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Calvinist No More

Posted in Christianity with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2010 by julietsm

I once considered myself a Calvinist, and in many regards I still do.  I can no longer align myself with many of the others who call themselves ‘Calvinists’ for many reasons, though.

Do I believe in the absolute depravity of men?  I do.  I was in an accident in March, during which I wiped out of my motorbike during rush hour on a busy street.  Did any of the hundreds of cars going by call 911?  They did not.  Someone did stop, finding me in a pool of my own blood and you know what they did?  They took everything of value on my person, including my I.D., my cash, my phone, my jewelry, my boots and leather coat, in fact, the only reason they didn’t take my motorbike was because once on it’s side, one has to know the several tricks required to make it start up again.  I do not mention this so you can say “Oh, poor Juliet”.  Not at all.  And really, it should not have surprised me, either.  But here is a good example of the depravity of men.  The only reason I did not die in the street is because my Lord made sure that a Fire Rescue truck just ‘happened’ to be going by at the time, saw me, and took me to hospital where I remained in a coma for several days.  I didn’t remember any of it; but I knew without being told when I awakened that everything of value I had was gone.  No surprise there.  Like I said, too, I should not have been surprised at any of it.  But here is a clear example of how people without God function in the world.  Just as the Good Samaritan stopped and rendered aid to the poor man who had been robbed and beaten, the bad Samaritans did what comes naturally to them.  They took whatever they could and left me, presumably to die.

So there in that little tale lies the heart of the matter.  Without the new life, man is depraved.  He will do what comes naturally to him.  Just as the one who possesses the new life will do what the new nature enables him to do.  Had a true child of God come upon me, undoubtedly they would have taken my body from the middle of the street, called 911, and most likely would have waited until aid arrived.

Most, if not all of the Calvinist’s I know would say that this was ordained by God.  They way I see it, God rescued me.  He made sure that I was close to a red light and not zooming along when I had my petit mal seizure which is what I believe caused the accident, as I have had them in the past.  He also made certain that there would be help arriving, so I would not die in the road.  If God had wanted to take me then, of course He could have done so.  He did not.  I am still not certain why this happened, (it could just easily be the sort of thing that happens in a fallen world every day) but I just don’t believe that God ‘made it happen’.  I believe that God uses evil for His purposes, but not that he is the Author of it.  Calvinists don’t see it like that, and if you dare to disagree with them, you will soon find yourself an enemy, or they will tell you that you cannot possibly be saved unless you agree.

I don’t see what the point of a world where God is the cause of everything could possibly be.  If He is just the Puppetmaster, than really the whole thing becomes absurd.  On the other hand, I do believe there are many things which are not given to man to know.  How could we know what God knows?  We are not God.

Truly, God knows the end from the beginning.  This does not mean, however, that we are merely puppets and are acting out a script which He has written in the minutest detail.  If this were so, then I  surely do not know God!

And yet, I do.  He has shown me the utmost kindness and love from the time of my childhood.  He has told me things, taught me things, and has saved my life on more than one occasion.

If you read the article which Bookmyar wrote, I am sure you can understand why I am divorcing myself from the Calvinist community on the internet.  These are some of the most unloving and unkind people I have known.  (I don’t mean all of them, either…  I have met some amazing Christians whose doctrine I believe to be sound, and yet you will never hear them glorying in the judgements of God with nary a word of His lovingkindness and grace.  Quite the opposite, in fact.)

No, God is not the Author of Evil.  If He were, He would be the devil wouldn’t He?  God is love, pure love, and while He is also perfectly just it does not give Him pleasure to have little children raped nor does He plan for that.  He may permit it to happen for His own reasons, which clearly have not been given us to know, but I can assure that if you look at Christ in the gospels, you will find the most loving and kind and sinless man/God.  Why is Jesus so beloved after millennia?  Because of His wondrous love and sweetness.

Mind you, because I have no doctorates in theology and am just a layman, those who do will read my words and think what an ignorant little girl I must be.

And so how do you account for all the illiterate people who have been saved?  I daresay they were not Calvinists, they could not even read the Bible!  God saves those He has compassion upon, and mercy on whom He has mercy on.  I trust that whatever God does, it is going to be perfect as He is perfect.

I don’t know about you, but my God does not have little children raped.

He does chastise His children, and the wrath of abides upon the unsaved, and yet “All things work together for good with them that are called by God according to His purposes”.  I don’t understand these Calvinists.

Jesus told us to be like little children; to trust Him the way a child trusts.  That is exactly what I am going to do.  I am not going to wrack up doctorates and think myself superior to those who do not have their knowledge.  I am going to continue to read and study the Word of God and pray for growth.  To be more loving, more forgiving, and more like our Lord and Saviour.

