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  1. Bruce Sorensen

    Darlene – I just now read your comment on this article. Our pastor Dave Love of Calvary Chapel in Castle Rock, Colorado, just began a study in 1 Peter. In addressing the word “elect” in verse 2, he gives a very easy to understand explanation of the Calvinist twist on it, and what it really means. It’s the July 21st message on the website. My brother and his wife go to a “Reformed” church and I sent the message link to him. I hope you find it helpful. Blessings!

    • John J

      Of course, I don’t endorse plainsimplefaith; I endorse no site. I posted the link for the good information on the evil that is Calvinism/reformed “theology,” which, really, is a much bigger threat to one’s eternal destiny than plainsimplefaith can dream to be.

    • Heidi Lavoie

      Thank you for this warning. I checked a church of Christ out online and read their statement of beliefs and there it was, their belief that water baptism is necessary for salvation. Astounding how in one sentence they say they believe we are saved only by grace through faith, and in the next set out a long list of what “faith” includes that we must do to be saved.

  2. Darlene

    Thank you for this posting! I was born & raised into Pentecostal/WOF/Charismatic doctrines; deeply passionate & hungry to know & please Jesus. Through much traumas, I shut off ALL the TV evangelists and totally left. I’m now 68 yrs old and a vacuum was left in my soul; much pain & confusion; many wrong decisions. Being hungry to get the true gospel right, I tried again about 1 year ago and landed at a Reformed Church. I was so humbled by the total difference of what I had previously experienced in previous churches and then about 4 months ago the pastor taught Calvinism. I had never in all these years even heard of that Doctrine of the Gospel of Jesus because I had never gone to Seminary. I was devastated and even MORE confused. Over last few months I have found myself “bucking” going to the church while desperate as I search YouTube on Calvinism which then compares to Arminian belief. I don’t see either one.
    Yesterday, one of the women from the Reformed Church met me for coffee and I left feeling very uncomfortable and disappointed as I thought I’d made a wonderful new friend. She confronted me as to WHY I wasn’t coming to church (she knew I was also dealing with my sister who has recently been hospitalized with seizures and I’ve been helping there). I told her I was researching about Calvinism and was really NOT able at this time to see that presentation of the gospel and that I just wanted JESUS……..not another Doctrine and that it felt like just another False Doctrine that I am trying to recover from. I cannot even explain the sadness I feel over this. She is now texting me saying she’s sorry she made me uncomfortable and that she’s very concerned about where I’m at spiritually and is praying that I’ll be humble and make decisions that honour God.
    I came across Dave Hunt on youtube, Carl, and Warren B. Smith etc and they have been helpful in my journey.
    Please pray for my spiritual healing and that Jesus shows me with total assurance the correct Gospel Doctrine. Are there ANY churches that TEACH the pure Gospel line by line without man’s theories?
    Should I just continue to attend this church because as my coffee friend said yesterday, I’ll fall away if I stop going.
    Thank you again for this helpful explanation! Thank you for prayer.

    • John J

      The threat of “falling away” is a tactic to keep you there and in spiritual bondage. Scripture says we should not cease “meeting together,”; it says zilch about attending a Sunday club that teaches another Jesus. Church attendance did not save you; Jesus saved you…past tense. It is done. Be happy!
      Have nothing to do with that false church; start a home fellowship if you don’t find a true biblical church. Home fellowship (not home church or cell groups or Bible “study”) is simply meeting with the born-again saints, and is biblical. It is straight out of the Book of Acts, nothing of man added.

      • Heidi Lavoie

        Yes, where two or three are gathered, the Word tells us, our Lord is in the midst. They always try to tell people who leave an organized church that has gone into apostasy “YOU NEED FELLOWSHIP” . Yes, true Christian fellowship based on Truth.

        • Darlene

          Heidi Lavoie; thank you for taking time to encourage me in my journey for truth and for finding fellowship with true Bible believing people who don’t add to the Gospel of Jesus and His Apostles.. There is such a great falling away. Have you found a fellowship Heidi? Again, thank you and may God Bless

      • Darlene

        Blessings to you John J. for your response and encouragement & warnings as I move forward. Yes, I believe the threat of falling away left me feeling manipulated and guilty. I would love to find even a couple of Bible Believers and have fellowship in my home! Would you have suggestions on what the fellowship times would look like and how to keep it with pure intent and on track? Have you done one, or know of successful ones and how they did it? Thank you again for taking your time to strengthen my spirit.

