Baptist Restoration – Without a lesson on the satanic calvinist teaching, I want to draw one comparison to Baptist forgiveness and restoration.
“Calvinism teaches that before any humans were born, God picked out which of us would spend eternity with Him and which ones would end up in eternal conscious torment.
That’s about as clear as I can make it. Calvinists will word it like this (taken from the Acts 29 Network doctrinal statement):
God chose us (to be saved) not on the basis of foreseen faith but unconditionally, according to his sovereign good pleasure and will.
If you’re up on this topic you can see some of TULIP in that statement and recognize this is the conclusion of the doctrine.
In other words, if anyone ends up suffering for eternity it is because God chose him for that. This is what Calvinists mean by “predestination.” If a person accepts the Gospel and gets saved it’s because that was God’s eternal purpose for him and divinely enabled him to accept the Gospel and get saved. Without that divine intervention in his heart, he would never have had faith in Christ. If he doesn’t hear the Gospel, or if he does hear it and rejects it, that’s because that was God’s eternal purpose for him. He was created for God’s good pleasure and his good pleasure is to have him or her suffer forever and ever and ever, with no end. Ever.” The Monster God of Calvinism. (2017, September 18). Retrieved March 13, 2018, from http://kirbyhopper.com/the-monster-god-of-calvinism/
So, what is the correlation you may be wondering? It seems that many Baptists believe that God has chosen some to forgiveness and restoration after salvation and others, well, too bad for them. As long as you do not commit a “pet” sin of the Baptist; full forgiveness, service, and restoration are available. Otherwise, you’re placed outside the camp with your filthy rags, and a sign that boldly reads, “Unclean!” To those that selfishly hoard 1 John 1:9 and Galatians 6:1, remember, Galatians 6:7 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
1 Samuel 16:7 “But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”
You can’t claim 1 John 1:9 for yourself if you dig up past sins of another Christian! By the way, doesn’t matter what sin.
Matthew 9:38 “Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.” Baptists pray, plead, and preach this verse but pick and choose which laborer they want in the harvest! Perplexing?
Very few spiritual leaders remain for very few want to restore until their failure or sin requires love, forgiveness, restoration, and hope. Christians weigh hidden sin and visible sin differently. They glory in their qualifications until their sin becomes visible, then it’s, please help me!
It would do pastors, teachers, and evangelists a great service to their spiritual intellect and to the flock to which they minister if they’d rightly divide the Word of God before using a shotgun to make an application. Here’s your first lesson, start with Galatians 6:1 and 1 John 1:9.
May the Holy Spirit share with you the truths I’ve had the privilege to learn and enjoy over the past few months!
Ephesians 4:15 “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:”
God Bless You!