Sunday, January 15, 2017

"you must be careful to not discuss a religion's teachings with anyone" [Yarovaya law]

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Mormon church is a great apostasy and full of heresies, but a Christian must be against any kind of theocratic state, exactly like the Baptist chaplain in the American Revolution which had the same view of Hubmeier, the (ana)Baptist burned at the stake in Vienna in 1528, whose execution had as witness a young Primoz Trubar, the spiritual founder of modern Slovenia:

Balthasar Hubmaier
1480-1528
http://www.mainstreambaptists.org/mbn/hubmaier.htm

The interview with a member of the Mormon church allows us to feel the true dimension of the nowadays persecution against Christians in Russia. This case show how the possibility of spreading the Gospel in Russia have been - at least for now - completely annulled. Taking as alibi the presence of many sects which are perceived by the mainstream atheist or Orthodox Russian society as "disturbing" or even "long arm of CIA", the Russian services in agreement with the Russian Orthodox church has declared as outlaw any kind of Christian missionary activity outside the State-church of Russia.
Eevidently the Russian Orthodox church, together with the high ranks of the Kremlin, FSB, GRU, financial Russian elite etc., perceive their power as based on the quicksand, if they feel threatened by a bunch of missionaries coming from foreign countries. 
And 1 Corinthians 1:27 has again been fulfilled:
 
27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/life/entertainment/story/2017/jan/07/religiterrorism-local-mormmissionary-runs-hea/406032/


› Proselytizing, preaching, praying or disseminating religious materials outside of “specially designated places” is banned, except for the Russian Orthodox Church.

Local Mormon missionary runs headlong into new Russian law
January 7th, 2017 by Shawn Ryan   

The job was going well for Chris Hemrick after he arrived in Russia in February 2015.

As a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, better known as Mormons, he was out on the streets, in parks, in grocery stores, basically just out and about in several cities, talking to everyday Russians about his church and its beliefs.

"When we got there, we did the normal thing, walk around and talk to people who were interested," the 20-year-old Hemrick says. "We found hundreds of people that were interested."

Hemrick, a graduate of Ringgold High School, says that, while Russians instinctively "are not very trusting of foreigners," he and the other missionaries were pretty successful at getting them to listen to what they had to say, take some Mormon literature and, in some cases, attend a discussion group about the religion or even a Mormon church service.

That all changed last July when a new anti-terrorism law went into effect in Russia. With proselytizing apparently viewed as terrorism by the government, missionaries found themselves up against the wall.

Known as the Yarovaya Law after Irina Yarovaya, the head of Russia's Parliamentary Committee for Security and Anti-Corruption, it severely restricts "missionary activity" in the country. Under its rules, missionaries of any religion — with the exception of the Russian Orthodox Church — cannot share the doctrines of their faith or hand out any information unless they're inside church buildings officially registered with the government. Even private homes are off limits for religious discussions.

According to the law, it's illegal to carry out "the activity of a religious association, aimed at disseminating information about its beliefs among people who are not participants (members, followers) in that religious association, with the purpose of involving these people as participants (members, followers)." Disobeying can lead to fines of $760 per missionary and $15,500 for the denomination. Missionaries can also be deported, which happened to some of the people in Hemrick's group.

While you can express a belief in God and invite people to come to church buildings to learn more that's as far as you can go, says Hemrick, who came home in December. And you must be careful to not discuss a religion's teachings with anyone who's not already a member of that particular church.

"We were allowed to strike up friendly conversations," he says, but not much else.

Hemrick, a freshman in biology at Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City, says that, prior to the law, he and other missionaries were able to get five to 10 people a month interested in learning more about Mormonism.

"After the law, that number went down tremendously," he says, estimating that they would land one or two people a month.

Immediately after the law went into effect, officials with the Mormon Church said they will obey the law, but will not call missionaries home from Russia.

"The Church will honor, sustain and obey the law," the statement read. "Missionaries will remain in Russia and will work within the requirements of these changes. The Church will further study and analyze the law and its impact as it goes into effect."

The Russian Orthodox Church has for decades exercised a heavy hand in directing Soviet policy, both social and political. It has determinedly worked to lessen the spread of other churches in the country.

Hemrick believes the Russian Orthodox church was directly involved in getting the anti-religion clause added to the Yarovaya bill.

"They are highly active in the government," he says, and joining another church is seen as being disloyal to both the Russian Orthodox Church and the country itself.

