LTRJ Note: As many of our readers know, Lighthouse Trails began warning about the dangers of Calvinist teachings a few years ago when we released Bob Kirkland’s book, Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy. Needless to say, the book and our other warnings set off a firestorm of criticism and anger by defenders of Calvinism. But in the midst of that firestorm, something else emerged—the stories of those who have been victims of Calvinism and have now found their way out of it. The following letter to the editor is one of many we have received. It illustrates the heart-rending struggle that occurs when a couple comes to understand the beliefs behind Calvinism and that their church is a Calvinist church.
As Calvinism becomes more and more prevalent within Christian colleges and seminaries, stories like the one below will become more and more common.
Dear Lighthouse Trails:
Just finished your book, Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy. By accident (or providence!), I called a former elder and his wife to find where they were at and found out they had left the church. Upon asking why, they told me the new pastor, of which I and my husband are still under, was bringing Calvinism into the church. We had noticed that the associate pastor (a Calvinist) was speaking on Sunday nights a couple summers ago about a “too strict” sovereign God. I wondered then at the messages, not knowing quite what I was trying to figure out; his wife later asked me if I believed in Election? I told her no. (By this point, I had already been reading Dave Hunt’s book, TULIP and the Bible).
I’m amazed and shocked that people who claim to be faithful Bible-believing Christians could believe what has made me deeply saddened and heartsick after reading Dave’s and your books. I have also listened to messages by former Calvinists online. We have listened to Dave Hunt online as well.
Thank you for bringing this to light. My former church in ______________ had Dave Hunt speak to us several times a year several years ago. He taught us and warned us about deception and to be Bereans.
My husband went and talked with the pastor only to be told that he (the pastor) can’t ignore the Scriptures that he sees supporting Calvinistic thinking.* My husband said, “If you continue down this road, we can’t go with you.” He (and now I) will be meeting again with the pastor possibly this week. My husband is one of the worship leaders of this church and wants to give a two-weeks notice of leave. I lead one of the women’s Bible studies. We are crushed and heart broken. We have already refuted the pastor’s teaching just two weeks ago while in Zoom Bible study. We can’t remain quiet, and yet we are still babes in the Calvinism arena. With the reading, however, we are much more able to see the heresy.
Thanks again and blessings on your work in warning the church. Please pray for us. You may share this to help the unsuspecting.
Mike and Shannan (pen names)
*LT note: It would be well to note that pastors who embrace Calvinism often do so because they feel they can’t ignore Scriptures that appear to support Calvinism. However, in doing so, they have to alter or ignore the bulk of Scripture that refutes Calvinism.
One Woman’s Journey Into Calvinism by Brenda Nickel
“What if I Am Predestinated for Hell?” by Harry Ironside
A Biblical Perspective on Salvation Vs. Calvinism by LT Editors
A Potter Looks at Romans 9 by David Dombrowski
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