The more I study Calvinism and look at the consequences of his teachings, the more concerned I become over the question of whether he was ever truly saved.
We read in 1 Corinthians 2:12-14
(12) Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. (13) And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. (14) The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. (ESV)
It therefore follows that a person who has not been born again through God’s Spirit, cannot understand the things of God as they should be understood. This in turn means that if someone who does not have God’s Spirit were to interpret the Bible his interpretation of necessity has to be wrong or at least seriously deficient.
We also know that “faith” as such cannot save us: “You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe–and shudder!” James 2:19 (ESV)
To those of us who have experienced a true conversion and washing away of our sins, the descriptions of salvation given in the two following articles sound very hollow. Also note that the writer of the articles negatively emphasizes the emotional aspect of the conversion. What I want to know is how can one meet the True God and know that you have been cleansed of your sins without experiencing some emotion? I sincerely doubt if this is possible. (Where the emotion precedes the “meeting with God” it could be purely an emotional experience which would then be a false conversion. This is something that all of us has to be very wary of. This is also where the danger lies in so much of evangelism that is done today.)
Here are the references to these very insightful articles:
From this it seems as if Calvin never experienced a true meeting with God in which he was born of the Spirit. If this is the case, then Calvinism is a system of theology developed by an unregenerated person, which then makes it very acceptable to the unregenerated. These people are then lead to believe that they are saved and in favour with God, but in the mean time it is only a head faith and not a true heart faith.
This then also explains why the concepts of “faith” and the “Covenant of Grace” play such a big role in Calvinism. Calvinism is based on an intellectual faith in the Bible and in Calvin’s doctrines. Therefore “faith” can be inherited, as we see in the second article referred to above all because “God promised to save believer’s children”, as “promised” in the “covenant of grace”.
This then leads to the gross misunderstanding that many Calvinists have about the connection between faith and works. It seems as if many Calvinists are so afraid of “salvation by works”, that they cling to an intellectual faith and anything that in any way looks like works is immediately condemned. Scripture is very clear that true faith leads to Godly works, which is totally different from trying to obtain your salvation by doing good works. The confusion around this issue is astounding.