But even some members of the Russian Orthodox Church are railing against the law.

Newsweek reported that Archbishop Andrew Maklakov, administrator of the Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church of America, said the Soviet government, in concert with the Russian Orthodox Church, "has increasingly sought to harass, persecute, and destroy any religious organization that it might consider competition to its own 'state church.'"

"This law is but another weapon in the hands of the neo-Soviet Russian state to dismantle and destroy our church in a way that appears lawful to Western observers and critics," Maklakov said.

Alexei Smirnov, president of the Russian Baptist Union, wrote a formal letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin to express his outrage over the law.

"The draft law is anti-constitutional, as it violates the basic rights of its citizens and does not coincide with the current Constitution of the Russian Federation," Smirnov wrote. "There was no public discussion of the draft law. In such a way, religious organizations lacked even the opportunity to express their opinion."

Hemrick says none of the Mormon missionaries believed the law would pass before the official vote. Once it went into effect, "we were in limbo, not knowing what to do." But they decided that "you did the same thing you did before — be friendly with people."

He's still in contact with some of his fellow missionaries in Russia and says they've adapted to the new situation.

"Things are going pretty well for them," Hemrick says, and missionaries are still meeting with Russians interested in Mormonism.

"They're gaining speed and seeing more progress."

Contact Shawn Ryan at sryan@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6327.



Sunday, October 16, 2016
Yarovaya law forces to close American Independent Baptist mission in Russia
http://spirithismouth.blogspot.it/2016/10/yarovaya-law-force-to-close-american.html

Saturday, November 5, 2016
Fined in 2015 for "distorted interpretation" of the Bible and reading it from "electronic devices".
http://spirithismouth.blogspot.it/2016/11/fined-in-2015-for-distorted.html
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Monday, January 9, 2017

Predestinarian myths: the case of Galatians 1:15

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Taking out a verse, eradicating from its context, is the preferred way to make speak the Bible words never pronounced neither thought by GOD. Probably God disseminated the Bible with verses which are in an apparent contradiction with others, with the purpose to place a spiritual bait, just in order to let your secret hidden heart to jump outside the den of your hypocrisy and try to grasp that verse with the intention to justify your secrets. 

This is technically called "to harden the heart", and indeed the goal of God is to make one to jump immediately on those few verses which could be twisted to fit his theological views.No more or less than the hardening of the Pharaoh 's hearth when God allowed him to jump on the bait of an easy persecution of the Jews while at the same time maintaining a certain hypocrite fairness falsely justified by the alibi of 'disobedience':


But God when harden is not playing with toys. He didn't harden the Pharaoh's heart just to get a more exciting scenario for His storyboard.
http://spirithismouth.blogspot.it/2017/01/isaiah-free-willer.html

Pharaoh could have well let the Hebrews to go to worship God. If the Hebrews would have used that opportunity to escape the Egyptian captivity, then the hypocrisy of the Pharaoh would have at disposition a powerful alibi in order to justify the unleashing of the most cruel revenge on the God's people. God opposed to that, hardening the Pharaoh's heart before he could let them go to worship. God took out of the hands of the Pharaoh an hypocrite alibi with that hardening. 
So we can see that works the word of God in the Bible. If a person is saved by Irresistible Grace, one of the first sign of his/her salvation, of the receiving of the new heart, ought to be a strong,  firm refusal of the same Calvinist Predestination. Because what the Bible teaches, what God teaches, is completely at the opposite of the cruelty of the Limited Atonement:


Friday, January 6, 2017
Calvinist "New Heart"???...
http://spirithismouth.blogspot.it/2017/01/calvinist-new-heart.html

 Remember that the Word of God is more sharp than a twoedged sword - He didn't refer to a double edged sword just for fun:


Hebrews, 4°:
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
So the Bible is a twoedged sword!!!
All that can be seen in the case of Galatians 1:15:


.......Second, this passage teaches that Paul was chosen for the purpose of ministry, rather than the purpose of heaven or hell. If we stick strictly to the text, we see that God chose Paul “so that [he] might preach Him among the Gentiles” (Gal. 1:16). Therefore, the purpose of Paul’s calling was for the purpose of ministry—not for the purpose of heaven or hell.

http://www.evidenceunseen.com/bible-difficulties-2/nt-difficulties/romans-2/115-does-this-passage-support-the-doctrine-that-god-predestines-some-people-to-heaven-and-others-to-hell/

Then the Arminians. I am not Arminian, but I found them very useful, as they exposed already the flaws of a lot of Calvinist mythology - I cannot report here the entire website or entire pages, just read it to open the eyes on the horror of the Calvinist TULIP: 



Question:  Do you mean like Jonah?

