First and foremost, Calvinism is the belief in a man’s Biblical teaching; nothing more; nothing less. Now to be fair to him, he was not to know that in the future, years after his death, his teachings would end up being labelled and jargonised, by others, with his name and become the focus of their cult styled beliefs. Which, in reality, is what has happened, and I view this phenomena as very unfortunate indeed.
Furthermore, his teachings were laid out in a special format, again by others that followed later, which then became one of the cornerstones of the faith of the Protestant Christian Religion, no less. (The Protestant Christian Religion is a significant part of The Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion.) Moreover, his teaching, in a nut shell, became the ‘be all’ and ‘end all’ of everything that his followers held dear, and still do to this day. To compound this problem you will also find that certain denominations (divisions – demon-inations) will pick and mix from the tenets of his teaching, confusing matters even further.
Now following a man and his teachings, dear friends, is something, that as Christians, we should never, ever do. This way of carrying on is a definite no, no, and Yashua Messiah (the Lord Jesus Christ), through Paul, takes time out especially to warn us about this erroneous and rebellious way of thinking.
Now why does Paul warn us in such a way? The answer to that is quite simple, to warn us against idolatry. This idolatrous way of thinking is based upon man’s logic and his vanity, via the competitive spirit that resides within man and it always has. It’s the same spirit that’s involved in our support of our favourite football team – my team is the best and is far better than yours etc. etc. It’s all based upon competition, bragging rights and one-upmanship and it divides people into ‘elite cliques’ only, they are not in the least elite, even though they think so. Here in Britain, support for certain football teams is tribal or clannish in the extreme and in some cases is actually based upon religious divisions (Protestant versus Roman Catholic) and it borders upon real hatred for each other by the supporters of these teams. Many believe, too, that football has become a religion, in its own right, in modern Britain today, with matches now played regularly on Sundays. The church pews are empty, but the football stadiums are full.
Moreover, this competitive spirit is the very spirit that is involved when we embark upon the road that leads us into following one man’s ideas, whether they are correct ideas or false erroneous ideas. The issue here is that it makes no difference whether they are right or wrong and Paul makes it very clear. The men he mentions must have all been preaching the same message and yet the membership of the first century church had started to elevate one man over the others or rate one more highly than the others – sheer vanity and man made nonsense. Notice, too, that they had brought Yashua Messiah (the Lord Jesus Christ) down to their level – man’s level and had made Him an equivalent alternative to Apollos, Peter and Paul – blasphemous or what?
1 Cor 1:10-13 (KJV) Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?
Equally, we could ask the question: was Calvin crucified for you, or were you baptised into the name of Calvin!!?? Most likely you were not, but at the same time there are those who behave in such a way that you would think that they were baptised into the name of Calvin. In a similar way there are those who are baptised into the name of the King James Bible (Please see my article on this topic entitled “King James Bible Onlyist’s – All About People Who Worship the King James Bible”. So you see, once we elevate anything or anyone to a place higher than it, or they, deserve to be, we then end up with serious problems, better known and described by Paul as contentions and/or divisions.
So how does this spirit of division get in and divide? Let’s refer back to what Paul says: “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”
Now herein lays a problem, for I am a Born of God (Born Again) son of God who does not agree with quite a lot of what Mr Calvin taught, so where does that leave me, for I have no denomination (division) of my own, nor do I want one. I am just an ordinary believer and messenger who disagrees with Mr Calvin, who, in his day, in part, did head up a denomination or division known as a branch of Protestantism or the Protestant Reformation.
Now what does this tell us? Well, it tells us two things: 1) Mr Calvin didn’t speak the same things that I speak, as exhorted by Paul to do, so if he were alive today there would be no way we could be: “perfectly joined together” and: 2) from where I am standing Mr Calvin looks to me as if he has been elevated by thousands of those in the Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion in the order of Paul and his fellows. All this, too, in exactly the same way as Paul warned against in the above passage of Holy Scripture. This means we have those of the Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion today who would, no doubt, openly admit to saying: ‘I am of Calvin’. The thing is, and as already stated, Calvin may have taught a lot of truth, but if he was elevated to a position of adulation and idolatry, those who have done the elevating have lost the plot completely and have, thereby, gone astray.
