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2 John Calvin ( ) FOUNDER of The Presbyterian Church (Switzerland, 1536 AD) A Number of Churches Teach His Fundamental Doctrine.

3 CalvinismT U L I P otal Hereditary Depravity nconditional Election imited Atonement rresistible Grace erseverance of the Saints

4 CalvinismTULIP otal Hereditary Depravity nconditional Election imited Atonement rresistible Grace erseverance of the Saints

5 Calvinism Perseverance of the Saints “They whom God has accepted in his Beloved, effectually called and sanctified by his Spirit, can neither totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace; but shall certainly persevere therein to the end, and be eternally saved” The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (Ch. XVII, p. 79) “We take the position that a Christian’s sins do not damn his soul. The way a Christian lives, what he says, his character, his conduct, or his attitude toward other people have nothing whatsoever to do with the salvation of his soul…all the sins a Christian may commit from idolatry to murder would not put his soul in any danger!” Sam Morris [(Baptist) Tract: “Do A Christian’s Sins Damn His Soul?”]

6 Calvinism Perseverance of the Saints “ ” “They whom God has accepted in his Beloved, effectually called and sanctified by his Spirit, can neither totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace; but shall certainly persevere therein to the end, and be eternally saved” The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (Ch. XVII, p. 79) “ ” “We take the position that a Christian’s sins do not damn his soul. The way a Christian lives, what he says, his character, his conduct, or his attitude toward other people have nothing whatsoever to do with the salvation of his soul…all the sins a Christian may commit from idolatry to murder would not put his soul in any danger!” Sam Morris [(Baptist) Tract: “Do A Christian’s Sins Damn His Soul?”] Cf. Gal. 1:6-7, “I marvel that ye are SO SOON REMOVED FROM HIM that called you INTO THE GRACE OF CHRIST unto ANOTHER GOSPEL: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.” Cf. 5:3-4, “For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, WHOSOEVER OF YOU ARE JUSTIFIED BY THE LAW; YE ARE FALLEN FROM GRACE.”

7 Calvinism Perseverance of the Saints “We believe the Scriptures teach that such as are truly regenerate, being born of the Spirit, will not utterly fall away and perish, but will endure unto the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation” The Standard Manual For Baptist Churches (Hiscox, D.D. XI, p. 67) The Standard Manual For Baptist Churches (Hiscox, D.D. Ch. XI, p. 67)

8 Calvinism Perseverance of the Saints “ ” “We believe the Scriptures teach that such as are truly regenerate, being born of the Spirit, will not utterly fall away and perish, but will endure unto the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation” The Standard Manual For Baptist Churches (Hiscox, D.D. XI, p. 67) The Standard Manual For Baptist Churches (Hiscox, D.D. Ch. XI, p. 67) Cf. I Cor. 9:27, “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I MYSELF SHOULD BE A CASTAWAY.” Cp. w. Rom. 6:1-23 Cf. I Cor. 10:12, “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth TAKE HEED LEST HE FALL.”

9 Calvinism Perseverance of the Saints “ ” “We believe the Scriptures teach that such as are truly regenerate, being born of the Spirit, will not utterly fall away and perish, but will endure unto the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation” The Standard Manual For Baptist Churches (Hiscox, D.D. XI, p. 67) The Standard Manual For Baptist Churches (Hiscox, D.D. Ch. XI, p. 67) Cf. Rom. 8:12-14, “Therefore, BRETHREN, we are debtors, NOT TO THE FLESH, to live after the flesh. 13 For IF YE live after the flesh, YE SHALL DIE: but IF YE through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, YE SHALL LIVE. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, THEY ARE THE SONS OF GOD.”

