The Calvinist ESV: Romans 6:17

   I am breaking the  "A Random Verse That Destroys Calvinism (And 'Is the ESV a Calvinist Bible'?)"  post up into shorter segments so that each verse (or two) gets it own post. #11:  Since we are on Romans 6, let's look at  Romans 6:17 .  Several versions say something like the King James does:  "But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered to you."   But the ESV, among others, says  "... have become obedient from the heart ..." Why does this matter or make a difference?   Because in the King James, "obeyed" is a verb, and it's clear that the people are doing the obeying.   They  are responsible for obeying.  But in the ESV, "obedient" is an adjective that simply describes the people (as in "they have become obedient people"), but it doesn't say how or what caused them to be obedient.  So it's not necessarily that the

The Cult of Calvinism

Here are links to a few posts that reveal the cult-like side of Calvinism: "Why Calvinism is a Cult" "Calvinism is a Counterfeit Christian Cult" "Calvinism, Cults, and Control" I left a comment at Hoppers Crossing Christian Church about their post "Calvinism, Cults, and Control."  I will also print my comment here for your information: I was reading your post "Calvinism, Cults, and Control" (2/02/20) and so much of what you said fits the Calvinist church we recently left.  Here are some of the cult-like things that happened after a Calvinist pastor took over our non-Calvinist church: 1.   From the beginning, he started laying the groundwork that disagreement with him (about his Calvinist view of predestination and God's sovereignty, in particular) was not allowed and that anyone who did disagree with him was unhumble and disagreeing with God.   Things like (paraphrases): "Humble people have no problem with God's sovereignty

Exposing Calvinism: My Comment about the Order of "Born Again, Hear the Gospel, Have Faith"

Another comment I left on the Soteriology 101 post "Frustrated by the state of the world?" : This one was i n reply to the Calvinist, Rhutchin (I've already written about these comments of his in another post, about his contradictory views regarding the Calvinist order of which comes first: being born-again or hearing the gospel or having faith?): I am not replying for Rhutchin’s sake, but for others who might be reading.  And I know this has been covered many times, so I’ll keep it as brief as I can.  (And then Rhutchin can have the last word.) Calvinists don’t just think that God foreknew who would be saved and who wouldn’t.   [Added note, not part of my comment:  Calvinists regularly accuse non-Calvinists of denying God's foreknowledge because we don't agree that God's foreknowledge of events means that He predestines/causes those events.  But, though they can't see it, it's Calvinists who actually deny God's foreknowledge because, in Calvinism,

The Calvinist ESV: Titus 3:3

   I am breaking the  "A Random Verse That Destroys Calvinism (And 'Is the ESV a Calvinist Bible'?)"  post up into shorter segments so that each verse (or two) gets it own post. #10:   In  Titus 3:3 , most of the translations (not counting the more recent "conversational-type" translations) say it the way the NIV does:  "At one time we too were foolish, disobedient,  deceived and enslaved  by all kinds of passions and desires ..."   (emphasis added). KJV: "... deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures ..." NASB: "... deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures ..." CSB: "... deceived, enslaved ..." But  the ESV  is one of the very few versions that puts it this way: " ... led astray,  slaves  to various passions and pleasures ..." In the other translations, "deceived and enslaved" are verbs, something that happens to people before they become believers.  They were (allowed themselves to be)

The Humble Calvinist: "Jesus Died For Me Me Me"

I have no idea who made this (or who Tyler Vela is, other than that he's a Calvinist), but here's an amusing 2-minute video, featuring Beaker from the Muppets, demonstrating Calvinist "humility": "Jesus Died for Me Me Me" [And would a generalized love for mankind, for all people, be such a bad thing?   Wouldn't it be much better to have a God who loves everyone than to have a God who loves only a tiny few people but who created the rest of humanity so that He could hate them and send them to hell for eternity because it pleases and glorifies Him?  Apparently, Tyler Vela doesn't think so. Is it a bad thing to love all your children, to want to save all your children in the event of a house fire or other crisis, instead of choosing only one to love and to save?  I guess Tyler Vela would say it's better to focus specifically on one.  Tyler Vela thinks it's better to have a God who picks only a few people to love and to save because then at le

Exposing Calvinism: I love my grandchild, but God might not

Want to see where Calvinism leads?  I recently found this old post,  "The Total Depravity of Certain Calvinists" ,   about a Calvinist soon-to-be-grandfather who made some wretched claims about his unborn grandchild.  He claimed that he loved the unborn child but realizes that God might not, that God might have predestined that child to be an unbeliever ... or even a murderer. Calvinists don't realize how blasphemous they are.  They have been brainwashed to think that they are being so humble and God-honoring to accept the idea that God can cause (not just allow but cause ) any horrible, evil, unjust thing He wants .... and that it's okay .... because "God is sovereign, and so He can do whatever He wants.  Who are you, O man, to talk back to God?" It's sick!   (And quite honestly, isn't saying that he loves his grandchild but God might not kinda like saying that he is more loving than God, that he treats people better than God does, because he can lo

The Calvinist ESV: James 1:12 and 5:11

  I am breaking the  "A Random Verse That Destroys Calvinism (And 'Is the ESV a Calvinist Bible'?)"  post up into shorter segments so that each verse (or two) gets it own post. #8:   In  James 1:12 , most versions put the responsibility in man's hands to "endure temptation," such as ... "Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial ..."  (NIV) "Blessed is the man that endureth temptation ..."  (KJV) In these translations, the person is the one doing the persevering/enduring.  According to the concordance, the word  "endures"  in this verse means to bear a trial bravely and calmly.  This is something the person has to  do .  It takes effort and wise choices to stay faithful and obedient in the face of trials and temptations. But here it is  in the ESV  (and  only  in the ESV):   "Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial ..."   (When the ESV words a verse differently than any other translation out there,