is a parable given by Jesus that destroys the Calvinist notions of soul winning
and how the believer should respond to the Great Commission.
the Great Commission:
16:15 (KJV) And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel
to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but
he that believeth not shall be damned.
please that EVERY creature is to hear the Gospel.
are fools to sit around trying to figure out who will believe and who will not.
Verse 16 also makes it very clear that "he that believeth" and "he
that believeth not" are not discussed here in terms of predestination or
are simply told that we are to preach, "every creature" gives a verdict,
and God has the last word about who is saved and who is not.
he asks you to do is preach.
Parable of the Sower:
4:1 (KJV) And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered
unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea;
and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land.
2 And he taught them many
things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine,
3 Hearken; Behold,
there went out a sower to sow:
4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell
by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.
5 And some
fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up,
because it had no depth of earth:
6 But when the sun was up, it was scorched;
and because it had no root, it withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns,
and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
8 And other
fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought
forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.
9 And he said unto
them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
10 And when he was alone, they
that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable.
11 And he said
unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but
unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:
seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand;
lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.
13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know
14 The sower soweth the word.
15 And these are they by the
way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately,
and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.
16 And these are they
likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately
receive it with gladness;
17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure
but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's
sake, immediately they are offended.
18 And these are they which are sown
among thorns; such as hear the word,
19 And the cares of this world, and the
deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the
word, and it becometh unfruitful.
20 And these are they which are sown on
good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some
thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.
the days of Jesus Christ here on earth, farmers did not bring around a John Deere
tractor and a seed drill to plant their wheat. They broke up the ground, probably
with a chisel point plow and a ox, and they got a cloth bag of seed, and they
broadcast the seed by hand. I have seen this done in Ethiopia where we were missionaries.
farmer does not fret and worry a lot about sowing seed in the uncultivated area--
he is more concerned about missing a cultivated area. So, to make sure he covers
all his field, he will cast seed beyond the edges of his field onto paths, and
he will cast seed in shallow soil, and he will cast seed into rocky areas.
farmer who goes home and frets as to whether he wasted seed is an idiot. A responsible
farmer simply wants to know that all the fertile soil got seed.
Calvinists reading this will groan here. They want me to join a theological club,
have long discussions, read Gill and Calvin and Pink, and then stand in front
of an abortion clinic and save babies from death. That is Calvinist evangelism
had a Dutch Reformed pastor come around to see me in Michigan when I was pastoring
a church there. He invited me to come to a American Family Association meeting
and get motivated to fight abortion. Abortion is murder,
and I certainly say so when the topic comes up. But, I asked the pastor a question:
"After you convince a young woman to have a baby instead of killing it, do
you make sure to get around to her home and give her the Gospel, and do you get
the kid out to Sunday School later?" The pastor went blank and stared at
me in shock. I guess no one had ever brought up that idea in his good godly Calvinist
fellowship. He turned and walked away speechless.
a side note, our Bible Church used to get a $300 donation once a year from that
pastor's church. After I asked the heretic question of him that day out on the
lawn, we never again got the donation. Strangely though, our Lord caused our local
church to flourish without the annual $300. Hmmmm
seed, the Gospel, in the world.
is your job, dear Christian saint. If you can stand in front of an abortion clinic
and use the issue of abortion to find your way to Jesus, that is great. That is
what Philip did with the Eunuch in Acts 8. But, to save a baby from being murdered
without giving the mother, and if possible the baby later, the Gospel, is like
making sure the baby is born to be damned. God reserved judgment on Nineveh because
of the babies (Jonah 4:11), and there is reason to believe he will do the same
for the unborn who die in the womb.
this happens to be the case, then the abortion clinics are sending more babies
to heaven than most churches are winning by giving out the Gospel. Doing social
good without the Gospel is rebellion against Christ's Great Commission.
1:8 (KJV) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:
and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in
Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
seed is the Word, and you are to cast it into every direction where there could
possibly be fertile soil. How much area are you responsible for? "The field
is the world," said Jesus. You have not cast too much seed, or wasted your
time and zeal, until you go to the moon or Jupiter and start preaching.
the silly Calvinist who worries that he is wasting his time or the Lord's time
in casting the seed of the Word, the Gospel, ANYWHERE.
you see how utterly silly this all is? Will you ever again let a Calvinist scholar
intimidate you with his high toned yard long theological words and his intricate
Spurgeon and his fiery zeal-- with his fierce proclamation of the Gospel, and
comparing him to the dull cautious pedantic theologians of the Reformed Movement--
I would rather be guilty of preaching too much Gospel than thinking and thinking
and thinking until the Lord returns.
can be sure that if I preach the Gospel, I will be participating in the will of
God EVERY TIME!
Peter 3:9 (KJV) 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.
I have preached to "all," maybe I can slack off a bit, but I have a
long way to go yet. So do you.
is a Primitive Baptists church near us in Texas which is a flaming Calvinist hot
spot. It is very curious though, that if you ask them if they support any missionaries,
they get a look of horror on their faces. They then make it VERY clear to you
that missions and witnessing outside the pulpit in their church house is heresy,
and they will shoulder you to the door if you do not recant of talking about soul
winning and missions. This, dear reader, is the foul fruit of John Calvin after
is has rotted to full nauseous rankness for five hundred years.
is the Gospel at this site.
are the qualifications of a pastor:
1:5 (KJV) For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order
the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed
6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children
not accused of riot or unruly.