So what was right and/or wrong with his teaching? Well the first thing, being raised a Roman Catholic, was his continued belief in the fabricated pagan trinity doctrine (please see my articles entitled “Ogre gods” for a full explanation) even after becoming an active member of the Reformation. This alone disqualifies him as a true Christian messenger. You see, it’s very hard to unlearn things that we have been brainwashed with since childhood and so it was with poor old Calvin and his erroneous beliefs in the popish RC trinity. He also believed in infant baptism – yet more popery, but what of the main body or core of his teaching, surely there was something of substance to that? Well yes, of course, all false messengers have some truth. Herbert W Armstrong had much truth, too, but he was still a false messenger, a Judaiser and a 20th century Pharisee, so let’s have a closer look and see what Mr Calvin’s teaching was all about:
Calvin’s teaching is frequently referred to as the “Five Points of Calvinism” or by the acronym “TULIP” i.e. Total depravity; Unconditional election; Limited atonement; Irresistible grace and Perseverance of the saints. Now where did these tenet titles come from, for they certainly didn’t come from Calvin’s pen? They originated in Holland when a synod took place in Dordt, in the years 1618 -1619. Calvin died in 1564. This synod came about because of the rise in popularity of another man’s teaching which caused yet more contentions and divisions. This man’s name was Jacob Arminius from which we get another Protestant ‘ism’ – Arminianism. In true Cainite-Judeo-Christian ‘brotherhood’ the Arminians were not allowed to attend the synod. I am being deliberately sarcastic and facetious here so that you can begin to see the wisdom of Paul’s words being blatantly ignored and the wretched consequences of their behaviour revealed for the entire world to see? The amazing thing with this episode is that both ‘isms’ had truth and error within their teaching, so both groups were wrong based upon the maxim that a half-truth is a whole lie.
Having said all that, what I will do is briefly run through these basic tenets of his teaching revealing both the Truth and the errors therein. If there is space I will also quickly mention Jacob Arminius’ teaching – if not, then I will write another article on Arminius.
OK, ‘Total Depravity’ – what’s that, when it’s at home? it sounds pretty severe, does it not, but what were Calvin’s followers talking about? Well, basically, they were referring to the fallen condition of man. The state in which man finds himself through birth – the fallen condition, his carnal nature, it’s just that these Dutch tulip growers chose to call it ‘total depravity’. Now I do not wish to get into splitting hairs over this issue, but I do believe that these men didn’t quite have this issue sown up. I agree with them, and Calvin, in that man does not have free will, but within the enslaved fallen condition man does have the knowledge of good and evil and is quite capable of doing both evil and good, even though he is lost and fallen. (Please see my articles on the subject of Freewill) This means his acts of goodness and kindness will not save him. Yes, man’s carnal nature is enmity toward God, but it behaves that way because of what God has actioned. Everything, including man’s fall, is part of God’s plan and nothing takes God by surprise, so He knew beforehand that man would fall in the Garden of Eden.
1 Peter 1:20 (KJV) (Yashua Messiah) Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you. (Brackets mine)
Rev 13:8-9 (KJV) And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
From these verses alone we can see that Yashua Messiah’s sacrifice was planned from before the foundation of the world so man’s fall also had to be in that plan. So from this proof, I would therefore state that this synod’s term ‘Total Depravity’ is inappropriate, too condemnatory and has a very judgemental edge to it, and that’s because they had not taken into consideration The Truth that the fall of man was all part of God’s plan.
We must also take into consideration The Truth that all men and women die and that is their punishment for being born into sin in this life, but not all of mankind is totally depraved. They are totally lost and Spiritually dead, yes, because that is the condition they are born into and they are totally separated from God, but they are not totally depraved. Just for the record, the word ‘depraved’ does not even appear in the KJV of the Holy Scriptures, but it does, surprise, surprise, appear in a secular dictionary:
From Collins English Dictionary: ‘depraved’ – immoral; vicious; unprincipled; wicked.
