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Fruits of Calvinism

Fruits of Calvinism

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What are the fruits of Calvinism?
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Colossians 2:8
 
 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophyand vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after therudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”
 The problem in Colossae was different than the problem in Galatia. In Galatia, there was a group of Judeaizers coming in and trying to get the Christians to go back under the law. Paul said in Galatians3:3,
“...Having begun in the spirit, are ye now made perfect through the works of the flesh?”
Galatians5:1, “
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not untangled againwith the yoke of bondage.”
In Colossae, it evidently was a man, not a group. According to Colossians2:8, the word “man” is singular, so it was some
body
who was creeping in and trying to sow a pervertedgospel known as Gnosticism. In the Greek, you will find that the word “gnostic” means knowing. Thiswas a warning about somebody coming in and teaching something new and superior in the tradition of men. It set up opposition between the wisdom of men and the wisdom of God. Here is what theInternational Standard Bible Encyclopedia says about Gnosticism: “Gnosticism is Christianity perverted by a learning and speculation. The intellectual pride of the Gnostics refined away the gospelinto a philosophy making salvation exclusive and not universal. They lived under the conviction thatthey possessed a mysterious knowledge that could only be understood by them.” Now I wonder, doesthat sound like something that is prevalent in our land today? I am preaching this morning on the Fruitsof Calvinism.When I was a college student, I was naive enough to think that everybody was either an Arminian or a Calvinist, and the determining factor was whether or not they accepted the security of the believer.When somebody would come to you and say, “Are you a Calvinist?,” if you believed in the security of the believer, you would say, “Yes, I’m a Calvinist.” Later on as I got to studying more about Calvinism,
 
I realized that there was more involved in Calvinism than the security of the believer. Really, security of the believer was not even involved in Calvinism. Then I was told about the five tenants of Calvinism,the TULIP. I was still naive enough to think that you could be a “one-pointer”, or a “two-pointer.”However, if you study the tenants of Calvinism, I do not believe that there are very many of us whowould subscribe to any particular one of these five. Last Christmas, when one of our students was homein his local church, he asked a young lady who goes to another Christian college what she had learnedher first semester. She said, “I learned T-U-L-I-P,” and gave him the meaning of the those five tenants.I want to summarize the TULIP for you. First of all there is
, which is
Total Depravity
. Most of us would say we believe in
total depravity
, Jeremiah 17:9:
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Rom. 3:10-12:
 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of theway, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
When theCalvinist says he believes in
total depravity
, he believes in far more than what I have just stated. Hemeans he believes in
Total Inability
. That necessitates that regeneration must precede faith. That is anastounding thing! Englesma acknowledges, “Deny this doctrine, and the whole of Calvinism isdemolished.”
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He is saying that if you do not believe what the Calvinist believes about
total depravity
,then you do not believe any of the tenants of Calvinism. That is true; I don’t. C.H. Spurgeon, the heroof Calvinism, said this: “If I am to preach faith in Christ to a man who is regenerated, then... it isunnecessary and ridiculous for me to preach Christ to him...”
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They make the analogy, Ephesians 2:1:
 And you hath he quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins;
and they say that
dead 
means “totalinability.” In other words, if a man is spiritually dead, he is unable to accept Christ. However, if youfollow that analogy to its logical conclusion, then you would have to say that a dead man cannot receivenor can he reject. He cannot sin. Their analogy falls apart if you follow it to its logical conclusion.The you have the
, which is
Unconditional Election
. That simply is that some people are elected togo to heaven, and some people are elected to go to hell. Loraine Boettner said that the early Christianleaders would have rejected Calvin’s view of predestination, and that this cardinal truth of Christianitywas first clearly seen by Augustine,
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who by the way was the founder of the Roman Catholic Church.Calvin quotes Augustine four hundred times in his Institutes. If I were to ask you how old John Calvinwas when he wrote his institutes, most of you would think he was in his 50s or 60s. Ironically, he was26 years of age.
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They said of Calvin that he never had an original thought and everything he put in hisinstitutes he derived from Augustine and carried with him much of the baggage of the Roman Catholic
 
Church - baptismal regeneration, infant baptism, etc. Calvin held infant baptism to be of such value thatit transformed an infant into one of God’s elect.
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So there you have U,
 
Unconditional Election
.Then you have
L
, which is
 Limited Atonement 
. That simply means that Jesus died only for the elect.Then you have
 I 
, which is
 Irresistible Grace
. How can “grace” be irresistable? Anything imposedupon someone by a grace that is “irresistable” is not a gift received.
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If something is imposed upon you,without your desire to have it, I ask you, is that grace? That is a fallacious definition of grace to me:irresistably imposed. You have the
,
 L
,
. All three of those tenants would say that God is partial.James 3:17:
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to beintreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy
. Acts 10:34, Peter said,
I perceive that God is no respecter of persons
. Peter said in I Peter 1:17:
 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work 
... So there you have
 I 
. Number five is
 P 
which is
 perseverance of the saints
. John Piper, who, by the way, claims to be aseven-point Calvinist said, “No Christian can be sure that he is a true believer. Hence, there is anongoing need to be dedicated to the Lord and to deny ourselves so that we might make it.”
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Is thatgrace? The Calvinist says that he talks about the doctrines of grace. However, as we get into themessage, we are going to see that it is grace plus works.I want to call to your attention four truths I believe that are
 Fruits of Calvinism
. Calvinism
incriminates the nature of God 
. Calvinists talk about the Soveriegnty of God. When they talk about theSovereignty of God, they do not mean by that what we mean. They mean that God is the author of sin.I believe that
incriminates His holiness
. R.C. Sproul said, “God desired for man to fall into sin. I amnot accusing God of sinning. I’m suggesting that God created sin.”
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I say that’s blasphemy. Palmer  believes that God has ordained everything, even sin.
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 Deuteronomy 32:4:
 He is the rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truthand without iniquity, just and right is he
. Job 34:10:
Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding: far be it from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.
Habakkuk 1:13: ...
thou canst not look on iniquity
. I John 1:5:
This then is the messagewhich we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all 
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