A Letter to a Calvinist

The following is a seven-page letter I wrote in response to a Calvinist who came to our church and challenged our beliefs by email. The names have been removed out of respect for the recipients, and references to their previous email are in BLUE. I hope and pray you will read through and that you will find it helpful. You can also see a recent sermon post on this same subject. (http://links.acbc.ie/calvinismsermon)
(Below is a photo of a statue of John Calvin, which is located in Budapest.)
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Dear …………,

Thank you for your email, and sharing ……… decision and your concerns.

Let me borrow your words for a moment :
”I wanted to personally say to you that before branding us as believing in false doctrine and settling that in your reasoning, I would ask you to prayerfully consider the following:” I am not in the business of branding, labelling and criticising every person I disagree with.   I am, however, in the business of teaching and leading those who will be taught.

Let me take a moment to acknowledge the scriptures you quoted, and add that if those were the only scriptures in the Bible, than I would be a Calvinist in a heartbeat.  If Romans 9:13-23 was the only passage I had, I could be a Calvinist, but this is not the case. Allow me to explain…
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What is an Apostle?

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And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: -Ephesians 4:11-12

According to these verses, the Bible says that God has given us apostles. The purpose of apostles (as well as prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers) are for
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The Truth About the Bible

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ring a question and answer session at a recent speaking engagement, a university student asked me, "Why do you believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God?"

Now this is a very interesting question, and probably one of the most important questions any Christian could ask themselves. What is so special, so unique about the Bible that Christians believe it is literally the inspired word of God?

In answering this student's question, I encouraged him to consider the following facts about the Bible.
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Why you don't like the Bible. (part 3)


The Bible is the best selling book every year. There are many people
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who have a Bible in their home. You can find them in the drawers of average hotel rooms. With all this popularity, it seems strange that such a popular book would be difficult to understand, but it is. Many people have a Bible in their home for good luck, or in hopes that they will receive the blessings of God. If God had intended for the Bible to simply be a good luck charm, why would He have given us a book? The Bible tells us why the Bible was written…

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:"
II Timothy 3:16

The Bible was written to teach us, and we are going to look at another reason people find it difficult to understand.
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Why you don't like the Bible. (part 2)


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In a previous post, I wrote about why people don't like the Bible. Most people do not like things they cannot understand. People avoid what they can't comprehend, especially when there is no hope of grasping it. I believe that not understanding the Bible is one of the reasons people do not like it. Why is it so difficult to understand? By analysing the answers to this question, I hope to bring new light and to give you a renewed interest in this immortal book. Read More…

Why you don't like the Bible.

Is it possible, that the reason you may not like the Bible, is because you have trouble understanding it?
The Bible is a guide for the direction of your life like a map.

Many people find that when they try to read the Holy Bible, they have difficulty understanding it.
II Peter 3:16 "As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction."

There are many reasons for this, …
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The Bible is like a hammer.

Jeremiah 23:29: Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?
The Bible says it is like a hammer and can build your life into something great.

The Bible says God's word is like a hammer.


If God says Hid word is like a hammer, than we should stop and think about what we know about hammers. This will help us to learn about what He is trying to teach us about the Word of God. For example, A hammer is used to build things, and similarly God's word is also used to build things...

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