Now I have known some very principled unsaved people in my life time who were also not vicious at all, nor were they ‘wicked’. OK, they were not saved, but they weren’t totally depraved either. I had an uncle who was very principled and an aunt who was one of the kindest people you could ever wish to meet, and never had a vicious thought, let alone carry out a vicious act, in her whole life. Keeping these things in mind, these judgemental synod people decided that ‘total depravity’ could and should be generally be applied to all the lost and unsaved – you can’t beat one size fits all. LOL So here is a question: If mankind is totally depraved, why is God going to evaluate their works, in the future, as in Revelation 20:
Rev 20:12 (KJV) And I saw the (Spiritually) dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the (Spiritually) dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. (Brackets mine)
Let’s be clear about this; if all people are totally depraved there would be no need for any evaluation of their works, it would just be a formality of throwing them all into the metaphorical lake of fire – job done!! (Which is what most of the Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion, erroneously, thinks is going to happen anyway.) Yes, man is in permanent rebellion against God and can be nothing else, because he is fallen and was born this way, but the crucial element to all this, is this, God knows it and everything is in His hands – He is in charge and has brought it ALL into being. This means that through His Son’s sacrifice and resurrection He will put ALL things right, including the saving of all the lost souls – totally depraved or otherwise. That, my friends, is total salvation which Calvin, erroneously, didn’t teach. In fact, this omission in his teaching, apart from the trinity garbage and infant baptism nonsense, is the major flaw in his work.
Now some of you reading this will probably ask why, what’s it all about – what’s the point, and why didn’t God just make it so that everything ran smoothly and we all had a nice time? The answer is; God’s Glory, God must be glorified or He would have no reason to be, we would not be alive, and the whole creation would never have come into being. Never forgetting either that God’s ways are not our ways – our logic is not God’s wisdom!
Right, ‘Unconditional Election’, what did they mean by this dreadful academic term? Talk about intellectual blather! Predestination is what they meant here; plain and simple, or maybe not so plain and simple, for many cannot get their heads around this concept. Nevertheless, Calvin is spot on here and I do not have anything to detract from what Calvin taught on this topic. He also taught that our faith and works have nothing to do with our salvation; again, spot on. If we are Born of God (Born Again), we are the FEW who are called and chosen as sons and daughters of God, because we were in the Father God’s plan before the foundation of the world. He foreknew us, just as He foreknew Jeremiah:
Jeremiah 1:4-5 (KJV) Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
This is how it was; the Father God saw us on his ‘drawing board’, so to speak, and thereby knew us, before He and Yashua Messiah (the Lord Jesus Christ) had created a thing, and, because this is all part of the mystery of an all powerful Creator Godhead, I cannot expound on it further – it’s a mystery or an example of us: “looking through a glass darkly.” Furthermore, it is the Father God’s will that some, in this age, will be saved and others will not.
Now this brings me to the next thing, upon which I differ from Calvin’s teaching. Many of those in the Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion will be called in this age i.e. in the lifetime of this world or this system and instead of just following Yashua Messiah (the Lord Jesus Christ), they will turn aside from Him to their useless religion and put that religion before Yashua Messiah. In other words, this means that there are many who are, and will be, called, but are not chosen. In turn, it also means that even more people (the masses) will not even be called at all. Their turn will come in the future as mentioned above in Revelation 20. (Please see my series of articles “Why are there Two Resurrections?”)
The details of how some are called and not chosen are fully explained in the Parable of the Sower and I hope to write an article on this parable soon.
OK, I think that will do for part one. Part two will follow promptly.