10 Calvinism “The elect are not only redeemed by Christ and renewed by the Spirit; they are also kept in faith by the almighty power of God. All those who are spiritually united to Christ through regeneration are eternally secure in Him. Nothing can separate them from the eternal and unchangeable love of God. They have been predestinated unto eternal glory and are therefore assured of heaven.” David N. Steele & Curtis C. Thomas, The Five Points of Calvinism, Defined, Defended, Documented David N. Steele & Curtis C. Thomas, The Five Points of Calvinism, Defined, Defended, Documented (p. 56) Perseverance of the Saints

11 Calvinism “The elect are not only redeemed by Christ and renewed by the Spirit; they are also kept in faith by the almighty power of God. All those who are spiritually united to Christ through regeneration are eternally secure in Him. Nothing can separate them from the eternal and unchangeable love of God. They have been predestinated unto eternal glory and are therefore assured of heaven.” David N. Steele & Curtis C. Thomas, The Five Points of Calvinism, Defined, Defended, Documented David N. Steele & Curtis C. Thomas, The Five Points of Calvinism, Defined, Defended, Documented (p. 56) Perseverance of the Saints Cf. I Pet. 1:3-5, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 WHO ARE KEPT BY THE POWER OF GOD through faith UNTO SALVATION ready to be revealed in the last time.” Falling Away Has Nothing To Do With God’s Power, But Rather With Man’s Failure To Continue To Trust In God.

12 Calvinism “The elect are not only redeemed by Christ and renewed by the Spirit; they are also kept in faith by the almighty power of God. All those who are spiritually united to Christ through regeneration are eternally secure in Him. Nothing can separate them from the eternal and unchangeable love of God. They have been predestinated unto eternal glory and are therefore assured of heaven.” David N. Steele & Curtis C. Thomas, The Five Points of Calvinism, Defined, Defended, Documented David N. Steele & Curtis C. Thomas, The Five Points of Calvinism, Defined, Defended, Documented (p. 56) Perseverance of the Saints Cf. I Pet. 1:3-5, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 WHO ARE KEPT BY THE POWER OF GOD through faith UNTO SALVATION ready to be revealed in the last time.” Cf. Heb. 3:12, “TAKE HEED, BRETHREN, lest there be in any of YOU an evil heart of UNBELIEF, in DEPARTING FROM the living God.”

13 Calvinism “The elect are not only redeemed by Christ and renewed by the Spirit; they are also kept in faith by the almighty power of God. All those who are spiritually united to Christ through regeneration are eternally secure in Him. Nothing can separate them from the eternal and unchangeable love of God. They have been predestinated unto eternal glory and are therefore assured of heaven.” David N. Steele & Curtis C. Thomas, The Five Points of Calvinism, Defined, Defended, Documented David N. Steele & Curtis C. Thomas, The Five Points of Calvinism, Defined, Defended, Documented (p. 56) Perseverance of the Saints Cf. I Pet. 1:3-5, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 WHO ARE KEPT BY THE POWER OF GOD through faith UNTO SALVATION ready to be revealed in the last time.” Cf. Heb. 3:19, “So we see that THEY could NOT ENTER IN BECAUSE OF UNBELIEF.”

14 Calvinism “The elect are not only redeemed by Christ and renewed by the Spirit; they are also kept in faith by the almighty power of God. All those who are spiritually united to Christ through regeneration are eternally secure in Him. Nothing can separate them from the eternal and unchangeable love of God. They have been predestinated unto eternal glory and are therefore assured of heaven.” David N. Steele & Curtis C. Thomas, The Five Points of Calvinism, Defined, Defended, Documented David N. Steele & Curtis C. Thomas, The Five Points of Calvinism, Defined, Defended, Documented (p. 56) Perseverance of the Saints Cf. I Pet. 1:3-5, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 WHO ARE KEPT BY THE POWER OF GOD through faith UNTO SALVATION ready to be revealed in the last time.” Cf. Heb. 4:6, “Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and THEY to whom it was first preached ENTERED NOT IN BECAUSE OF UNBELIEF.”

15 Calvinism “The elect are not only redeemed by Christ and renewed by the Spirit; they are also kept in faith by the almighty power of God. All those who are spiritually united to Christ through regeneration are eternally secure in Him. Nothing can separate them from the eternal and unchangeable love of God. They have been predestinated unto eternal glory and are therefore assured of heaven.” David N. Steele & Curtis C. Thomas, The Five Points of Calvinism, Defined, Defended, Documented David N. Steele & Curtis C. Thomas, The Five Points of Calvinism, Defined, Defended, Documented (p. 56) Perseverance of the Saints Cf. I Pet. 1:3-5, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 WHO ARE KEPT BY THE POWER OF GOD through faith UNTO SALVATION ready to be revealed in the last time.” Cf. Heb. 4:11, “Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man FALL after the same example of UNBELIEF.”