Answer:  What did God do with stubborn Jonah?  Irresistible Grace? Jonah did what Jonah did, and God did what God did, and Jonah submitted. No irresistible grace. Ironic, isn’t it?, that both Jonah and Paul were, for three days, in their respective trials? (Jonah 1:17; Acts 9:9)
".........What was true of Jeremiah, a prophet of God, is likely also potentially true of Jonah as well, another prophet of God. In the case of Jonah and Jeremiah, both were resistant to their calls. Both Jeremiah and Jonah said no. Jeremiah said, in effect: God, you tricked me. I dont want this message any longer. As for Jonah, we know what he did, upon receiving God's orders. In either case, God worked with both of them. In Jonahs case, God had to take a more extreme measure, by providing a storm and a whale to change his mind. In terms of Paul, he adds that he was not disobedient to his call, but was faithful, so that Gods grace toward him was not in vain."

 http://www.examiningcalvinism.com/files/Paul/Galatians1_15.html ---------------------------------------------
Dont' let Calvinist Predestination-ism steal your reward. You have been created in the image of God, don't offend Him using the free-will He gave to you to deny the other's.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Calvinist "New Heart"???...

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Do you remember the picture at the top of the previous post? Taken from the webpage:

http://www.evangelicaloutreach.org/calvinismrefuted.htm

Above image - from http://www.evangelicaloutreach.org/calvinismrefuted.htm
Address of the previous post: http://spirithismouth.blogspot.it/2017/01/gnostic-predestinationism-destroyed-by.html
The caption tells: 

 "I am sorry Sally, I have predestined you, your mother and your father all to a fiery eternal torment and there's nothing you can do about it. Have fun suffering in horrible, unending anguish."

Well, how it could be read that truth, and it is THE Calvinist truth, in a parallel Calvinist Universe?

But simply the ones reading that, and agreeing with that horrible statement ("it is a righteous thing of God to declare humans and children damned to Hell before they have been borne, before it existed the world"), therefore a Calvinist inhabitant of that Universe, would demonstrate to have an "hardened heart", therefore, as pertain the Calvinistic  dogmas, he would not be saved, not predestined to salvation. 
Of course Calvinists immediately answer that telling that "then GOD gives to them a new heart, a fleshy heart!!!". BUT if a person has  Calvinistically received a "true"  heart, a "new heart" of "flesh", such "saved" person is compelled, by the new heart, to disagree and condemn the Calvinistic Predestination. 

At least if you understand "new heart", of "flesh", (opposed to  "hardened" heart), as an heart moved by compassion, love, because to agree with that Calvinist truth exposed in that caption above, for sure it demonstrates only one thing: your heart is a block of nickel-vanadium steel, cold as the absolute zero, able only to work like a super-conductor on which the least magnetic field of the Devil produce the strongest current of devilish doctrine. 

Calvinist therefore, when they are saved, ought to demonstrate their salvation  despising and condemning the Calvinistic Predestination doctrine (this is why they can live only in an imaginary virtual theological parallel universe). 

As Catholicism developed a narrative where an imaginary doctrinal software is laying under the Biblical narrative, explaining so the contradictions of her doctrine as for example the existence of a not existing female goddess (Mariolatry), no more or less the lights, sounds, symbols, etc. you see on this screen are explained by the existence of a coded language of one and zeroes (software) you cannot see, touch, grasp, so Calvinism is compelled to create an imaginary hidden software (Gnosticism) in order to explain the horrible devilish absurdities of an heartless "God" (the Devil) who opposes His the same righteousness.

Therefore we must love the Calvinists, because they are very poor humans. Their mind has been hijacked by a trojan of the Devil, making their eyes blind to the truth of the Gospel. We must pray for them because God can take away the suggestion of the Devil in their mind.

Colossian, 2° chapter:

18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,

Do you want to be deceived with regard to your new heart? with an artificial one built by the Devil???.....


