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  1. John J

    Laura,

    I could not have said it better even if someone had predestined me to say it.
    You are right about this Calvinist evil; thank you for sharing and calling a snake a snake.

  2. Laura

    I hate Calvinism with a passion. It is another (a different) gospel. It has infected nearly every church I’ve attended. Sadly, as a result I am currently churchless. They take the wonderful and freeing gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and turn it into a complicated theological system that demeans and diminishes the blood of Christ that was shed for ALL sinners. God is really not a loving Creator who desires fellowship with fallen man, and through Christ made a way for that to happen; He is truly a cosmic despot who glories in sending people to hell. People who he, by the way caused to sin. He’s a liar and a thief then, robbing us of any real hope. Oh wait – that’s not a description of the God of the Bible. That’s a biblical description of the devil who roams about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. So the “god” of Calvinism is none other than Satan himself. It is the doctrine of demons.

  3. John Giurgiu

    I believe Calvinism has condemned a whole lot of people to hell even as does Catholicism. I don’t understand how so many follow the teachings of Calvin when they know he was wrong about so many things – how in the world do they trust his theology still?

  4. Dara

    I have a question – when you say “I don’t question that there are a good number of Catholics (like my mother) and Calvinists (who are growing exponentially in number) who are truly saved,…” how can someone who says they are Catholic and who are participating in the Catholic rituals be saved? If they are saved wouldn’t they remove themselves from the Catholic church and its practices? How can they pray to Mary and pray to the Catholic saints and maintain that Jesus is their Lord and Savior? I have met people who tell the story of being “saved out of the Catholic church” but hold that their parent or loved ones who recognize Jesus died for our sins are saved even though they remain in the Catholic church. Would you clarify your stand on the Catholic church and those who practice Catholic rituals and identify as Catholics and whether they are saved?

  5. John J

    Calvinism is evil; its rude and smug modern-day pushers are evil. This thing’s big daddy, Satan; and Calvin (pieces of smelly stuff upon him), Augustine, Luther (he, the big “fan” of the Jewish people), are evil to the core.
    Calvinism has nothing to do with God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.
    It’s as easy as that; believe it or not.

  6. Sharon

    Beautiful tribute to your mother and encouragement for me today! The simple gospel is like a still small voice, and I think the enemy is using the clamor of the noisy, busy chaos going on around us to divert people from hearing it. Thank you for reminding us to keep returning to the simplicity of that truth.

  7. Jen

    ….the making and using God as a Pezz dispenser for our every whim! I was reading in the commentary section of a blog the other day, a women who intended on taking her own life because she had been diagnosed with a terminal disease! She claimed herself as a believer but ‘just knew’ that God would never want her to suffer! I was deeply saddened as so many thoughts rushed through my head.

    Let’s march on Saints as we joyfully await our blessed assurance and let’s speak of His great love for us to give hope to this fallen world.

  8. Vincent Lyons

    A wonderful and courageous article. Thank you for your faithfulness. I come from a similar background and am familiar with the issues raised and am in full agreement with your article. Blessings,
    Vince.

  9. Jen

    Such a beautiful and loving tribute to the memory of your mom. God is so faithful and true and the message of the cross is simple. It’s pride that stands in the way to accepting its simplicity. The Tower of Babel comes to mind; what that must’ve look like to God? Little red ants on an ant hill perhaps.

    We’re always toiling to work our way to an all powerful and infinite God. Man’s ability to think and reason is minute but for some reason so much is admired in the world of academia. The theologians of old were no different as even in their studies they missed the simplicity of the gospel. Now decades and decades later we can see the entrails, those who crept in unaware. I also grew up in the Catholic Church and went to Catholic school all the way to senior in high school. But the Lord showed me at a very young age what the nuns were teaching couldn’t be right. How could I know this as a first grader?
    ‘At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.‘ Matt 11:25
    Calvinism is no different but there are so many current Pastors who try to infuse their own ideas with Calvinism and eventually everything becomes a new way to God. And Ecclesiastes tells us there’s nothing new under the sun.
    I’ve listened to some who only tout healing of every ache and pain… come get your healing or come get your blessing. It’s a car dealership Christianity in…

  10. John

    This is a wonderful book. It blesses us with a much-needed message for today: We need to anchor ourselves in the love of God, and trust in the pure gospel of Christ. Philosophy and works-based religion are tempting substitutes for this clear John 3:16 gospel, and they are sadly deceiving many people in these times. Calvinism in particular has done great damage to my concept of God. I am still struggling to be completely free of its influences on my mind and spirit. This book is a great help in that regard, and I will re-read it many times to soak in its encouragements as I continue to rely on the true character of our loving God.

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