Interesting video about 9Marks on Calvinists working their way into Baptist churches.
The standard teaching on John 8:56 is Abraham saw the day that Christ was crucified and that he rejoiced and was glad. The problem is that the phrase “my day” is a reference to the day of Christ. There are four references in scripture to the “day of Christ or day of Jesus Christ.” There are other problems as well with this teaching.
John 8:56 (KJV) Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.
Matthew 21:42 (KJV) Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
Psalm 118:22 (KJV) The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
Psalm 118:23 (KJV) This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
Psalm 118:24 (KJV) This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24 has someone that “will rejoice and be glad” about a certain day just like Abraham in John 8:56 where Abraham rejoiced and was glad. The context of Psalm 118:24 is the second coming of Christ. In Psalm 118:22 has both the first coming “the stone which the builders refused” the second coming “is become the head stone of the corner.” The stone in Psalm 118:24 is Christ. When the stone is the head of the corner, this is the second coming of Christ. The day in Psalm 118:24 is the day of Christ. Abraham is the father of Israel. He would rejoice and be glad for the second coming of Christ. The second coming of Christ for Israel means that they went through the seven years of Tribulation. Israel has been reconciled back to God. Israel has accepted her Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. Israel has been forgiven for rejecting and murdering her messiah the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ has destroyed all the armies of the nations that wanted to destroy Israel. The Lord Jesus Christ takes care of the beast and the false prophet. As the father of Israel, the second coming of Christ is indeed a day for Abraham to rejoice. It is a great day indeed for the nation of Israel. Israel will rule and reign with the King of the Jews, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Baptist Churches are not Calvinistic. However, there seem to be more and more Independent Baptist Churches that have one or more of the pedals of the TULIP listed in their doctrinal statements. Calvinism is creeping into Independent Baptist Churches. This is a real danger sign for Independent Baptists. The first pedal of the TULIP is Total Depravity of Man. This church in Yukon lists “The Total Depravity of Man” in its doctrinal statement. There is no such thing as a reformed Baptist Church. A church is either Baptist or it is Calvinist. Once a Baptist church becomes Calvinist, it is no longer Baptist. The leadership of some Independent Baptist Churches are transforming their church from a Baptist church to a Calvinist church. Most likely this is happening without the consent of the members of the church. This is much like Rick Warren’s purpose driven churches. Where the pastor attends one of Rick Warren’s seminars and goes back to his church and starts to slowly make changes over a period of time. Calvinism works the same way. Calvinism is a cancer in Baptist churches and will destroy Baptist churches from the inside out.
Abraham was not born again.
Issac, Jacob, Noah, King David were not born again.
Abraham is not in the body of Christ.
Abraham is not in the bride of Christ.
Abraham not spiritually circumcised.
Abraham is not chosen in Christ.
Abraham is not in Christ now.
Abraham was not sealed by the Holy Spirit of God.
Abraham did not go to heaven when he died.
Abraham was not saved the same way that Christians are saved today.
Jesus Christ’s own disciples were not looking forward to the cross. There are a number of verses that show this.
Matthew 16:21 (KJV) ¶ From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
Matthew 16:22 (KJV) Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.
Matthew 16:23 (KJV) But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
There are a number of problems with this teaching. Chief among these problems is that the teaching is not Biblical. The second problem is that this teaching is Calvinist.
Hebrews 9:14-20 presents a major problem for the teaching of Covenant Theology. Hebrews 9:16-17 tells us that a testament is not in effect until after Jesus Christ dies on a cross at Calvary. It did the Jew or Gentile no good looking forward to the cross. For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. This is an insurmountable problem for Calvinists. The cross provided no salvation for those alive before the cross because the New Testament was not in effect. Hebrews 9 is describing a common practice that is still in effect today. The person has a will and last testament leaving all their worldly goods and possessions to their heirs. The will is of no effect until the person dies. If your name is listed in a will to inherit property, that property is not yours until the person dies that is leaving the property to you. A person could be in a will to inherit millions of dollars and live as pauper in a shack barely able to survive. The millions of dollars in the will is not theirs until the person in the will dies. This is the same way with the Lord Jesus Christ, New Testament salvation is not in effect until Jesus Christ dies on the cross at Calvary.
Hebrews 9:14 (KJV) How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Hebrews 9:15 (KJV) ¶ And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
Hebrews 9:16 (KJV) For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
Hebrews 9:17 (KJV) For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.
Hebrews 9:18 (KJV) Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.
Hebrews 9:19 (KJV) For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,
Hebrews 9:20 (KJV) Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.
Calvinists do not understand that man has a will and that God is sovereign no matter what man chooses with his will. God’s will for man during the church age is that man would believe the gospel of Jesus Christ and be saved. If that man refuses the will of God then God’s will for that man is that he will go to hell for rejecting the gospel of Jesus Christ. No matter what the man chooses, God gets his way and his will. This is what the Bible teaches.
John 3:16 (KJV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
God’s will is “that whosoever believeth in him should not perish” and have “everlasting life.” Those that will not “believeth in him” will perish in hell. You have the two wills of God for “whosoever” in John 3:16. The “whosoever” is not limited to the elect in John 3:16. Whosoever means whosoever. God will have his will one way or another.
