24 Scriptural Problems with Calvinism | Jesse Morrell

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Objections to Calvinism As It Is by Randolph S. Foster is a classic rebuttal to the doctrines of “Reformed Theology” from the 1800’s.







Calvinism vs. The Bible 

By Jesse Morrell



  1. Calvinism says that God decreed all sin when the Bible says sin breaks the heart of God and He wills holiness and obedience from His subjects so that He is not in any way the author of sin (Gen. 1:31; 6:5-6; 1 Sam. 15:22; Eze. 6:9; Jer. 19:5, 32:35; Isa. 5:4; Zeph. 3:5; Ecc. 7:29; Matt. 6:10, 23:37; Lk. 7:30; 1 Cor. 14:33; Heb. 1:9, 1 Thes. 4:3; James 1:13).
  1. Calvinism says that men are under the wrath of God for the sin of Adam when the Bible says that the son does not bear the iniquity of the father and we will all give an account for our own deeds (Lev. 18:29; Deut. 24:16; 2 Kng. 14:6; 2 Chron. 25:4; Eze. 18:2-6; Eze. 18:20; Jer. 17:10; Matt. 16:27; Rom. 2:5-6; Rom. 14:12; 2 Cor. 5:10; 2 Cor. 11:15; 1 Pet. 1:17; Rev. 20:11-12; Rev. 22:12).
  1. Calvinism says that man’s free will was lost by Adam’s original sin when the Bible never says this but instead continues to appeal to man’s free moral agency after Adam’s fall (Gen. 4:6-7; Deut. 11:26-28, 30:11, 19; Josh. 24:15; Isa. 1:16-20; 55:6-7; Jer. 4:14; Hos. 10:12; Jer. 18:11; 21:8; 26:13; Eze. 18:30-32; 20:7-8; Acts 2:40; 17:30; Rom. 6:17; 2 Cor. 7:1; 2 Tim. 2:21; Jas. 4:7-10; 1 Pet. 1:22; Rev. 22:17).
  1. Calvinism says that all men inherit a sinful nature from Adam when the Bible never even says that Adam’s nature was sinful but instead asserts that God forms our nature in the womb and we are in His image even after Adam’s sin (Gen. 1:26-27, 4:1, 9:6; Ex. 4:11; Deut. 32:18; Isa. 27:11; 43:1; 43:7; 44:2; 44:24; 49:5; 64:8; Jer. 1:5; Ps. 26:10; 95:6; 127:3; 139:13-14, 16; Ecc. 7:29; 31:15; 35:10; Mal. 2:10; Rom. 9:20; 1 Cor. 11:7; Eph. 3:9; 4:6; Col. 1:16; Jas. 3:9; Jn. 1:3
  1. Calvinism says that all events are the eternal will of God when the Bible represents God as grieved, disappointed, and surprised over many events that have occurred (Gen. 6:5-6; 1 Sam. 15:10, 15:35; Isa. 5:1-5; Jer. 3:6-7, 3:19-20).
  1. Calvinism says that God has irresistibly decreed all events from eternity past, when the Bible says that God has canceled and reversed some of His own prophecies and teaches that the future is not yet entirely fixed and settled but changable (Gen. 6:7-8, 19:17-22;  Ex. 32:10-14, Jer. 18:1-10; Ex. 32:10-14; Num.11:1-2, 14:12-20, 16:20-35; Deut. 9:13-14, 9:18-20, 9:25; 1 Sam. 24:16; 2 Sam. 24:17-25; 1 Kin. 21:21-29; 2 Kin. 20:1-6; 2 Chron. 12:5-8; Jonah 3:4-10; Jer. 26:19; Isa. 38:5, 68:8; Matt. 24:20; Mk. 13:20).
  1. Calvinism says that God has given man a moral law which He is incapable of keeping when the Bible says that God is just, never allows us to be tempted above our ability, and only obligates us to love Him with all of our ability (Deut. 6:5, Deut. 10:12, Deut. 30:6, Matt. 22:37, Mk. 12:30, Lk. 10:27, 1 Cor. 10:13).
  1. Calvinism says that Jesus Christ came and took our punishment when the Bible says that our punishment is eternal hell ( 12:2; Matt. 25:46; 2 Thes. 1:9; Rev. 14:11).
  1. Calvinism says that Jesus Christ came and paid our debt when the Bible says that God forgives us our debt (Matt 6:12; Matt. 18:27; Lk. 7:41-42, 11:4).
  1. Calvinism says that Jesus Christ took the punishment of our sins when the Bible says that God forgives us our sins and remits our penalty ( 9:6, 26:28; Mk. 1:4, 2:10; Lk. Lk. 1:77, 3:3, 5:24, 24:47; Acts 2:38, 5:31, 10:43, 13:38; 26:18; Rom. 3:25, Heb. 9:22, 10:18; Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14; 1 Jn. 1:9).
  1. Calvinism says that Jesus Christ came and took the wrath of God when the Bible says that God still has wrath after the atonement, that sinners are not saved from God’s wrath until conversion, that the atonement was instead a justification of His mercy, and that believers who return to their sins return to the wrath of God (Lk. 21:23; Jn. 3:36; Acts 12:23; Rom. 1:18; 2:5, 3:24-26; Heb. 10:26-31; Eph. 5:6-7; Col 3:6; Rev. 6:17; 14:10; 16:19).
