I really must ask myself why anyone would seek to divide the body of Christ further – have we not been divided already, many times, while a watching world scratches its collective head and wonders what it is that we are so confused about… After all, we are all a bunch of crazies anyway. TicToc Ministries was not even on my radar until this troublesome video landed on Youtube recently. I am not calling TicToc Ministries troublesome lightly,either. This is a most grievous situation. To be honest I am unfamiliar with them. I do have a problem with this video, however.
First of all, I am certainly no Theologian, and have no business attempting to define Calvinism. I only know that I hold to the doctrine. If you are looking for a concise view of Calvinism from the viewpoint of a Theologian, I will post some links at the end of the article which you can check out for yourselves. I had originally attempted to do just that, but then realised my folly. There are more educated and better minds than mine for such a task, and so I shall leave it to them. I will give you my interpretation of Calvinism, though, or Reformed Theology, since that is what I do best. Write what you know, isn’t that what they always tell you? I know my own mind, and so I think it best to stick with that.
The five points of Calvinism form an acronym: TULIP, which is kind of neat because it makes it easy to remember them. Remember folks, I am just a regular girl, not a Theologian, although if I had known that I was to be a Christian I surely would have chosen to study Theology. It so happens that I love to study it… Anyway. The first letter stands for total depravity, meaning the total depravity of men. We are so depraved, in fact, that we are unable to come to God of our own free will, since we are born into the world under the curse of original sin and cannot discern spiritual things. Good thing for us that God has great love for men, or certain men whom He chose before the foundation of the world. This is where it gets tricky. People do not like this part, they say its unfair, and in the flesh of course I guess it would seem to be so, but when once we are reborn and understand our own total depravity, it is easy to understand that God is under obligation to no man; it is His universe and He can run it any way He chooses. Man has defied God, has in fact tried to be god, has rebelled against Holy God and is under a curse. This is where the U part of the TULIP comes in, which stands for God’s uncontional election. So let me stop right here and quote Scripture, if I may, because everyone objects to this part of the TULIP.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise and glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.”
There it is folks, Ephesians 1:2-6. Its in the Bible. Non-Calvinists, or Arminians, do not like this Scripture and will generally throw John 3:16 at you when you give it to them, but nevertheless there it is. Apparently God chose some of us to be partakers of His grace, His divine mercy and compassion. Remember, “Jacob I loved, but Essau I hated”… It is God’s universe and He is under no obligation to rebellious mankind, who has defied His Holy law and rejected Him. So that brings us to the L. The L stands for limited atonement. That is to say that the death of Jesus Christ was for the redemption of God’s people, His chosen ones, and not for the whole of mankind. I can already hear you… But wait! That isn’t fair! Shouldn’t everyone have a chance to be saved? It surely seems that way to the human mind, which likes democracy, but God’s Kingdom is not a democracy, it is a Theocracy, and it is His to rule and reign over as the sovereign King that He is. This is the part that Arminians don’t like. They think its unfair and that it should be left up to every man and woman whether or not they will be saved. But this is ridiculous. *If God controls the smallest details of life on earth so that not even a sparrow falls to the ground apart form the will of God (Matthew 10:29) then do you really think that God is giving up any control over salvation to man’s free will? Uh uh. I don’t think so. And this is good news for us because the I stands for irrestistable grace. That is to say that for those of us who have been chosen, He is irresistable. He draws us to Himself so that even though we run away and defile ourselves with sin, we always run back to Him and feel terrible for it and beg Him to forgive us and He always does. Isn’t that good? People like to say that Calvinists like to sin, and we invented this theology so that we could sin freely. But this is patently absurd. The true believer loves God and does not want to sin. The problem is, however, that we are all born with a sinful nature and even after being born again the root of sin stubbornly stays firmly rooted in our being. Which brings us to another wonderful part of the TULIP, the P; which is the perseverence or the preservation of the saints. God will bring His people all they way through the storms of life and safely deliver us home. How cool is that?
That, in essense, is what Calvinism is. I actually thought that this was the way that most Christians believe, but I have certainly discovered otherwise. According to TicToc, we are not even Christians… We are to be shunned and ostracised! Shame on TicToc! We are God’s children. We have been drawn to Him through supernatural means, we are all living miracles because we were dead in our sins and God has miraculously given us life, and that eternal! Life is short and eternity is forever… And I am so grateful to God for my salvation!
