Posts Tagged ‘Calvinism’

16
Nov

The Lullaby of Faith ALONE

   Posted by: Caleb Motupalli    in Theology

However imposing this goliath may seem, God willing, we shall provide right here in the days to come, “proofs from scripture”, as well as “plain and clear reasons and arguments”  in order that you may understand that Sola Fide (Justification By Faith ALONE) is a lullaby, along with its close relative, OSAS (Once Saved Always Saved), also another lullaby, that Satan is singing to the children of God!

 

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4
Apr

Faith is a gift that we must muster!

   Posted by: Caleb Motupalli    in Christian Life, Family, Social, Theology

John MacArthur says:

“We are kept until that hour and we are kept by an enduring faith sustained by the intercessory work of Jesus Christ who prays that we will be protected from anything that would assault that faith, whether it be the flesh or the world or Satan himself.”

Simply NOT true!

Read the context of 1 Thess 5:23. We are first asked not to quench (put out) the Holy Spirit by despising prophetic utterances. This would happen when we grieve the Holy Spirit to the point when the conscience becomes “seared as with a hot iron.” It is dead and unable to respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. It is then we have reached the point of no return.

Secondly, he talks about the gift of faith, which indeed it is (Romans 12:3). However everything we have is a gift. It is only when we bring it at the disposal of the Lord that it becomes useful for the Master’s use. The faith he has given must be given back to Him; that is, it must be mustered! Otherwise Jesus would have no reason to say to His disciples, “O ye of little faith.” They sowed only a little.

Thirdly, many are called but few are chosen. They are chosen only after God sees entire sanctification potential in them and then are kept [in Christ] until the Day of the Lord Jesus Christ! (1 Thessalonians 5:23)

Notice that the Lord’s prayer is that God sanctify us by His WORD (John 17:17) and not by some sort of a supernatural power!

Jesus, through the Holy Spirit/Word, on His part is able but on our part we have to yield to His promptings as well. “For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but those who obey the Law who will be declared righteous” (Romans 2:13). “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on a rock” (Matthew 7:24). “…Be ye doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22).

Even the demons hear, believe and shudder. In other words, the only qualification one can get by merely believing, is a Demonship. The concept is further illustrated with a man who walked a tight rope across the Niagara falls. All were clapping their hands. There was one man in the front who was clapping all the more. The walker asked that man, “do you think i can take another person with me on my shoulders across?” The man said, “Yes, Yes, Yes!” When the walker asked him to join him across, he was dismayed and ran away. That is the difference between trust and belief.

God is able to take you across but you have to trust Him with your life!

More on this subject @ http://Skyfeast.org or for a shorter read: http://calebmotupalli.me/2010/01/13/calvinism-debunked/

This calls for an amendment of or rather the scrapping of the Westminister Confession of Faith.

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1
Mar

Liberal Theology

   Posted by: Caleb Motupalli    in Christian Life, Family, Social, Theology

John Piper quoted S.H. on Facebook as saying:

Liberalism: Make the Gospel acceptable to the world rather than showing the world it is unintelligible without the Gospel.

Is calling the Gospel, Good News, liberalism? Is translating scripture from Greek to English, liberalism? Is making Christ relevant, liberalism? You know where i am going with this train of thought. I am sure for a conceited legalist (neo-Pharisee), liberalism, as defined, is not acceptable. Read the parables and know that our Lord made the Good News digestible. The very fact that He became incarnate, is liberalism! For someone who harps on grace, i am ashamed. A synonym for liberalism is grace for heaven’s sake. Liberalism is not about compromising. It is about being gracious to your neighbor. Thank you.

Leaving people in their sin because it is less uncomfortable than telling them the truth.

However, Brett Coffrini:

Caleb, you are using an older definition of liberalism. The modern kind denies Scripture as the inspired, inerrant, all sufficient Word of God. In his classic book, Christianity and Liberalism, J Greshan Machen argued that liberalism isn’t just another form of Christianity, but an entirely different religion.

“A liberal is someone who will fight for your right to agree w/ them!” — Ronald Reagan

“Exegetical imprecision is the mother of liberal theology.” –John Piper; Brothers, We Are Not Professionals

Brian Brobeck:

The gospel will never be acceptable to the world, that is why christ was crucified. When He said drink my blood and eat my flesh the multitudes left.

Yes. For those who stuck with Him till the end, he said: This (bread) is my body and this (wine) is my blood and made it palatable for them.

Brett, let us redefine what a liberal is. Why stay on the fringes of legalism?! If there is any liberal in the world, we should be it.

