The false calvinist gospel
(as taught by false teachers such as John MacArthur, John Piper, James White, Loraine Boettner, and many others).
They often prefer the term “reformed” and in the past were to be found in Presbyterian and other similar churches. Today there is a new breed of calvinist, with a syncretistic belief system that has merged the teachings of Calvin with Baptist and fundamentalist beliefs, plus what appear to be even some aspects of the works-based teachings of Seventh Day Adventism (SDA).
(Keep in mind that calvinism was built upon a belief system that never broke free from the Augustinian teachings of the Catholic church. Calvin took hold of Augustine’s teachings with enthusiasm – you only have to read his Institutes to find Augustine more consistently quoted than any other writer. In effect, Calvin’s church was a modified Roman Catholic church. Reform belief, thus, is really a re-worked Catholic belief system with added extras. For more information, please try these links to Calvinism is a Counterfeit Christian Cult, The Truth about the Reformation and Calvinism, Cults, and Control)
The old reform believers (such as Presbyterians) were very “churchy” (driven by works that had to be evident to other “Christians” who would judge them accordingly). They had little desire for genuine Biblical evangelism. Reform belief evangelists prefer to produce puritan converts rather than genuine born-again Christians. (This is clearly evidenced by their strong objection to the lost being able to make any sort of decision to accept God’s gift of salvation. Calvinists teach that anything resembling the sinners’ prayer or similar cannot save any person at all. The calvinist God has either chosen you, or, as is the case for 99% or more of the world’s population, he hasn’t chosen you! But there’s one thing calvinists teach aggressively: you don’t ever get to make any decision for yourself on this matter!)
However, during the 20th century, the deadness of the reform belief led to large numbers leaving such churches. This style of religion was progressively losing touch with the reality of changes happening in the world around them. Many such churches either closed their doors or shut down completely; they just weren’t getting enough in their congregations to support the ministry. In Australia, this eventually led to the formation of the Uniting Church, an apostate denomination built upon the Presbyterian, Methodist and Congregational churches. The Uniting Church, though, refused any mandate for reaching out for the lost, focusing instead upon a social agenda better suited to the secular world.
Then a new style of calvinist (reform) teaching took hold. Instead of the almost total lack of enthusiasm for outreach in the past, the “new” calvinists (as they often like to refer to themselves) became more aggressive in their proselytizing of people (generally from other churches). The new, more aggressive style was marketed very successfully, especially among pastoral student colleges. The old product had become the exciting new product that better appealed to those desiring more acceptability in their communities. No longer were Christians the downtrodden of the world; they would become desirable, attending desirable mega-churches led by desirable pastors with mega-salaries to match. The church had become very much more acceptable to a world that Jesus taught should have been opposing and even persecuting them.
However, the general fundamentalist Christian community wanted greater evangelical emphasis, without sacrificing their fundamentalist beliefs; the new calvinists wanted acceptability while retaining as much of the calvinist teachings as possible. So, a fusion of teachings occurred, with the calvinists appearing to become more evangelical and fundamentalist, and thus seemingly more acceptable to genuine fundamentalist Christians. This was a relatively simple task in the largely puritan American fundamentalist church community. (Note the puritan actions and decisions of the Moral Majority in USA.) However, what the calvinists offered merely portrayed an appearance of acceptability with not one of the major (and basic) calvinist teachings being sacrificed for the sake of fundamentalist Christianity. What the calvinists really wanted was to be declared the only truly fundamentalist option available! That is, if you aren’t calvinist, then you cannot be an on-the-ball evangelical Christian!
In fact, Al Mohler of the SBC declares: “Where else are they going to go? If you’re a theological minded, deeply convictional young evangelical, if you’re committed to the gospel and want to see the nations rejoice in the name of Christ, if you want to see gospel built and structured committed churches, your theology is just going end up basically being Reformed, basically something like this new Calvinism, or you’re going to have to invent some label for what is basically going to be the same thing, there just are not options out there”
The new calvinist still held to the following beliefs:
(a) The total absence of free will for man to ever be able to choose this day whom he would serve (they call this “total inability”). That is, God chooses who will be saved. Whoever is chosen for salvation will go to heaven; those not chosen for salvation go to hell. (Man may be permitted to sin, even be able to choose to sin, yet not have the free will to not choose sin!)
