|Election: Not Original To Calvin|
|Written by Ben Winslett|
|Tuesday, 18 May 2010 16:14|
Many in the religious world today would have us believe that the belief of election or predestination is a concept thought up by John Calvin. If you search the web, it's not too hard to find a thousand web pages with this same opinion. I can remember back to a high school history class, in which the very text book credited Calvin with the origination of predestination. No matter how much the Arminian world claims this, it isn't the case.
From what I read of John Calvin's philosophy, he believed a very, very limited amount of the Adamic race is elect. I find this to be contrary to what we as Primitive Baptists believe. I have read many explanations of different aspects of Calvinism, some going as far to say that only poor, extremely persecuted people are chosen of God. Calvin also twisted a great deal of works in with his theories of predestination, which is also not found anywhere in the doctrines we teach. The one word that links us in any remote way with Calvinism, is the word predestination. Though the Primitive Baptists views and Calvinist views of election and predestination are different, since Calvin also believed a variation of it, the religious world links us together. I find that silly. Different variations of denominations baptize by immersion, does that link them all alike? No it does not! I suppose all who practice infant baptisms and dedications are Catholics as well? You see through those examples that ONE practice in two different churches that is remotely similar does not link the two. There are many, many aspects that differ us from Calvinism (almost every aspect). The church that eventually became the Primitive Baptist (through different name changes) existed since the time of Christ, when he built it.
An occurrence in history:
Did I mention this quote was taken in 203 A.D.? Please note: John Calvin was born in 1509 A.D., 1306 years after Perpetua's death. How could Calvin originate election, when it was quoted of in 203A.D.? Simple, he didn't. It was a truth understood long ago.
Here are some verses (not nearly all) on election and predestination from scripture:
You see that is impossible for Calvin to have originated election and predestination, because it is so richly taught in the scripture. That old claim that Primitive Baptists are Calvinist is not correct, has never been, and will never be in the mainstream orderly church. Primitive Baptists teach nothing more or less than God's Word. That makes us nothing but the true Christian church, which is everything. We have no man made attractions, nor do we bow down to the creeds of men. What we are: is blessed by the Lord in understanding of His word; for that we must be thankful.
May the Lord Bless,
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 May 2010 17:02|