3 Solid Reasons why I am not a Calvinist

3 Reasons why I am not a Calvinist

Calvinists are those who adhere to the theological teachings of John Calvin (click here). Today, I would like to state the reasons why I am not a Calvinist. So, here are the 3 Reasons why I am not a Calvinist-

A.    I ardently follow the teachings of the SCRIPTURE

My first point is, I ardently follow the teachings of the scripture. The Bible is inspired by God and is authoritative. The Bible says that-
“Prophecy never came by the Will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:21)

“All scriptures were given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

It is ridiculous to say that the whole teachings of Calvinism are Biblical. Again, I say, “it is ridiculous.” If a Calvinist can claim that Calvinism is biblical then what about the Arminianism? They too excerpt their teachings from the Bible. Such systems, both the Calvinism and Arminianism, are formulated by man even though those teachings were being excerpted from the Bible. It is so sad to see so many Christians ardently following such systems.

I wholehearted agree with many of the teachings of Calvinism but not all the teachings. Those people who formulated such teachings are human beings. They are not God. The same goes for Arminianism. Our background (lifestyle, culture) influence our theology. Likewise, I am sure Calvin and other reformers too were influenced by their background. Therefore, it will be utter nonsense to completely follow the complete teachings of a certain human.  

B.     God does not predestine individually (the church was predestined)

Calvinism teaches that from eternity past God has unconditionally elected certain people to salvation and those people who are not chosen are destined for an eternity in hell.[1] Arminianism teaches that God elected those whom He knew would believe of their own free will. So according to them, it is a conditional election.[2] But nowhere in the Bible talks about the individual election. When the scripture talks about the election, the Bible always speaks in plural not singular or an individual. In Ephesians 1:4-6, it is written- “Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.”

C.    Christ died for all not only for the elect

According to the teaching of Calvinism, Christ died only for those who were elected to be saved not for everyone. And I say this teaching is “ridiculous.” And many Calvinists will say “even though Christ died only for the elect the offer for gospel is everyone.”[3] This statement is unempirical. It is like-  
A guy hosting a dinner for the slum kids. After the invitation was sent out to those slum kids, he secretly marked out those whom he would give food, not for everyone. So, when the dinner time comes, he gave food only those whom he marked out.  

This is what Calvinism is, and it is foreign to the Scripture. The Bible says in John 3:16, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” Christ provided redemption for all mankind not only for some. We can see clearer in 1 Peter 3:18, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God”

There are some problems which can be found in CALVINISM! And by the way, Calvin did not author the five points of Calvinism. In fact, those points were originated at the Synod of Dort (1619) and those points are also a result of affirming the distinctive of Calvinism over the centuries.[4]

As I studied deeper into this said doctrine there are some points which I can never ever agree. In fact, I have stated some already in the above. To me, Calvinism has gone extreme! Wait a minute, there are some people who even boldly proclaim that Apostle Paul’s teachings are purely Calvinism. And this is “ridiculous.” The Calvinists have overemphasized the Sovereignty of God and totally ruled out the role of man in salvation. According to their teachings, when it comes to Salvation man is like a robot that cannot be functioned by itself. 

[2] Paul Enns, Moody Handbook of Theology, p.519
[3]Ibid., p.511
[4] Paul Enns, The Moody Handbook of theology, (Secunderabad: Authentic books, 1989), 507