, everyday for the rest of my life, even though you ‘want me to be holy’. Then, when I ‘get to Heaven’, you will decree that I never sin again. How glorious is your wisdom, oh God. Who can understand it? Amen.”
10) A Calvinist, praying for lost sinners, before he goes out to preach – “God, I know that you have decreed that most of these people will be damned and that very few will be saved. I’m just thankful that I was unconditionally elected and that you have decreed to use me to bring some of the other elect ones to salvation, irresistibly. Yet, I am not a puppet and you don’t force anyone to be saved.”
I actually am glad that most Calvinists are inconsistent enough not to say the above things. The less their doctrine is spread, the better. The less their doctrine is spread, the less people will be turned away from Christianity and become Atheists.
If you are a Calvinist, then you need to either become consistent or give up your false doctrine. Why don’t you preach your beliefs on the street? Why don’t you share these things in witnessing encounters? Why don’t you tell little children, babies and the parents of such children/babies, the truth? Why don’t you incorporate your doctrines into your prayers?
Is it because you don’t really believe what you say you believe? Is it because you are scared to share them? Is it because you know that they don’t make any sense and that you have no logical defense for them? Is it because you have no Biblical defense for your doctrines?
You truly have no excuse. If you are right, concerning your theology, you will give an account to your “god” on judgment day, for being ashamed and for not sharing the whole truth (<–Yes, I know, that doesn’t make any sense, since he decreed you to not share your beliefs). If you are wrong, concerning your theology, you will give an account to God for believing it, teaching it and spreading it, since it is false doctrine. Either way, you need to repent. I pray that you come to the latter conclusion.
You may want to watch this video series, for more on Consistent Calvinism:
CONSISTENT CALVINISM VIDEO SERIES