        • John J

          Darlene; opinions vary, but the first thing to consider is this line from the Bible: ” Ephesians. 4:11-12). “And He gave some apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints for the work of the ministry for the edifying of the body of Christ.”
          Clearly, the writer is referring to spiritual gifts and not to “offices” (bosses, those in “charge” of you, those who tell you to tithe otherwise you are robbing God, etc.).
          Think of born-again believers (and not just anyone who claims to be “Christian”) as a literal family. You meet when you meet; there’s no order of things, no tithing, but living as the born-again Christian lived in Acts. They helped one another, encouraged one another, supported one another. In today’s parlance, it would be like helping Randy pay his rent this month because something has happened, or to help Linda with medical expenses, or help Sandra with school uniforms for her kids, broken vehicle, etc. It’s a literal family, which we are when we are in Christ from the very second we were reborn.
          Yes, I’m in a fellowship. We sing songs that we KNOW are not Calvinist, not heretical, and we read and discuss the Bible with the help of a trustworthy, non-Calvinist commentary. But we make a point of eating together; isn’t that what brings families together around a table? There, and when we worship God, we are accountable for the wrong things (sin has been overcome already, remember? Jesus took away the sins; it’s not just covered or hidden somewhere…it’s gone) we had done. There’s no “leader” as that automatically brings about the control issue, which is contrary to Jesus’ words of setting us free. We learn about God, His attributes, and because we have been saved by the gospel, we share that gospel with the unsaved and invite them once they are saved because then they are also the literal family of God. We save thousands by not having a manmade building and what goes with it and that money goes to our needs (as explained).
          Concerning the gifts, you’ll be amazed at who has the gifts and it’s not men only. We meet when it’s convenient for all at somebody’s house and we all bring food to share; there’s no time limit (some leave earlier, as it would happen in normal families). When there are serious issues, because we are family, we work them out and only refer to psychiatrists (not psychologists, not counselors) when we realize something is wrong (when someone hears or sees things that are not there, for example).
          It may sound cultish, but it’s everything but. Organized religion has never been the answer; the Bible is the answer.
          The greatest lessons regarding my growth as a Christian, I received from my mom…believe that!
          Churches will do anything (and aren’t they just . . . rock shows, smoke, “speakers”, one-liners, “Christian comedians”) to keep the money flowing in. That’s awful. Help one another and reach out to those in need. You will experience the growth in knowledge of God (remember you can’t be saved more than you already are, a once-off event, and the Holy Spirit cannot “grow” bigger in you; it’s not a fetus).
          I hope it helps a bit. And there’s no “membership” card or fake covenants to sign…what are those? They are control measures. Literal family members sign nothing; we love for God, in God, and take His gospel out to the unsaved.
          Be blessed, Darlene. Thanks for the kind words.

        • Heidi Lavoie

          Blessings to you, Darlene, and yes, my husband and I worship together in our home. We pray, read the Bible and sing hymns. There are a few others we know of in our area who have left the organized churches here and are gathering together, a few more seem interested, as it seems the Lord is bringing more along. My husband is reticent to join that right now. I am praying and waiting on the Lord to lead us.

    • Dear Darlene,

      Praise God, you have spiritual discernment in all these trials and tribulations and you found the Lighthouse Trails webpage. We know our trials and tribulations can make us strong as James chapter 1 teaches believers. And 2 Peter chapter 3 commands us to separate from the false teachers and this chapter covers Calvinism. This is easily seen through the words “Where is the promise of His coming?” All of Scripture actually refutes Calvinism. Men love to craft their own doctrines when they do not agree with what the Bible states. False teachers always use much Scripture, but they know how to add their poison here and there to deceive.

      I had a Calvinist man tell me I was not to read the Bible only reformed writings. He and others, including church elders, persecuted me for standing on the Scriptures alone. I was even trapped in a home where all this was thrust upon me. I was finally let go when they realized I would only stand on the Bible.

      And within the last year or so, a couple people have come after me regarding Calvinism. One lady had me in her home. She has been a friend for years and she had never mentioned her Calvinistic beliefs previously. And she tried to set controls over me. I was deeply hurt and concerned for her.

      Praise the LORD the Holy Spirit is telling you what you are being told is false.

      We are to be ones who simply believe in the Bible from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21; no additions or subtractions.

      To locate believers who hold to this can be difficult. You simply have to pray for the true ones to be brought into your life. And you can contact me at anytime.

      And at this website of Lighthouse Trails, you will learn through the comment areas, you are far from being alone.

      I have penned the book, Apostasy in the church, and a great deal of my website covers this topic. You can read all I have written free of cost at “val lee weblog” if you do a search on Google.

      You have been added to my prayer list and I have prayed for true believers to come into your life. You may only locate one in an entire church. This has happened to me in a couple of fellowships. God has brought the one true believer into my life.

      Much love to you, dear sister-in-Christ, Val Lee

      • Darlene

        Dear Val;
        Your beautiful response and personal experiences, and encouragements have meant a great deal. Thank you for the time you have taken to respond. Please forgive the length of time for my response. I will definitely check out your book and website as soon as I can, Val. My 89 year ol mother-in-law fell a couple days ago. She is in hospital having just gone through 2 surgeries, so, I have been very busy.

