Today I ran across an utterly devastating argument against Calvinism. I’m not sure which part of it is more devastating: the text itself, or the cute little stick figures which are used to illustrate the text.
Given my intellectual and emotional investment in Calvinism, it’s painful for me to recant it after all these years–but I believe in following the evidence wherever it leads.
It’s enough to make James White, James Anderson, and Turretin Fan (to name a few) burn their membership cards in The Club of the Truly Reformed.
Here’s a sample:
I just noticed a new post on a blog operated by a reformed apologists that deals with the subject of choices. It discusses different decisions described in the bible and God's freedom and man's freedom involved therein. This article -who wonders- in no way presents any innovative thoughts, but joins in the choir of those who continue serving up century-old calvinistic treadmill arguments warmed up over and over again. A post of whose kind there are presently thousands out on the internet. Many of those bloggers don't even provide any own thoughts at all, but post entire writings by Spurgeon or from whoever they admire most. Since falsehood doesn't simply become truth by time passing by, I was induced to comment on that subject as well, before I'll continue with the posts on the scriptures. The objective of this post is to show how foolish the calvinistic answer to the issue of choice and sovereignty is.
The relationship between God and man and their respective wills as delivered by the gospel, reveals a different picture and demonstrates the utter silliness and narrow-mindedness of Calvinism, as we will see in this post…So let us expose the error of Calvinism's God-versus-man conflict.
God lives in man. This is His temple. If you want to find God, you must seek Him where He lives. In the new temple which is man. What does it mean for God to be in man? Is "something of God" in man or the fullness of God?
So is man free? Absolutely. How free? He has God's freedom! He is free in the fullest sense. Note, God is revealed in man. Man is endowed with the possibilites and potentials stored in God and he is sent to work out these potentials. Man has free access to all programs that are hidden in the Father. No limitations to man's freedom here. Every work performed will prove to originate in the Father. Imagine man chooses to work out potential A. Then, he will find that A was contained in the Father. If he had chosen B, or C instead, then B or C, which are likewise contained as potentials in the Father, would have been realized. The idea however, that all of man's choices were predestined is absolutely foolish. On the other hand, here is absolutely no room for any "libertarian" freedom, an idea which Calvinists so often polemically accuse others to promote. As said above, man is in God and outside of God there is nothing to find, therefore there are no random actions or something without a cause in God that man could perform. Every action of man has its origin in the Father, in God. However, man is absolutely free to transform these potentials into actions, to work them out and bring the potentials hidden in God into reality.
I must confess that until Herr Kröger drew it to my attention, it never dawned on me that I was in possession of these latent, godlike powers. Why, it’s even better than having a genie in a bottle. For a genie can only grant you three wishes, whereas I now realize that I have nothing short of omniscience, omnipotence, and omnipresence at my fingertips! It’s enough to make me positively giddy!
The only problem is where to begin. What’s the first thing I should do with my hitherto unsuspected, but newly-discovered omnipotence? So many choices at my disposal!
I admit that back when I was a teenager, I was a bit infatuated with Greta Garbo. I think I’ll resurrect her so that we can have a candlelight meal together. Maybe at an open-air café in Venice or Lake Como. I’ll tell you how it goes.