(b) The selection by God, from the beginning of time, of an elect (read “elite”) group who would go to heaven without any condition being required of man (they call this “unconditional election”). That is, God’s choice did not depend in any way upon any quality of goodness or lack thereof in your life. Nothing you (nor anyone else) can do is able to ever influence God’s choice concerning you one way or the other. Effectively, this makes any kind of Biblical evangelism quite redundant, for according to this teaching, if you are on that list of elect, you will be regenerated (their term for “being saved”); if you are not one of the elect, you will not be regenerated, ever. No Biblical evangelism can ever logically make any difference at all!
(c) The atonement for sins on the cross to be limited to only those whom God had unconditionally chosen to be His elect (they call this “limited atonement”, sometimes called “particular atonement” or “definite atonement” or “effectual atonement” – these various terms are designed to draw your attention away from the fact that they teach that the atonement for sins is limited only to the elect). Effectively, therefore, if you are not one of the elect, you cannot ever be saved because the calvinist Jesus never died for your sins. He only died for the 1% (or less) that God chose for heaven; the other 99% can never be saved, even if they wanted to be. That is, the calvinist God made absolutely no provision for any gospel of salvation for the 99% non-elect of the world. According to the calvinist, they were born with only one option from the start: eternal torment in hell.
(d) The total inability of man to resist the call of the Holy Spirit if and when he (man) is called for “regeneration” (they call this “irresistible grace”). (Regeneration is their term for “being born again”; it is rare to find a calvinist using the terms “being saved” or “being born again”.) That is, if you are one of the elect of God, then when God calls you to regeneration, you will come; you will not be able to resist the call of the Holy Spirit to be saved. Effectively, if you are one of the elect, you cannot avoid, refuse, or resist God’s call: you will be saved. It is your destiny!
(In fact, the phrase “It is your destiny” effectively applies to every person on earth, 1% to salvation, the remaining 99% to hell. Note also that the Holy Spirit, according to the calvinist, will never call any of the 99% non-elect to salvation! It never was their destiny at any time, ever.)
(e) The perseverance of the elect to continue faithfully until they enter heaven (aptly called by calvinists the “perseverance of the elect”). That is, if you don’t persevere in your “faithful” works until the end, you never were one of the elect in the first place. It is effectively the same as “once saved, always saved”; while calvinists deny that a person can be “once saved, always saved”, they do teach that once you are born again as one of God’s elect, you cannot lose your eternal salvation in heaven. The only difference is that calvinists have to persevere until the end before they can be assured of being one of the elect, while “once-saved-always-saved” people consider that their personal decision to be saved will carry them through to the end.
Once genuinely regenerated, an elect person cannot backslide, cannot lose his/her salvation, ever. (Because this strongly suggests a somewhat holy perfection of the Christian, some prefer to say the elect person cannot backslide significantly.) Backsliding, which in calvinist teaching is characterised by leaving regular church worship and other Christian activities, demonstrates that your faith was only temporary; you never were really one of the elect in the first place. This was a teaching of John Calvin, who termed it “an inferior operation of the Spirit”! (Calvin’s Institutes Bk 3 Ch 2 Section 11)
Thus, the new calvinist, while attempting to appear evangelical and fundamentalist, fails miserably on both accounts. For the calvinist can offer absolutely no gospel of hope for 99% of the world, and the other 1% will be regenerated by the calvinist God even if they never hear the gospel. In fact, the calvinist teaches that it is only after a person is regenerated that he is able to believe in Jesus and His gospel of salvation.
“A man is not saved because he believes in Christ; he believes in Christ because he is saved.” (Page 75, The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination – Loraine Boettner)
The real truth of the calvinist gospel is that their God not only created around 1% (or less) of mankind for eternal life in heaven, but also created the remaining 99% (or more) for eternal torment in hell. This is called double predestination; that is, God predestined some to life, and therefore predestined the vast majority to death. The calvinist God thus created two classes of mankind: one with absolute certainty of living for eternity in heaven, and the other with absolute certainty of living in hell for eternity. This is called double predestination, and double predestination is the gospel of the calvinist. One or the other is your destiny!
Many new calvinists do not like to admit what they truly believe, that their God actually predestines 99% of the world to hell without any option to plead their case, or even have any say in the matter at all. They prefer to teach that their God predestines the elect to heaven, and that the rest are left to make their own way unaided to whatever options are left open to them. However, there are only two options for eternity according to the Bible: eternal life in heaven and eternal torment in hell. Just cancel out the “life in heaven” option and you are left with just one option: “torment in hell”. It’s like Henry Ford telling people that they could have any colour car they desired, as long as it was black! The calvinist God, by removing the option of heaven, has condemned 99% of the world to hell without reprieve.