What is Calvinism? – Part 2
OK, next up – ‘Limited Atonement’ – what does this mean? ‘Limited Atonement’ means that only the elect will be saved, or only those who are, and have been, predestined or called and chosen by The Father God to be His elect through the redemptive sacrifice and resurrection of His Son, Yashua Messiah (the Lord Jesus Christ). This, to put it simply, is what Calvin taught on this subject, but is it true and/or is it Scriptural? Yes and no is the answer to that. OK, so what’s right and wrong with this part of his teaching? Quite simple really, it’s half cocked and it only tells part of the story. He is right to say, that in this age, only those who are predestined or called and chosen will be saved, but he unfortunately misses the main point of Yashua Messiah’s redemptive sacrifice and resurrection i.e. that He died to save all mankind and not just the chosen few from this age. This means that the masses will not be a part of the first resurrection and will have no part in the one thousand year reign of Yashua Messiah (the Lord Jesus Christ) on this earth.
When Yashua Messiah went voluntarily to the cross and died for us He took, not just the elect’s sins with Him, but all of mankind’s sins as well, whether saved or lost. Now the question we have to ask ourselves is this: does God do anything in vain? Is God a God of: “I do not know what I am doing”, or Oh dear, look what those naughty people have done, what am I going to do now??? or even, is God a God of failure? For, most of those in the Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion really thinks that He is!!?? Is God into wasting His time on fruitless exercises, especially when the Father God had to witness the evil, blasphemous maltreatment and murder of His only begotten Son? We really need to take on board just how all encompassing His sacrifice and resurrection was, otherwise our faith will be just as half cocked as Calvin’s teaching, and, with it, much of the Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religious teaching as well. I have used the following Holy Scriptures several times before in my articles, but they need repeating to help you understand the completeness of the Lord’s redemptive work.
Romans 11:26-27 (KJV) And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion The Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. (Emphasis mine)
ALL ISRAEL shall be saved. This means all the Israelites and Judahites that have ever lived from Jacob/Israel in the Old Testament onwards, unto this day, will be saved. There it is, as plain as plain can be, and yet ignored by most of the Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion. For all Israel i.e. the Israelites we also need to understand that that means England, Her Commonwealth, Anglo-Saxon USA, Scotland, Wales/Cornwall & Belgium (the Walloons), Northern Ireland (Royal Judah), Holland, Northern France, Norway/Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Switzerland. This number also includes all those who can claim descent from these nationalities, but now live elsewhere on the globe. I know this is a digression, but a relevant digression, nonetheless, to show just how many people will be involved in this all encompassing atonement for ALL Israel. At the same time this knowledge shoots a hole right through Calvin’s teaching, for he was only scratching the surface with his ‘Limited Atonement’ teaching. (Please see my series of articles: “Were Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Jews?”)
1 John 2:2 (KJV) And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
John 1:29 (KJV) The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold The Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
Romans 14:11 (KJV) For it is written, As I live, saith The Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
1 Tim 2:4-6 (KJV) Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of The Truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
As we can see from these Holy Scriptures there is nothing limited about atonement at all, but in 1 Timothy 2:6 we can see that a time scale is involved in terms of when certain people will be saved and when others will not. Make no mistake, folks, the majority certainly will not be saved in this age, but they will be saved in the future; of that there is no doubt.
Right, what do we have next in our flowery tulip arrangement? Ah yes, ‘Irresistible Grace’; now what did they mean by this strange term? I know that grace is a free gift and all part of the glorious gift that is salvation, but what did they mean by ‘irresistible grace’? Irresistible Salvation is what they really meant, for Grace is only a half of the gift that is salvation. The other half is Faith and one without the other would mean no salvation at all; irresistible or otherwise. Please see my article: “For by Grace Are Ye Saved Through Faith, and That Not of Yourselves, It is the Gift of God – Eph 2:8” in order to gain a full understanding of what it means to be saved and how that salvation comes about.
OK, having cleared up that not so little error we move on to the real subject of Irresistible Salvation and whether or not Calvin and his followers were correct in stating that grace, as a part of salvation, is irresistible, and of course they were correct, but only irresistible to those the Father God is calling to His Son. So how is salvation irresistible to those to whom it is applicable? The Father God calls us when the time is right in our lives. We were always going to be called and saved anyway, because we were chosen before we were born, so that’s that and there’s nothing more I can add to this apart from the story of Samuel’s calling:
1 Sam 3:3-4 And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep; 4 That the LORD called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I.