Friday, January 6, 2017
Gnostic Predestinationism destroyed by Matthew 23:37
http://spirithismouth.blogspot.it/2017/01/gnostic-predestinationism-destroyed-by.html
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Gnostic Predestinationism destroyed by Matthew 23:37

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 Above image - from Calvinism Refuted.org - caption of the clearly bitter irony: "I am sorry Sally, I have predestinated you, your mother and your father all to a fiery eternal torment and there's nothing you can do about it. Have fun suffering in horrible, unending anguish." (... and I add: "Amen"). [http://www.evangelicaloutreach.org/calvinismrefuted.htm]

If God “would,” then why does Calvin say that God secretly predestined that Hewould not”? That’s the contradictory nature of Calvinism, which some have tried to avoid by limiting the scope of whom Jesus had referred. The delight of the Arminian is that you can pit Calvin against the Calvinists in order to show that even one of their patriarchs weighed their argument and dismissed it, since Calvin affirmed that “...this can be said of the whole people....”

Yea, interesting. Independent Baptists - as this blogger consider himself to be a part of - should be in the middle, between Calvinism and Armianism. ONLY the Bible in the middle, the focus, to hold it with strength. Anyway in a messianic perspective, "eschatological" would say someone,  I tend to see Arminianism, even if with her distortion of Scripture, a sort of intervention of God to counter and  keep quiet the Calvinist hellish influence on His flock. Like the intervention of God to pull down the rising Roman Empire, using Arminius of the Cherusci German nation. I don't know if the similarity of the names are an hint by God, anyway Arminius, in blocking the expansion of Roman Empire with the Teutoburg epochal disaster, let, centuries later, the containing of the Harlot of Rome, and hence the survival of the New Testament churches known also as "Vaudoises", "Albigenses/Bogomiles", etc.:

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Teutoburg, September, 9 A.D.: a punishment of God on the seed of the Serpent.
http://control-avles-blogs.blogspot.it/2014/10/teutoburg-september-9-ad-punishment-of.html
 
Ireneus was no church-father of course, the true only church-fathers were the traditional Apostles of the NT (with a nephew of them as I love to point out as such Patrick of Dumbarton up there in South Scotland). But if Ireneus was any sort of church-father, figure it out how you can consider a certain Calvin, an (ana)Baptists-hater and bloody persecutor of the ones  disagreeing with him. Oh surely to kill "heretics" is of no influence on one's salvation if he feels himself "predestined" to salvation.....


Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. Behold, your house is being left to you desolate! For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’”

When the Gnostics, who were heavily involved with Platonic philosophy, asserted that God was indeed the author of sin, it was Irenaeus (130-200) who immediately rejected it in his discourse entitled: God, not the Author of Sin. (Peri Monarchias) In it, he appeals to Matthew 23:37: “This expression, ‘How often would I have gathered thy children together, and thou wouldst not,’ set forth the ancient law of human liberty, because God made man a free (agent) from the beginning, possessing his own soul to obey the behests of God voluntarily, and not by compulsion of God...And in man as well as in angels, He has placed the power of choice...If then it were not in our power to do or not to do these things, what reason had the apostle, and much more the Lord Himself, to give us counsel to do some things and to abstain from others?” (Against Heresies XXXVII,Book 4, Ch. 37, emphasis mine)
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Calvinists have historically interpreted Matthew 23:37 in different two ways. The first is by proposing a Secret Will explanation, and the second is by restricting Jerusalem to its leaders. Since Calvin employed the former, we will begin with that: ...."

.....read the following of the Arminian demolition of Predestinationist twisting of Scripture, at the address:

[sorry, if the below link doesn't work, it not my fault, I tried to correct the editing of the link many times, for example the still black "l" of "hml", many times annulled and repeated the procedure selecting the whole URL, but with no success. Pls, don't click on it,  just select it and chose "open in another Tab". I'm sorry for the troubles caused by the Devil in the servers, but this is the toll to pay (google 2 Timothy 3:12)]





Above image - about an example about the Calvinist/Predestinationist twisting of Scripture, transforming them in a sort of a "veil" covering a "secret knowledge", of course known only to the "sect"; ever heard about "Gnostics"?.... Image taken from the page: http://www.evangelicaloutreach.org/calvinismrefuted.htm

Thursday, January 5, 2017
Calvinist "god" is the other side of Darwinism
http://spirithismouth.blogspot.it/2017/01/calvinist-god-is-other-side-of-darwinism.html

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Calvinist "god" is the other side of Darwinism

