What is the proof of your salvation? If you ask a Calvinist, like A. W. Pink, this is what you would hear:
I have heard Calvinist Paul Washer say the same kind of nonsense. He said that if you sin and feel bad for it, that’s proof that you have been regenerated and are saved because if you weren’t regenerated and saved you wouldn’t feel bad for it.
That’s nonsense. Even unbelievers can have a guilty conscience and feel sorry for their sins. But that’s not repentance. The difference between a real child of God and a mere professors is that while professors feel bad for their sins (Romans 7 experience), children of God have repented of their sins and made “free from sin” (Romans 6).
This is what the Bible says is the difference:
1Jo 3:8 – He that committeth sin is of the devil
1Jo 3:9 – Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin
1Jo 3:10 – In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil
1Jo 2:3- And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
This is how you would read these verses according to the A W Pink quote:
1Jo 3:8 – He that doesn’t feel bad for sin is of the devil
1Jo 3:9 – Whosoever is born of God feels bad for sin
1Jo 2:3- And hereby we do know that we know him, if we feel bad for breaking his commandments.
Calvinists have a habit of making things up that aren’t biblical at all. They act like all unbelievers are sociopathic psychos with no conscience. The Bible says, “For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another” (Romans 2:14-15)
The Bible says, “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation” 2 Cor. 7:10.
Notice it says TO salvation.
But Calvinists would have it read: “Godly sorrow is proof of salvation.”
I have no doubt that many Calvinists have grief and sorrow over their sins. They are still in a Romans Seven experience – wretched men. Wretched means miserable and in the context of Romans 7, miserable because they are convicted by the law as transgressors. They haven’t yet had the deliverance of the gospel. They are still under the law and sinning, not under grace and living victorious.
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A believer who sins is once again under the wrath of God until he repents. In fact, a believer who sins is under worse condemnation than he was as an unbeliever.
Rom 1:18 – For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness
Heb 10:29 – Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
2Pe 2:21 – For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
Concerning “that woman Jezebel” in Revelation 2:20, Jesus went on to say in verse 21: “And I gave her space to repent of her fornication…” I interpret the word “space” in verse as “time”. So I think Jesus was saying He gave her time to repent. Not detracting in any way for the need to repent.
However, I personally, I take comfort from this verse. If God was going to beat me over the head with a length of 4 x 2 every time I messed up, I’d be dead by now. I thank God that He is longsuffering and patient with us and gives us time to repent.