Let us not leave the sinner in his sins. As JulieBeth said it, let us become uncomfortable until we make the truth palatable; in other words, acceptable!

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24
Jan

The Doctrine of the Devils!

   Posted by: Caleb Motupalli    in Christian Life, Theology

Charles Stanley says on Eternal Security: “You Can Be Sure” (Part 2, Tape #4, RH190):

“When you are born again by the grace of Almighty God,…It doesn’t make any difference how wicked and how vile you act.”

Charles Stanley in his audio tape #3, MH190:

“You can sin like the devil down here and… you won’t lose your salvation.”

Here’s his position in his own words:

Covered by Grace: Free to Sin?
By Charles F. Stanley

The gospel of God’s grace–His full provision for man’s sin–is frequently perverted and attacked by nonbelievers. Most false religions deny the free gift of salvation and embrace good works instead.

Another attack on the doctrine of grace comes from within the body of Christ. Some caution that such good news can lead to a lifestyle of sin. They think grace leads people to say, “I am saved no matter what, so why does it matter how I live?”

The apostle Paul anticipates this when he asks, “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?” (Rom. 6:1).

The answer is no. Paul responds to the question in the very next verse: “May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?” (Rom. 6:2). The implication is that it is unthinkable for a Christian to be comfortable continuing in sin. Sin does not stay dormant. It grows. It enslaves. For those in Christ, sin cannot destroy relationship with God, but it will surely damage their testimony and fellowship with Him.

In Romans 6:1, the prefix of the Greek word translated “increase” means super. So the verse really says, “As sin comes, grace comes in a greater way.” In other words, sin may overflow a bit, but grace is like a flood–it is always more than enough, no matter how great the transgression. Sin reached the top of Mt. Sinai, but grace reaches to heavens.

But we do not have license to sin. Abundant grace spurs us to obedience.

(Source: StudyLight Forums)

If you read Romans 6:2 more closely however, you will notice that Paul was not saying here that grace will be so great that it will snuff out any sin, as Dr. Stanley sees it. Rather, Paul sees this (repeated sinning) as an abuse of grace and is startled at the very thought of it. He sees such willful sin as something that must be “rejected with the greatest abhorrence” (Matthew Henry). We must respond to such temptation of Satan like how Jesus responded. “Go Satan!” said Jesus (Matthew 4:10). The reason being: Abused grace/mercy will beget the greatest wrath.

Of course for some, abundant grace spurs them to obedience and encourages them to be more careful hereafter. If man is asked to forgive 490 times then God will forgive us even more number of times. But there is a catch here. As God keeps forgiving us, if we begin to take his grace and discipline “lightly” or despise prophetic utterances or counsel, then that is the end of us. Our conscience begins to get “seared as with a hot iron” (1 Timothy 4:2) and we will no longer hear the promptings of the Holy Spirit. We will not only grieve (Ephesians 4:30) the Holy Spirit but also quench Him (1 Thessalonians 5:19). And it is written, “if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him” (Romans 8:9). They may have a name that they are alive, but they are dead (Revelation 3:1).

So those of you who are singing the Devil’s lullaby: “Thou shalt surely not die.” Stop it right now! Heel!

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24
Jan

Dead in Trespasses?

   Posted by: Caleb Motupalli    in Christian Life, Theology

John Piper quotes John Newton as saying:

If I were not a Calvinist, I think I should have no more hope in preaching to men, than to horses or cows.

Ian Bowler explains the above quote as:

I believe he means that without the efficacious call of God, man could no more respond to the Gospel than a horse or a cow. As a Calvinist, Newton believed that salvation was by the power of God and not reliant in any way on a man’s ability to, of his own accord, acquire saving faith (saving faith being a gift from God – the result of his efficacious call). Newton’s confidence was in God alone and was a result of his understanding of God’s sovereignty. If he had held a different view of God’s sovereignty, he felt that he would lack the same confidence.

Was man dead on arrival? As i explain Ephesians 2:1 in the article, “Entering and Remaining in the Kingdom of God”, Paul was merely alluding to John 3:18 (paraphrased) where our Lord Jesus says:

“He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged (or condemned to death) already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

In other words, he is on the broad road on the way to hell, but surely not dead spiritually. He is not totally depraved. There maybe some goodness in him, namely humility of trusting in a good person, which when exercised will lead to life. But that is not to discount the fact that we will die out of despair after beholding our depraved sin condition in the face of a holy God who will not tolerate sin in His presence. We will then have to be resuscitated to life by the Word/Spirit of God, which tells us of one Savior.

