"Summing Up: When God looks at you, he does not shrink back in horror and disgust. He sees a person of inestimable value and beauty. He loves you so much that he gave the costliest gift imaginable to obtain you as his own glorious inheritance. You will be his cherished son or daughter forever."
Apparently, this "summing up" is only with reference to those whom God decreed would be saved and applies to no one else. Only an elect, if one knows for certain they are the elect (and how can anyone know except to make an subjective guess at best?), will benefit from reading this. For others, it just more fodder to condemn them for eternity.
It is interesting to note that your title your "ministry" as "spiritually honest," yet, by your own admission:
(1) Your espousal of Calvinist theology is prejudiced without any honest investigation and discussion of it's questionable teachings, demonstrated when you say, "I have not read any Arminian Theology literature. I'm not too interested in what the Arminian objectively believes in his theology."
(2) How can you provide any objective and reasonable case for your beliefs for others to decide the merits of your what view when all you present only Calvinist theology is one theological position, for you say, "I only provided a case for what I believed and I am leaving it up to the reader to decide what views they take."
All you're presenting is one view with the assumption, so it seems to me, that if this view is rejected, the person is rejecting the Gospel or God's view.
Apparently, respectfully, you are reading the Bible, or Calvinist theological books, without a discerning eye with the result that, not Biblical concepts, but Calvinist concepts are the frame in which the Bible is read and interpreted.
In your "Case for Calvinism," you said you would "address Calvinism in a way that people are able to look at the case that is presented to them," and that you hope it edifies and informs those reading it.
It seems you betray, not so much an honesty as a prejudice for a particular theological stance that does not care to answer objections or questions may reveal such a doctrinal posture as perhaps being Biblically untenable.
Spiritual honesty requires asking the hard questions, looking closely at the serious objections, and reading the Bible with a discerning eye.
My intent is not to judge your character as being dishonest but only to make you aware of what honesty requires.
It is just quite sad to think that you would believe God is of such a moral character to decree the damnation of any man, woman, and child merely because it is his pleasure to do so when God "takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they would live."
"Apparently, this "summing up" is only with reference to those whom God decreed would be saved and applies to no one else."
Just so you know, I am not a Calvinist. I am an Arminian. I hope you will check out study #3 when it arrives, because I showcase a thorough treatment of predestination and free will, from a scientific perspective.
And who would those be whom God decreed would be saved, particular individuals chosen or anyone who believes?
Is the Ephesian study you posted written by you or someone else? If someone else, are they Arminian or Calvinist?
This is not my article. This is General Han Solo's article and he's an Arminian and member of Spiritually Honest Ministries. This is his work, not mine. He didn't write Case for Calvinism, I did. Please address the right person sir and actually read when the title says "By General Han Solo"
I realized it was something you posted written by someone else, but it read as if written by a Calvinist. In any case, my apologies.
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