Monday, May 22, 2017

Revisiting Christian Zionism

               This title is selected because I have written extensively in the past on the subject matter including my books Christian Zionism and the Scofield Reference Bible and The Israel Deception. My objective here is not so much to critically evaluate the doctrinal and prophetic heresies of Dispensational theology because that is covered extensively in my books. My intent in this writing will be more focused on the history of its origin, development and widespread acceptance in today’s religious world. I say religious because its doctrinal and prophetic conclusions are very wide of the mark of Biblical truth. It has completely engulphed and compromised that which is identified in today’s world as fundamentalist Christianity.
            This theological narrative had its origin with John Nelson Darby (1800-1882) an Englishmen with certain obvious intellectual acumen for he wrote extensively. Over several decades he drafted a totally new paradigm for interpreting the Bible.It came to be known originally as Darbyism but later after more refinement came to rest in the theological world as Dispensationalism.  He was enthusiastic about his new doctrines and traveled extensively in Europe to promote them.  He also made six trips to America and planted the seeds of his conclusions with evangelical preachers in the 1860s-70s. Many were affected and endorsed his teaching including such as Dwight Moody the well-known evangelist. As a very young convert with no spiritual or biblical background his theology was accepted by one Cyrus I Scofield. You will need to get my book to learn much more about Scofield including his history and character for that is not the subject matter here.We are focusing here on the creation of the Scofield Reference Bible and its long term effects on the Christian community since its original publication in 1909 and continuing even unto today.
            Cyrus Scofield pursued his ministry from 1879 until his death in 1921. He was awarded a license to preach only one year after his alleged conversion by the Congregational Church in Saint Louis, Missouri. After serving there he moved to Dallas, Texas and pastored a missionary church there for many years. He formulated his theological convictions from contemporaries who had been influenced by John Darby. He authored a Bible study correspondence course which became very popular both domestically and abroad. He developed a desire to prepare and publish a study Bible complete with massive foot notes and headnotes to promote his theological conclusions which were increasingly Zionist friendly. From Dallas he moved to New York where he met and befriended Samuel Untermeyer a very wealthy and influential Zionist Jewish attorney. They both were members of the Lotus Club in New York City for many years.
            Untermeyer was intimately involved in the budding Zionist movement and agenda which included in their long range plans the reestablishment of the nation-state of Israel. He also was closely connected to President Woodrow Wilson and he actually executed a bribe of Wilson based on the knowledge he had of an intimate affair involving Wilson. The bribe included a promise from Wilson that he would nominate a prominent Zionist to the Supreme Court. Wilson kept his promise later by nominating Louis Brandeis a Zionist Jew and head of the American Zionist Congress. The Zionists including prominent American and European activists were able to bring America into World War I using a promise from England that they would give Palestine to the Zionist Jews if they could successfully engage America in their war with Germany. They pulled it of successfully with the American traitor Woodrow Wilson and this resulted in the Balfour resolution at the end of the war. Now the Jews control what will eventually become the nation state of Israel after World War II (May 14, 1948).
            This all ties in with Untermeyer’s relationship with Scofield and his desire to get his dispensational and Zionist friendly Reference Bible published. Untermeyer also had connections and influence with Oxford University Press owned by Zionist interests. A perfect match was formed. The Zionist Jews could ask for nothing greater than to introduce a Trojan horse into fundamentalist Christianity favorable to the long term agenda of Zionism (the concept that a ‘chosen’ ethicality is to reign on earth for a millennium). The deal was stuck and powerful forces both financial and political were utilized to bring the Scofield Reference Bible to the market place in 1909. With unrestricted financial backing it went viral among evangelical Christians and eventually completely infiltrated Bible schools, seminaries and multiplied millions in the Christian community. The Scofield ‘Bible’ went through several revisions (1917, 1945, and reached its apex of deception with the 1967 edition.) This, of course was after the reestablishment of the state of Israel. Scofield died in 1921 so all of this activity was carried out by the owner of his reference Bible the Zionist Oxford University Press and its editorial committee. It literally went viral.
        The long term consequences of this gigantic fraud reach beyond comprehension. Heresy filled the pulpits and seminaries of America promoting a theological paradigm which completely compromised and neutralized the effect of a vibrant Christian testimony able to resist the works and deceptions of Satan. Multiplied tens of millions of professing Christians endorse, support and honor the resulting Zionist and terrorist state of Israel as a wonderful work of Gad and fulfillment of Biblical prophecy The Zionists have initiated multiple wars in the Middle East killing millions including Christians on behalf of Israel and they are applauded and supported by untold numbers of people claiming to be Christian. These wars are all about Israel. The apostasy existing in American Christendom owes much of its condition to the heresies perpetrated upon it by the Scofield Reference Bible and its Zionist sponsors. Christian reader if you are deluded and deceived  by this fraud  please obtain and read my books where sound doctrine and Biblical truth is clearly set forth in opposition to the Zionist agenda for word government and the emergence of Antichrist acting in harmony with and in support of the Israel deception.