7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward
of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given
to filthy lucre;
8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober,
just, holy, temperate;
9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught,
that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
is the situation many saints today find themselves in-- Their pastor meets all
the life issues (practical theology) qualifications in verses 6-8. But their pastor,
as to verse 9, teaches like this:
Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by
sound doctrine and
philosophy of great theologians
both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
Cloud talked about this in his article above.
what should the Bible believer do next?
pastor is so godly in his life issues, he controls his temper, his children are
obedient and orderly, and he is famous for hospitality and manliness. Must I leave
him simply because he quotes John Calvin or CH Spurgeon to finish many of his
apologetics for truth. He always starts with the Bible. Is that not enough?
17:17 (KJV) Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
is praying in the garden the evening before his resurrection. If Jesus knew that
there was a human source needed to add to the truth, to complete the message,
he would have added it to the end of that prayer request.
did NOT! There is absolutely NOTHING needed, from any source since Adam, to sanctify
the believer in the faith once delivered TO YOU.
22:18 (KJV) For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy
of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the
plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from
the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the
book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written
in this book.
is no other truth before or after the Word of God. Nor is any needed:
Timothy 3:16 (KJV) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable
for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
revelation text above makes it absolutely clear that nothing can be added to the
Word of God, nor can anything be removed from the Word of God, without invoking
the wrath of God on the perpetrator.
2 Timothy text makes it doubly clear that there is NO need for adding the best
and highest thoughts, of any man who ever lived, to the 66 books of the Word of
this "good godly man of God" of yours is adding even the most exalting
and reasonable notions OF "great theologians" to finish teaching ANY
truth, he is a heretic.
have no choice-- you must leave him.
16:17 (KJV) Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences
contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
doctrine" is NOT your church's creed, it is NOT your church's doctrinal statement,
and it is NOT Calvin's Institutes. "The doctrine" is the Word
of God plus nothing-- "Sola Scriptura," cries Luther. I gather that,
over in Geneva, John Calvin did not hear the preacher from Wittenberg.
was recently told by a committed Calvinist that the murder of Servetus is too
long ago to be sure we know the facts. Well, that is a lie. The volume of writings
from his day about the whole drama is great, and it has been well researched.
reverse is almost always the case with history and famous characters. Only about
thirty years ago, very little was known about the ancient kingdom of Sumer. There
is no known world kingdom before Sumer from any digs around the world. Because
of recent archaeology and research, more is known about Sumer than almost any
other empire. This is because of their clay tablets they produced by the millions.
Millions have been read, and millions remain in the British Museum yet to be read.
The fact is, the longer the time from an historic event, the more we learn about
it. The more comes to light. So, this hog wash about Calvin's day being too far
back to accurately judge is just that-- hog slop.
was also told that we should not judge John Calvin by his life-- we should judge
him by his writings only. BAH! People do NOT judge Adolph Hitler for his book,
Mein Kamf-- Hitler is judged for his massacre of the Jews in Germany.
it most certainly IS appropriate to examine the acts of John Calvin and Ulrich
Zwingli, for they massacred, between them, hundreds of innocent people, especially
the Anabaptists who believed the same Gospel Calvin preached.
22:14 (KJV) Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right
to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters,
and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
murdered Servetus, and he rabidly justified it and institutionalized murder of
heretics in his later writings.
the burning of Servetus was not murder, pray tell, give me a Bible verse that
gives it another definition, for it was done in the name of the Father, the Son,
and the Holy Spirit.
until I hear from you, I will assume, based on a literal interpretation of the
Bible text above, that John Calvin is now in hell screaming for water.
YOU are a fool for justifying him.
official opinion is thus:
am a judge-- I am commanded to judge all things:
44:23 (KJV) And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and
profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.
in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according
to my judgments: and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all mine assemblies;
and they shall hallow my sabbaths.
16:17 (KJV) Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences
contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
7:24 (KJV) Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
The act of worshipful hate:
139:19 (KJV) Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore,
ye bloody men.
20 For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies
take thy name in vain.
21 Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and
am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
22 I hate them with
perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my
heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be any wicked way
in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
have presented at this journal all the information and resources for you to understand
this-- John Calvin was a murderer and a projection of the Augustinian view that
heretics needed some physical punishment for their own good. In this, Calvin was
WORSE than his godfather, Augustine. I have also proven from the Scriptures that
all unrepentant murderers will go to hell. Calvin is now in hell, for he set out
to murder Servetus while claiming the act was evil, and he did NOT repent. He
justified himself and threatened to murder anyone who disagreed with him.
I agree with God. I HATE CALVIN.
To the degree that you or anyone else gives place to Calvin's teachings in their
theology, or daily application of that theology, that is the degree in which that
person is a deadly enemy of mine. I would do well to avoid them at all costs.
Corinthians 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of
God: I speak this to your shame.
1:28 (KJV) And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God
gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness,
maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity;
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors
of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers,
without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment
of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the
same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
is not possible to believe every word of the above text in Romans 1 is inspired
of God while overlooking murder in an alleged servant of God. I am convinced that
Reformed people, by and large, take pleasure in Calvin's brutal nature. I have
seen it myself in Reformed fellowships as they brutalized some of the own members
who were weak in some way, or just too plain and poor for their materialistic
apple does not fall far from the tree.
be entirely right with God, I believe that the Anabaptist practice of taking a
vow regarding the Reformed Movement is in order. This vow must be to leave and
avoid the company of Reformed heretics in order to find fellowship in the Lord's
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