Calvinism Denies Free Choice
January 22, 2014
“‘Woe to the obstinate children,’ declares the Lord, ‘to those who carry out plans that are not Mine…'” (Isa. 30:1) Let’s stop there. If a person carries out plans that are not God’s plans, is it God who has predestined the plans and the carrying out of those plans? What a ridiculous question, for it has an all-too-obvious answer: Of course not. Yet Calvinists would disagree with us and say that God has certainly preordained all plans and the carrying out of those plans, as well as all events, all actions, all words, all thoughts, all emotions, all motives, and everything else, including everything evil.
We’ll go on with the verse: “…forming an alliance, but not by My Spirit, heaping sin upon sin.” If someone forms an alliance that is not by God’s Spirit, has God, from eternity past, decreed that alliance to be formed? Calvinists, seemingly without a clue as to the illogic of it, would say, “Yes.” Furthermore, though sin is not ever committed by God / the Father / Christ / the Holy Spirit, for He never commits wrong (Dt. 32:4), nor does He ever tempt anyone to do so (Ja. 1:13), Calvinists insist it’s all God’s doing.
This false and blasphemous doctrine of Calvinism being spread throughout the church needs to be exposed for what it is: A doctrine of demons (1 Tim. 4:1) introduced by a murderous and hateful man by the name of John Calvin. Sentencing others to death who did not agree with his theology, this man revealed that he did not possess eternal life (1 John 3:14,15) but instead belonged to the evil one. (v. 10-12) Yet we have scores of “revered theologians”, as well as whole denominations and seminaries, that are insistent that we let Calvin interpret God’s Word for us.
Besides Calvinism being attractive because it is the doctrine of the “elite” and “scholarly”, people also find it a desirable doctrine because they are left free of responsibility for their actions. If they lie, that was God, from eternity past, ordering that they lie –for some noble result to come of it, no doubt. If they rape or murder, that was God’s foreordained decree. How can they help but commit all their sins when it is God’s predestined will for them to do so? Such is the reasonings of Calvinists –even though some won’t admit they reason this way.
No, God’s Word reveals throughout its pages that people have free choice. Truly God is Sovereign and Almighty, but so much so, that He is perfectly able to remain in control of a universe within which His created creatures have been granted, by Him, the freedom to make their own choices. While loudly exclaiming about God’s glory, Calvinists actually demean God’s glory by refusing to believe or teach that this is possible.
In Isa. 66:3 God says, “They have chosen their own ways…” and in verse 4, “They did evil in My sight and chose what displeases Me.” Is God mixed up? Is He stating that the wicked are making choices that displease Him when the evil is actually being done due to His own specific command? Moreover, in 56:4 the Lord speaks of those who “choose what pleases Me”, stating that by holding tightly to His covenant (same verse), they will be accepted by Him and saved. (v. 5-8) Are these choices also preordained by God? “Yes,” the Calvinists say, even as they admit that God preorders who therefore goes to Heaven and who goes to Hell.
However, Calvinism is not what the Scriptures teach. Instead, the choice to follow and obey God or to follow and obey evil has been set before us as a real choice. The choice is ours. The choice to choose to do right rather than choosing to do evil, and to have the power to carry out this righteousness, comes through believing in, following, and obeying Christ. Whoever wishes, whoever chooses, may partake. (John 7:37 // Rev. 22:17) It is all about choice –choosing God’s way instead of our way, every step, every day. We are the ones expected to choose, required to choose, and held responsible for what we choose.