  1. Calvinism says that Jesus Christ became sinful and guilty on the cross when the Bible says He died the just for the unjust and offered Himself without spot or blemish to God (Ex. 12:5; Lk. 23:41; Heb. 9:14; 13:8; 1 Pet. 1:19; 2:22-23; 3:18 Heb. 13:8).
  1. Calvinism says that those for whom Christ died can never perish when the Bible warns that those for whom Christ died can perish (Rom. 14:15; 1 Cor. 8:11; Heb. 10:29; 2 Pet. 2:1).
  1. Calvinism says that Christ only died for a few elect when the Bible says that Jesus died for the world and all men (Isa. 53:6; Heb. 2:9; 2 Cor. 5:14-15; 1 Tim. 4:10; 1 Jn. 2:2), making salvation available to all (Jn. 3:14-17; 12:46; Acts 10:43; Rom. 10:11; Rev. 22:17).
  1. Calvinism says that God wants most sinners to remain in their sins and die and go to hell, to somehow glorify His justice, when the Bible says God wants all men to repent and be saved (Eze. 18:32; John 3:14-17; Acts 17:30-31; 2 Pet. 3:9).
  1. Calvinism says that men cannot repent and believe when the Bible commands men to repent and believe and blames them if they do not (Matt. 11:20; 23:37; Mk. 6:6; Lk. 7:30; 13:34; 14:17-18; 19:14; 19:27; Jn. 5:40; Acts 17:30-31; Rev. 2:21).
  1. Calvinism says that men cannot repent and believe because they are born spiritually dead because of Adam when the Bible says that men are dead or alienated from God because of their own trespasses and sins and says the prodigal son was able to return to the father even though he was dead to the father (Eze. 18:4, 20; Isa. 59:2, Lk. 15:18, 15:24; Rom. 5:12; 5:14; 7:9; 7:11; 8:6; 2 Cor. 5:14; Col. 1:21; 2:13; Rev. 3:1).
  1. Calvinism says that God unconditionally predestined individuals for heaven or hell when the Bible says that God has chosen to offer salvation to the Jews and the Gentiles, grafting in some and cutting off others based upon their faith or unbelief (Rom. 9:30-33, 11:20-23).
  1. Calvinism says that God predestined some for Heaven and most for hell according to the pleasure of His will, when the Bible says that God sent Jesus to die for all, commands all men to repent and believe, is drawing all men unto Himself, is not willing that any should perish, and takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Eze. 18:32; Isa. 53:6; John 3:14-17; Acts 17:30-31; Heb. 2:9; 2 Cor. 5:14-15; 2 Pet. 3:9; 1 Tim. 4:10; 1 Jn. 2:2).
  1. Calvinism says that the righteousness of Christ is imputed to believers when the Bible says that our faith is imputed or reckoned as righteousness by God (Gen. 15:6; Rom. 4:3, 4:22; Gal. 3:6; James 2:23).
  1. Calvinism says that God doesn’t see believers if they sin, but see’s imputed righteousness instead, when the Bible says God is omniscient and nothing is hide from His eyes (Ps. 33:13-15; Prov. 15:3; Eze. 8:12; 9:9; Jer. 32:19; Job 34:21; Mal. 2:17; Heb. 4:13; Rev 2:2, 2:9; 2:13; 2:19; 3:1; 3:8; 3:15).
  1. Calvinism says that man cannot contribute to His salvation in any way but is saved in a monergistic regeneration while the Bible teaches the responsibility and necessity of the sinner to consent and cooperate with God in a synergistic relationship in order to be saved (Deut. 10:16; Eze. 18:30-32, 24:13; Ps. 78:8; Ps. 95:8; Heb. 3:15; Act 7:51; 17:30-31; Jas. 4:8; Col. 3:9-10; Eph. 4:22, 24; 1 Tim. 4:16).
  1. Calvinism teaches that no man is able to keep the commandments of God and that not even the grace of God is capable of delivering you from daily sinning, but the Bible teaches that there is deliverance by faith in Jesus Christ to overcome sin while in this life (Matt. 1:21; Jn. 8:36; Rom. 6:18, 20, 22; 8:2; 1 Cor. 10:13; 1 Thes. 3:13; 1 Thes. 5:23; Titus 2:11-12; Jude 1:24; 1 Tim. 6:14; 1 Jn. 1:9; 3:9).
  1. Calvinism says that true believers will persevere unto the end when the Bible exhorts believers to persevere, warns of damnation if they do not, and speaks of some who have departed from the faith (Exo. 32:33; Matt. 18:23-35, 24:13; Mk. 4:17; Lk. 8:13; Jn. 6:66, 8:31, 15:6; Acts 1:25 w. Matt. 19:28; Acts 11:23, 13:43, 14:22; Rom. 1:18, 2:7-10; Col. 1:21-23; Rom. 8:13, 11:20-21; 1 Cor. 9:27, 10:12, 11:32, 15:1-2; 2 Cor. 6:1; 1 Thes. 3:8; 2 Thes. 2:3; 1 Tim. 4:16, 1:5-6, 1:19-20, 4:1, 5:15; 2 Tim. 3:8, 4:10; Heb. 2:1-3, 3:6, 3:12-15, 4:11, 4:14, 6:6, 10:22- 23, 10:26-31, 12:24-25; Eph. 5:6-7; Jas. 4:4, 5:19-20; 2 Pet. 2:20-22; 2 Pet. 3:17; 1 Jn. 2:24; 2 Jn. 1:9; Jude 1:5; Rev. 3:5).