Imagine that a man is walking past a well into which three boys have fallen. The boys cannot reach the top of the well, and will drown if not rescued. The man reaches down, selects one of the boys, tells him to reach up and grab his hand. The man drags the boy out and delivers him safely to his parents. But what of the other two boys? He left them there to drown. That man could have saved all three, but chose to save only one. Is he a saviour or murderer? Did he, by merely ignoring the other two boys, effectively become the cause of their deaths? Of course, if that man had tried to save the other boys but they had refused to grab hold of his hand, then the responsibility for their deaths then falls upon the two boys left in the well. The man remains saviour for that one boy who was rescued, but only if he also offered salvation to the other two. Even if they refused, the man remains saviour to the boy who was saved, and a potential saviour to the other two who could have been saved if only they had accepted it.
The calvinist teaches that Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross was of infinite value; that is, Jesus’ sacrifice was sufficient to be able to pay for every sin of every person for all time. (Of course, no Bible-believing fundamentalist Christian would accept anything to do with calvinism if it taught that Jesus’ sacrifice was only sufficient for the sins of the elect! So, if calvinism is to gain acceptability with the fundamentalist Christians, it is compelled to teach that Jesus’ sacrifice was of infinite value, even though they don’t really believe it! For how is an infinite sacrifice relevant to the calvinist if they believe that it would only pay for 1% or less of mankind?)
That is (and here is the calvinist disclaimer), their admission that the sacrifice was of infinite value cannot be permitted to oppose their teaching that Jesus died only for the sins of the elect and none other. While the calvinist Jesus could have paid for all sins of all people for all time, he still wouldn’t pay for the sins of the 99% who would never be permitted to go to heaven.
This leads to two questions:
(a) Why pay the price for all sins of all mankind for all time if that price doesn’t actually pay for all those sins? This is illogical! It’s like paying for all the stock in a store and dumping 99% of it at the rubbish tip because you decided you didn’t really intend buying it! (Of course, MacArthur does teach that the elect were so important to God that He gave up His Son to die on their behalf; thus, according to this logic, the non-elect were not important enough. Read MacArthur teaches Works Salvation.)
(b) Why couldn’t that price be allocated to all sins and not to just a select few, especially if the election is unconditional upon anything a person can do (according to calvinist teaching)? If you pay for all the stock, it seems foolishness to then just leave 99% behind to rot.
Is the calvinist Jesus really Saviour if he refuses to offer life to those who might ask, effectively leaving them no option but to die and go to hell. On the other hand, if the Biblical Jesus offers salvation to all, and most refuse, then all those who refuse will go to hell without any excuse, for they refused to accept the salvation that was freely offered to them. Jesus then remains the Saviour of the world, even if they refuse to accept His salvation. Keep in mind that the calvinist God also created 99% of mankind incapable of being saved, by not putting them on the list of the elect; therefore he has effectively decreed that 99% would die without any hope of rescue ever. At least the man in the above anecdote didn’t push the three boys into the well first (I hope!).
Of course, the calvinist then says that man has no free will to accept salvation, and that all would die unless God chose that 1% for salvation. (Why not all mankind if the sacrifice were sufficient to pay for all?) However, the Bible teaches clearly that man has a choice between good and evil (Deuteronomy 30:19; Joshua 24:15), and that the word of the gospel gives entrance of light into a person’s understanding (2 Corinthians 4:3-4). Without God’s intervention man is hopelessly lost without any desire to come to Christ. But via God’s intervention through the Biblical gospel, man has opportunity to understand and to choose if, by faith, he will trust in the promises of God and come to Christ for salvation. Hell is for those who refuse by their own free will to come. All who go to hell for eternity will be there by their own free will choice. The true God of the Bible is a God of justice and righteousness!
If man has no choice, then why does satan blind men’s minds from the gospel lest they see the gospel truth (2 Corinthians 4:4)??
Note that Calvin taught double predestination, that is, God predestined some to heaven, and the rest God predestined for hell, that is, free will doesn’t exist even for the lost, for what free will do they have if the only choice they can make is to go to hell?
Institutes Bk 3, Ch 21, Section 5 – By predestination we mean the eternal decree of God, by which he determined with himself whatever he wished to happen with regard to every man. All are not created on equal terms, but some are preordained to eternal life, others to eternal damnation; and, accordingly, as each has been created for one or other of these ends, we say that he has been predestinated to life or to death.