        I appreciate you, dear sister in Christ. Blessings!
        Darlene

        • Nikko

          Hey Darlene. I’m really sorry to hear about the sufferings you’ve been going through. I can imagine it has probably taken its toll. I will say though the most important thing for you to remember is that we are saved by Grace through Faith in Jesus Christ our Lord. It’s believing in, trusting in, adhering to, clinging to, totally depending on, Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. No amount of works can save you, only the Grace of God gifted to you by believing in His Son, Jesus the Christ. It’s the promise of God, that we are saved because “we believe God, and God counts us righteous because of our faith.” In the same way, “Abraham believed God, and God counted Him as righteous because of His faith.” If you would like some amazing sermons that preach the word of God, without the interference of man and his own thoughts, you could go to cfftucson.com and look for sermons. This is the church I attend, and our pastor literally talked about false teachings today 7/28/2019. My heart really goes out to you and is heavy because of my desire for you to trust in God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am only 21 now, but what you’ve described is extremely similar to what I’ve experienced in the past. And I know it can be hard trying to sift through denominations, churches, pastors etc. Trying to find the true Gospel of Christ, so that you may believe. Above all Darlene, remember Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.” And Romans 10:9-13
          “That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “W hoever believes in Him will not be disappointed .” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for “W hoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved .”
          NASB

          God bless you and lead you into all truth as you seek Him in all sincerity. Much love in Christ.

  3. T. I. Miller

    ” come ” is defined as a command.
    When the police say come, it is a command.
    When a General says come it is a command.
    When a king says come it is a command.
    When the King of kings and the Lord of lords says come it is a command.
    Jesus did not say to Peter please come and follow Me.
    Jesus did not say Lazarus please come forth.
    Jesus never asked a demon to please come out of the possessed.
    The gospel is not a pleading it is a command.
    “Come unto me and I will give you rest”, is not the Creator begging on bended knee for His creation to come. We can refuse to obey His command. Yes Jesus so loved the world but it is also written, love not the world nor the things of the world for the love of the world is enmity towards God. The state of man in his fallen condition is written in Psalm 14.
    Job 40;1-8 Will you even put me in the wrong? Will you condemn me that you may be Justified?
    Gods ways are not our ways. God is love. He is also Holy, Holy, Holy.

  4. Linda Villani

    So grateful for your information as I learned Calvinism thru Seminary—however we must understand “God’s pleasure to operate in His own way”…
    Linda in Texas

  5. John J

    Thanks for the continual warnings against this evil. Indeed, the Calvinist/Reformed cult’s “god” is not the Biblical God. There’s nothing more to it; they are no worse or better than Scientology or any of the thousands of cults.Read this article (it will explain this evil manmade doctrine even more):

    https://plainsimplefaith.com/calvinism/

  6. Mike Coward

    If God’s will is all be saved and Satan is Antichrist, then they are opposed and no contradiction. But, if God’s will is some be saved, that necessarily means God desires some to not be saved. Calvinism means God and Satan share the same will that souls aren’t saved. To equate Jesus and Satan with the same goal is heresy of the highest degree.

  7. Brenda S. Adams

    This is an eye-opener! Thank you for clarifying and defining what “Calvinism” really means. I’ll be sharing this one…

  8. Lois A Verhaeghe

    Hard to believe people actually believe this . As a former Catholic their belief that only “saints” go to heaven and NOT everybody ,I find that Calvinism is similar in that belief . So sad that people follow this teaching.

  9. Iva

    About a year ago a friend called to tell me he was now attending a Baptist church where the minister had shared Calvinism with him. He believed that he was one of the ‘chosen’ since childhood. I didn’t have any idea what he was talking about. I knew the word, ‘Calvinism’ but never researched the subject. I told him I didn’t understand and he said he didn’t understand it either but he believed it. After I researched the subject, which seemed to me total nonsense and an insult to our Lord Jesus Christ, I mailed him the book, None Dare call it Heresy, by Bob Kirkland. Also mailed him the book, What Love is this?, by Dave Hunt(excellent book of info!). The best book is Bible scriptures in context. I lost my friendship with this person over this and I feel badly about it but I would feel far worse if he didn’t have the opportunity to reconsider and run from this heresy of Calvinism. Perhaps he will reconsider, by and by.

    • Heidi Lavoie

      Yes, Dave Hunt’s book is excellent. I derive great benefit whenever I reference it. It should be so clear that when one has to rip Bible verses from their context and from the clear meaning, and even change the meaning of the words, it amounts to heresy and false doctrine constructed. I do not understand how a person who believes in unconditional election can say they absolutely know they are one of the elect. It makes no sense whatsoever.

  10. Jamie in Illinois

    I have not read this book, but read Dave Hunts book TULIP, and it pretty much floored me. Hard for me to believe that people claiming this belief, actually know the depths of what it teaches. I would think the Holy Spirit would be screaming at them. I pray for wisdom and discernment and truth daily!! There but for the grace of God go I , I suppose. I often wonder why I know what I know, and others don’t.

    • Francisco

      Hunt also wrote WHAT LOVE IS THIS? (Calvin’s Misrepresentation of God). TULIP is a consice version of that book.

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