16 Calvinism “The doctrine of perseverance of the saints does not maintain that all who profess the Christian faith are certain of heaven. It is saints — those who are set apart by the Spirit — who persevere to the end. It is believers — those who are given true, living faith in Christ — who are secure and safe in Him. Many who profess to believe fall away, but they do not fall from grace for they were never in grace. True believers do fall into temptations, and they do commit grievous sins, but these sins do not cause them to lose their salvation or separate them from Christ.” David N. Steele & Curtis C. Thomas, The Five Points of Calvinism, Defined, Defended, Documented David N. Steele & Curtis C. Thomas, The Five Points of Calvinism, Defined, Defended, Documented (p. 56) Perseverance of the Saints

17 Calvinism “The doctrine of perseverance of the saints does not maintain that all who profess the Christian faith are certain of heaven. It is saints — those who are set apart by the Spirit — who persevere to the end. It is believers — those who are given true, living faith in Christ — who are secure and safe in Him. Many who profess to believe fall away, but they do not fall from grace for they were never in grace. True believers do fall into temptations, and they do commit grievous sins, but these sins do not cause them to lose their salvation or separate them from Christ.” David N. Steele & Curtis C. Thomas, The Five Points of Calvinism, Defined, Defended, Documented David N. Steele & Curtis C. Thomas, The Five Points of Calvinism, Defined, Defended, Documented (p. 56) Perseverance of the Saints Cf. Rom. 2:4-11, “…THE DAY OF WRATH and revelation of the RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT of God; 6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 7 To THEM who by PATIENT CONTINUANCE in well doing SEEK for glory and honour and immortality, ETERNAL LIFE: 8 But unto THEM that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, 9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that DOETH evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; 10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 11 For there is no respect of persons with God.” See Jn. 5:28-29; II Cor. 5:10

18 Calvinism “The doctrine of perseverance of the saints does not maintain that all who profess the Christian faith are certain of heaven. It is saints — those who are set apart by the Spirit — who persevere to the end. It is believers — those who are given true, living faith in Christ — who are secure and safe in Him. Many who profess to believe fall away, but they do not fall from grace for they were never in grace. True believers do fall into temptations, and they do commit grievous sins, but these sins do not cause them to lose their salvation or separate them from Christ.” David N. Steele & Curtis C. Thomas, The Five Points of Calvinism, Defined, Defended, Documented David N. Steele & Curtis C. Thomas, The Five Points of Calvinism, Defined, Defended, Documented (p. 56) Perseverance of the Saints Cf. Rom. 11:18-22, “Boast not against THE BRANCHES. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 19 Thou wilt say then, THE BRANCHES were broken off, that I might be graffed in. 20 Well; because of UNBELIEF they were broken off, and thou standest BY FAITH. Be not highminded, but fear: 21 For if God spared not the natural branches, TAKE HEED lest he also spare not thee. 22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which FELL, severity; but toward thee, goodness, IF THOU CONTINUE IN HIS GOODNESS: otherwise thou also shalt be CUT OFF.” Cp. w. I Jn. 3:7, 10

19 Calvinism Perseverance –Dictionary.com UnabridgedPerseverance – Dictionary.com Unabridged Perseverance of the Saints Also Known As The Doctrine Of: “Once Saved Always Saved”/“The Impossibility of Apostasy” “The Security of the Believer”/“Once In Grace Always In Grace” “Theology. continuance in a state of grace to the end, leading to eternal salvation.”“Theology. continuance in a state of grace to the end, leading to eternal salvation.” SaintsSaints “(in certain religious groups) a designation applied by the members to themselves.”“(in certain religious groups) a designation applied by the members to themselves.”

