19 Comments on Letter to the Editor: Calvary Chapel, Calvinism (And Created to Choose and Reason)

Ralph said : Guest 24 hrs ago

Craig, are you responding to my post? Please consider Rev. 3:14-22 for how it relates to the saved. I agree the unsaved can also relate to this teaching, however I believe the deeper meaning is to the saved in our relationship with the Almighty.

Craig Giddens said : Guest 5 days ago

God in Jesus Christ completed the work of salvation, but each individual has to make a choice to believe the gospel.

Matt Aceino said : Guest 7 days ago

I want to start by thanking God for His Spirit bring order into our chaos and form to life and worship. I am also thankful for Lighthouse trails coming along side to help shed the light of God's word on the entrance of false teaching and the practice of contemplative meditation. I agree that truth sets us free and in this most recent turn to charge Augustinian Reformed teachings as heresy is a sad turn indeed. I will restrict my comments here to one observation that I truly hope will help you and others to understand your error. I believe there is a huge misunderstanding with the idea of "free will". Yes we have it but here is the nugget. Do we forget that our wills are greatly affected by our fallen nature since the garden experience? Please read and meditate on that as you read scripture. Peace be with you all.

Craig Giddens said : Guest 7 days ago

"God is not limited like we are to to the 4 dimensions: length, width, depth and very importantly the 4th dimension of time." But we are limited to what God has told us in His word. Election has to do with God's plan and purposes for Israel and their Jesus their Messiah. Predestination has to do with God's plans for the believer and has nothing to do with a lost person getting saved.

Marc Gallegos said : Guest a week ago

1 Corinthians 1:26-31 Glory Only in the Lord 26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence. 30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— 31 that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.

John said : Guest a week ago

Craig, you're so right. As an aside, and I wish I were making this up, I once asked a Calvinist why he even bothered spreading his "gospel" at the local mall and the town centre. His reply was: "In case the elect hear it." I still don't know how to respond to such an absurdity. The God I know, the God of the Bible, turns no one away when they call on His name and when they believe on His Son. What is this Calvinists' "god"?

Ralph said : Guest a week ago

Please consider Rev.3::14-22. KJB. Let’s all try to unlearn the doctrines of men that most of us have all been taught. Remember God is not limited like we are to to the 4 dimensions: length, width, depth and very importantly the 4th dimension of time.

Craig Giddens said : Guest a week ago

Predestination has to do with God's will for a person after they get saved. It has nothing to do with a person getting saved.

T. I. Miller said : Guest 2 weeks ago

Does God have free will,?indeed he does. Can God will himself to sin? indeed he cannot. Can God will himself to change? Indeed he cannot for he is immutable, the same yesterday, today and forever. Can God with his free will change any of his divine attributes? No. Can God choose to commit suicide? Indeed he cannot. God is all knowing is all powerful is present everyplace past present and future. Is there anything that he cannot know? Indeed there is not. Before creation He knew who would betray Jesus. God knew that Jesus would be rejected. God knew that God the Son would be crucified not imprisoned for life or stoned like Steven. Is our creator God independent or dependent upon his creation? Can he will himself to become dependent upon creation? No. Can God lie and inspire false errant scriptures? No. God has absolute free will yet even God cannot choose to behave in ways outside of His divine nature. That is a great and good thing, a blessed assurance. All scripture is God breathed therefore one scripture cannot be more true more correct than another. It can all be reconciled into one true truth.

Craig Giddens said : Guest 2 weeks ago

Calvinism teaches perseverance of the saints which means they believe if a person is saved they will persevere to the end. As a result many Calvinists start worrying about this and start focusing on doing good works to prove they are one of the "elect" and are persevering. This is actually not much different than the Arminian who works to keep their salvation. Both positions are unscriptural. When a person gets saved they are indwelt and sealed by the Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption. Unlike what some Calvary Chapel churches teach you cannot leave your salvation and you certainly can't lose it!

CW said : Guest 2 weeks ago

Calvinists have told me, without blinking and without apology, that God knew Adam and Eve would sin (yes, He foreknew that), but they've made it clear that they believe that was His plan from the beginning, since the Messiah is mentioned there in the early chapters of Genesis. As this insightful article makes clear, they do not distinguish between foreknowledge and predestination.