This aspect of dying is not for God to execute but we need to die ourselves. In other words we need to become so humble or so small by our own self will that it is like becoming a nothing…a zero…dead. See “Be Born Again!” No doubt this can happen only after the Good News is presented to us by the minister of the Spirit–Word of God.

We will then get a hope of a tomorrow (life), but the burial as well as the resuscitation itself is carried out in the Waters of Baptism, which is administered by a duly appointed member of a church characterized by agape love. It is only then that we get the assurance of salvation (moksha).

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“Proponents who deny that salvation can never be lost, reason on the subject in a marvelous way. They tell us …..

That no virgin’s lamp can go out; (Matt. 25:8)
That no promising harvest be chocked with thorns; (Matt. 13:22)
That no branch in Christ can ever be cut off from fruitfulness; (John 15:6)
That no name can be blotted out of God’s book! (Rev. 3:5)
That no salt can ever lose its savor; (Mat 5:13)
That nobody can ever “receive the grace of God in vain”; (2 Cor. 6:1)
That no one can “look back” after putting his hand to the plow. (Luke 9:62)
That Nobody can “grieve the Spirit” (Eph 4:30) till He is “quenched,” (1 Thess. 5:19) nor
That Nobody, or body of believers, can ever get so lukewarm that Jesus will spew them out of His mouth. Rev 3:16
They use reams of paper to argue that …
If one ever got lost he was never found;
That if one falls, he never stood.
If one was ever cast forth, he was never in
If one ever withered, (John 15:6) he was never green.
If one draws back, (Heb 10:38) he never had anything to draw back from.
That if one ever falls into spiritual darkness, he was never enlightened;
That if you again get entangled in the pollutions of the world, (2 Pet. 2:20-22) it shows that you never escaped.
That if you put salvation away, you never had it to put away,
That if you make shipwreck of your faith, (1 Tim. 1:19-20) there was no ship of faith there.
In short they say:
If you get it, you can’t lose it: and if you lose it you never had it. May God save us from accepting a doctrine, that must be defended by such fallacious reasoning. (John Wesley)

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3
Sep

Ushering-in Christocracy & Global Paternalism

   Posted by: Caleb Motupalli    in Economy, International Justice, Social

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Article adapted from a letter written to Queen Elizabeth of England in the year 2004 of the Lord. Interestingly, The Economist magazine did a cover story on April 8, 2006 on the subject of Soft Paternalism.

Last Modified date: Saturday, 03 September 2008 (Check back for updates)

Dear one in Christ,

Greetings in the precious name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, Savior and Example!

I was reading the following reviews:

  • The Laissez-faire policy from Encyclopedia Britannica
  • Paternalism from Encyclopedia Britannica
  • Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism from SparkNotes.com
  • The Wealth of Nations from Encyclopedia Britannica

And was led to the following conclusion. (Inline text from the Encyclopedia and the Notes.)

‘Adam Smith saw humans as creatures driven by passions and at the same time self-regulated by their ability to reason and–no less important–by their capacity for sympathy. This duality serves both to pit individuals against one another and to provide them with the rational and moral faculties to create institutions by which the internecine struggle can be mitigated and even turned to the common good.’

‘The source of the ability to form moral judgments, including judgments on one’s own behavior, in the face of the seemingly overriding passions for self-preservation and self-interest is the presence within each of us of an “inner man” who plays the role of the “impartial spectator,” approving or condemning our own and others’ actions with a voice impossible to disregard. Self-seeking men, he concluded and wrote, are often “led by an invisible hand . . . without knowing it, without intending it, [to] advance the interest of the society.”‘

The first book by Adam Smith (The theory of Moral Sentiments) ‘can also be seen as an explanation of the manner in which individuals are socialized (won) to become the market-oriented and class-bound actors that set the economic system into motion.’

The ideology of classical capitalism expressed in his second book, Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776), recommended leaving economic decisions to the free play of self-regulating market forces, which was latter to be called the Laissez-faire policy.

‘By explaining that wages and rents and profits (the constituent parts of the costs of production) are themselves subject to this same discipline of self-interest and competition, Smith not only provided an ultimate rationale for these “natural” prices but also revealed an underlying [supposed] orderliness in the distribution of income itself among workers, whose recompense was their wages; landlords, whose income was their rents; and manufacturers, whose reward was their profits.’
(We will see later on whether this distribution is really in order or not.)