Institutes Bk 3, Ch 21, Section 7 – We say, then, that Scripture clearly proves this much, that God by his eternal and immutable counsel determined once for all those whom it was his pleasure one day to admit to salvation, and those whom, on the other hand, it was his pleasure to doom to destruction. We maintain that this counsel, as regards the elect, is founded on his free mercy, without any respect to human worth, while those whom he dooms to destruction are excluded from access to life by a just and blameless, but at the same time incomprehensible judgment.
However, many calvinists today don’t like to admit to such teachings because it makes their calvinist God look like a non-compassionate ogre who delights in sending mankind to everlasting torment in hell. In fact, there are quite a few calvinist teachings that today’s calvinists shy away from having to admit, such as Calvin’s doctrines of (a) temporary faith, (b) salvation through the church sacraments such as baptism and communion, (c) no hope of salvation unless they regularly attend an “approved” church, (d) that no free will exists in any shape or form (that even rape and murder are decreed by God), and (e) after Jesus died He descended into hell to “feel the weight of divine vengeance” (Institutes 2, 16, 10), suffering in hell in our place (this was after He had cried “It is finished” on the cross!) – this sounds like Joyce Meyer heresy (so that’s where she got it from?). Many more “inadmissible” teachings exist!
Many calvinists today do not like the idea of having to admit that their God created one elite class of mankind to go to heaven, and created another lesser class for hell (that is, “predestinated to life or to death.” – Calvin). They like the idea that their God created them for heaven, but usually teach that the lost go to hell because they made the wrong choices.
For example, MacArthur’s website says – “Judas was not created by God to occupy hell. ….. Judas went there because Judas chose to betray Christ, chose to reject the truth, chose to pay a sad, sad price.”
Yet Judas didn’t have any other option; MacArthur also teaches that “Jesus didn’t pay for the sins of Judas because when Judas died, he went to his own place to pay for his own sins.”
(Also note in that same message that Jesus didn’t die for the sins of those whom He asked the Father to forgive for they knew not what they did!
“Jesus didn’t pay for the sins of the mob that screamed for His blood.” Clearly the calvinist Jesus didn’t think it was his responsibility to be the means of their forgiveness.)
So, the modern calvinist, who likes to be popular with his listeners, prefers to paint a different picture of the calvinist God from what Calvin originally taught. Yet most calvinists think that the teachings of Calvin illuminate the Scriptures such that people can have greater understanding of the Bible. That is, for the calvinist, Biblical truth is incomplete without the addition of the teachings of Calvin! Some go as far as to say that Calvin’s teachings are as close to perfection as is possible to be!
Other calvinists actually admit that Calvin’s teachings weren’t all acceptable. Yet, if Calvin were the Biblical exegete that his followers claim him to be, then why do they chop and change his teachings, yet still give acclaim to his spiritual insight? Why claim Calvin to be a great Bible scholar, yet deny significant portions of his teachings? This is quite illogical!
So, if Calvin taught double predestination – that is, God created two classes of mankind, one for life and the other for death, then the calvinists should just be honest and accept that this is indeed what they teach! To claim that God created one class of mankind for heaven and just left the rest to make their own way to wherever they could get to makes no sense at all, for the calvinists still admit that their God created all mankind, not just the elect! And calvinists love to teach that they hold a higher view of God’s sovereignty! (But perhaps not as sovereign over the non-elect?) If God created one class of mankind to go to heaven, and Judas wasn’t among them, then Judas only had one option left: to go to hell! Where else was Judas supposed to go? There are only two choices, life or death, heaven or hell. If you cross one option off the list, only one option remains. If the calvinist God didn’t create Judas for heaven and life, then he must have created Judas for hell and death. But calvinists are good at denying the obvious!
Regardless of whether or not Judas was foreordained to betray Jesus, or that it was his own free will decision, the focus here is on the fact that Judas never had the option of choosing to go to heaven (according to MacArthur). No matter how good or bad Judas was, nothing alters MacArthur’s statement that “Jesus didn’t pay for the sins of Judas.” It doesn’t matter how wicked Judas was; he could have been a really nice person, yet still had to go to hell because, according to MacArthur, Jesus didn’t die for the sins of Judas. Judas went to hell purely and simply because the calvinist God did not create Judas to go to heaven! If the calvinist Jesus did not die for your sins, then you are not going to heaven, and that’s final! Get used to it; it is, after, all your destiny!
