Are You a Calvinist?

7 Comments on “Are You a Calvinist?

  1. Chris,

    Are you trying to convey it’s wrong to say one is a Calvinist? If so surely you understand one is identifying merely with doctrinal stances. (at least that’s how I do for I call myself a Calvinist Baptist)

    Alvin

    • Hi Alvin,

      Yes it is wrong for a child of God to name themselves after a man or to name the doctrines of grace or any other biblical doctrine after any man.

  2. Thanks Chris I will give that more thought since you might be right. Might I ask if you call yourself a Baptist or do you just say you are a Christian? (not trying to be wise here just wondering) Cheers.

    • Hi Alvin,

      No I would not call myself and do not call myself a baptist for many reasons.

      1) Most baptists are heretical in soteriology, and therefore I do not want to be identified with the name baptist as this may cause people to have the wrong idea about my beliefs.

      2) Most baptists do not understand baptism at all.

      “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”
      (Mark 16:16)

      Cults and other false church denominations such as the Lutherans have begun based on a misunderstanding of this verse. Whenever these people read the word “baptize” all they can see is water!

      The baptism in Mark 16:6 is not water baptism.

      The Lord Jesus did not say “and is baptized in water” he said “baptized”.

      I am convinced that the baptism in Mark 16:16 is the baptism of the Holy Spirit which all who believe the gospel are partakers of.

      1 Corinthians 12:13
      For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether [we be] Jews or Gentiles, whether [we be] bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

      Again, this is another verse that most (not all) baptists do not understand. They believes that this is speaking of water baptism, but how absurd, it is speaking here of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

      The baptism “by one Spirit” (1 Cor 12:13) is the same baptism that we read about in Mark 16.

      Furthermore John the Baptist said:

      Matthew 3:11
      I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

      and…

      Mark 1:8
      I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.

      and…

      John 1:33
      And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.

      It is important though to realize as a good friend of mine mentioned just recently that their name or following is not after John the Baptist,but instead, the name of Baptist is used merely as an identifier of the practice of dipping instead of sprinkling or pouring.

  3. Chris,

    Trying to follow what you are saying but at the same time calling yourself “Christian” can imply such a diversity as well. I too wonder about what true baptism is since water sometimes comes into the scheme of things but sometimes it doesn’t. What is your church titled and perhaps I can look it up on the internet? Where I go I am not cetain I am truly at home since some things are contrary to the Bible (like marriage and divorce and premill).

    Thanks,
    Alvin

  4. You’re right! I was so happy to get out of all of the weird false systems that I made the mistake of labeling! Thanks for this.

  5. Talking about baptism, many misunderstand and take it to mean that when a sinner takes to “water baptism”, he then becomes save. The physical cannot save the spiritual. Salvation is 100% the work and power of God. The sinner (the Christian) takes the step of “water baptism” is because he believes that he’s been saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Baptism is the profession of faith in Jesus Christ.

    Many claim the minute one is baptized, they become save. That’s deception to the core about salvation. No one can be saved unless they are an elect of God covenanted to His Son Jesus Christ before the foundations of the world, and His promise is the Holy Spirit in His sovereign timing will raise their dead spirit and bring it to life in Christ. “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3:3,5,6)

    The sinner can fool another sinner. But fool God? “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his.” (2 Timothy 2:19)

    May the grace of God abound in our hearts.

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