This post was created because I watched a Youtube video entitled "John MacArthur's Top 3 Controversial Teachings". I thought, good... somebody's going to rip on John MacArthur. Wrong.
I like to rip on Calvinism whenever I can so I posted a couple of comments that I turned into the Salvation vs Damnation blog post followed by the Faith Sends People to Hell blog post. Well, like a good Calvinist, somebody challenged me to 'defend' the following comment using scripture.
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@Paul McArthur : Please defend from Scripture your statement:
"Jesus paid for everybody's sins..." That's universalism.
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@R H Evans easy
2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
Who did the Lord "BUY"? The false teachers...
1 Timothy 4:10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men,
Oops... can't forget what's next: specially of those that believe.
ALL means EVERYBODY... false teachers included... but SPECIALLY those that believe.
I haven't had a response back. One thing that strikes me odd every single time is when I say Jesus died for ALL men I get 'accused' of being a Universalist... which he did above. That disturbed me, too so I responded below with my thoughts on Universalism.
"Universalism" is not in the bible. It is a man-made construct. That means anybody can create their own definition of Universalism and make it say whatever they want it to mean. And they can tweak it however they want.
Generally, I think, people take Universalism to mean to say that because Jesus bought / paid for the sins of all men therefore all men must be saved... that's not taught in the bible. Did Jesus pay for everybody's sins? Yes. Does that necessarily mean everybody is saved? No.
It's like Constantine had a dream, woke up and BING every Roman citizen is now a Christian! Nope. That is not how people are saved. That's why Roman Catholicism is a false religion. It's a religion born out of paganism. A corrupt tree produces evil fruit. Everything that comes out of Catholicism is evil. And that includes Martin Luther and John Calvin and all of the Protestants.
Well Paul... that's a NARROW view of salvation. Yes. It's biblical, too. Matthew 7:14 because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Calvinists don't have the Good News, ie the Gospel. It's not Good News to tell people... You MAY be saved IF God made you elect! We won't know until you die and persevere or not persevere to the end. Maybe we won't even know UNTIL you get to heaven and find out, WHEW, you made it!
Calvinists are prideful people. They look for a sign. (Matthew 12:39 An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas...) They want to see your good works. They'll say you aren't saved by works but, if you're saved then you will have works.
Faith is the sign. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Calvinists want to see the evidence that is not seen. That's wicked. That's evil. That's adulterous. That's not biblical.
This verse does NOT apply to unbelievers like Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Jews, etc. It applies to 'Christian' unbelievers who think what they did in this life is proof of their salvation. It's a very scary verse. It applies to MANY people... not just a few people. MANY 'Christians' will be surprised up in heaven when Jesus says I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
It includes Calvinists. Calvinism comes from Catholicism. Catholicism comes from Roman Paganism. Corrupt fruit can only produce evil fruit. Every religion that came out of Catholicism is simply an evil religion. That's what the bible says.
I hope somebody reads this and repents of their faith in Calvinism. They can be saved if they do that.
That was my response. Calvinism is a touchy subject for me because Trey Brunson introduced me to Mark Driscoll when Driscoll was pastor of Mars Hill church in Seattle, WA. I got caught up in Driscoll's Calvinist teachings with my own itching ears. "Jesus only died for the one's who he knew would be saved". Fortunately, I had a friend who whacked me upside my head with words that instilled doubt in my mind... because that is not the gospel I was raised with.
I try to be short and succinct with my response(s)... making things simple to understand.
Haven't heard a word from anybody else on my comments... not even the creator of the video... who encouraged 'discussion'. So much for discussion. Hopefully, my comments will give Calvinists food for thought and repentance unto the gospel.