A Dilemma for Calvinists – Are Calvinists Unloving? Does Calvinism Hurt Evangelism? Jesse Morrell

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A DILEMMA FOR CALVINISTS

Are Calvinists Unloving? Does Calvinism Hurt Evangelism?

Jesse Morrell

http://www.OpenAirOutreach.com

I once talked to a girl at a Festival in Nashville TN. She heard my open air preaching, saw me rebuking sin, and she didn’t think that my open air preaching was loving.

But after talking to her I found out she was a Calvinist. So I asked her, “Do you want everyone to repent, believe, and saved?” She didn’t know how to answer, since Calvinism teaches that God does not want everyone to repent, believe, and be saved. I pressed her and she finally answered, “I want everyone to be saved that God wants to be saved.”

I said, “So you don’t want everyone to repent, believe, and saved. See, you are not loving your neighbor as yourself. Obviously you want yourself to be saved, but this you do not want for everyone else. And yet you say that I am not loving?? At least I am preaching because I want everyone to be saved! I am urging everyone to repentance and I am preaching that Jesus Christ died for all men. You are the one that is not loving, not I.

This shows the dilemma that Calvinists are in. On the one hand, the Bible says that we are to love our neighbor as ourselves. On the other hand, the Bible says that we are to be imitators of God. Well, if we do the one we cannot do the other, granted Calvinism. If we imitate God, we cannot want everyone to be saved. But if we love our neighbors as ourselves, we will want everyone to be saved. So if we fulfill our one obligation we necessarily violate the other, if Calvinism were true.

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One Response to A Dilemma for Calvinists – Are Calvinists Unloving? Does Calvinism Hurt Evangelism? Jesse Morrell

  1. These were comments I made in response to a Calvinist on facebook making remarks about this post:

    I said:

    God is calling all men everywhere to repent. He is drawing all men. But only those who choose to actually repent receive His pardon. It would be unwise and unjust for God to pardon the unconverted. God wants everyone to repent, but it is not His choice to make. If it were up to Him, all would repent and all would be saved.

    God grants repentance in the sense that He grants us the time and opportunity to repent, but the choice itself is ours. That is why God commands men to repent. Jesus even rebuked men for not repenting, implying that it was God’s will and the only thing that was stopping them was their own unwillingness. They no doubt could have repented, which is why Jesus rebuked them for not repenting. Thus God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance, but many men will perish because many do not come to repentance.

    Jesus didn’t die to give anyone a license to sin, or to make salvation automatic and unconditional for a few. Jesus died that all men through Him might be saved. His atonement renders our penalty remissible, but our penalty is not remitted until we are actually converted. Thus the atonement accomplishes exactly what it was designed to accomplish – it provides a way in which God can be just and remit the penalty of all men, granted that they are converted.

    Someone said to me, “I do want people to go to hell, because God does.” Its one thing to say that you want the unrepentant to go to hell, if they remain impenitent, but another thing to say that you do not want the unrepentant to repent and be saved.

    If sinners remain impenitent, then they ought to go to hell for the good of the universe. God’s law must be upheld and transgression discouraged.

    But God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance, taking no pleasure in the death of the wicked. God wants the impenitent to repent, so that they can be saved.

    God is merciful and prefers to exercise mercy over judgment. The Bible even represents God as reluctant to execute His wrath, as being slow to anger, as repenting of the evil, etc. It says judgment is His strange work.

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