Why I’m Not a Calvinist

There are an abundance of scriptures and reasons that lead me to reject Calvinism. One of my main reasons is because it clearly ignores Jesus nature towards the lost and the fact that he told us when we see him we have seen the Fathers nature too.

Many others have been written very lengthy and excellent articles on why they cannot accept Calvinism and these can be found online elsewhere. I just wanted to list a few of the more unique ones that may not be considered as often.

1) For me this one is very simple and very powerful. Jesus said repent or perish. Repent means “change mind”. Right there Jesus is clearly implying they can change their mind and not perish. If they cannot change their mind, this would be a form of deception, a lie by Jesus. The offer to repent and avoid disaster was regularly made by God in the Bible. The ruthless Assyrians, who ISIS has been compared to come to mind in Nineveh. Jonah hated the Assyrians because of what they had done to the Jews. He did not want to preach there because he knew that if they did change their mind, God would not destroy them as was the case in the end. Without a verse that specifically states man cannot change his mind and believe, Calvinists claim it is because the Bible says no one is seeking God. They forget:
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God’s Limited Unlimited Love

As Reformed believers we must admit that on the surface God’s universal love is difficult to reconcile with the belief in election. And we find election to be true and confirmed, and rather indisputably, from the beginning of the Bible to the end.

The Elect:
The greatest expression of God’s love toward sin-saturated mankind is evident in the fact that He applies a unique kind of love on undeserving sinners and elected them for salvation even before the foundation of the world had been laid. There is clearly a sense in which God’s love for His people is a distinct, special, definite love determined clearly to save them no matter what the cost. And the cost was great.
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