Calvinism-False Doctrines that Have Followed
Title: Calvinism-False Doctrines That Have Followed
Scripture Reading: II Peter 2:1-3
With the nature of the Protestant denominations very few practice pure Calvinism today.
The principles of TULIP sit as a back drop for whatever doctrines distinguish a particular denomination.
The following are some false doctrines that have logically followed from the heresy of TULIP.
Not all of the doctrines are followed by denominations influenced by Calvinism
We can clearly see the connection with the following doctrines and TULIP
This is a doctrine that naturally follows Total Hereditary Depravity
Because the baby is born in sin they need to be baptized as an infant
We proved last week that a baby is not born in sin so we know an infant doesn’t need to be baptized
However, notice some additional information about baptism from God’s word
Baptism is for those that believe (Mark 16:15-16)
Baptism is for those that repent (Acts 2:38)
There is no verse of scripture that tells of a baby’s baptism for the remission of sins
Faith Only Salvation
This is a doctrine that naturally follows Unconditional Election
This doctrine has likely comes to correct some obvious problems with Unconditional Election
The Bible student can clearly see that faith is required for salvation
However to say that I am unconditionally saved AND that faith is required is a contradictory statement
So they change the argument: Faith alone saves, not works
This allows them to maintain their view that God in His sovereignty saves us unconditionally
What is faith’s role in salvation?
Faith is absolutely necessary (Hebrews 11:6)
We are saved through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Faith must be accompanied by works to be alive just as a body must be accompanied by a spirit to be alive (James 2:26)
While there are many passages that teach we are saved by faith, there are none that teach we are saved by faith alone.
This doctrine naturally follows Limited Atonement
On its face the idea that Jesus died only for a few (some claim the number to be 144,000 people) is not very popular
In order to thrive many calvinistic denominations have adopted the idea of that the saved will be transported to heaven leaving behind everyone else (The Rapture).
What will happen when Jesus comes again?
Both the dead in Christ and those who are alive will go with Christ.
Out of all those who are going to be saved, who is left out of these 3 verses
Faith as a Gift from God
This doctrine naturally follows Irresistible Grace
The Calvinist has a problem
He believes we are saved by God’s grace alone (because of His sovereignty)
But he also believes we are saved by faith alone
Which is it?
So the Calvinist must believe that faith is a part of God’s grace that is given irresistibly.
Ephesians 2:8-9 seems to teach that faith is a gift from God, but in the original Greek “that” is neuter and “faith” is feminine. It is a rule in Koine Greek that the antecedent match the gender of the noun. Salvation is the gift from God.
We know where faith comes from (Romans 10:17).
The Direct Operation of the Holy Spirit
This doctrine naturally follows the Perseverance of the Saints
We will cover this doctrine in depth next Sunday night by understand for this study that Direct Operation of the Holy Spirit means that you believe the Spirit miraculously gives you knowledge, strength, desire, etc.
The Calvinist believes that once you are saved, you can never be lost
The only way this can be accomplished is if the Holy Spirit makes you obey
Understand the heart God has given us
The heart sometimes desires to sin
The heart (mind) can be transformed (Romans 12:1-2)
By the renewing of the mind
Not by Direct Operation of the Holy Spirit
We must obey from the heart (Romans 6:17)
Because the doctrines of TULIP do not appear in scripture there is a need for creed books to support them.
Creedo means “I believe” so it is a book of beliefs
Calvin has done a lot of damage to the religious world
We need to turn back to God’s word and allow it to be our standard