THERE IS NO MIDDLE-GROUND! YOU EITHER HOLD TO GOD’S ABSOLUTE SOVEREIGNTY OR DEPRAVED MAN’S CREATURE-ABILITY!
“Currently, even as I write this post I am watching the movie ‘Bruce Almighty’. I have seen it before, but never thought much about it. It is on tv today, and I am watching it with a purpose. I am watching it theologically. Obviously some things on the film are close toblasphemous, while others are not pertaining to godliness. It is a secular movie about God, starring Jim Carey, and the reason I am watching it is primarily to see what the secular culture thinks about God.
Early in the movie, “God” was telling “Bruce” the rules of being God. There were two rules of being God.
1. You can’t tell anyone you are God.
2. You can’t mess with free will.
I am serious. That was in the movie. Let us quickly examine these two rules theologically.
1. You can’t tell anyone you are God. Well, God messed up on that one. He revealed himself as Yahweh in the Old Testament. He told people who He was, He revealed himself. Jesus Christ himself said He was God in the New Testament. So, number one is wrong. If God chooses to reveal himself, as He has … He certainly can do so.
2. You can’t mess with free-will. This notion is not just something for Calvinists and Arminians to debate. It is the secular view of God. God simply cannot mess with free will.
The Scripture says, ” The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: He turneth it whithersoever He will.” [Proverbs 21:1]
Scripture seems to affirm that God CAN interfere and DOES “mess with” man’s free will, and that HE is in control of man’s free will to accomplish His purposes.
SO there you are … the secular view of God presented in ‘Bruce Almighty’ is consistent with Arminianism.”
[Quoted from Reformed Mafia]
It is no coincidence that Jim Carey as God brings his girlfriend a rare hybrid of Tulips and Daisies in the movie ‘Bruce-Almighty’. Someone behind the movie obviously knows a little more about all this than we might presume.
T: Total depravity – Every facet of every person everywhere has been marred by sin.
U: Unconditional election – God chooses those to be saved based solely on His will.
L: Limited atonement – Christ died only for those who are elect.
I: Irresistible grace – The elect cannot resist God’s call to salvation.
P: Perseverance of the saints – The elect cannot lose their salvation.
D: Diminished depravity – Humanity is depraved, but God uses prevenient grace to restore man’s ability to respond to Him.
A: Abrogated election – God bases His election on His foreknowledge of those who freely choose Him.
I: Impersonal atonement – Christ died for everyone, making salvation possible for everyone.
S: Sedentary grace – God calls everyone to salvation, but many freely reject it.
Y: Yieldable justification – The saved can fall from grace and lose their salvation.
The Arminian flower is a daisy because they pull the petals off saying, “God loves me. He loves me not.” This is uncertainty at its heights!
YOU EITHER HOLD AND CONTEND FOR THE REFORMED TULIP OR THE ARMINIAN DAISY
Now we want to make it clear that we use the term “Calvinism” only for identification, and are not in agreement with all that Calvin taught. That Calvin contributed a lot to the system that bares his name we do not deny. But even though we may quote a few things from the works of Calvin, our appeal is NOT TO CALVIN OR ANY CONFESSIONS OR CREEDS OF THE CHURCHES, BUT TO THE LAW AND TESTIMONY OF JEHOVAH.
Historically speaking, the so-called “Doctrines of Grace” – which go by the nickname of Calvinism – did not originate with Calvin. They are the result of a Synod held in Dort, Holland in 1618/19, after Calvin was long dead. Those of us who hold to Reformed Theology do so not because we are attempting to replicate the theology or ecclesiology of a mere man – John Calvin, but because we are convinced that the Biblical arguments and the conclusions stemming from that Synod are valid and our OWN EXEGESIS AND EXPERIENCE CONFIRMS THE FIVE POINTS.
If it could be proven that John Calvin was indeed a murderous wretch, an ‘Infant baptizer’ or whatever still it would have no effect on the theology that sprung from the pen of the Reformers. In other words, the “guilt by association” tactic has no teeth!
If John Calvin believed what the Spirit of God has taught us in our personal study of God’s Word and our experience in our preaching ministry, then good for him! But it means nothing to us!
We be persuaded that the Spirit of God would have by and by taught us these glorious truths whether there was a Calvin or not!
No infant comes into the world knowing everything, but learns as he grows! Even so a truly born again child of God may have many misconceptions concerning the nature and method of his salvation at first, but if he is saved at all, then the Spirit will by and by teach him what He means when He says that “It is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but OF GOD that showeth mercy”! [Rom 9:16]
“But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day”! [Prov 4:18]
Whatever glorifies God 100%, THAT is what is right!
The Reformed doctrines of grace which we hold and teach gives God ALL THE GLORY and puts man where He belongs, i.e. IN THE DUST!
“Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto Thy name give glory, for Thy mercy, and for Thy truth’s sake”! [Psalm 115:1]
You are either an Arminian or a Calvinist! You either believe that Salvation is ALL OF GOD, or you believe that it is partly of God and partly of man!
There is NO MIDDLE GROUND!
Those who pretend that they are neither Arminians nor “Calvinists” are in reality hypocrites! They suppose that they are neutral! But in matters pertaining to the doctrines of Soteriology (salvation) there are NO NUETRALS!
NOBODY IS NEUTRAL! EVERYBODY HAS A BIAS FOR OR AGAINST! You’re either a capitalist or a communist. You’re either a conservative or a liberal–a rightist or a leftist–right or wrong! Nothing short of right is right. There is no such thing as neutrality on anything. Even a battery has only two poles, positive and negative, and you cannot get them together without fireworks! No battery has neutral poles: You’re either alive or dead, hot or cold!
EVERY NEUTRAL IS A LIAR! EVERY NEUTRAL IS A CHEAT. Every neutral is a hypocrite. Every neutral is a deceiver. Every neutral is a betrayer and a traitor. He’s much worse than an open enemy, because he is a dirty enemy who is pretending to be your friend, and his so-called neutrality is just a cloak for his enmity to throw you off guard. So it is with those who pretend to be neutral!
Oh, the neutral is always so fair! “I can see both sides.” The Liar! There is no such thing as both sides! Only one side can be right and only one side can be wrong, so in claiming to be neutral and pretending to see right and wrong on both sides, the neutral puts himself above everybody. He is the most righteous of all. He can see how everybody’s a little bit wrong but him and he is the only one right–the only one who really sees the truth, which he claims is somewhere in-between, which makes him the worst liar and most treacherous enemy of all! As Jesus said “He that is not for Me is against Me, and he that gathereth not with Me scattereth abroad.” [Matt 12;30]
You either believe fallen man is totally depraved and CANNOT come to God of his own ‘free-will’ or you don’t! [John 6;44]
You either believe God has elected a certain number and sovereignly ordained them to eternal life or you don’t! [Acts 13:48]
You either believe that Christ laid down His life for the sheep and them alone, as he said He did, or you don’t! [John 10:15]
You either believe that the Holy Spirit draws God’s chosen by an irresistible power or you don’t! [Jer 31:3]
And finally you either believe Christ saves fully and finally those whom He died for unto the end or you don’t! [Heb 7:25]
There is no MIDDLE GROUND HERE!