Was Calvin really saved?

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:

http://oldlife.org/2009/07/19/the-unconverted-calvin-part-one/

http://oldlife.org/2009/07/26/the-unconverted-calvin-part-two/

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.

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The Covenants – An Exegetical Study

I have now reworked the study I wrote on the Covenants in a format acceptable to WordPress. This has been a mission since I write my documents in Word with extensive use of footnotes. I trust that the document is correct and that all the links work.

The study, which is given on a separate page, is an exegetical study of Genesis 17. I regard Genesis 17 as the heart of the covenants. If you don’t understand Genesis 17, you cannot understand the covenants. I have not come across anyone else who has done this study to the depth and detail as the attached one. It took me a whole year of intense work to come to the views expressed in the study. I suppose that this is why no one else has done it. It is just takes too much time.

The study was done in about 1974 when I tried to understand paedobaptism and the covenant of grace. I first wrote it up in very much the current form in 1991 and have sent it to many theologians for comment. The only significant comment I got back was: “I reject what you have written because you wrote it in such a way that you force everyone to agree with you!”

As you will see there is no covenant of grace. There is a covenant of faith which simply says that God promised to save everyone who believes as Abraham believed. Faith and only faith can be the condition for salvation. Therefore the Law of Moses could only have been a temporary addition as Galatians 3 clearly teaches.

I am therefore of the opinion that the whole edifice of the covenant of grace and all its ramifications come tumbling down once one understands the true structure of the covenants. This also means that there is no basis whatsoever for paedobaptism.

I fully understand that it will take much courage and great level of intellectual honesty for any fully convinced believer in the covenant of grace to read, study and try and understand what I have written. Let the warning as given in 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 be borne in mind by all of us. If we want to believe the error, God will enable us to do so.

May God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ be glorified in everything we do.

Johan

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Calvinism is an Extremely Dangerous Theology

The purpose of this blog is to discuss Calvinism and to point out the very serious errors in it and show that it is an extremely dangerous false theology. Let me make my statement even more crass: It is unlikely that a true Calvinist of the Reformed tradition will finally enter into the Kingdom of God. I’m not saying impossible, but I am saying unlikely.

There are many true believers who believe and adhere to some of the tenants of Calvinism, but someone who believes and applies all the doctrines of Calvinism to his own life is unlikely to be saved since such a person will not comply with the most basic requirements for salvation.

I am also not a fully convinced Arminian; so this blog is not anti Calvinism and pro Arminianism. It is an intense search for the truth.

I believe that the Bible is the word of God. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and also the Son of Man. He died on the cross to bear our sins and make atonement for us before God the Father. I do not reject any of the basic tenants of our Christian faith as expressed in the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed. I just have a problem with Calvinism and possibly with some aspects of Arminianism.

I totally reject the concept of the “Covenant of Grace” since there is no such covenant in the Bible. It is a false construct that has no Biblical base. I will point this out in great detail and show that the true covenant that God made with Abraham is a covenant of faith. This also means that I totally reject infant or paedobaptism as being un-Biblical and totally wrong.

Other related Christian topics will also be discussed such as the Law of Moses, the Sabbath, faith and works, holiness, sanctification, tithing and many more.

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