David Lance Dean                       visit my website: authordavidlancedean.com                       

Monday, May 8, 2017

Dispensationalism's Roots Lie in Calvinism

         During the month of April I posted a five part series covering the five fundamental tenets of Calvinist theology. In review those five tenets are Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace and Perseverance of the Saints.  You may review these five points of Calvinism in that order in the April posts to gather a precise definition of each of the five tenets.  My
conclusions were that on each point examined Calvinism fails.  According to the definition that Calvinists have applied to their doctrines an examination in light of the Scripture proves them to be invalid. It is to be understood by a believer that to a greater or sometimes lesser degree Calvinism has had a prevailing influence on the Christian churches and denominations even up to the present time. Thankfully that influence although very significant has not been totally complete.
            In the continuance of this pervasive influence one of the more significant developments affected is that which has come to be known as dispensationalism.
Dispensational theology was literally invented by John Nelson Darby during the nineteenth century being first identified as Darbyism but after its refinement had taken place it became known in the theological world as dispensationalism. Darby, an Englishman, came to America at least a half dozen times in the 1860s and 1870s promoting his new theological paradigm. It was received by many American preachers including Dwight Moody the evangelist and was introduced to Cyrus Scofield when he was very young and immature in his Christian experience. Over several decades in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century Scofield was able to propagate the doctrines of dispensational theology widely in America and even abroad through his Bible study correspondence course. His efforts were culminated in 1909 with the publication of the Scofield Reference Bible published by Oxford University Press and it has subsequently gone through several revisions. His theological conclusions went viral throughout America and his doctrinal paradigm based on Calvinist tenets has corrupted the American religious world even to this present time. So let’s examine the heresies promoted extensively in the myriad of notes contained in the Scofield Reference Bible and having their roots in the tenants of Calvinism.
            At the root and core of dispensational theology lies unconditional election the second of Calvinism’s five point paradigm. This heresy would proclaim that the Jews are God’s ‘chosen people’ and that at some time in the future they will be revisited by God and converted experiencing salvation collectively and then be established for a millennial reign with Christ on this present earth because they are an elect people and have been unconditionally chosen. This concept would then be extended to the church also being privileged to reign in heaven for all eternity.  No prerequisite of faithfulness or perseverance is to be imposed on them because they are simply chosen of God through an act of irresistible grace to inherit these two separate kingdoms. Although the Scripture will not support these conclusions the notes in the Scofield Reference Bible will assure you that they must be true and of course they are widely preached and accepted. These heresies have been treated thoroughly in my book The Israel Deception.
            Adding to the above confusion we find modem day evangelicalism eagerly promotes the doctrine of Calvinism known as perseverance of the saints. They have placed another name on the doctrine that being ‘eternal security’. This very comforting doctrine tells the believer that being ‘born again’ is the equivalent of and is virtually the same as the Scriptural term salvation. It does not arrest them to say they or you have been “saved” when you may have only embarked on the spiritual path which could lead you to salvation. Let’s look at a few Scriptures which refute and disprove these false concepts which have so completely distorted the true gospel of Christ. Jesus said at Matthew 24:13: “He that endures to the end shall be saved.” Paul admonishes the Philippians at Phil.2:12 -13 in part……..”Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling for it is God who worketh in you both to will and do his good pleasure.” At Colossians 1:21-23 we read: “Ad you which were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: if ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel…. " and  -“For many(beleivers-see context) walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping , that they ae the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and their glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.” (Phil.3:18-19). Paul is speaking here of those believers who became unfaithful. These verses and many more like them do not speak of or give support to unconditional election or the perseverance of the saints.
            The modern day evangelical church is replete with the teaching and preaching of doctrines which if heeded will lead one to destruction. A few further words of instruction are necessary because these concepts are not understood. We who are believers have been called into a covenant which requires faithfulness. We can and many do fall away from the faith for various carnal reasons. A God of justice and truth cannot and will not simply pass over willful transgression which amounts to doing despite unto Christ and the Holy Spirit.  If you read my studies on resurrection posted in March (See- A Better Resurection) you will learn that there is more than one resurrection (See Rev. 20:4-6).  Unfaithful believers even though ‘born gain’ will not participate in the first resurrection but will be subjected to God’s judgement. (See Heb.6:4-6 and Heb.10:26-30). The concepts of unconditional election and perseverance of the saints are heresy of the first order completely perverting the true gospel of Jesus Christ.