Unfortunately, my list of scriptural points that Calvinism contradicts can go on and on but these are some of the major points. I pray that you were blessed by this bible study!

~ Jesse Morrell


Objections to Calvinism As It Is by Randolph S. Foster is a classic rebuttal to the doctrines of “Reformed Theology” from the 1800’s.



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9 Responses to 24 Scriptural Problems with Calvinism | Jesse Morrell

  1. humneso says:

    Are you an Open Theist? Sure sounds that way.

  2. Tiribulus says:

    “the Bible represents God as …. surprised over many events that have occurred.”

    Open theism?

  3. Brett says:

    You must have a defective Bible that is missing the book of Romans, in particular chapters 8, 9, and 10..:

  4. Brandon C. Hines says:

    Excuse me, but when you say God is surprised, do you mean to say that he does not know all things that will happen in the future? (I really want to know).

  5. dizerner says:

    Jesus Christ is my atonement, he is my debt, my hell and my heaven, my all in all.

  6. Eugen Olsen says:

    Last time I saw this kind of argumentation (assertion – straw man – followed by a disconnected ‘proof texts’ assuming the amount of references is going to be impressive enough to to make a case) was with a JW giving “35 reasons Jesus isn’t God”.
    This time it’s simply a Pelagian open-theist…

  7. A Christian says:

    You obviously need to stop teaching, you don’t even believe the gospel. Study scripture and you’ll see the God whom you hate is at odds with your false god.

    Numbers 23:19 19 God is not man, that he should lie,
    or a son of man, that he should change his mind.
    Has he said, and will he not do it?
    Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?

    Isaiah 46:9 remember the former things of old;
    for I am God, and there is no other;
    I am God, and there is none like me,
    10 declaring the end from the beginning
    and from ancient times things not yet done,
    saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
    and I will accomplish all my purpose,’

    Romans 9:10 And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac 11 (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls), 12 it was said to her, “The older shall serve the younger.” 13 As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.”

    Romans 9:17 For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.” 18 Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.

    Jude 3 Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. 4 For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Ephesians 1:3 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, 4 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, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

    I understand legitimate Christians struggle with the doctrines of grace, but you attack the very core of the Christian faith and are in need of the Savior, you’re a lost, self righteous, heretic, by your own admission. You need to repent and believe the gospel as your wicked heart has you deceived.

    • Did you not even see all the scripture that I shared? It looks like you just have the same Calvinist proof-texts I have been seeing for 17 years. Did you even read those in the Bible yourself or did you get them from a Calvinist book by Sproul, MacArthur, or Piper? I encourage you to read the whole Bible, cover to cover, atleast twice and you’ll see that Calvinism does not hold up to the full counsel of God’s word.

  8. I have noticed that no Calvinist has been able to actually refute these 24 points.

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