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    The Calvinistic, Westminster Confession of Faith, states: “III. By the decree of God, for the manifestation of his glory, some men and angels are predestinated unto everlasting life; and others foreordained to everlasting death.” Additionally, it states: “VII. The rest of mankind, God was pleased, according to the unreachable counsel of his own will, whereby he extendeth or withholdeth mercy, as he pleaseth, for the glory of his sovereign power  over his creatures, to pass by; and to ordain them to dishonor and wrath for their sin, to the praise of his glorious justice.” (Westminster Confession of Faith, III. Of God’s Eternal Decree, emphasis mine) [http://www.examiningcalvinism.com/]


Substitute "God" with nature, environment, etc., then scrap away the false veil of "love" etc.,  and you have a statement which could have been shared by William Provine, the champion of the atheism and Evolutionism:

     "........Let me summarize my views on what modern evolutionary biology tells us loud and clear -- and these are basically Darwin's views. There are no gods, no purposes, and no goal-directed forces of any kind. There is no life after death. When I die, I am absolutely certain that I am going to be dead. That's the end of me. There is no ultimate foundation for ethics, no ultimate meaning in life, and no free will for humans, either. What an unintelligible idea............

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    Life may have no ultimate meaning, but I sure think it can have lots of proximate meaning. Free will is not hard to give up, because it's a horribly destructive idea to our society. Free will is what we use as an excuse to treat people like pieces of crap when they do something wrong in our society. We say to the person, "you did something wrong out of your free will, and therefore we have the justification for revenge all over your behind." We put people in prison, turning them into lousier individuals than they ever were. This horrible system is based upon this idea of free will.
[So open the jail and let free the guys of Al Qaeda & ISIS]

Calvinist Predestination is a way to deny God meanwhile at the same time you praise Him. Because the word of God in the Calvinistic system is absolutely useless with the humans; therefore it like He doesn't exist. Predestination is the point of contact between atheism and Calvinism.


Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Isaiah the free-willer
http://spirithismouth.blogspot.it/2017/01/isaiah-free-willer.html

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Isaiah the free-willer

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    http://www.auburn.edu/~allenkc/openhse/calvinism.html#Heart


    Isaiah speaks of this condition: "Why, O Lord, do you make us wander from your ways and harden our hearts so we do not revere you?" (Isa. 63:17) The hardening of the heart which precludes reverence of God is here described as a condition that has come upon these people, probably as a judgment for rebellion. But Calvinists tell us that this condition - an invincible anti-God bent - is the birth-condition of all human beings.

 

Was Isaiah a free-willer? Of course. Only a free-willer could ask such question to God. If you question God "why you hardened an heart", it is clear that you expect God could hear you and remove the hardening. You are worried, you expect something to change, you ask God hoping He changes.

Therefore you can expect that God hear your pray and satisfy your pray.


So let's translate that verse of Isaiah with another Isaiah, Isaiah 2, "the Predestinarian":

Isa 63:17 the Predestinarian Bible: "We thank you God for pushing us away from you because it is not our businness to ask 'why' and therefore do what you want with our hearts, anyway we are happy to not revere you if you decided so".



Calvinist always mislead the reader interpreting the "hardening" as a sort of predestination. But God when harden is not playing with toys. He didn't harden the Pharaoh's heart just to get a more exciting scenario for His storyboard. The heart of Pharaoh was hypocrite, in his most sincere depth he hated the Hebrews, but on the surface he could have been showed a sort of false appeasement and benevolence. Hardening the heart God let to show the true heart of the Pharaoh, without any kind of hypocrisy. Pharaoh was playing with the Hebrews hiding his intentions with hypocrisy. Like a baby in a womb, the wickedness of the Pharaoh was hidden and nurtured by his double faced hypocrisy, "hardening" his heart simply meant that God accelerated the delivery of the that baby in order to unleash the well known events of the Red Sea disaster and of the conquer of the Promise Land (all explained in a book called "the Bible").

The same but only in the opposite direction (softening the heart) can be told as pertain the 36° chapter of Ezekiel. No predestination, also because when God "hardens" or "soften" is in historical time, not "before the foundation of the world".

As last I leave you with these other excerpt taken from the above address. Calvinistic Predestination is really an heartless madness!!!


    The Calvinist, however, does need to temper his view of election with the clearly revealed truth in Ezekiel 18:23: "Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign Lord. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?" Too often, we hear Calvinists say that the damnation of the non-elect is "the good pleasure of His will." But here, God states explicitly that He takes no pleasure in damning anyone but prefers that they turn from sin and live. How this idea fits into the Calvinist scheme is not at all clear.
 
