1. CW

    “It is very difficult to understand why any Christian with a basic understanding of the Scriptures would accept another gospel that is not only heretical and very dangerous but strips a believer of the assurance and peace that the Scriptures promise to “whosoever will.”

    Indeed! This is the crux of the issue. Whenever a Calvinist has tried to convince me of that belief, the Lord has always brought this scripture verse to mind: “Whosever will may come.” (spoken by Christ Jesus Himself!)

    I have often wondered why they don’t believe that.

  2. CW

    This is an excellent article, over all. There’s only one statement I take issue with: “In the seven churches in Revelation, only one was found acceptable.”

    I’ve been reading/studying/loving Revelation for the last few months, and it seems to me that 2 churches were not reprimanded, but were told to continue in their faithfulness: Smyrna and Philadelphia.

    Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong. 🙂

  3. anne

    I wanted to add this from the Berean Call: https://www.thebereancall.org/content/nuggets-occult-invasion-assurance-eternal-life Perseverance is only mentioned 1 time in scripture and that is in Ephesians 6:18. My Strong’s says it means ‘patience’ #4343. “Praying always with all prayer and supplication (requests) IN THE SPIRIT, and watching thereunto with all perseverance (patience) and supplication (requests) FOR all the saints.” Eph. 6:18. Note this is not part of the armor, but Paul is telling the church to pray for others, pray in everything in the Spirit and to watch (stay awake!) with all patience and prayers for all saints. Prayer is mentioned many times in scripture, Paul says, “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds.” Col. 4:2-3

  4. anne

    Calvinism’s perseverance is akin to what happened to me as a child. My mother was abusive and the fear of punishment kept me in line and when I did something that made her angry or I disobeyed her she would beat me in anger. I lived in fear my whole childhood never knowing when I was going to be beat again for something. Though I loved her which is normal for abused children I couldn’t wait to get away from her.

    • John J

      Anne, see my point no. 2 below. Fear and control are blood and oxygen in calvinism; calvinists can’t do anything without it.

  5. Jeffry

    I add this to my first comments. The Reformations bright spot was that it recovered We are justified by faith alone in the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ. Sadly, it seems John Calvin entered the scene to add confusion to The truth of Gods Holy Word.

  6. Jeffry

    Thank you again Lighthouse for teaching the word of God. Every Calvinist needs to read your books on John Calvin. After reading this part of your book Today I am stunned at what these Calvinists teachers said. John Calvin taught a works-base Salvation. During the Reformation some of the theologians did not agree with Calvin. A Lutheran theologian,
    “Aegidius Hunnius “(1550-1603) said Calvins interpretations undermined the New Testament teachings concerning the incarnation, the Doctrine of the Trinity and the death, Resurrection and ascension of Christ. Calvins only written testimony was not his conversion to The Lord Jesus Christ but to King David and the Protestant Reformation. Eternal Security for a Calvinist? Sadly I feel for all of them. I am so thankful that Heaven is my Home

  7. John J

    Calvinism’s ‘perseverance’ = oxy and moron.
    Calvinism = fear
    Calvinism = unbiblical
    Calvinism = WWCD?
    Calvinism = just another cult.

  8. M

    I often counsel people from Calvinist churches who are so hopeless. Not only that, many are depressed, even suicidal because, let’s face it, the only “hope” is that God randomly chooses you. In other words, THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT YOUR ETERNAL DESTINY.

    Is anything more hopeless?

    I talked with a mom this morning whose 10 year old daughter went through quite an ordeal because she heard a Calvinist message at camp. She came away with extreme anxiety and hopelessness, so much so it even affected her body with undue stress in extreme ways.

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