In fact, according to calvinism, anyone and everyone who wasn’t created for heaven must be condemned to go to hell. Even if you are the nicest person in town, always attend church, never swear, drink nor gamble, remain faithful to your spouse, give to all needy charities, yet if you are not created by the calvinist God to go to heaven, then you will go to hell. (Of course, being such a “nice” person would probably earn you the label “elect of God”, especially being a good puritan and church attendee.)
The calvinist Jesus didn’t pay for the sins of 99% or more of mankind, thus condemning them to hell, regardless of their “niceness”. The calvinist Jesus only died for the sins of the 1% or less of mankind who will actually go to the calvinist heaven. Tell me, can anyone get to heaven if his sins were not paid for? If the answer is “No!”, then by not dying for their sins, the calvinist Jesus has effectively decreed that they will go to hell.
It is unjust to condemn people for actions that were forced upon them by God’s authority. A person can only be responsible for his own decisions. God makes this abundantly clear when He proclaims that a man will not die for the sins of anyone but himself. The soul that sins shall die!
Ezekiel 18:19-23 – 19Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, [and] hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live. 20The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. 21But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 22All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. 23Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: [and] not that he should return from his ways, and live?
When the calvinist is challenged on the teaching that his God only paid for the sins of the elect (thus effectively condemning all the non-elect to hell), he replies by saying that all people deserve to be sent to hell by a holy God, so no-one may have any excuse if they weren’t among the elect. No-one may cry “Unfair!” to the calvinist God because all have sinned and thus all deserve to be condemned to death. At first glance this argument appears to be logical, yet is actually not logical at all. A God who gives great favour to a small minority (the elect) regardless of their goodness or otherwise, yet completely withholds that same favour from all others, is denying his alleged attribute of compassion. A God who denies compassion to 99% of the world is surely less compassionate than many of the alleged non-elect of the world who do great deeds of compassion, often for the unlovable, while often denying God in their lives. Can the lost be more compassionate than God? Even the Samaritan in the parable was more compassionate (toward one who despised him) than those of Israel (God’s elect nation). God’s people are commanded to love their enemies, yet the calvinist God shows little compassion toward his enemies. Can we be more loving than God?
But how does this demonstrate God’s lack of compassion asks the calvinist. They claim that their God shows great compassion toward his elect, and that the non-elect deserve to go to hell because of their wickedness. Of course, the non-elect cannot help being wicked; the calvinist God never died for their sins, so they can never choose to be good anyway! In fact, the non-elect were created unable to be good! They were created to be wicked!
Even Calvin says that wickedness is decreed by God.
Calvin’s Institutes Bk 1, Ch 16, Section 9 – Let us suppose, for example, that a merchant, after entering a forest in company with trust-worthy individuals, imprudently strays from his companions and wanders bewildered till he falls into a den of robbers and is murdered. His death was not only foreseen by the eye of God, but had been fixed by his decree.
Thus the wicked can’t help being wicked, for the calvinist God decreed the evil that they do. And by creating them wicked, the calvinist God has excused himself from having to show any compassion toward them.
But why does the calvinist God only have compassion on 1% of mankind? Why did their Jesus die for the sins of only those people? Is it because his sacrifice wasn’t sufficient for more? The calvinist says that Jesus’ sacrifice was of infinite value, that it was sufficient to be able to pay for all the sins of all mankind for all time. But their God only permitted it to be applied to the sins of his elect alone! So the calvinist God is compassionate only toward 1% of mankind, the elect of God! At best the calvinist effectively teaches that their God doesn’t care about the eternal future of 99% of the world, the non-elect.
In the same way, the calvinist God only shows real love toward his elect; the rest don’t really deserve his love. Likewise their God’s mercy and grace may only be manifested in the 1% elect of the world. Certainly the world is desperately wicked, and our righteousnesses are as filthy rags, yet isn’t it to this sort of person that God’s attributes of love, compassion, mercy and grace are best exemplified? The calvinist gospel is that if you are one of God’s elect, you will spend eternity in heaven by invitation of the calvinist God, while the non-elect will spend an eternity in prison (hell) at the pleasure of his majesty the calvinist God.