    Nor is it clear, from a Calvinistic standpoint, why Jesus should weep over Jerusalem in Matthew 23:37: "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing."
 

    This poses a thorny difficulty for the Calvinist. First of all, he must assume that the reprobation of Jerusalem was "the good pleasure" of the Father. If that is so, why was it so displeasing and heart-rending to Jesus, who was always in agreement with the divine will? Shouldn't Jesus have also been "pleased" with the Father's reprobation of these people?....."
You are not an insect, without awareness and will,  you have been created in the image of God.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017
The "God" of Calvin is the Unknown God
http://spirithismouth.blogspot.it/2017/01/the-god-of-calvin-is-unknown-god.html

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The "God" of Calvin is the Unknown God

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If Christ died only for the "chosen", you have a Devil, not Christ. Predestination and the whole TULIP are only an heartless doctrine. How can you love the neighbor when in the secret of your heart you think God has condemned him/her before the foundation of the world to eternal damnation? What kind of Christ are you following when you despise missionaries around the world for harvesting many souls?

Calvinism cannot else than to develop a double face, one boasting the Gospel in the most common way, the other, after having in this way dragged the believer, unveils to him/her a "secret doctrine", of the Predestination. Predestination is only another face of Gnosticism and its search for the "secret knowledge". Stay away from this devilish cult!

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Heartless Calvinism

The false teaching of calvinism: Does God love you? God applies the Word of God to the hearts and live of those He plans to save. Praying to God will not get us saved, but we will have the assurance that God knows of our intense desire to become saved.

The above statement is wicked and satanic, heartless, cruel and demeaning to the character of God.

“He came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas…What must one do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (Acts 16.29,30,31)

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John Calvin, to our pleasant dismay, said this regarding 2 Pet. 3.9:
So wonderful is His love towards mankind, that He would have them all to be saved, and is of His own self prepared to bestow salvation on the lost. But the order is to be noticed, that God is ready to receive all to repentance, so that none may perish; for in these words the way and manner of obtaining salvation is pointed out. Everyone us, therefore, who is desirous of salvation, must learn to enter in by this way.
Even John Calvin himself disagrees with his followers that the Greek “Pas” refers to all men that ever lived. So how does Calvin end up twisting his sickly mind for hidden meaning of Gnostics? He said,
But it may be asked, If God wishes none to perish, why is it that so many do perish? To this my answer is, that no mention here is made of the hidden purpose of God, according to which the reprobate are doomed to their own ruin, but only of his will as made known to us in the gospel.
For God there stretches forth his hand without a difference to all, but lays hold only of those, to lead them to himself, whom he has chosen before the foundations of the world.
John Calvin is saying that God omitted the truth and you just have to accept it. Should we trust the presumption of Calvin?
Taken from:
Heartless Calvinism

http://www3.telus.net/trbrooks/heartless_calvinism.htm

 Acts, ch. 17:
22 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.
23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, To The Unknown God. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.

 Tuesday, January 3, 2017
"Election" and Acts 13:48: two examples of Predestinarian twisting of Scripture
http://spirithismouth.blogspot.it/2017/01/election-and-acts-1348-two-examples-of.html

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"Election" and Acts 13:48: two examples of Predestinarian twisting of Scripture

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 Again two example of  Predestinarian Twisting of Scriptures. Calvinists love to play with the verb "call",  etc., hiding the context where it is clear that the call is to everyone, therefore the one who answer "are called". When God prepared something in advance, is for the ones who chose to answer to His call. The law prepared for you a fine if you pass with the car the red light. If you chose to do so, it is clear that "you have been called by the state to pay the fine". 

