The Predestined for Hell Myth

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  1. Williams maintains what I’ve heard maintained again and again: the doctrine of predestination to hell was Calvin’s baby. No, it was not. It was Luther’s. In “On the Enslaved Will” (1525), a work he considered his best (along with his “Smaller Catechism,” I understand), Luther states: ” [ . . . ] whatever happens, happens according to the irreversible decrees of God. Therefore, necessity, not free will, is the controlling principle of our conduct. God is the author of what is evil in us as well as of what is good, and, as he bestows happiness on those who merit it not, SO ALSO DOES HE DAMN OTHERS WHO DESERVE NOT THEIR FATE” (my emphasis). Luther further declared: “Without this doctrine of the enslaved will, the supernatural character of Christianity cannot be maintained; the work of redemption falls to the ground [ . . . ]. [This doctrine] must stand, though the whole world be involved thereby in strife and tumult, nay, even fall into ruins.” Add to the sickening mix these words of his: “The highest degree of faith is to believe God is merciful, though He saves so few and damns so many. And to believe he is just, though of His own will he makes us, by necessity, proper subjects of damnation.”

  2. Tobias says:

    Thank you Fred for an excellent essay on this important subject. I am new to the faith and am presently navigating through the doctrines going this way or that. Strange as it seems I was in my previous life a determinist and an atheist (I did in my folly not find any reason to believe in God). But instinctively I could not reconcile Calvinism with what I read in the Bible. To me Calvinism seemed to describe God and creation as a cruel mockery. Reading your essay I feel strengthened in my initial feeling that Calvinism is not a correct interpretation.

  3. Steve says:

    It is a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else. I do not believe we can preach the gospel, if we do not preach justification by faith, without works; nor unless we preach the sovereignty of God in His dispensation of grace; nor unless we exalt the electing, unchangeable, eternal, immutable, conquering love of Jehovah; nor do I think we can preach the gospel, unless we base it upon the special and particular redemption of His elect and chosen people which Christ wrought out upon the cross; nor can I comprehend a gospel which lets saints fall away after they are called, and suffers the children of God to be burned in the fires of damnation after having once believed in Jesus. Such a gospel I abhor.

    From his sermon “A Defense of Calvinism” by Charles Spurgeon

  4. The Word says:

    My name is Alan Finch. JESUS became my Lord and Saviour in April of 1976.

    I spent several years diligently searching the Scriptures to uncover what really made Biblical sense in regards to God’s true message to us of what really is the Good News of the Gospel of Christ, which I did not properly understand for most of my many years as a Christian.

    My 1st 38 years as a Christian, I believed the unscriptural teaching about that there is going to be eternal torment for multitudes and multitudes of people. I then began to seriously question that teaching. I then decided to do an in-depth study of the Bible concerning this issue, and the Scriptures revealed to me that I had believed a horrible lie for all those years.

    The Lake of Fire is not a physical Lake of Fire, but a Spiritual Lake of Fire from God’s Spirit for the purpose of “RESTORATION.” God is a God of “ETERNAL RESTORATION,” not a God of “eternal destruction.”

    In Acts 3:21 God promises that there shall be a “RESTORATION” of ALL things! What is there not to understand about this wonderful promise that God has made to us?

    The overall theme of the Bible is that God’s ultimate plan for ALL mankind is to restore, not destroy in an eternal Lake of Fire or eternal annihilation!

    In John 12:32 JESUS clearly states that He is going to draw ALL people to Himself! Not a portion of mankind, but ALL of mankind.

    In John 6:44 JESUS clearly states that nobody can come to Him except the Father draws that person to Him. For those who are true Christians, WE MUST NOT KID OURSELVES IN THE FACT THAT WE ONLY CAME TO JESUS BECAUSE GOD’S SPIRIT DREW US TO JESUS!

    In the present, and in the future, God has His own timing when He will draw each individual to Himself.

    Addressing the issue of the belief in eternal annihilation, the Lord clearly tells us in Ecclesiastes 3:11 that He has planted eternity in our hearts. God has made us living Spirits. It is impossible for our Spirit to be destroyed.

    God worked out His plan in past Ages, God is working out His plan in the present Age that we are now living in, and God will work out His plan in future Ages to come.

    I have spent the last several years in Biblically expounding in a 32 page document that I have put together on the truth of there being no eternal suffering in a Lake of Fire for anyone. I have just explained the real LOVE of God that today’s Church just simply does not seem to grasp.

    After spending several years of diving deep into the Scriptures to uncover the Biblical truth on this subject, I would like to share these Biblical truths with others so that they can experience the same joy that I experienced which set me free from what I had previously believed for most of my life.

    If anyone would be interested in a copy of my document, email me at: ([email protected]), and I will email you a copy.

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