This is a post I made in my Facebook group Calvinism, Arminianism, Pelagianism, Wesleyanism, Finneyism, Lutheranism…
“SAVE YOURSELVES” IS A HOLY GHOST GOSPEL EXHORTATION
Someone was recently arguing that Calvinism is nothing more than teaching that “God saves sinners.” I assumed he was alluding to their doctrine of unconditional election and monergistic or passive regeneration.
So I pointed out that in Acts 2:40 Peter told sinners to “Save Yourselves”! That is not something you ever hear Calvinist preachers tell sinners, yet that is Holy Ghost preaching on Pentecost!
His rebuttal was basically that it was not about salvation from sin. But looking at the context how is this not about salvation? Act 2:38 Peter says repent and be baptized for the remission of sins. In Act 2:41, right after Acts 2:40 where Peter said “save yourselves,” it says that three thousand souls gladly receive the words and were baptized.
The word “save” in Acts 2:40 is “σῴζω” and it the same word used in other passages like Mat 1:21, “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save (σῴζω) his people from their sins.” And Mat 18:11 “For the Son of man is come to save (σῴζω) that which was lost.”
Peter was not talking about a particular salvation in Acts 2:38 and then suddenly change and talk about a different type of salvation in Acts 2:41! Is this the type of strange hermeneutics that Calvinists have to engage in because of their recommitment to their cliche of “You can’t do anything to be saved” or “God alone saves”? Why not abandon Calvinism and the cliche’s and just accept the Bible and what the scriptures teach? The sinner is not passive in salvation. The sinner must do something to be saved. Sinners must “save yourselves” according to Holy Ghost preaching.
~ Jesse Morrell