I am not too sure what the fuss is all about, but I am about to tell you what I think it might be. I think, (and please don’t be mad at me) that some people do not believe that God drew them to Himself by supernatural means because they are proud. Maybe. Or maybe they are unsure of their salvation because they do not recall any such drawing process. It could be that they think its just not fair. It could be because there are some really smart Calvinists who may make them feel slightly dumb; I know they make me feel that way! There are a host of reasons why people resist the idea of Calvinism because Calvinism is Christianity. People will always resist the Truth, because they do not like to give up their own free will, and this we must do if we are to be delivered. We must learn to let Jesus live through us. We must become less so that He can become more. Those of you who are familiar with my writing know that I went through this drawing process… And I have not yet even gotten to my salvation, in the few short stories and things I have written about my life. We are only up to the part where my brother died and I had the awesome experience of God pouring His love into me. It was many years before I came to a knowledge of the Truth. I had always felt God’s presense but I really didn’t know anything about Him. Now I do, and one thing of which I am absolutely sure is that God is sovereign over His creation. He is the awesome God who makes galaxies and rainbows and He is mighty to save. But salvation is His. It is not something which we can choose for ourselves. If we could choose it for ourselves, wouldn’t we have done so? If the Truth is in us we know that it was an act of God, this drawing process which brought us to Him. Where there is a saved person there is always God doing a prevenient work in their soul. I can quote you scriptures til the cows come home, but the truth is most likely you know them all. I don’t think that too many of TicToc’s people will be reading my blog. They have cut themselves off from the only people who can set them aright, and so I pray to God for the Holy Spirit to convict them of their sin. A most greivous one, which did a lot of damage and hurt a lot of people. Not to mention to lead some astray. GOD IS ABSOLUTELY SOVEREIGN OVER HIS CREATION. This I know if I know nothing else.
“What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, and that He might make known the riches of His glory, even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?” Romans 9:22-24
Whatever it is you believe, the Truth is the Truth. There is only one Bible. There is only one way to correctly divide the word of truth. I don’t know how to be subtle sometimes, but honestly, the Truth will always offend man and his silly pride. And what have we to be so proud about? Nothing. Jesus Christ came to a suffering, lost, and ruined world, which was accursed, and He of HIS OWN FREE WILL decided that there were some to whom He would display His holy wrath, His righteous anger, and that there would be some to whom He would display His mercy. It would seem that God has a whole range of attributes and He is going to display them all.
For those of you who have not read my blog before, I hope you will come back and visit. Most Youtubers don’t like to be bothered with a bunch of words, but there are some of us out here who still prefer the written word as a medium. At any rate, I appreciate your having visited, and let me say that there are a lot of you who have given me great comfort through this entire ordeal with TicToc. And make no mistake, it is an ordeal. When you know that you have the Truth and nobody wants to believe it, even though you can back it up with Scripture, that is a pretty sad commentary. Now that there are people who are declaring that we are not Christians I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Calvinism is the true way to divide the word of truth, because people always resist the Truth. I know how stubborn I have been with God about many things, but I have never doubted His word, and I thank God that He has taught me so much about Himself and His word.
Why do the doctrines of grace disturb men so much? They should be the most comforting words in world! We who are in Christ have been purchased by God through the blood of His beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord and it does not depend on anything we have done to merit or earn it in any way, hence, how can we lose something we never deserved to begin with by lawkeeping? Mind you, the soul which has been ransomed will seek to please God out of love and adoration and gratitude for the marvelous gift of eternal life which has been given to us, but this in no way adds to the atoning work of our Lord on the cross. Men do not like this doctrine only if they are unsure of their own salvation, because if they were certain they would certainly know that Calvinism is nothing more than the word of truth rightly divided. Calvinists can be proud, they can block you and get defensive just like TicToc has been defensive.
This really must stop! I implore you, brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus to stop this folly!
I offer my blog as a neutral meeting ground for both sides. I will not edit the comments. If you are a believer in Christ Jesus as Lord and Saviour you may freely post your comments here, and by the grace of our Lord we will find a peace between us. We are brothers and sisters.
Here are some refutations of TicToc’s videos:
This one is just quirky and I like it:
*This sentence was borrowed from Bill Hornbeck’s terrific website. God bless you, Bill.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8,9