Contradiction Calvin

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Can John Calvin’s teaching on salvation be Biblically supported without contradiction?

My commentary on this topic can be read at:

http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-S6YMuFYyaa9ESBoW5DFwEjL_HhqA;_ylt=AtHS7U_vmu_59_F4H5EhHYq0AOJ3
Catholic Crusader,

I am Fr. Joseph.

This is a difficult but important question to pursue because some of the most fanatical Puritans in Y!A, folks who revile the original Church as evil, place their faith in the errors of John Calvin. A careful study of Calvin finds him in opposition to Jesus’ teachings.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calvinism
The five points of Calvinism, which can be remembered by the English mnemonic TULIP are:

1) Total depravity (or total inability): As a consequence of the fall of man, every person born into the world is enslaved to the service of sin.

While the term “total depravity” is ill-chosen, Calvin is not far here from original sin.

2) Unconditional election: God’s choice from eternity of those whom he will bring to himself is not based on foreseen virtue, merit, or faith in those people. Rather, it is unconditionally grounded in God’s mercy.

This is predestination, which denies free will and contradicts the entire ministry of Christ. If the “elect” have already been chosen, there is no point in following through on Christ’s directives. For example, in Matt 25:

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

3) Limited atonement (or particular redemption or definite atonement): The death of Christ actually takes away the penalty of sins of those on whom God has chosen to have mercy.

Atonement is limited, but it is accomplished by baptism, when we die to ourselves and take up the life of Christ. Baptism is the first of several works required of Christians, including repentance, self-renunciation, faith, works of justice and charity, adopting the humility of a child, eating the bread of life, and enduring to the end.

4) Irresistible grace (or efficacious grace): The saving grace of God is effectually applied to those whom he has determined to save (the elect) and, in God’s timing, overcomes their resistance to obeying the call of the gospel, bringing them to a saving faith in Christ.

The fact of temptation and sin demonstrates that God’s grace is “resistable.” Mankind can always prefer the short-term benefits of sin over a right relationship with God. If God’s grace were irresistible, then the saints would be robots, not free people who freely gave their lives to God.

5) Perseverance of the saints (or preservation of the saints): Any person who has once been truly saved from damnation must necessarily persevere and cannot later be condemned.

This claim is contradicted by Christ’s call to endure to the end, e.g., in Matt 10:22: “And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.”

Calvin is trying to glorify God by putting him into total control. In fact, however, he rejects God’s plan to woo the freely given love of the creatures he made in his own image, and discards essential teachings from the gospels.

Cheers,
Bruce

Contradiction Calvin
Contradiction Calvin

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