I am sorry, but trying to picture Jesus ordering one of the disciples to go and ‘rape that child for his sins’ is not in my abilities.

God is good.  In Him is no darkness or shadow of turning.

I may not understand a lot of things, but the one thing I do understand  is that God has preserved me, He has saved my life repeatedly, He has taught me all of the good things I know.  I could never have survived in this world without Him.

God does not ‘ordain’ torture and rape and murder’!  If He did, what would make Him someone we should love and worship?

Shame on those of you who would think such a vile thing!  His eyes are too pure to even behold evil, much less be the mastermind of it!

julietsm

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Posted in Christianity, Uncategorized with tags on August 31, 2010 by julietsm

 

This is an article written by Kirk Bookmyer on Facebook.  I would be interested to hear what your responses are.  Personally?

I am sick to my stomach.  If “Morals are for men, not God”, that means that God is immoral.  It sounds to me as though he is worshiping some other God, but not the Christian God.

You will never hear a word about the love, compassion and mercy and God coming from this man, he glories in what he believes to be “God’s Judgement”.

Child Rape?
.by Kirk Bookmyer on Thursday, 12 August 2010 at 14:59.Prologue:This note explains why evil occurs in the context of God’s plan and decreed will being done. It reveals a theological framework of thought that most people have not taken the time to consider. It uncovers the sentimentalism we have toward children. Why should children not be harmed? Is it because they are cute and cuddly? Is it because they are innocent? Or is it because God says not to sin against Him?

David realized in Psalm 51 that he had only sinned against God. Does that make sense to you? In the same way the rapist only sinned against God! And the rapist will be judged accordingly (no rape ever goes unpunished) the death penalty in this world is a picnic compared to the hellfire that is awaiting the rapist. But before you applaud justice for the rapist, please consider and realize that the raped child still must be assumed to be under the wrath of God for the crimes that that child is currently committing toward God. And it was that way from his birth and continues to be so unless this child is atoned for by the death of Jesus Christ and then is regenerated because of the atonement by the Holy Spirit. Only the death of Christ (and always the death of Christ) accomplishes the realized removal of God’s wrath.

Those with discernment will see that this note leaves everyone guilty and God just in determining who to save, if anyone. God is going to judge the child and the rapist both. And it could be that the rapist’s sins are forgiven and covered by the blood of Jesus while the child is not forgiven. Or they both (the rapist and the child) could be saved by the atonement. Or, they could both be damned. Or, the child could be saved and only the rapist damned. Since everyone is guilty God can do what He wants to do. And that is final (God has spoken). Are you OK with God playing the role of God?! Or, do you want to have a say in the matter, as if you were God?

For he says to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. Romans 9:15

You will say then unto me, Why does he yet find fault? For who has resisted his will? Nay but, O man, who are you that replies against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why have you made me thus? Romans 9:19-20

God ordains the most evil acts of men! My God doesn’t have one evil thing happen that He didn’t intend to happen. Did you read the book of Job!? The devil is God’s devil. He can do nothing that God doesn’t plan for him to do. Morals are for men not God! That is your rebellion. You want to judge your God. Who are you O man to talk back to God?!
 

Child rape is the judgment of God on the evil child. All children are born under wrath of God and that is why they are tortured and why they die? Why do you think abortions are so prevalent? Cannot the God who stopped an unbeliever from sinning in Gen. 20:6 stop the murder of “so-called” innocent children that are aborted every day?

You see I can explain these things as a Calvinist and still exalt God as all powerful and sovereign in the process. You think this is a “black mark” on my God’s record. Boy are you in for a shock on the day of judgment if you don’t get with the truth and love it! The most hideous thing in human history is the murder of Jesus. But God PLANNED IT and brought it to pass from the beginning of time! Sure he used the wickedness of men. He let out just enough restraint of of these men at the right time to accomplish it.

It was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer! Isaiah 53:10

The dress rehearsal for it was Abraham being willing to kill Isaac!
 

Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, you have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Acts 2:23
 

So, what is a child being raped to God? The child deserves hell before and after he is raped, does he not?!
 

Epilogue:This note has drawn a lot of fire from critics. It seems people see the words rape + child + theological explanation (that they are unfamiliar with) = pedophile.

This is unfortunate but not totally surprising. The shallow thinking among people (especially Christians about God and the things of God) is rampant and ever expanding. This lack of depth of people is ruining the ability to communicate in the realm of social circles, politics, and unfortunately churches. It is like the Old Testament is being relived in the church age. We have our own tower of Babel and our own judges each doing what is right in their own eyes right along with the people just like in the Book of Judges. Where is the apostolic authority? Where is the Christian who even wants apostolic authority? We all agree that the bible is the final authority. But then we each interpret it that way we like to and functionally we become our own authority. And to the extent that we actually have misinterpreted and then gone on to misrepresent the Holy Scriptures we are in great spiritual peril.