For God so loved the elect, that he gave his only begotten Son, that the elect after being born again by irresistible grace believeth in him should not perish, but have perseverance of the saints. This is the Calvinist version of John 3:16.
One of the great things about understanding the sovereign will of God is one does not have to twist Scripture to fit Calvinism. One can just let the Bible stand as it is and mean what it says.
Calvinism does not understand the difference between physical death and spiritual death. A sinner is spiritually dead not physically dead. Calvinism teaches that a sinner is dead and cannot respond to the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The above picture illustrates this teaching of Calvinism. This is just one of many errors of Calvinism. Calvinism fails to understand that man is made up of a trinity like God is a Trinity. God is a Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. Man is a trinity of spirit, soul, and body. This is Bible.
1 John 5:7 (KJV) For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 (KJV) ¶ And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Calvinists like to talk about the church fathers. They ignore the real church fathers, the apostles that God used to write the New Testament. The real church fathers are Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, James, Jude, Peter, and Paul. The writers of the New Testament. Augustine, Jerome, Origen, Eusebius, and Irenaeus are church fathers of the Roman Catholic church not the true church of the New Testament of the Bible. David Daniels with Chick Publications has wrote a book on the King James Bible about the role the Roman Catholic has played in the history of the Bible. That book is entitled Did the Catholic Church Give Us the Bible? You can purchase a copy of the book by clicking on the link below.
John MacArthur is not only messed up in Calvinism, but is messed up about the blood of Jesus Christ. The doctrine of the blood of Christ is a critical doctrine. Christians’ sins are washed away by the blood of Christ and not water baptism. The proof text for this is Rev 1:5. The doctrine of the blood of Christ proves that baptismal regeneration is false and a heresy. This is what happens when one uses bibles that take the blood out of the Bible. John MacArthur uses the NASV.
Revelation 1:5 (KJV) And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
The NASV leaves out Col 1:14. That is the reason that John MacArthur likes the NASV. They both leave the blood out.
Colossians 1:14 (KJV) In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
This is another great video on the Covenant of Grace. The Covenant of grace is also known as “all saved the same in the Bible.” “Old Testament saints are saved looking forward to the cross and New Testament saints are saved looking back to the cross.” This teaching is Calvinism. The problem is the Covenant of Grace is not Biblical.
Gene Kim has a great video on “all saved the same in the Bible.” “Old Testament saints are saved looking forward to the cross and New Testament saints are saved looking back to the cross.” This teaching is Calvinism. It is called the Covenant of Grace.
The best reference book on Calvinism is The Other Side of Calvinism by Laurence Vance. You can click on the Amazon link below to purchase a copy of his book. This book will help you understand what Calvinism teaches and why it is not Biblical. The Lord Jesus Christ shed his blood as an atonement for all men not just the elect.
2 Peter 3:9 (KJV) ¶ The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
The Calvinists in order to teach Calvinism from the King James Bible go to the greek. An example of this is John 6:44. They go to Strong’s and change draw to drag.
John 6:44 (KJV) No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Draw has a much softer meaning to it. It is almost like God the Father is wooing the lost man to His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation. Where drag is forcing the lost man to come to the Lord Jesus Christ against his will. Oh, I forgot that Calvinists believe that God is all sovereign and do not believe that the lost man has a will. The Calvinist takes the sovereignty of God to an extreme that the Bible does not. The Calvinist believes that the lost man is dead and has no will whatsoever. This is another extreme that the Bible does not agree with. When we say Bible we mean the King James Bible, not any other.
If the Calvinists would have stuck with the King James Bible, they would have read in Hosea 11:4 that draw has the definition of wooing.
Hosea 11:4 (KJV) I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them.
Hosea 11:4 uses the word “drew”. Drew is the past tense of draw. Hosea 11:4 explains how God the Father draws men. He draws men to salvation “with bands of love” not dragging them against their will. The King James Bible has a build in dictionary that defines its own words. The King James Bible defines draw in Hosea 11:4. The greek and Hebrew do not have this build in dictionary. Notice we did not have to go to an English dictionary or greek dictionary to define the word “draw”. We went to the King James Bible. We compared spiritual things with spiritual. The word of God is spiritual. We compare the word of God with the word of God. When we say word of God, we mean the King James Bible. We compared Scripture in the King James Bible with Scripture in the King James Bible. We are not talking about the greek. As in this example, we compare John 6:44 with Hosea 11:4 in the King James Bible to learn the Biblical definition for draw. This is how one does Bible study.
1 Corinthians 2:12 (KJV) Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
1 Corinthians 2:13 (KJV) Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
1 Corinthians 2:14 (KJV) But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
The definitions in English and greek dictionaries are not inspired by God. The King James Bible is given by inspiration of God. We should not use the definitions of men to define the words of God.
Romans 2:4 (KJV) Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
Romans 2:4 is another example of the Lord wooing lost men to repentance.
There is a profound lesson to be learned from this. If a Christian will study the King James Bible according to 2 Timothy 2:15, then he will learn sound doctrine. If a Christian allows himself to be dragged into the greek then he will learn heresy like Calvinism. The greek is dangerous.
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.