Edward O’Hara Thu 12/26/2019 6:54 PM…
The Calvinist(those who believe John Calvin’s teaching) believes that God chose who will go to heaven and who will go to hell before they were born. The Universalist believes that all men will be saved because God chose them before they were born. The Calvinist gets this from confusing what Paul taught about predestination in Rom.8 and what Paul taught in Rom.9. The Universalist gets this from confusing Paul’s message in Rom.5:18. In Rom.5:18 Paul says “Therefore as by the offense of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.”
They believe this means that just as all are condemned in Adam because of his sin. So all are justified in Christ because of His sinlessness.
Even though on the surface this would appear to have some merit. Because if we interpret this to mean that all are condemned because of what one man did. Then since Christ is the second Adam all must also be justified because of what one man did. The problem is that Paul never taught what Calvinists or Universalists believe.
Because what Paul said in Rom.5 is that the condemnation that comes to all men is the result of their own choices. Not Adam’s. Just as justification must be the result of our choice to believe in Jesus. Not Jesus’. Because it is our free-will decision to either accept or reject the gift of life that Jesus’ freely giving of His life on the cross presents to us that determines whether we will be saved or not. It is not predetermined as Universalists and Calvinists both believe it is.
This then is what both Universalists and Calvinists have in common. They both deny that free will has any part in salvation. In fact, they both deny that man even has free will. So while their conclusions may appear to be completely different. Their belief systems are actually of identical origin. Because they believe mankind has no say in whether he goes to hell or to heaven. But, that the “total depravity” that John Calvin taught was in all men, denies his ability to freely choose for himself whether to believe in Jesus or not.
But, if mankind is not able to freely choose whether he will believe in Jesus or not when they hear God’s call through the gospel message, then it would fall to God as to whether one goes to hell or goes to heaven. Which in turn must mean that Jesus was not sent because “God so loved the world” as John3:16 plainly says. And that it is not “whosoever will believe” that gets to heaven. But, it is only those that God has predetermined to go to heaven that gets there. And the rest are predetermined for hell. A belief that turns the gospel message completely on its head.
The false doctrine that man has no free will did not start with John Calvin however. It began with his mentor Augustine of Hippo. The “doctor of theology” for the Roman Catholic religion. He taught that “Free choice of the will was present in that man who was the first to be formed. But after he sinned by that free will, we who have descended from his progeny have been plunged into a necessity. By the greatness of the first sin, we have lost the free will to love God. By subverting the rectitude in which he was created, he is followed with the punishment of not being able to do right. The freedom to abstain from sin has been lost as a punishment of sin.”(An Historical Presentation of Augustinism and Pelagianism From The Original Sources by Dr. Wiggers, 1840 Edition)
So we see that it is from the foundational doctrines of the false Roman Catholic religion that these get their understanding that man has no free will. And not from the Bible. Because in the Bible we see Joshua telling Israel “If it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”Joshua24:15.
And Paul taught us that “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart, man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”Rom.10:9-11. Last I checked my mouth and my heart is mine to freely do with as I choose. And Paul says it is from these that the salvation that Jesus’ death and resurrection brought for us is acquired.
This is why Peter said, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”2Peter3:9. And Paul taught the same saying “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”1Tim.2:3,4.
So the reason that men either go to hell or to heaven has everything to do with free will and nothing to do with God predestinating anyone for hell. If He did He could hardly be called a God of love as John says He is in 1John4:7,8. So we see that it is up to us with our free will to choose whether we will believe in Jesus when God calls us and be saved, or whether we will not.
This means that the capricious, angry, god of the Roman Catholics, Calvinists, and the god of the Universalists is not the God of the Bible. Nor is their Jesus the Jesus of the Bible. And neither is their atonement the atonement of the Bible. Because God is love. And it’s His will that no one goes to hell. But, that all choose according to their own free will whether to believe in and love God.
Which then begs the question, if it’s really His will that no one goes to hell, then why did Jesus say that many would go there? Mt.7:13,14. The answer: It is specifically because all men do have free will that some do go to hell and others don’t. Because without a free will it would be impossible to resist the will of an all-powerful God whose will it is that none should perish. But, because free will is part of what God placed in man as a part of His image in man, this makes man’s free will choice paramount to God. Because it is God’s desire to love and have fellowship with mankind not from compulsion, but by man’s free will choice.
The importance of a free will, therefore, can not be overstated. Because its rejection denies who the Bible tells us God is. And that it is by our free will, in answer to God’s call, that men are justified or condemned. The notion that men do not have free will joins the Calvinist and the Universalist to the harlot Roman Catholic religion John spoke of in Rev.17,18. And John wrote that Jesus said that those who have been deceived by her are to “come out of her so that you be not a partaker in her sins and plagues.” Rev.18:4.
If you are reading this God is calling you to choose. And you have already seen that it is not His will that any should perish. But, He wants all men to come to faith in Jesus and have the eternal life that only Jesus can give you. I pray that you will choose to trust in Him today. Receive the life that God gives. So that you will be with Him in heaven for all eternity along with all who have received His gift of love that is eternal life. By Edward O’Hara
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