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  1. Bill

    It is best to take each Calvary Chapel on it’s own. Our church, Calvary Chapel of Paso Robles CA is sola scriptura, not in any way following the current “rages” of Contemplative Prayer, Calvinism, emerging church etc., etc. ad nauseam Book by book, verse by verse. Solid Bible teaching. We’re a very small congregation but clearly, numbers are not indicative of or lack there of, the presence of God

  2. Ralph

    The word faith in strongs concordance pis’-tis From G3982; persuasion, that is, credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly constancy in such profession; by extension the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself: – assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.

  3. Ralph

    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.

    • noel

      “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”

      A believer has no power to keep himself being saved. It is by God’s grace that he is kept being saved until the end.

      “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
      And to present you faultless
      Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
      To God our Savior,
      Who alone is wise,
      Be glory and majesty,
      Dominion and power,
      Both now and forever.
      Amen.”

  4. Craig Giddens

    Paul says we are indwelt and sealed with the Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13-14, 4:30). He never talks about or warns about losing the seal of the Holy Spirit. Paul says we are baptized into the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13). We are now in Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 1:30). He never talks about or refers to a person getting out of Christ. In 1 Timothy 4:1 Paul warns that some shall depart from the faith. He didn’t say some shall lose or leave their salvation. The faith refers to the truths of scripture passed down to us. Departing from the faith could refer to believers getting caught up in false doctrine but most likely refers to lost people in the church That’s why in 2 Corinthians 13:5 Paul says to examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith. John says, “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us” (1 John 2:19).

  5. Heather

    In response to Jay, you say two truths cannot be contradictory, which is true. However, the issue here is your wrong understanding of one of those truths, of what “sovereignty and fore-ordaining and oredestination” really is. And if you understand one truth wrong, it will indeed conflict with other biblical truths. A biblical view of sovereignty is not “God causing everything”. It is sometimes causing, sometimes just allowing, but knowing how to work it all into His plans. Also, fore-ordaining does not always mean pre-planning and causing. Sometimes it’s about God simply allowing what He knows He can work into His plans. (Romans 13:1 says God established all leaders. Yet in Hosea 8:4, God criticizes Israel for setting up kings without His consent and choosing princes without His approval. Clearly, that God established (ordains) all leaders doesn’t mean He pre-planned all leaders and chose all leaders. Sometimes “ordaining” simply means He gave the people what they wanted, and let them face the consequences of it.). And predestining in the Bible isn’t about God prechoosing where we will go in the end. Oftentimes, it’s about God’s plans that believers will grow to be more like Christ and reflect His glory. Misunderstanding truth will lead to contradictions.

  6. Craig Giddens

    1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

  7. Ralph

    1Ti 4:1  Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

  8. Craig Giddens

    Romans 8 35. 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.

  9. Ralph

    Craig, your gift within the body of Christ may be to point out the Pauline epistles, my gift may be to help people including myself to be repentant of our sins and overcomers, I say both are beneficial. I love to point people to the revelation of Jesus Christ in especially the 1st. 3 chapters of revelation and His message to the churches.

  10. Craig Giddens

    I’m sorry Ralph, but your point is vague in regards to the issue of Calvinism. If you are concerned with where you stand with God right now you’d better focus on the Pauline epistles. God chose Paul to be the apostle to the Gentiles and gave him the fullest and most complete revelation concerning the body of Christ. Salvation is a gift from God that we receive by faith. When you believe the gospel you are indwelt and sealed by the Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption (the day we get our resurrection bodies).

  11. Ralph

    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.

  12. Craig Giddens

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

  13. Matt Aceino

    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.

  14. Craig Giddens

    “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.

  15. Marc Gallegos

    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.

  16. John

    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”?

  17. Ralph

    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.

  18. Craig Giddens

    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.

  19. T. I. Miller

    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.

  20. Craig Giddens

    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!

  21. CW

    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.

  22. John

    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.

  23. Nancy Puou

    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.

  24. LaurieL

    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.

  25. anne

    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.

  26. Jay

    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

  27. Betty Almo

    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.

  28. Steven C Millhorn

    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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