First we'll give a look to the concept of "elect" in the Bible:

".........The good news, however, is that “election, elect, chosen” (and the derivatives) are terms that have nothing to do with one’s eternal destiny. Scripture does speak at length of “the elect” and “the chosen” but these terms are devoid of the Calvinistic sense of someone who has been chosen to receive eternal life. The term elect and its derivatives therefore are not salvific in meaning but simply refer to persons or things that are chosen for a particular purpose and the purpose has nothing to do with eternal life. Once the definition of the word is established biblically, the foundation of Calvinism will be undermined and will collapse and arguing the tenants of TULIP will become inapplicable. The word elect (Greek verb: eklegomai ἐκλέγομαι; Hebrew verb: bakharבָּחַר) means to choose, select. The elect or chosen (as nouns or adjectives) are those people or things that have been elected, selected, or chosen for a particular purpose by someone. Scripture bears witness that elect and its derivatives have nothing to do with someone being chosen specifically to eternal life."
Calvinists that hold to God’s exhaustive determinitive decree of everything that comes to pass and all the causes thereof tend to ignore these three explicit verses of Scripture:

Jeremiah 7:30-31King James Version (KJV)
30 For the children of Judah have done evil in my sight, saith the Lord: they have set their abominations in the house which is called by my name, to pollute it. 31 And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my heart.

Jeremiah 19:4-5King James Version (KJV)
4 Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither they nor their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and have filled this place with the blood of innocents;
5 They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind:

Jeremiah 32:35King James Version (KJV)
35 And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.

God himself denies that he pre-determined these sinful acts but Calvin would say that He did. I say we believe God. Let God be true and every man a liar, as the Prophet David says.
 Taken from:
Why God Did Not Elect Calvinists: The Biblical Concept of Election Never Means Predestined to Salvation and Commonly is a Reference to Israel
 http://www.douglashamp.com/why-god-did-not-elect-calvinists-the-biblical-concept-of-election-never-means-predestined-to-salvation-and-commonly-is-a-reference-to-israel/



Election is not synonymous of Salvation. The story of the Hebrews in the OT speaks that loudly.

The following, involving the concept of "election", is a reference to Acts 13:48


On Predestination - Acts 13:48

Another scripture Calvinists use to “prove” Unconditional Election - some prefer the term, “particular redemption” - is Acts 13:48 – “And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord; and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.” The participle translated "had been appointed to" (tetagmenoi) is the middle-passive voice form of “tasso”. In Greek, the same form is used to designate both the middle voice and the passive voice. Almost all English Bibles translate it in the passive voice (the subject receives the action). However, if it is translated in the middle voice (the subject initiates the action), the passage would read something like, “ . . .as many as agreed with eternal life believed."
The issue is:
1) Is there anything in the Greek grammar itself that demands a passive or a middle voice rendering?
2) Is there anything in the immediate context that would indicate which voice Luke intended?
Concerning the Greek grammar: What is middle voice? Unlike English, Greek has a middle voice that represents actions or conditions that are self-imposed. An example of English renderings of middle and passive voice phrases would be,
a) I am helping myself - middle voice
b) I am being helped (by another) - passive voice.
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Concerning the context: What Dr. White doesn’t see is that the message in which Paul quoted Isaiah is not intended to proclaim that the Gentiles can receive the blessings of the gospel. The Gentiles had NOT “just heard” that the gospel was coming to them. They had ALREADY heard the gospel the previous Sabbath, and they had believed it. The belief in verse 48 is NOT the belief in the death and resurrection of Christ. The point of Paul’s message in verses 46 and 47, where he quoted Isaiah, was that God was REJECTING the Jews because (“…since you repudiate it…”) they had not believed in Christ the week before and so He (God) was turning to the Gentiles. And the Gentiles who HAD believed in Christ the previous Sabbath believed THAT message also. ....".

Continue for yourself, at:
http://www.angelfire.com/ab8/hobbes/acts13-48.html

But even if we don't involve Greek grammar, there's a plain sense in that verse:

Note that the text simply says that “as many as were destined for eternal life became believers.” Other than suggesting it was prior to their believing, the verse does not tell us when these people were destined. Nor does it suggest that they were destined simply because God unconditionally chose them. Calvinists assume that this destiny was given to the elect before the world began by sheer divine fiat, but the text simply does not say this. To be sure, there are several other texts which do say that we were predestined before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4–5; 2 Tim. 1:9) but the “we” of these verses is a corporate “we.” These verses do not support individual election to salvation (see How do you respond to 2 Timothy 1:9-10?).