20 Calvin’s “Proof” Texts Calvinism Mt. 18:12-14, “How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? 13 And IF so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. 14 Even so IT IS NOT THE WILL OF YOUR FATHER which is in heaven, that ONE of these little ones SHOULD PERISH.” Perseverance of the Saints God Is Not Willing That Any Should Perish – Cf. II Pet. 3:9 However, Not “All” Will Repent – Cf. Lk. 13:3 (Acts 17:30)

21 Calvin’s “Proof” Texts Calvinism Jn. 3:16, “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.” Perseverance of the Saints It Is THE LIFE That Is Eternal, NOT The Possession Of It! Our Possession Is The “Hope” / “Promise” Of Eternal Life - Which Is Conditional Upon Walking With God In Accordance With His Will. Cf. Mt. 7:21; Heb. 10:36; I Jn. 2:17 Question: How Do We HAVE “Everlasting Life” NOW?

22 Calvin’s “Proof” Texts Calvinism Jn. 3:16, “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.” Perseverance of the Saints It Is THE LIFE That Is Eternal, NOT The Possession Of It! Our Possession Is The “Hope” / “Promise” Of Eternal Life - Which Is Conditional Upon Walking With God In Accordance With His Will. Cf. Mt. 7:21; Heb. 10:36; I Jn. 2:17 Question: How Do We HAVE “Everlasting Life” NOW? Tit. 1:2, “In HOPE of ETERNAL LIFE, which God, that cannot lie, PROMISED before the world began.” Cf. Gen. 18:22 (I Pet. 1:3ff) Tit. 3:7, “That being justified by his grace, we should be MADE HEIRS according to THE HOPE of ETERNAL LIFE.”

23 Calvin’s “Proof” Texts Calvinism Jn. 3:16, “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.” Perseverance of the Saints It Is THE LIFE That Is Eternal, NOT The Possession Of It! Our Possession Is The “Hope” / “Promise” Of Eternal Life - Which Is Conditional Upon Walking With God In Accordance With His Will. Cf. Mt. 7:21; Heb. 10:36; I Jn. 2:17 Question: How Do We HAVE “Everlasting Life” NOW? Rom. 8:24-25, “For WE ARE SAVED BY HOPE: but hope that is SEEN is NOT HOPE: for what a man SEETH, why doth he yet hope for? 25 But IF WE HOPE FOR THAT WE SEE NOT, then DO WE WITH PATIENCE WAIT FOR IT.” Cf. I Jn. 3:2-3

24 Calvin’s “Proof” Texts Calvinism Jn. 3:36, “He that BELIEVETH ON THE SON hath EVERLASTING LIFE: and HE THAT BELIEVETH (ASV, OBEYETH) NOT THE SON SHALL NOT SEE LIFE; but THE WRATH OF GOD ABIDETH ON HIM.” Perseverance of the Saints Question: How Do We HAVE “Everlasting Life” NOW? Question: When Shall Believers “See Life”? Question: When Shall Unbelievers “Not See Life”? Question: When Shall They Experience “The Wrath of God”?

25 Calvin’s “Proof” Texts Calvinism Jn. 3:36, “He that BELIEVETH ON THE SON hath EVERLASTING LIFE: and HE THAT BELIEVETH (ASV, OBEYETH) NOT THE SON SHALL NOT SEE LIFE; but THE WRATH OF GOD ABIDETH ON HIM.” Perseverance of the Saints Question: How Do We HAVE “Everlasting Life” NOW? Question: When Shall Believers “See Life”? Question: When Shall Unbelievers “Not See Life”? Question: When Shall They Experience “The Wrath of God”? Mk. 10:29-30, “Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, 30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now IN this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and IN the world to come ETERNAL LIFE.”

26 Calvin’s “Proof” Texts Calvinism Jn. 5:24, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath EVERLASTING LIFE, and SHALL NOT COME INTO CONDEMNATION; but is passed from death unto life.” Perseverance of the Saints Cf. Mt. 18:15-17, “Moreover IF thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his FAULT between thee and him alone: IF HE SHALL HEAR THEE, thou hast gained thy brother. 16 But IF HE WILL NOT HEAR THEE, then take…17 And IF he shall neglect to HEAR them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to HEAR the church…” Cf. Gal. 6:1 (Jas. 5:19-20) Question: Can One Stop Hearing & Believing?