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Friday, April 28, 2017

Confronting Calvinism's Perserverance of the Saints

            We have undertaken a study on the five principle tenets encompassing the theology known as Calvinism.  Briefly reviewing we have discovered that John Calvin’s teaching was formalized in the Institutes of the Christian Religion in 1559.
These writings required two significantly large volumes which no doubt contain many statements of truth. However, as we would evaluate the whole content it has been broken down into five major theological premises. These equate to what has come to be known and propagated forward through the centuries as Calvinism. There was a major gathering of theologians, ministers and religious academics from Western Europe held in 1618 and 1619 entitled the Council of Dort lasting a full seven months. Its purpose was to debate theological issues and address the remonstrances of Arminian theology which comes into very stark contrast with Calvinism on all five of its principle tenets. Unfortunately Calvinism prevailed and was determined to be the true dogma of the Christian church.  My focus and purpose in submitting this series has been to correct the errors of Calvin’s precepts and prove from the Scripture that all five points are unsupported by the Bible. In fact the theology of James Arminius represents a sound understanding of soteriology (the doctrine of salvation) and stands in opposition to Calvinist dogma. Our current and final treatment will examine the Calvinist doctrine of perseverance of the saints sometimes expressed as the doctrine of “eternal security”.
            Calvinism teaches that all who are chosen by God, redeemed by Christ, and given faith by the Spirit are eternally saved. These are kept in faith by the power of Almighty God and thus persevere unto the end. Salvation is accomplished by the almighty power of the triune God.  The Father chose a people, the Son died for them and the Holy Spirit makes Christ’s death effective by bringing the elect to faith and repentance thereby causing them to willingly obey the gospel. The entire process (election, redemption and regeneration) is the work of God entirely and is not dependent upon an exercise of man’s willingness or subsequent obedience being necessary to preserver in the faith.
            In direct contrast Arminian theology asserts that even for the regenerated person the falling from grace is a very real possibility and danger. Those who believe and are ‘born again’ can fall from or subsequently turn back or away from Christ.  Salvation is accomplished through the combined activity of God’s initiative towards the sinner and the subsequent response of the person to the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit.  Man has been given a free will and is therefore capable as well as accountable to “choose” whether or not he will faithfully continue in the obedience of faith. Or he may reject the narrow pathway of sanctification and ultimate salvation by serving the carnal ways of the flesh and loving the things of this world. There is an enemy seeking the destruction of every man’s soul.
              Let us examine the Scripture to find which of these two doctrines are true.
The parable of the unjust servant appears at Luke 12: 41-47. It states in part. “The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him asunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.”  (read full context).
           Colossians chapter 1 qualifies salvation by stating at verses 22-23: “In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: if ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel….”  Does this sound like salvation is unconditional? (emphasis mine).
            “For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things comes the wrath of God on the children of disobedience.  Be not ye therefore partakers with them.”(emphasis mine). Does this sound like “eternal security”? Or is salvation conditioned upon denying the flesh and faithfulness unto purity of conduct?
            “For we are made partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence firm unto the end.”  (Heb.7:14) “Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest any of you should seem to come short of it.”
(Heb.4:1)  Does this teach ‘eternal security’ (perseverance of the saints) or is it conditioned upon being found faithful to the end? (again emphasis mine).
            “Let that therefore abide in you which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son and in the Father. “(I John 2:24) Is it not clear that one must abide in Christ remaining under the abiding presence and government of the Holy Spirit denying the fleshly appetites and conduct of the ‘old man’.
            “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name from the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels.” (Rev. 3:5). Do you understand that you must continue steadfast in the faith unto the end? This is overcoming that your name may be found in the nook of life at the judgement. (See Rev.20:15).                                       
          The foregoing five scripture citations are a few among many throughout the New Testament that adamantly deny the doctrine of eternal security or the Calvinist dogma known as perseverance of the saints. The heretical doctrines of Calvinism will lead you to your destruction.  We are living in times of great apostasy as these doctrines as well as others are commonly taught in the denominational churches.