Let’s look at another example. To be a slave meant to have no rights at all. If you were a slave, you were merely the property of your owner. You were bought and sold at market (completely without your consent in any way), and if you lacked value to be sold again, you could be disposed of in any way the owner desired, including being sold to feed the lions at the Colosseum. If you disobeyed, you could be whipped, beaten, starved, etc; you had no rights at all. Even the abolitionists (especially Christians such as Newton) recognised this as a deprivation of basic human rights. They saw all mankind as having some basic rights simply because they were human. Even Jesus came as a man to die for people because they were humans, made in the image of God. Thus, God was even mindful of mere man – see Psalm 8.
Note that the calvinist “evangelist” George Whitefield (a contemporary of Newton), left 50 slaves to the Countess of Huntingdon in England when he died in 1770. He considered them “subordinate Creatures”, and owned them in Georgia (America). Slavery there had been outlawed in 1735, so between 1748 and 1750 Whitefield campaigned for the legalisation of slavery. It was legalised in 1751. Whitefield used his preaching money to buy his slaves, arguing that Scripture justified their ownership.
However, getting back to our discussion, would calvinists in general today support the right of the slave owner to dispose of his slave-property as he saw fit. After all, the slaves (like the non-elect) have absolutely no legal right to argue back nor complain. And if the slave owner should set one out of every hundred free (merely from the goodness of his heart), should any of the others complain? After all, the slaves’ owner isn’t making it any worse for the 99% left to their miserable slave (or non-elect) existence! So, logically, shouldn’t the calvinist also support the rights of owners against that 99% of slaves who think they should also get set free! Question: How many slave owners were calvinists? You can start with George Whitefield!
So why do the calvinists make such a big thing about God having the right to condemn all mankind to eternal torment in hell without any objection allowable from mankind? Well, perhaps it’s that elite feeling the calvinist gets from being one of God’s special people! MacArthur says “You hear people say, “Well, you know, when you say the atonement is limited, people don’t feel very special.” Well, I’ll tell you what. I don’t feel very special if you say to me, “Christ died for you, He loves you just like He died for the millions in hell.” That doesn’t make me feel very special. That’s kind of a hard way to do evangelism. Christ died on the cross for your sins, and all the people in hell, too. That’s not special. That’s anything but special.”
(“The Doctrine of Actual Atonement, Part 1”)
MacArthur says that only people who are important enough and valuable enough are chosen for salvation.
“We were so important to God that He gave up His Son to die on our behalf. … Thank God for considering you valuable enough to bestow such riches upon you. … If you’re struggling with a lack of self-worth, remember that you were important enough for God to give you to Jesus as an inheritance.” Book: by John MacArthur entitled: The Believer’s Life in Christ, MacArthur Bible Study Guide, Eph. 1:1-2:10 [Word of Grace Communications:1989/1995], pp. 27, 36, & 69-70
(For further on this, see MacArthur teaches works salvation)
We have now researched and outlined the gospel of calvinism:
(a) If you were chosen by the calvinist God (clearly because you were important enough and valuable enough to be chosen), then you are going to heaven, all expenses covered, nothing required to be paid, nor even any action required. You will be notified in due time when God decides it’s time for you to be regenerated, and from then you are bound for heaven. We assume that’s OK with you? Of course, the calvinist God will ensure that you are important enough and valuable enough to warrant that salvation. He will create you as the right kind of person to inhabit heaven. Only 1% (or less) of mankind will enjoy such special privileges. It is your destiny to be special!
(b) If you were not chosen by the calvinist God (because he didn’t create you with sufficient importance nor value to be worth dying for), then you are going to hell, without any other option at all. Of course, all your expenses will be paid too, including your ticket to hell; and there’s nothing you have to do to get there, either, just sit back and enjoy (or otherwise) the ride! You will not be regenerated, nor saved, nor born again, or anything that might give you a chance at the calvinist heaven. While the calvinist God had infinite funds to pay for all mankind, he really only wanted to save a very small number of people (and that is his right, too!). He didn’t bother putting aside any provision for you to go anywhere except hell where you will pay for it for all eternity!
MacArthur says “God did not intend to save everyone. He is God. He could have intended to save everyone. He could have saved everyone. He would have if that had been His intention. The atonement is limited.”
(“The Doctrine of Actual Atonement, Part 1”)
So, I’m sorry to have to tell the non-elect (the 99% or more of mankind) that the calvinist God did not intend saving you. He is God. He can do what he wants. He did not intend saving everyone. He could have intended saving you, but that was never his intention!
So, likewise, it is your destiny! Get used to it! After all, it will be your destiny for a very long time, eternity, in fact!
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