27 Calvin’s “Proof” Texts Calvinism Jn. 5:24, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath EVERLASTING LIFE, and SHALL NOT COME INTO CONDEMNATION; but is passed from death unto life.” Perseverance of the Saints Cf. II Tim. 4:3-4, “For the time will come when THEY will NOT ENDURE sound doctrine; but AFTER THEIR OWN LUSTS shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And THEY SHALL TURN AWAY THEIR EARS FROM THE TRUTH, and shall be turned unto fables.” Question: Can One Stop Hearing & Believing?

28 Calvin’s “Proof” Texts Calvinism Jn. 5:24, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath EVERLASTING LIFE, and SHALL NOT COME INTO CONDEMNATION; but is passed from death unto life.” Perseverance of the Saints Cf. Psa. 106:10-12, “And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy. 11 And the waters covered their enemies: there was not one of them left. 12 THEN BELIEVED THEY HIS WORDS; they sang his praise.” Cp. w. vv Question: Can One Stop Hearing & Believing?

29 Calvin’s “Proof” Texts Calvinism Jn. 5:24, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath EVERLASTING LIFE, and SHALL NOT COME INTO CONDEMNATION; but is passed from death unto life.” Perseverance of the Saints Cp. w. vv , “Yea, they despised the pleasant land, THEY BELIEVED NOT HIS WORD: 25 But murmured in their tents, and HEARKENED NOT UNTO THE VOICE OF THE LORD. 26 Therefore he lifted up his hand against them, to overthrow them in the wilderness.” See I Cor. 10:1-12 Question: Can One Stop Hearing & Believing?

30 Calvin’s “Proof” Texts Calvinism Jn. 5:24, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath EVERLASTING LIFE, and SHALL NOT COME INTO CONDEMNATION; but is passed from death unto life.” Perseverance of the Saints Question: Can One Stop Loving His Brother?

31 Calvin’s “Proof” Texts Calvinism Jn. 5:24, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath EVERLASTING LIFE, and SHALL NOT COME INTO CONDEMNATION; but is passed from death unto life.” Perseverance of the Saints Question: Can One Stop Loving His Brother? Cf. I Jn. 3:14, “WE KNOW that WE have passed from death unto life, because WE LOVE THE BRETHREN. HE that LOVETH NOT HIS BROTHER abideth in DEATH.”

32 Calvin’s “Proof” Texts Calvinism Jn. 10:27-29, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I GIVE UNTO THEM ETERNAL LIFE; and THEY SHALL NEVER PERISH, NEITHER SHALL ANY MAN PLUCK THEM OUT OF MY HAND. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and NO MAN IS ABLE TO PLUCK THEM OUT OF MY FATHER’S HAND.” Perseverance of the Saints Question: May One WillinglyDepart From Christ (6:66)? Question: May One Willingly Depart From Christ (6:66)? Becoming A “Sheep” And Being Placed In The Hand Of God Is Conditional (v. 27). Cf. Mt. 25:31-34, 41, 47 (Isa. 59:1-2)

33 Calvin’s “Proof” Texts Calvinism Rom. 8:35-39, “WHO SHALL SEPARATE US from THE LOVE OF CHRIST? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, SHALL BE ABLE TO SEPARATE US from THE LOVE OF GOD, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Perseverance of the Saints

34 Calvin’s “Proof” Texts Calvinism Rom. 8:35-39, “WHO SHALL SEPARATE US from THE LOVE OF CHRIST? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, SHALL BE ABLE TO SEPARATE US from THE LOVE OF GOD, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Perseverance of the Saints Cf. Lk. 8:13, “THEY on THE ROCK are THEY, which, WHEN THEY HEAR, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and IN TIME OF TEMPTATION FALL AWAY.” See Eph. 3:17; Col. 2:7 Question: May One Separate Himself From God’s Love (v. 28)? (Such Things Cannot Separate Us Against Our Will)

35 Calvin’s “Proof” Texts Calvinism Rom. 8:35-39, “WHO SHALL SEPARATE US from THE LOVE OF CHRIST? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, SHALL BE ABLE TO SEPARATE US from THE LOVE OF GOD, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Perseverance of the Saints No Evil Powers Can Make One Stop Loving God. If One Stops, He Does It Of His Own Free Will. Love Cannot Be Stopped, But It May “Wax Cold” (Mt. 24:12). Some Depart From Their “First Love” (Rev. 2:4).