David Lance Dean                   website and blogs at: authordavidlancedean.com

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Confronting Calvinism's Irresistible Grace

             We are utilizing a series of five blogs to address and subsequently refute the five basic precepts of Calvinism. Calvinism lies at the heart of the Protestant Reformation which developed in the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries in reaction to the heresies and corruption of the Catholic Church which had become anathema to the gospel of Christ as revealed in the scriptures. Through the course of our investigation what we are finding is that the prevailing doctrines found in Calvin’s theological system does not bring the church into a condition of recovery which aligns itself with the clear testimony of the Scripture. Calvinism prevailed during the period of the Reformation and those precepts have been handed down in large measure during the subsequent generations at least in part even unto this present time. There remains a viable alternative which would bring the Christian church into  much better alignment with the truth of the Bible. It was formulated in the teachings of James Arminius (1560-1609) and has come to be known as Arminianism. Its precepts stand in stark contrast to Calvinism.
            In pursuit of our current topic we will investigate the doctrine of Irresistible Grace. What is meant by this theological tenet of Calvinism and do we find a support for it in the scriptures? Outlining what is meant and how it is held will follow. Calvinists would assert that there is an efficacious call of the Spirit or irresistible grace. In addition to the outward general call to salvation which is made to everyone who hears the gospel, the Holy Spirit extends to the elect a special inward call that inevitably brings them to salvation. The external call which is made to all without distinction can be, and often is rejected; whereas the inward call which is made only to the elect cannot be rejected; it always results in conversion. By means of this special call the Spirit irresistibly draws the sinner to Christ. He is not limited in his work of applying salvation by man’s will, nor is he dependent upon man’s cooperation for success. The Spirit graciously causes the elect sinner to cooperate, to believe, to repent, to come freely and willingly to Christ. God’s grace is therefore invincible; it never fails to result tin the salvation of those to whom it is extended.
            Arminian doctrine presents the exact contrast in asserting that the Spirit’s call or conviction can be effectively rejected as a matter of the will and choice of the individual so convicted. The Spirit calls inwardly to all of those who are called outwardly by the gospel invitation.  He does all that he can to bring the sinner to salvation.  But as much as man is free, he can successfully resist the Spirit’s call and man’s free will limits the Spirit in in the application of Christ’s saving work. The Spirit cannot regenerate the sinner until he believes. Faith which is man’s contribution precedes and makes possible the new birth. Thus, man’s free will limits the Spirit in the application of Christ’s saving work.  The Holy Spirit can only draw to Christ those who will allow him to have his way with them.  God’s grace is therefore not invincible; it can be and often is resisted by man.
            As with all matters of sound doctrine we must look to the word of God for its validation and establishment.  At Acts 3:22-23 we read:” For Moses truly said  unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.  And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.” (emphasis mine).
            Moving further into the Book of Acts in chapter seven we are given Stephen’s lengthy admonition to the Jewish Sanhedrim, i.e. the elders of Israel.  Concluding his summary of their history and transgression even to the rejection of their Messiah he states at verse 51 “Ye stiff necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost, as your fathers did so do ye.” As it isclear from the passage that Stephen is speaking to the plurality of the Jewish elders, and is it not also clear that he is speaking in the power of the Spirit? So then is it not obvious that they had the opportunity to receive his words. So then it is clear that there existed not only an unwillingness to receive the word but an exercise of the will to resist it? This does not support  Calvinist doctrine.
            Let us look at two passages in Hebrews which illustrate the fallacy of irresistible grace. “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if they shall fall away, to renew the again to repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.”(Heb.6:4-6   emphasis mine). Does this sound like irresistible grace or is it a willful act to fall away and depart through a choice favoring sinful activity or rebellion?(again emphasis mine).
            “He that despised Moses law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: of how much sorer punishment suppose ye, shall be thought worthy, who have trodden under foot the Son of God , and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified , an unholy thing, and hath done despite (insulted-Strg. Conc.) unto the Spirit of grace.” (Heb. 10:25-26). If grace is irresistible and election is unconditional how then is it possible to fall from a place of being sanctified by the blood  and being made a partaker of the Holy Ghost and then  to do despite unto the Spirit of grace? The context of this passage is clearly addressing anyone who has come to Christ and been regenerated but subsequently has turned aside and done despite to the Holy Spirit.  The passage affirms that such a one cannot be renewed to repentance and most certainly will be subjected to the judgement of God. “The Lord shall judge his people” (verse 30). Calvinist doctrine again miserably fails in its conclusions when measured by the testimony of Scripture.