John said : Guest 2 weeks ago

Calvinism/Reformed Theology. the mystic, gnostic views of men like the 'untouchable' MacArthur, Johnson, RC Sproul, Piper, Calvin, Luther, Augustine, the so-called 'Puritans" and their murderous spree in Boston back then, all the "men" conferences (as though the Bible does not tell you how to be one; the blatant condescending behaviors against women are all FOREIGN to the Word of God. So, I ask, from where does it come? Who sits behind it? Let's add every fake 'counseling' service this major cult has in its different weekly indoctrinating/indoctrination meetings they call church [which is all man-worship based]. Stay clear of these pseudo-counselors. They have nothing to do with the God of the Bible. Please, even if an angel comes and preached a false gospel, let him be accursed. So, let this lot be accursed until they accept the gift of salvation and not determine and make themselves that. Until then . . . bye bye, back to your real father.

anne said : Guest 2 weeks ago

Jack Hibbs hero Jerry Boykin. Interview part 1: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=jack+hibbs+and+jerry+boykin&view=detail&mid=59F59EEEC7F5676C488159F59EEEC7F5676C4881&FORM=VIRE

Nancy Puou said : Guest 2 weeks ago

Not all Calvary Chapels have gone in the wrong direction. Pastor JD Faraq of CC Kaneohe in Hawaii and Pastor Jack Hibbs of CC Chino Hills in CA are speaking truth and doing prophesy conferences. They are true men of God and are not compromising. Thank you.

LaurieL said : Guest 2 weeks ago

Dear Mr. Millhorn: can you tell me how much of what kind of sin will get me unsaved, unsealed, unredeemed, unborn, unconverted, unadopted, unregenerated, unpropitiated, etc.? God's grace saves and God's grace keeps those who are saved. I, like most Bible believing Christians, follow neither Calvin nor Arminius. I would admonish you to not relegate those who believe they are eternally secure due to the promises of God's word to the realm of Calvin.

anne said : Guest 2 weeks ago

I read sermons from various men, I receive newsletters from various ministries, and here is one thing that has been standing out about what they are saying. "even required faith is a gift from God. We do not generate our own faith." or 'I received the gift of faith to be saved.' Every time I read works like these I get sick in side. One of the ministry's is for former Adventist's and the other is a prominent ministry for former Roman Catholic's. What I'm seeing is 'leading people out of the cult they are in and into another cult.' It really is sad. One of them I asked 'are you a Calvinist' and he said no. But I can tell you that what they are teaching is the opposite. A popular radio program's leader claims the same thing, "I'm not a Calvinist and I I don't know what Calvinism is" but he agrees with John MacArthur that you can take the mark of the beast and still be saved. A blatant lie, but people still go on his show, even people we know, and beside that he has a Nights of Malta man, John Guandolo who writes articles for him- no different than Calvary Chapel's Nights of malta speaker - Jerry Boykin. Ministry's having a blind eye just to get their message out.

Jay said : Guest 2 weeks ago

DIVINE SOVREIGNTY That God predestines, and that man is responsible, are two things that few can see. They are believed to be inconsistent and contradictory; but they are not. It is just the fault of our weak judgment. Two truths cannot be contradictory to each other. If, then, I find taught in one place that everything is fore-ordained, that is true, and if I find in another place that man is responsible for his actions, that is true; and it is my folly that leads me to imagine that two truths can ever contradict each other. These two truths, I do not believe, can ever be welded into one upon any human anvil, but one they shall be in eternity: they are two lines that are so nearly parallel, that the mind that shall pursue them farthest, will never discover that they converge; but they do converge, and they will meet somewhere in eternity, close to the throne of God, whence all truth doth spring… You ask me to reconcile the two. I answer, they do not want any reconcilement; I never tried to reconcile them to myself, because I could never see a discrepancy… Both are true; no two truths can be inconsistent with each other; and what you have to do is believe them both. [Charles Spurgeon] August 1, 1858 Charles Spurgeon

Betty Almo said : Guest 2 weeks ago

I need to disagree with the writer. I am in Sovereign Grace church. We believe in free will. Holy Spirit guides us. Saved by grace. The blood of Christ paid for our sins. Abba God loves us and we rely on his love and mercy. We believe the bible is authoritive.

Steven C Millhorn said : Guest 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your ongoing ministry. I've enjoyed reading your articles from the twitter link for a good number of months now. I'm so glad that someone has the courage to speak out and against the heresy of OSAS Calvinistic junk. I wrote a feeble book about it in the 90's, but you guys are really great. Over and Over again, you've taught things that very needed ……..like exposing the cults and the cultic invasion of the body of Christ...….Thank you, Thank you, Thank you much

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