36 Calvin’s “Proof” Texts Calvinism Rom. 8:35-39, “WHO SHALL SEPARATE US from THE LOVE OF CHRIST? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, SHALL BE ABLE TO SEPARATE US from THE LOVE OF GOD, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Perseverance of the Saints Cf. Jude 1:21, “KEEP YOURSELVES IN THE LOVE OF GOD, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ UNTO eternal life.”

37 Calvin’s “Proof” Texts Calvinism I Pet. 1:3-5, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 WHO ARE KEPT BY THE POWER OF GOD through faith UNTO SALVATION ready to be revealed in the last time.” Cf. Rom. 1:16 Perseverance of the Saints Cf. Rev. 2:10, “…BE thou FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH, and I will give thee a crown of life.”

38 Calvin’s “Proof” Texts Calvinism I Pet. 1:3-5, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 WHO ARE KEPT BY THE POWER OF GOD through faith UNTO SALVATION ready to be revealed in the last time.” Cf. Rom. 1:16 Perseverance of the Saints Cf. I Tim. 1:19, “HOLDING FAITH, and a good conscience; which some having PUT AWAY concerning FAITH have made shipwreck.” See 4:1; 5:8, 12; 6:21

39 Calvin’s “Proof” Texts Calvinism I Pet. 1:3-5, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 WHO ARE KEPT BY THE POWER OF GOD through faith UNTO SALVATION ready to be revealed in the last time.” Cf. Rom. 1:16 Perseverance of the Saints Cf. II Tim. 4:7-8, “I HAVE FOUGHT A GOOD FIGHT, I HAVE FINISHED MY COURSE, I HAVE KEPT THE FAITH: 8 Henceforth THERE IS LAID UP FOR ME…”

40 Calvinism Jn. 15:1-6, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 EVERY BRANCH IN ME THAT BEARETH NOT FRUIT HE TAKETH AWAY: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 IF A MAN ABIDE NOT IN ME, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are BURNED.” Calvin’s “Proof” Texts Exposed Perseverance of the Saints

41 Calvinism Jn. 15:1-6, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 EVERY BRANCH IN ME THAT BEARETH NOT FRUIT HE TAKETH AWAY: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 IF A MAN ABIDE NOT IN ME, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are BURNED.” Calvin’s “Proof” Texts Exposed Perseverance of the Saints What Are The Consequences If A Disciple Does Not Abide In Jesus?

42 Calvinism Heb. 6:4-6, “For it is impossible for THOSE WHO were ONCE ENLIGHTENED, and HAVE TASTED OF THE HEAVENLY GIFT, and were MADE PARTAKERS OF THE HOLY GHOST, 5 And HAVE TASTED THE GOOD WORD OF GOD, and THE POWERS OF THE WORLD TO COME, 6 IF THEY SHALL FALL AWAY, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” Calvin’s “Proof” Texts Exposed Perseverance of the Saints

43 Calvinism II Pet. 2:1, “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, WHO PRIVILY SHALL BRING IN DAMNABLE HERESIES, even DENYING THE LORD that bought them, and BRING UPON THEMSELVES SWIFT DESTRUCTION.” Cf. Mt. 10:33 (Tit. 1:16) Calvin’s “Proof” Texts Exposed Perseverance of the Saints II Pet. 3:17, “Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, BEWARE lest ye also, being LED AWAY with THE ERROR of the wicked, FALL from your own stedfastness.”