David Lance Dean                         website and blogs: authordavidlncedean.com

Friday, April 14, 2017

Confronting Calvinism's Limited Atonement

                     We have embarked upon a series of studies featuring the doctrines held by
multitudes who have embraced the teachings  of Calvinism whether in part or more or less completely? The theology has a nearly five hundred year history originating from the teaching of John Calvin and dating back to the mid-sixteenth century. It is to be noted that he was not alone in his convictions but shared them with contemporaries both at the time of his formalizing the doctrine and moving forward for literally centuries afterward. Truly the principal doctrines that emerged with the Protestant Reformation were more or less aligned with what we now understand as Calvinism. Because, as it will be seen as we progress, these theological concepts do not bear the scrutiny of scriptural examination.  They also stand in stark contrast to another much less acknowledged theological system identified as Armenianism. This writer through years of study in the Bible endorses strongly the later of these two theological opponents. In fact the apostate state of the Christian church today is a direct result of the credence given to John Calvin when he formalized his work in Institutes of the Christian Religion.
            This current discourse will be focused on a tenet of Calvinism which they would identify as limited atonement. By endorsing a doctrine of limited atonement they would assert that Christ’s redeeming work was intended to save the elect only and actually secured salvation for them.  His death was as substitutionary endurance of the penalty of sin in the place of certain specified sinners. In addition to putting away the sins of His people, Christ’s redemption secured everything necessary for their salvation, including faith which unites them to Him. The gift of faith is infallibly applied by the Spirit to all for whom Christ died, thereby guaranteeing their salvation.
         Note then from the above definition two very significant points. First that salvation was only intended to reach or apply to a selected number of elect people and was never extended for all men.   Also take note that faith is seen by them as a gift from God and not something which has any relevance to the exercise of faith by the individual. These conclusions would necessarily lead us to believe that God is a receptor of persons and his character includes neither mercy nor justice. Are we then to assent that God has caused multitudes of people to be created so that he can subject them to eternal punishment and they have no avenue for potential correction and are incapable of exercising either faith or repentance to escape His eternal wrath and judgement? How much Scripture does this render irrelevant?
            The Arminian view stands in stark opposition and complete contrast to this tenet of Calvinism. Let us examine some relevant scriptures to establish he truth and then some commentary supported by those scripture texts. At John 1:29 we read as follows: “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world.” Paul in his first letter to Timothy writes: “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who will have all men be saved, and come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and me, the man Christ Jesus. Who gave himself a ransom for all to be testified in due time.”(I Timothy 2:3-6).The evidence against limited atonement continues in Hebrews at chapter 2 and verse 9 where we read: “For we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” We continue the argument at II Peter 3:9 with Peter’s revelation: “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness: but is longsuffering to us-ward not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” And at I John 2:12 we find: “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”
            Summarizing from the above New Testament scriptures it becomes clear that the Calvinist doctrine of limited atonement does not stand up under an investigation of the scriptures. In fact we find that potentially the Lord’s death on the cross was sufficient for anyone and everyone who would avail themselves of its redeeming benefits through the exercise of faith and the fruit of faith which is obedience.
            Erroneous doctrines are the product of an incomplete examination of the entire scriptural record.  Biased conclusions are derived from taking scriptures out of a context which spans the entire scriptural record. Adding to or subtracting from the testimony of the entire word of God is error of the greatest consequences for it inevitably produces a distortion of truth that becomes a stumbling block to the unwary and she  uninformed. When the complete and entire body of scriptural truth is taken into account there is a reasonable and necessary purpose for the fact that the work of Christ in redemption is potentially available for every individual.  I suspect that at least some of that understanding would come when we realize that there is more than one resurrection. The eternal value of redemption goes beyond the first resurrection and the second death and will be found to extend beyond this age. I would suggest you review my March blog entitled A Better Resurrection which reaches truth beyond this age and encompasses all of the biblical record on the subject of resurrection.


