More on the Psychology of Calvinism

Billy Birch has written an excellent post on why certain Calvinists might tend to act the way that they do towards non-Calvinists.  It is also a gentle and necessary reminder to us all to conduct ourselves with grace, compassion, and respect when discussing these controversial topics.  Thanks Billy!

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3 Responses

  1. Well, that was interesting and based on the article, then, I can say I am neither a Calvinist or Arminian!

    As some have pointed out about me and my intellect, I agree that I favor Calvinist reasoning over Arminian, simply because I do not believe I have any say in the my place with God by His Hand when I pass. I believe Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God and that my sins are forgiven for Christ’s sake. I am conjoined to Christ, united to His spirit by the Hand of God. I am sanctified daily by the Sanctification work of the Holy Ghost. I have access to the Father through Christ by One Spirit. I was dead in trespasses and sins and now I am quite alive in Him, not by my choice or choosing. He first loved me that is why I love Him. He chose me so now I am daily led by the Spirit of Grace that is sent to me from Him.

    Especially when I read these words from the article, citing them here below, I am adamantly opposed to that concept or idea. It is flatly wrong that anyone can quantify who is going to be saved and who is not as Matthew 1:21 says, He will save “His” people from their sins:

    “….In a nutshell, Calvinists read a verse in Scripture such as Romans 9:15 and conclude that God is communicating that he will have mercy on a few and refuse aid to the majority of humanity, merely because he decreed it. ….”.

    That is an absurd claim if a Calvinist or Arminian would make it!

    Here’s my dimwit assertion, editing the quotation above “my way”:

    Based on my read of Romans 9, I believe the vast majority of humanity will be saved by the power of Christ’s work alone and a very limited few, of the devil’s crowd, human none the less, will perish with the devil and all his angels in the flames of eternal fire prepared for him and his own because they reject Christ’s work on the Cross establishing Who is Boss, Who is the Head and why God is summing up all things in Christ as Paul teaches in Ephesians 1!

    Eph 1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
    Eph 1:8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight
    Eph 1:9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ
    Eph 1:10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

    For me, at the end of the day, those who do not accept this “mystery of His will”, were already of the devil and unrepentant and are of those whom Jesus spoke about in John 16 when He says the Holy Ghost comes to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment.

    Anyway, thanks for the reminder Kang to be honest, decent, polite, courteous even when a mean spirited responder responds to our comments!

    May you find the name of the Lord to pleasant too!:::>

    Psa 135:3 Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; sing to his name, for it is pleasant!
    Psa 135:4 For the LORD has chosen Jacob for himself, Israel as his own possession.
    Psa 135:5 For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods.
    Psa 135:6 Whatever the LORD pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps.

  2. Nice post but awfully hard to read with that light white type on black… I don’t think the actual issue is one of anger. That is simplifying things too much. It is more one of gathering a true perspective that comes in “above” both the arminian and calvinist perspective. Once you accept that time itself is non-existent for God (he certainly isn’t limited by it) than a multitude of issues melt away like dew.

  3. “Matthew 1:21 says, He will save “His” people from their sins:”

    Who are God’s (“His”) people? Those who believe. Nowhere does this scripture state that God chose only certain people for unknown reasons. God chooses people who believe. Period. 🙂

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