Victims of modern popular Calvinism

Millions of people deceive themselves into believing that it is possible to live in sin and go to heaven. They are victims of modern popular Calvinism.

Classical Calvinism emphasizes grace as a life-changing power of God. Contemporary popular Calvinism sees grace only as a manifestation of mercy and compassion and emphasizes “eternal security.” As a result of such theology, monstrous, absurd concepts appear – such as “personal relationship of homosexuals with Christ,” “Christian homosexual life,” and so on.

Classical Calvinism does not teach about eternal security – but about the perseverance of the saints. Spurgeon was a staunch Calvinist, but he always showed alarm when he saw the stagnation in the spiritual life of people. He warned of danger even those who showed quick-tempered. Why? Because he believed that grace “did not stop”. He believed that those who were truly saved by God would grow spiritually. Let it be slow, with falls, errors, but still they will grow. I wonder what Spurgeon would say if he heard about the “homosexual Christian life”?

Modern Calvinism has invented a non-biblical category of “carnal Christians.” This means that the believer can remain in sin and subsequently only lose the reward – but not salvation. To what extent can he be carnal? Evangelicals of the early 20th century did not even know how much!

Alan Chambers, formerly gay and now president of Exodus International, has stated several times that he believes in the salvation of gay Christians. His organization is engaged in a noble mission – “transforming” homosexuals into heterosexuals. Chambers’ main thesis is: homosexuality is a sin; a homosexual must give up this sin, otherwise things will only get worse. He also calls on churches to change their attitude towards homosexuals to a more tolerant one.
Despite his negative attitude towards homosexuality, Alan stated the following: “Do I believe that those who live a homosexual Christian life will go to heaven? Of course. Provided they maintain a relationship with God. ”

This is nothing more than syncretism. The Old Testament is filled with tragic examples of how God’s people tried to combine serving God with sin, idolatry. This syncretism implies that one can be a pervert and still have a close relationship with God. People who hold such views are victims of a distorted theology.

The Bible teaches that Jesus “does not know” those who do not do the will of the heavenly Father (Matt. 7: 21-23). And those who live in sin have not known God (1 John 2: 2-3). From the point of view of the Bible, the relationship with God is when He knows us and we know Him. A person practicing homosexuality cannot claim a real relationship with God.
Often defenders of “carnal Christianity” refer to the First Epistle to the Corinthians – they say, how carnal these Christians were, but Paul calls them saints (1 Cor. 1: 2). However, this generalization does not stand up to scrutiny. When we in church address the audience with the words “dear brothers and sisters,” this does not mean that all those present are really brothers and sisters. There may be unregenerate members of the church. This is why Paul then makes the reservation that some Corinthians “do not know God” (1 Cor. 15:34). Moreover, “bad communities” were formed in the church, which “corrupted good morals” – after all, it was the believers who claimed that there was no resurrection (1 Cor. 15:12, 33). It is important to understand that people who do not know God (1 Cor. 15:34) have neither a personal relationship with Jesus, nor salvation.

Alan Chambers, defending his position, puts forward an argument that plunges into bewilderment: “Jesus simply said, ‘Come to Me.’ He did not say, “Come to Me, and I will correct you.”

This “default” argument implies that if Christ did not mention something, then He did not mean it. In other words, if Jesus had in mind that he would deliver everyone who comes to Him from homosexuality, then he would definitely say: “Come to Me, and I will deliver you from homosexuality and other sins”. But if He did not say so, then it is quite possible that a person, even having come to Christ, can continue to practice homosexuality. Thus, grace becomes just “powerless mercy.” It turns out that God does not have the power to change the sinner. He can only show mercy (grace) by giving him salvation.

But there are many biblical texts confirming that those who come to Christ are freed from sin (John 8: 31-35; Rom. 6: 17-18, etc.).

Contemporary popular Calvinism is actually a veiled humanism that puts pity for people above God’s will. However, such pity is destructive. After all, millions of deceived souls go to hell, confident that they will inherit heaven. They are victims of a false teaching.

Author: Gennady Nefedov