David Lance Dean               Visit my website and blogs: authordavidlance dean.com

Monday, April 10, 2017

Confronting Calvinism's Unconditional Election

            This is the second of a five part series exploring the tenets of Calvinist doctrine. Since Calvinism breaks down into five major areas or punts claiming to have the authority of scripture it is necessary to examine each one to arrive at a clear understanding of the truths presented in the word of God. This system of theology was prevalent after the Protestant Reformation and has had a strong and continuing influence even unto the present time. It was formalized by the writings of the theologian John Calvin in the sixteenth century. It then received confirmation through a gathering in the early seventeenth century known as the Counsel of Dort (1618-1619)lasting seven months. This gathering convened in Dort, Holland and was attended by a significant number of participants from across Europe. Also at issue were five remonstrances or objections to this theology formalized and presented by those who were proponents of Arminianism.  James Arminius had died only of few years prior to the counsel.
            The first of this series dealt with the total depravity of man doctrine held by Calvinism even to the extreme that a man had any capability to embrace God by or through his own act of the will. This is opposed directly by Arminius’s doctrine of free will. For details and related scripture you will need to refer to the previous posting. We will now move on the second assertion of Calvinism which has been described as unconditional election.
            Pure Calvinism would assert that God has made a choice in selecting out from among mankind an elect number of people according to his own sovereign will. It would deny that faith is exercised by any individual as a prerequisite to his choosing, but that his faith itself is planted in the heart of the elected person. It is not then a matter of the sinner’s choice of God but rather God’s choice of the sinner apart from any action to repent or believe on the part of the one who has been chosen. We see this doctrine manifest dramatically in dispensational theology as concerns Jewish Israel for they contend that Jews are God’s ‘chosen’ people and are thus destined at a future time to believe collectively and establish a kingdom on the earth. They must revert to scriptures in the Old Testament in an attempt to support this view for it is entirely refuted by the content of the New Testament epistles as well as the prophets including Christ.
            Before looking at scriptures bearing on the subject we need to examine the Arminian view which we will entitle conditional election. God’s choice of certain individuals unto salvation before the foundation of the world was based on His foreknowledge.  He selected or elected only those who He knew in advance would respond freely of their own will to His convicting work and calling. Election was therefore determined by what he foreknew any individual would do. The faith which is the requirement of election and salvation is not therefore a gift of God but that which is exercised as a result of free will. Let us now look at some scriptures explaining the complete contrast of these two opposing theological views.
            Peter begins his first epistle at verse two stating: ”Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ; grace be unto you , and peace be multiplied.” The verse gives us the proper sequence leading to the salvation of the soul. It begins with election but that determination being in accordance with God’s perfect foreknowledge and then leads to the process of sanctification which is seen to be the result of obedience not to the law but to the Spirit.  Each one who is consistently obedient to the Spirit experiences the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit which brings grace and peace. Grace and peace follow after and are the reward of one’s obedience.
            In the epistle to the Romans, chapter eight, we see the same order of the sanctifying work of the Spirit. “For whom he did foreknow he did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn of many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” (vss. 29-30). The prerequisite for this work of the Spirit in any one is clearly set forth in the early portion of chapter eight, i.e. in summary it is that we learn obedience to the Spirit and walk after His directives.
            The mandate for our sanctification and conditional election are found in numerous places in Scripture. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, pace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its affections and lusts.  If we live in the Spirit let us also walk in the Spirit.”(Gal.3:22-
24). Is it not clear that the tenets of Calvinism not only run contrary to the Scripture but deny the opportunity to obtain and partake of the fruitful sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit?