Acts 13:48 simply tells us that by the time Paul and Barnabas preached to these Gentiles, some of them had been destined to eternal life. No mentioned is made of a mysterious eternal decree by which some were chosen for salvation and others left to damnation. Just as Judas was destined for perdition when his heart became irrevocably hardened toward God (see How do you respond to John 13:18-19, 17:12?), so these individuals were “destined for eternal life” when their hearts were by grace opened to God.
- See more at: http://reknew.org/2008/01/how-do-you-respond-to-acts-1348/
This was no announcement of doctrine, but a plain speaking. Those who had a good heart, were considered destined to eternal life. It is even more clear:

Scripture teaches us that prior to a person’s conscious decision to put their faith in Jesus Christ, the Father is “drawing” them and the Holy Spirit is working on them to break down walls of resistance and make the soil of their soul fertile (John 6:44, 65; 1 Cor. 12:3). This is why the Lord could tell Paul, “there are many in this city (Corinth) who are my people” (Acts 18:10), though Paul had not yet preached there and there were as yet no believers. So too, Scripture says that the Lord had opened Lydia’s heart, which is why she listened intently to the preaching of the disciples (Acts 16:14). The Father is always looking for people whose hearts may be pliable in his hand (viz. through the Spirit) so he may “destine them to eternal life” by opening up their heart to receive the Gospel

Now, scripture makes it clear that this sovereign work of God can be resisted, for we are free agents even when the God of the universe is knocking on our hearts (Isa. 63:10; Acts 7:51; Heb. 3:8, 15; 4:7, cf. Eph. 4:30). When we persist in our rebellion, our eyes remain blind and our hearts remain dark (2 Cor. 4:4–6). We will not accept the truth of the Gospel. But when our resistance is broken down, our destiny to become believers is settled.
God respect the image of Himself in us but doesn't respect what our body of sins attached to it. God respect the free will He gave to us in order to be His image, and in order to be adopted by Him, He works in order we can go near Him through our free will. Otherwise God should adopt also ants, monkeys, birds and trees forcing them with "irresistible grace".
Note that the text simply says that “as many as were destined for eternal life became believers.” Other than suggesting it was prior to their believing, the verse does not tell us when these people were destined. Nor does it suggest that they were destined simply because God unconditionally chose them. Calvinists assume that this destiny was given to the elect before the world began by sheer divine fiat, but the text simply does not say this. To be sure, there are several other texts which do say that we were predestined before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4–5; 2 Tim. 1:9) but the “we” of these verses is a corporate “we.” These verses do not support individual election to salvation (see How do you respond to 2 Timothy 1:9-10?).
Acts 13:48 simply tells us that by the time Paul and Barnabas preached to these Gentiles, some of them had been destined to eternal life. No mentioned is made of a mysterious eternal decree by which some were chosen for salvation and others left to damnation. Just as Judas was destined for perdition when his heart became irrevocably hardened toward God (see How do you respond to John 13:18-19, 17:12?), so these individuals were “destined for eternal life” when their hearts were by grace opened to God.
- See more at: http://reknew.org/2008/01/how-do-you-respond-to-acts-1348/#sthash.HNgehp32.dpuf


He who twists the Scripture is destined to eternal damnation.

Sunday, January 1, 2017
Son, I decreed thy saved before the foundation of the world, ....
http://spirithismouth.blogspot.it/2017/01/son-i-decreed-thy-saved-before.html

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Son, I decreed thy saved before the foundation of the world, ....

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Everyone of us know the famous episode of the sick of the palsy, healed by Christ, in Mark chapter 2 for example:


9 Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?

But in the most of Bible this episode had to be quite manipulated. If God decided before the foundation of the world, whom to save and whom to sent in the Eternal Lake of Fire, evidently the following verses are not the original one, as they are definitely refuting any concept of predestination:


4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.

5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.
"When Jesus saw...". Oh what need to see? If He already saw, pardon, decreed the salvation of the sick of the palsy well 4,000 years before, why did He need of an external condition, and instead said: "5 So Jesus said to the sick of palsy, Son, I decreed thy saved before the foundation of the world, no matter the faith of your friends". Well, don't tell me "it not our business to ask God the reason of that". The truth is that there are men who don't want we ask about the fruit of their imagination, claiming it to be "untouchable" because coming "from God".


There's no manipulation of the Bible. Don't follow the ones who take a verse or a word (there are about only four "predestination" related words in the NT) and cut it out from its context, to try to give Biblical foundation to the suggestions of their imagination. This is not study-Bible, this is manipulation-Bible. Would you follow this path to Hell and lose your salvation for the imagination of a man?


Sunday, October 30, 2016
Chosen to damnation: an unconditionally false doctrine.
http://spirithismouth.blogspot.it/2016/10/chosen-to-damnation-unconditionally.html

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