Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Calvinism Undermines the Cross

I have noticed that most false doctrines have a tendency to undermine the necessity of Christ's death on the cross.

Calvinism is no exception. How does it undermine the cross? Simple.

If, as the Calvinists say He did, God made the decision to override human free will in order to save His chosen, then why did Jesus still have to die on the cross?

Couldn't God, if He were going the route of overriding free will, just make His preselected, elected individuals never commit a single sin all their lives and thus be righteous? Why make His Son suffer all the torments?

The fact is, if Calvinism is true, individuals are really saved by unconditional election, not by Christ's atoning death. Unconditional election could have followed whatever pattern God wanted it to. Whatever an individual must do to meet God's standards and be saved, God could have simply overridden human will and made some of His creatures meet the standard.

I have known of Calvinists who have given testimony of how they were saved, saying that finally, after hearing the gospel again and again, unconditional election was the doctrine that humbled them enough to repent.

We are saved by Christ's substitutionary, atoning death on the cross. Nothing should overshadow that. Nothing should make it unnecessary. Nowhere in the Bible do we read of people being saved when they heard the doctrine of unconditional election. It is always about Christ's death.

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