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This Calvinistic mindset teeters precariously toward becoming a dying religion—lifeless formalism, high church, ritualistic, pious, empty—as it has so many times before… being bereft of emotion, compassion, deep feeling, concern for the souls of others…

…having a form of godliness, but denying its power… always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth…  –  II Timothy 3:5 & 7

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The Spirit vacated these rooms long ago. No matter how many times one tries to revive it, the heartless concept inevitably withers away, leaving empty shells of former believers, silent sanctuaries no longer ringing with worship.

How else can they live with themselves and bow in worship to a God who does not meet up to the Biblical definition of unconditional love?

Only a calloused heart can accept what a tender heart rejects.

Then the very works they decry become the basis of their everyday occupation… while opposing any hint of a possible “work” in salvation’s process, once saved they strive to maintain holiness through works.

In parroting the teachings of modern theologians, they claim such wise men can’t be wrong, because so many through the ages have believed the same.

But Might does not make Right.

Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’  –  Matthew 7:21-23

One of today’s reformers was interviewed by a Christian magazine, stating how young believers have recently “rummaged through the trash cans of older believers, and found this doctrine which is central to Protestant faith.”

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I can’t help but ask, If it really is so central to the Protestant faith, what was it doing in the trash can? 

This discarded doctrine continually finds itself tossed. Because of where it leads.

As mere mortals contemplating unfathomable truths of God, we’ll never completely fathom the Divine balance of justice and love. If we had the ability to understand all, we would be as God and He would be like us. When daring to hold man’s teachings from past centuries on a higher level than the inspired counsel of God, we tread on dangerous ground. Scripture must be compared with Scripture, and where there is discrepancy, there remains mystery. Accepting the mysteries of God requires faith—not damnable interpretations.

Many Bible verses tell us what to do with the commands given: choose, obey, come, listen… but more on this later, as well.

As to natural will and moral will? Where are they in Scripture?

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved…  –  Acts 16:31

Notice: this does not say, If God has chosen you and gives you the ability to believe, you will be saved.

As the pendulum swings…

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Yes, I fully understand the shallowness of some modern evangelicals—the easy-believe-ism and shallow messages in too many churches, none of which gives a hungry soul anything to grow on. I know—I’ve endured it and longed for substance. I understand the draw to the deeply intellectual reformed theology.

But one of its greatest flaws is: it focuses only on those saved… the us-four-and-no-more mentality… tick, tock, the game is locked.

But what about the unsaved? Those supposedly damned by this unacceptable theory of sovereign election…?

Perhaps we should remember one of the most vital points of the Redemption Plan: the eternal destiny of humanity must be close to God’s heart since He went to all the trouble of dying to offer the world His gift of Salvation—a gift offered to all, which is another topic for another time.

(Photo of church courtesy of Mike Peel, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.)

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