I am currently in a debate of sorts over this article. Based on this article I am being identified as everything from a pedophile to a false-teacher. Yet, no one has actually stepped through the text to actually discover how to interpret it. Should I be surprised. If they take the Bible lightly how much more will they take my writings. If people are superficial in their interpretation of the bilbe and get it wrong. How much less will the respect the meaning of my writings. This is all very humbling, indeed.

What is it that people are actually objecting to? They are objecting to the idea that God is the first cause of all things. They object to anyone who asserts that God causes bad things to happen to people. Usually they say things like, “Why does God allow/cause bad things to happen to good people?” It is the age old question of why does evil exist if God is love. And this note touches a nerve with people because of all people they see children as innocent. Some even deny the doctrine of original sin, because they cannot accept a God who imputes Adam’s sin onto seemingly innocent babies. Others come up with an age of accountability to excuse or minimize the rebellion and the related penalty for the transgressing children. Children are the sacred cow of so-called Christians. They have exalted an idol in their own image (their kids) to the status of a god in their minds. Oh! Of course “good Christian” people will deny any such thing with their lips. But there hearts are to a fault with their children and not on God. This is immoral to the core. It is totally contrary to Apostolic Christian Teachings.

A particular critic thinks that erring in doctrine is a gnat that can be swallowed. He see this article as a camel that must be killed. Why? Well it is the thinking of the day. The world (which has invaded the church) says to tolerate almost any belief system. The only exception is people who believe they and they alone have found the truth. The world says get along with everyone and don’t offend anyone. Offense is the cardinal sin of today. People with this mentality are running the visible church straight to hell.

Well, I as a follower of Jesus, am OFFENDED by this tolerant attitude. And that makes me a threat to the system that is running this world. It is a worldly system that emphasizes the happiness of man over the truth of God. The bible in general is held in high esteem on their lips (speaking of professing Christians) but it is just as lightly esteemed in practice as any atheist’s attitude toward it. And this is the dividing line. Real Christians are getting wise to the foolishness that passes for wisdom in churches today. And the lies that are mistaken for truth along with sentiment that is called love is being revealed to those who have ears to hear and eyes to see God in Christ Jesus by the Power of the Holy Ghost!

Not All Men Will Be Saved

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on June 20, 2009 by julietsm

16365-bigthumbnailThere are some doctrines in the Bible which are difficult, nevertheless they are true.  “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.  “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

Isaiah 55: 8,9

People find it distasteful that it says in the Word of God “In fact,, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood and without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins”

Hebrews 9:22

As I go deeper and deeper into the point I am making, you are going to find that you will like what I am saying less and less.  Perhaps.  That all depends on whether or not you have learned to love the Truth.  There are many who profess Christ who do not love His Truth.  If you do not love the Truth, then I am afraid you do not love God, because they are One and the same.  God is Truth.  In fact, if you try to define truth without God you will have to abandon any efforts straight away, because there must be a standard by which you begin, an absolute cause, and that absolute cause and standard is the Word of God.  And the Word of God is God.  Remember?  In the beginning was the Word?  And the Word was with God and the Word was God?  Basic Christianity 101.

There are a good many people on the internet who like to argue the cause of Universalism.  They like to use a Scripture like John 3:16, and then throw away the hundreds of other Scriptures which do not support what is they think John 3:16 is saying.  It isn’t saying what they think it is saying anyway.  What it is saying is that God has so much love for His elect, His chosen people, that He sent His Son to die for them, taking their sins and dispensing with them so that He can give them eternal life with Him.  On what basis does God choose His people?  That is not given for man to know.  And yet so many people have argued with me that all men will be saved.  Let’s break it down…

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

The basic sense of the Greek word for the world meaning ‘an ornament’ is illustrated by the word ‘adornment’ (1 Peter 3:3)  While the NT uses it a total of 185 times, John had a particular fondness for this term, using it 78 times in his Gospel, 24 times in 1-3 John and 3 times in Revelation.  John gives it several shades of meaning, 1) the physical created universe, 2) humanity in general, 3) the invisible spiritual system of evil dominated by Satan and all that it offers in opposition to God, His Word, and His people. 