44 Calvinism II Pet. 2:20-22, “For IF after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.” Cf. Prov. 26:11 Calvin’s “Proof” Texts Exposed Perseverance of the Saints

45 Calvinism The Conditions of Salvation Revolve Around The Word “If” Calvin’s “Proof” Texts Exposed Perseverance of the Saints Jn. 8:31, “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, IF ye continue IN MY WORD, then are ye my disciples indeed.” Cf. I Jn. 1:7 Jn 8:51, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, IF a man KEEP MY SAYING, he shall NEVER SEE DEATH.” Jn. 12:26, “IF any man SERVE ME, let him FOLLOW ME; and WHERE I AM, there shall also my servant be: IF any man serve me, him will my Father honor.”

46 Calvinism The Conditions of Salvation Revolve Around The Word “If” Calvin’s “Proof” Texts Exposed Perseverance of the Saints Gal. 6:9, “And let us not be weary IN WELL DOING: for IN DUE SEASON WE SHALL REAP, IF we faint not.” Col. 1:23, “IF ye CONTINUE IN THE FAITH grounded and settled, and be not MOVED AWAY from the HOPE of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached...”. Heb. 3:6, “But Christ as a son over his own house; WHOSE HOUSE ARE WE, IF WE HOLD FAST the confidence and the rejoicing of THE HOPE FIRM unto THE END.”

47 Calvinism The Conditions of Salvation Revolve Around The Word “If” Calvin’s “Proof” Texts Exposed Perseverance of the Saints II Pet. 1:10, “Wherefore the rather, BRETHREN, GIVE DILIGENCE to MAKE your calling and election SURE: for IF ye DO these things, YE SHALL NEVER FALL.” Heb. 10:26-27, “For IF we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 BUT A CERTAIN FEARFUL looking for of JUDGMENT and FIERY INDIGNATION, which shall DEVOUR THE ADVERSARIES.” Cf. Mt. 12:30

48 Calvinism Ex. 32:33, “And the LORD said unto Moses, WHOSOEVER HATH SINNED AGAINST ME, HIM WILL I BLOT OUT OF MY BOOK.” Cf. Psa. 69:28 Calvin’s “Proof” Texts Exposed Perseverance of the Saints Rev. 3:5, “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I WILL NOT BLOT OUT HIS NAME OUT OF THE BOOK OF LIFE, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.” See Mt. 10:32-33 Cf. 13:8; 17:8; 20:12, 15; 21:27; 22:19 Phil. 4:3, “…my fellowlabourers, WHOSE NAMES are IN THE BOOK OF LIFE.”

49 Calvinism Philosophical Arguments (Assumed, Not Scripturally Proven) Calvin’s “Proof” Texts Exposed Perseverance of the Saints “If One Falls Away They Were Never Really Saved In The First Place.” What If We Turn This “Logic” Around? If One Is Saved, Were They Never Really Lost In The First Place?

50 Calvinism Philosophical Arguments (Assumed, Not Scripturally Proven) Calvin’s “Proof” Texts Exposed Perseverance of the Saints “A Child Of God Can Never Be Unborn.” What If We Turn This “Logic” Around? If A Child Of God Can Never Be Unborn, What About A Child Of The Devil? Cf. I Jn. 3:7, 10 (Ezk. 3:17-21; 33:7-9)

51 Calvinism Philosophical Arguments (Assumed, Not Scripturally Proven) Calvin’s “Proof” Texts Exposed Perseverance of the Saints “The Sins Of The Flesh Do Not Affect The Soul.” I Pet. 2:11, “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, ABSTAIN FROM FLESHLY LUSTS, which WAR AGAINST THE SOUL.” Cf. Eph. 2:1-3 (Rom. 6:23) This Mindset Robs Man Of His Responsibility! Moreover, It Makes God Responsible For Every Lost Soul!

52 Calvinism Acts 8:13-24, “Then Simon himself BELIEVED ALSO: and when HE WAS BAPTIZED, he continued with Philip…18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money…20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. 21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. 22 REPENT therefore of this thy wickedness, and PRAY GOD, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. 23 For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity…” Cf. I Jn. 1:7, 9 Calvin’s “Proof” Texts Exposed Perseverance of the Saints

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