There we have it, as simple as that, but what is not quite so simple is the final part of Mr Calvin’s follower’s bowl of tulips and that is: ‘Perseverance of The Saints’ otherwise known as ‘Eternal Security’ or ‘Once Saved Always Saved’. Now this topic is a hotbed of everything that Paul exhorted the first century assemblies not to be i.e. a congregation full of quarrels, arguments, dissensions, contentions, divisions and endless meaningless back biting debates. He exhorted them continually to be likeminded and be perfectly joined together in the same judgement. Did that happen? Not likely, and only in your dreams, if you count up the number of Cainite-Judeo-Christian denominations (divisions = demon-inations) that exist in the world today.
So, to the topic at hand; ‘Perseverance of the saints’ and why is it called perseverance when it really means ‘preservation of the saints’ or as already stated ‘once saved always saved’ as taught by Calvin and his followers. The thing is, are they correct? The answer again is yes and no. It’s yes if we keep on believing and never stop believing in Yashua Messiah and it’s no if we do stop believing and continue in our unbelief or worse, and most likely, believe something else – the Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion. How can this be if we have no say in our calling and our salvation or to put it another way, we have no freewill? Ah, now that’s the $64,000 question. We don’t have freewill until we are Born of God (Born Again) and Yashua Messiah (the Lord Jesus Christ) tells us so, twice:
John 8:32 (KJV) And ye shall know The Truth, and The Truth shall make you free.
John 8:36 (KJV) If The Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
Now if we are “free indeed” = called, then we are free completely and that means we are free, for the first time in our lives, to make our own choices. This, in turn, means we have been given great responsibility, responsibility to make the right choices, just as Yashua Messiah had to make the right choices in His life. This He did, especially, at the time of His temptation and at the even tougher time when He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. We will never be tested nor tried to anywhere near this level, but we will still be tested by trials and The Adversary will tempt us with a 1,001 temptations and in a 1,001 different ways. He can never win, if we keep on believing, even though we will slip up occasionally and for the details of what true salvation and grace actually is, please read my article entitled: “The Grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ – His True Grace, Not the Watered Down Religious Version!”
OK, so where does this leave us, for we have Holy Scriptures that support ‘once saved always saved’ and we have Holy Scriptures that don’t, or at least that’s how they appear and we know there are no contradictions in the Holy Word of God. What we do have, though, are mistranslations via Cainite-Judeo-Christian religious corruptions of the Holy Scriptures, combined with the poor understanding of many deceived Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religious teachers, down through the ages, including, of course, Mr Calvin and his flowery followers. So to whom does ‘once saved always saved’ apply? Quite simply to those predestined or those called and chosen and it applies only to them, and to no one else. We then have those who are called, but then turn away and they are spoken of in John 6:66; Hebrews 6:4-6 and also in 2 Thessalonians 2:7-11
Heb 6:4-6 (KJV For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of The Holy Ghost (Spirit) 5 And have tasted the good Word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves The Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame.
Now first, we need to understand what ‘falling away’ actually means and in the Greek MSS it says: ‘falling aside’ which is a little more specific, for it means stepping off the narrow path and turning back or falling aside and taking another route – a blind alley on the wide path to destruction (Spiritual ruin).
This event has nothing to do with sin in the ordinary sense and I deal with this issue in my two articles entitled: “Did Jesus Die So We Can Now Have License to Sin, Without Guilt, and Go to Heaven? – Parts 1 & 2”. No, these people are rejecting Yashua Messiah (the Lord Jesus Christ) and His Spirit. Notice what this passage of Holy Scripture also says: “And have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost 5 And have tasted the good Word of God, and the powers of the world to come.” Without doubt, these people are called people and they are fully aware of all the glorious gifts available to them – if they remain faithful and stay with it. So what does all this mean when we take into account this Holy Scripture, which cannot be explained away with intellectual flannel, and does it cause a contradiction? No, it means exactly what it says, but what does it mean?