So which one of these uses did John have in mind when he wrote John 3:16?  He meant humanity in general.  But who, of those who fit the bill, will be saved?  Those who believe in Jesus Christ His only begotten Son.  Do you suppose that He is going to somehow forgo that clause because He is such a nice guy?  “I could never believe in a God who would send anyone to hell”.  Okay.  Fine.  Don’t.  You don’t believe in the God of the Bible anyway.  I could never believe in a God who writes a Bible and then doesn’t go by what He sets down in it.  Salvation is serious business.  If we cannot trust the Word of God then we can trust nothing.  As for me, I trust and believe in the Word of God 100%.  This means, however, that there will be some who perish because ‘they refused to love the truth’.  Please do not try to tell me that every single person you know believes in Jesus Christ as the Saviour of mankind. 

I remember just recently I was at a video forum where a person wrote to me “I have not read anything anywhere in Ephesians about the predestination of some to salvation.  I couldn’t believe it.  Can someone actually block certain words out of their minds when they read the Word of God?

“”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 of the glory of His grace by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.”

Ephesians 1:3:6

“And we know that all things work together for good with them that love God and are the called according to His purpose.  For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.  Morover whom He predestined, these He also called, whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”

Romans 8:28-30

Okay, so now I know what comes next.  There are those of you who are going to tell me that everyone is saved, we are all predestined.  We are all the elect.  Sounds stupid, but okay.  I can point out Scripture that answers that too.  See, here is the problem.  You do not want to hear the truth.  If you do not wish to hear the truth it can only be because you are not saved.  If you are not saved, my reccomendation to you is to cry out to God to save you.  Admit that you are a piece of dirt, the most vile sinner who ever lived.  If you really believe that there may be hope for you.  If you do not believe that, I am afraid that until you do believe it there is no hope for you.  Self-righteousness is a sin that many people fall into, and it is deadly.  It keeps us from acknowledging the truth before God.  If you think you pass before God with the sin of self-righeousness and go skipping merrily into heaven you are mad.  God is holy.  Holy God cannot tolerate sin, which is why I told you at the outset that without the shedding of blood there can be no forgiveness of sin.  People have accused of God of being bloodthirsty, yet He is the One who paid the sin-debt for His people, so I am afraid you are wrong on that count.  And if you are someone who is saying that, then you are a God-hater and there is little hope for you either.

God loves His people.  And He enables us to love Him, because we are, by nature, God-haters.  We are by nature children of wrath.  But everything we need for salvation is given to us, as a gift.  Those who do not have the gift do not understand this, and are trying to earn it.  It cannot be earned.  It can only be given.  That is why you have such hostility for we have the gift.  You think we think we are better.  We do not think we are better, in fact we know we aren’t better!

My recommendation to you is to cry out to God.  Admit to Him just how wretched you are.  Do you think you are wretched?  See, you can’t just work up a few tears and pretend you think you are awful.  You must know that you are.  Do you know that you are a bad person?  Do you know just how depraved you are today?  Listen, if you need for me to quote you some more Scriptures for you before you are willing to believe that not everyone is going to be saved, I will be happy to do so.  I really don’t think that is the problem though.  I honestly don’t think you understand just how depraved and vile and sinful and hateful and horrible you are.  

But don’t worry.  If you are a child of God, He will make sure you do understand.  You aren’t going to have much fun going through that part, but whatever it takes to get you there, He will do it.

Please understand my motivation for writing this article.  There are many of you who are God’s elect out there who do not yet know it.  You are resisting God’s truth out of stubbornness or for any number of reasons.  I keep thinking of Blanche DuBoise in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire” saying “Don’t!  Don’t hang back with the brutes!”  Yes, it sounds over-the-top but this is serious stuff, there is nothing more serious than the salvation of souls.  My heart will give me no rest knowing that there are people out there who do not yet know the Lord Jesus Christ.  I truly do love my neighbor as myself, or at least I do as much as I am able, and every day I am learning to do it more and more.  The one thing I do care about is that those who belong to the Saviour get to know Him sooner rather than later.  The sooner we get to know our Lord the sooner we can begin our Christian walk and the sooner we can start producing fruit.  There is so much hate in this wretched world then if for no other reason I want to see as many come to Christ as soon as possible.  And among professing Christians I see so much hatred I am appalled!  Can these truly be Christians?  I am continually shocked by the number of Christians who daily call me a ‘satanist’, ‘witch’, and told I am ‘not saved’ because of a difference in doctrine.  And then there are those who claim to be without sin.  Oh, those really kill me.  Though we are saved, we will never stop sinning in this lifetime, never.  The root of sin is so deep that it will never be fully excised, not in this life.

I pray that everyone who reads this article is saved, either already or that they do come to Christ.  I pray that if they have been behaving in a manner unbefitting one who professes Christ, that would immediately stop; I pray that those who have been blinded by false doctrines will be enlightened to the truth…  I pray that those who are deluding themselves will cease and desist immediately!

I pray, Father, that your will be done in everyone’s life and that You are Glorified in All Things.

 

julietsm