David Lance Dean                    website and blog access: author davidlancedean.com

Friday, April 7, 2017

Confronting Calvanism

          Having written extensively on the errors and heresies of dispensational theology, I have purposed to delve further into its roots in the concepts of Calvinism dating backinto the sixteenth century. John Calvin (1509-1564) was themost prominent and influential theologian of the second generation after the  onset ofthe Protestant Reformation. Born in France his original training was in the law. His major lifetime works were the volumes entitled Institutes of the Christian Religion. His profound effect on the development of Protestantism cannot be overestimated. The theology of Calvinism was subsequently broken down into five major points summarizing the massive writings propagating his conclusions which were spread widely over Europe. Each of his five points was subsequently challenged by Janes Arminius who was a godly Dutch professor of theology. There occurred a few years after the death of Arminius a large gathering at what became known as the Counsel of Dort convened in Holland in 1618 and lasting a period of seven months in which the major issues of these two opposing views of theology were discussed and debated. Followers of Arminius presented a series of remonstrances (objections) to each of the five points of Calvinism. The final result of this lengthy theological debate was that Calvinism was established as the standard of Christian thought and has been projected historically in one form or another for centuries in the Christian churches. Armenian thought was greatly restricted after the Counsel of Dort, but was still held by some of note including John Wesley. This reality of the prevalence of Calvinism is a centuries old impediment to the development of sound Biblical truth. We will prove the forgoing statement through an extensive search of the Scriptures concerning each of the five punts.  In each case we will present the Calvinist tenet and then arguing from the Scriptures the inherent errors represented.  We will then present commentary based on the Bible showing that James Arminius had developed a sound foundation for the emerging Protestant church which unfortunately was largely rejected and did not obtain a place of dominance.
            The first and basic tenet of Calvinism is that of total depravity. Adherents of the doctrine would say that because of the fall and the original sin of Adam, man is totally unable of himself to savingly believe the gospel. The sinner is dead, blind and deaf to the things of God. His will is not free, but is in bondage to his evil nature; therefore he will not—indeed cannot choose good over evil. It takes much more than the Spirit’s assistance to bring him to Christ.  It takes a gift of enablement sovereignly bestowed and the man has nothing to contribute.
            Armenian doctrine would contest this view adamantly by asserting while agreeing that man’s nature has been corrupted completely and he has become sinful, fallen and separated from God. This condition has not, however, deprived him of his free will. God graciously enables a sinner to repent.  The sinner can respond to the Spirit’s conviction upon his conscience and he can exercise the act of repentance. He is able to believe and exercise faith unto regeneration.
            Having outlined these two opposing views it will be necessary to find out what the Scriptures say. Early in the gospel of Matthew we find the words of John the Baptist speaking to the Pharisees and the Seduces “ O generation of vipers who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance.” (Matthew 3:8-9). Is it not clear that these sinners could in fact repent?
            At John 7:17 Jesus says: “If any man will do his will, he shall know the doctrine, whether it be of God or whether I speak of myself. One can then respond
to the ministry of the word  assenting in his will to align himself with the will of God and thus to know that which has been communicated to him.
            “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now comandeth all men everywhere to repent.” ( Acts 7:30) Notice that it is all men everywhere.
            “And showed first unto them of Damascus, and Jerusalem, and throughout the coasts of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.” (Acts 26:20).
            “Wherefore as the Holy Ghost saith, Today if you hear his voice harden not your hearts…”(Heb.3:7).  When the Holy Spirit speaks we not only can but must respond.
            “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And him that heareth say, come. And him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely.” (Rev. 22:17).
            There are many other like scriptures in both the New and the old testaments which make it clear that man’s will is free to choose, and although he is certainly lost in trespasses and sin God has made available forgiveness and ultimately the possibility of salvation.
            “Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared  with a hot iron.” (I Timothy 4:1=2). It is sad to say that the modern day church has largely come to this state.


David Lance Dean             Visit my website and blogs at: authordavidlancedean.com