‘Max Weber argues that the modern spirit of capitalism sees profit as an end in itself, and pursuing profit as virtuous. Weber’s goal was to understand the source of this spirit. He turns to Protestantism for a potential explanation. Protestantism, [he says], offers a concept of the worldly “calling,” and gives worldly activity a religious character. While important, this alone cannot explain the need to pursue profit. One branch of Protestantism, Calvinism, does provide this explanation. Calvinists believe in predestination–that God has already determined who is saved and damned. As Calvinism developed, a deep psychological need for clues about whether one was actually saved arose, and Calvinists looked to their success in worldly activity for those clues. Thus, they came to value profit and material success as signs of God’s favor.’ It did not occur to them that notwithstanding predestination, which is itself a false doctrine, this kind of attitude is intrinsically conceited!

Christ’s teachings were on the contrary just the opposite. Matthew 16:24–Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:25–“For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.” Matthew 6:19,20–“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew 19:21–Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

What we witness today in the capitalistic world is self-interest, self-preservation and frugality in giving. People have willy-nilly justified today’s system of business, law & order and government to suite their own selfish ends. They have accumulated false teachers to suite what their itching ears want to hear. Selfishness has become virtuous.

‘Once capitalism emerged, the Protestant values were no longer necessary, and their ethic took on a life of its own. We are now locked into the spirit of capitalism’ because it has become useful to meet our selfish ends.

The biblical concept of the “inner-man” that Smith applies to society by incorporating legal institutions is good in essence. But in the context of global economics, there is little application. The governments play into their own country’s capitalists. The International Court of Justice has to take to task governments like the United States and the United Kingdom, which follow unethical immigration policies. They essentially rob the wealth of poor nations.

Spencer Johnson in his book “One Minute Manager” speaks about the 20/80 principle. In applying the principle to the economics of human resources of a nation, 20 percent of the population do 80 percent of the work. Now we all know that America is the “melting pot” of the world. So if the body of a nation is brain-drained or virtually beheaded, then 80 percent of the work of that nation is left undone. Whereas the melting pot has 80 percent more of its work complete, yet having to deal with only 20 percent. So the macroeconomics, if i am not mistaken, is the multiplication of two integrals. This is what i believe, among other things, has contributed to the boom in the United States over the years. Because people there were superior, life became more and more superior and therefore attractive to the immigrant. But America is a democracy and it is true even in a democracy there is a downside. As Lenin puts it, “A democracy is a state which recognizes the subjecting of the minority to the majority.” So the immigrant comes under the subjection of the majority white, macroscopically as well as microscopically. Macroscopically, because his class of immigrants are not white. Microscopically, because he is portrayed as an alien to the majority. All that they (majority) have to do now is manage the brain by feeding it with what it needs–a salary.

‘Smith’s system of “natural liberty,” he is careful to point out, accords with the best interests of all but will not be put into practice if government is entrusted to, or heeds, “the mean rapacity (greed), the monopolizing spirit of merchants and manufacturers, who neither are, nor ought to be, the rulers of mankind.”‘ Smith’s fears have indeed materialized. Today the governments of the USA and UK are entrusted to, or heed the interests of the capitalists when it comes to foreign policy. The capitalists twist the arm of the government to import labor at actually the expense of the foreign nations or they threaten to outsource. ‘”Civil government,” Smith wrote, “so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is in reality instituted for the defense of the rich against the poor, or of those who have some property against those who have none at all.”‘ What the government is trying to secure here is the human capital for the capitalists and at the same time to keep the ratio between the whites and the minorities high within U.S.A.

Only last week we heard the Census Bureau predict an America of greater racial diversity by 2050. How did they jump into that conclusion without conceiving a strategy of immigration policy that will stem outsourcing. The idea is to keep the minority population as diverse as possible to pit one minor against the other and thus get the upper hand being a white. So import the cream, that is, brain drain China and India because it can’t afford to take too many from there due to the size of those nations. And then import Hispanics and Africans for low income jobs in equal number to pit them against the Chinese and the Indians when it comes to voting because America being a democracy, everyone has equal weight.

Through 2003-2004 we have been watching in Lou Dobb’s Report on CNN, the Exporting of America as he calls it. Corporate America is outsourcing service jobs at an alarming rate to cheap foreign labor markets like India. It is also outsourcing manufacturing jobs to China at an alarming rate. Together of which has increased the Trade Deficit of the United States by trillions of dollars.

