Hyper Calvinism - Properly defined and thoroughly refuted by Richard Storey
Amen! you are a blessing and encouragement to the body of Christ! I pray for you to be salt and light in these dark dark days for the glory of God. Dr. Casey Smithdrsmith@wholearmourministries.com
Thank you very much for your comment, sir. All glory to God. May He bless you in your ministry also.
THE APOSTLE PAUL'S CONVERSION BY STEVE FINNELL Before discussing Saul's conversion we need to establish a point of fact. You cannot become a Christian and have unforgiven sins. If your sins have been forgiven you are a Christian. If you are a Christian then your sins have been forgiven. It is impossible to separate forgiveness, from being in Christ. How could you say I became a Christian last night but my sins were not forgiven? By the same reasoning you could not assert that I had my sins forgiven last night but I am not a Christian.What is true for us, was true for the apostle Paul.Acts 9:3-6 As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him; 4 and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?" 5 And he said, "Who are You Lord?" And He said, "I am Jesus whom you are persecuting, 6 but get up and enter the city, and it will be told you what to do."Saul obviously believed in Jesus at this point, yet he was still not forgiven of his sins; therefore he was not a Christian. Paul was not saved by "FAITH ONLY."Acts 9:9-11 And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank. 10 Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, "Ananias." And he said, "Here I am Lord." 11 And the Lord said to him, "Get up and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying,Saul believed that Jesus was Lord.Saul repented.Saul fasted and prayed for three days.After three days on the road to Damascus Saul was still not forgiven of his sins. Saul was not saved by faith alone, Saul was not saved by repenting alone. Saul was not saved by praying and fasting. SAUL WAS NOT SAVED ON THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS.Acts 22:12-16 "A certain Ananias....13 came to me....16 Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.'Saul's sins were forgiven after he was baptized in water, not before.Galatians 3:27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.Saul was not a Christian until he was baptized into Christ.Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved......Saul was not saved until he was immersed in water.Acts 2:38...and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of you sins....Saul sins where not forgiven until he was baptized in water.Paul was saved the way all men are saved. FAITH John 3:16---REPENTANCE Acts 3:19---CONFESSION Romans 10:9-19---WATER BAPTISM Acts 2:38YOU CANNOT SEPARATE BECOMING A CHRISTIAN AND FORGIVENESS OF SINS!PAUL WAS NOT SAVED ON THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS----PAUL WAS SAVED IN DAMASCUS.YOU ARE INVITED TO FOLLOW MY BLOG. http//:steve-finnell.blogspot.com
I heard a seminary professor say that he wanted his daughters to go to heaven but he was not sure if they were “elect”, and therefore it would not be possible for them to be saved. I wanted to blurt out “Why don’t you just win them to Christ and they will be elect!” Which comes to my point, what effect does this doctrine have on those who believe it? “Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.” (Hebrew 13:9) If it is not of God, it does “not profited”. If you ask them what benefit is there in believing this, they will usually respond by saying, “It’s the truth”, but people on both sides of any argument believe their side is right. But the question remains, how does it profit Christians? If someone believes there is a hell, he is much more likely to get saved, and also be concerned about his loved ones and friends getting saved; but if he does not believe, then “let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.” Things that are believed have an effect on us, for good if true, and for harm if false. For 40 years I have been asking those who believe this belief, what profit is there in it? The only real answer I have received in all this time was that they say it takes away all pride from man, as he has nothing to do with it, but salvation is already “not of works, lets any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:9) Besides, people can have pride about anything including saying, “I’m elect”. One Christian I knew who came out of Hyper Calvinism told me it appealed to his intellectual pride. Even those who believe in this doctrine already know there are possible problems (sometimes serious problems) associated with it. It has split more Bible colleges than any teaching I know of! It is also used by many as an excuse for not winning souls. After all, if God wants to save them, they will be saved even if I do nothing, and If God does not choose them for salvation, then according to their belief, no matter what I do they will not be saved. But Paul said, “Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.” (Acts 20:26-27) Why would Paul say a thing like that if it did not to some degree depend on him? See The Layman's Biblical Handbook http://www.thelaymansbiblicalhandbook.com/predestination.html