Well, first we need to analyse the context of the latter part of Hebrews 5 and then the first part of Hebrews 6:
Hebrews 5:11-14 (KJV) Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. 12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Hebrews 6:1-3 (KJV) Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine (teaching) of Christ, let us go on unto perfection (maturity); not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of Faith toward God, 2 Of the doctrine (teaching) of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal (eonian – an age long) judgment. 3 And this will we do, if God permit. (Brackets mine)
Here we can see the problems the author is having with this group of believers. They are: 1) dull of hearing; 2) slow learners; they should be teachers but are still, themselves, in need of teaching; 3) they haven’t even grasped the basics; 4) they are not ready for strong Spiritual food, when, it would seem, they should be; 5) they are still Spiritual infants; 6) by default, therefore, they are not even able to discern good from evil; 7) they’re no longer sure what it means to be saved and what’s involved i.e. grace. So we can see that they are a group in serious Spiritual trouble. We then have verses 4-6, already copied above, which go on to spell out to them and warn them that if they back slide there is no coming back.
Now let’s be clear about this passage of Holy Scripture, for it most definitely teaches that it’s possible for some to lose their salvation. If it is not possible, why did the author warn these believers that it is possible – was he lying to them? No way, so how, when I have already clearly stated, as did Mr Calvin, that it’s impossible for a Born Again son or daughter of God to lose their salvation, do we explain this warning, especially when confronted with these Holy Scriptures below:?
John 10:27-30 (KJV) My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them Eternal Life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and my Father are one. (Likeminded and unanimous as in one in mind – united in their determination to lose none that the Father has called and chosen). (Brackets mine)
Phil 1:6 (KJV) Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Romans 8:29-30 (KJV) For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be The Firstborn among many brethren. 30 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.
Here we can plainly see that those called and chosen or predestined are not going to lose their salvation, even if they are very silly like the Prodigal Son. So what is Hebrews 6:4-6 all about? Well it can only mean one thing, they were people being tested to see if they were genuine or to see if they were of those The Father had called and chosen. How do we know this? Easy, just keep reading Hebrews 6 until you come to verse 8 where it states:
Heb 6:8 (KJV) But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.
If they were not of the few that are chosen then they were of those – the many, who are called, but not chosen, who invariably became and become members of the Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion. How do I know this? I know it because all the original founding members of the Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion had some kind of contact with the True Congregation in the first century. Simon Magus the Sorcerer in Acts 8 whose statue sits in St Peter’s in the Vatican was one of these people. Counterfeiters have to be familiar with ‘real money’ before they can go off and start printing their duff money. Counterfeits are only ever worthless copies of the real thing. This means these people tasted the real thing, went astray and then went off preaching against The Congregations of God with their non-gospel of salvation by works and the traditions of men. When these people fell away, as they still do today, they very seldom return to the world or go back to their old lives and old ways. Oh no, they still have a strong interest in all things Religious and Biblical; they have a head knowledge of God, but not a heart knowledge. Now, with this head knowledge they can only see God through religious eyes or eyes with religious scales over them.
In effect, their spiritual condition is now worse than it was before they were called. That’s a very severe statement I hear you say and I agree, it is, but it’s still true. As Hebrews 6:8 clearly states they are now only good for one thing – burning!! What kind of burning? Not literal burning, but the same kind that burns off the dross from molten metals; it’s a purifying process and certainly not a process I would want to experience:
Matt 13:40-42 (KJV) As therefore The Tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41 The Son of Man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend (scandalise), and them which do iniquity; 42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. (Brackets mine)
So to sum up, yes, the “Tulip Bulb Boys” were, sort of, on the right track, but as you can now see, there was, and is, a whole load of error within their teaching, so where does that leave the people who follow blindly after Mr Calvin? Getting much closer to a metaphorical white hot furnace I’m afraid, unless they repent of their Apollos/Calvin mentality and his false teaching and then get back to Yashua Messiah (the Lord Jesus Christ) and Him alone as the author and finisher of Faith.