In this global scenario there is no question that large concentrations of workers–men, women, and children–are crowded together in oppressive physical conditions and working long hours for low pay just so that an American capitalist can take a fling at his fantasy or vanity. One in ten people in America itself are now suffering from clinical depression. ‘Smith wrote with discernment about the intellectual degradation of the worker in a society in which the division of labor has proceeded very far; for by comparison with the alert intelligence of the husbandman (farmer), the specialized worker “generally becomes as stupid and ignorant as it is possible for a human being to become.”‘ The idea is to make them so specialized and stupid that they do not realize how valuable they are in the overall scheme of things. ‘In the past two centuries managers of industry have taken, in general, two broadly different positions regarding management’s social responsibilities.’ But these have been limited to the society that they operate in, which is the American neighborhood without taking into consideration the contribution of foreign neighborhoods, which send high caliber immigrants to American neighborhoods each year.

Laissez-faire with Protestant Ethic:

‘In this view the owner or manager has no responsibility for the welfare of the workers outside the immediate plant situation. As i have said earlier, a person’s station in life is a reflection of his intrinsic merit [or rather predestination] in the eyes of God; the wages and other labor costs incurred by the firm are the result of competitive market conditions. In this view, then, the owner’s or manager’s responsibility to his employees begins and ends with operating the firm in such an efficient manner that it is able to meet competition in the marketplace, and, if all business managers similarly followed a policy of intelligent self-interest, the broad social interests of society would be better served than by any other policy. The executive most inclined toward a laissez-faire viewpoint is likely to concede that there are some social problems that are not resolved by private initiative in pursuit of enlightened self-interest. However, there are [owners]/ managers with this view of the world who tend to take a defensive position regarding the responsibilities of their firm beyond the gates of the plant. They [nevertheless] recognize that popular opinion and government policies and programs may require them to take on activities not dictated by immediate material interest, but the tendency is to do what has to be done to keep out of trouble with the outside world and nothing more.’ This policy is well suited for the self-interest of a state, which has immigrants at its shores all the time.

Paternalism:

‘The other stance begins with the assumption that management has a social responsibility to the communities in which its plants are located. If one states the situation in this general way, hardly a management spokesperson today would deny this social responsibility.’ The Ford Motor Company is a case in point, which announced last week that all dividends from stock owned by the Chief stock holder will be distributed among the employees. ‘Yet, when one gets beyond rhetoric, one finds a wide variety of views as to what actions–if any–management should take. In assessing the present scene, one might do well to examine the historical evolution of conceptions of management’s social responsibilities.’

‘The rise of unions in the mass production industries of the United States in the 1930s helped to persuade executives that a paternalistic approach to labor and community relations was no longer feasible. Extensions of management’s social responsibilities were now achieved through collective bargaining. Still, these broader benefits, such as pensions and health insurance, were limited to the workers and their immediate families. There was a tendency to assume that any responsibility for the welfare of the community as a whole should be assumed by government.’

Many corporations today have several billions of dollars in turnover. CEO’s get paid in millions each year to maintain the status quo. The orderliness of the distribution of income between the landlords, manufacturers and laborers cannot be right because tests can prove that there is only little disparity–if any–between the IQ of an owner/manager and an average worker. Even if exponential reward structure were made on the populace, it would still be inconsistent with the status quo.

No doubt the United States of America was originally white. Or was it? At least everyone assumes that and government policies are tailored with that assumption. But most of the big corporations are global players today. Therefore they have global societal responsibility. The global watchdog, the United Nations, which is really a puppet of the developed world, has taken a silent stance at such matters because it has no authority given it. It follows the same policy of “allow-to-do” (laissez-faire).

Thus developed nations, through their capitalist corporations, exploit–if not behead–developing nations because people and capital is induced to move to those areas.

This is nothing but global anarchy for the above reasons mentioned. The irreparable damage is to the tune of a multiplication of two integrals for each nation in question, which I am sure, will be in zillions of dollars.

Noah did not see the great flood that was to come. It was faith alone that enabled him to build the Ark. Today, we do not see Christ face to face. So it will be faith alone that will move us to prepare a Throne (that is, one body culminated at the neck) for Him (the Head), for the great judgment day and the millennial rule. (For details, see the vision that sprang from out of a revelation about a sharp two-edged Sword: Agape TiE ® / Totally Integrated Environment®.)

Let us pray!

No sooner did i think of writing here the model prayer that our Lord had taught us and went to look for the exact words in my Bible (NASB Life Application Study Bible) from the Gospel according to Matthew, thus said the LORD (my eyes fell on): Matthew 21:42-44; 12:18-21. This took place at around 7:20 PM on Tuesday, March 23, 2004 according to the Gregorian calendar, on the island of St. Christopher in the basement apartment that we are renting from Rona & Lee Graham which is on Pelican Drive in Bird Rock.

Carefully,
(Thus says the Lord: Matthew 23:16-22)

Caleb Motupalli

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