Sovereign Semantics

Perhaps it’s due to its birth, but Calvinism likes to play semantics with the sovereignty of God. One moment God is sovereignly controlling all things and the next moment he’s not in control of his own sovereignty.

You see, according to the doctrine of Calvinism, God’s sovereignty controls everything, including whether or not an individual is capable of being unconditionally saved. When God’s sovereign grace, according to the said doctrine, is gifted upon the unconditionally predestined individual by grace alone, only then is he or she capable of producing works of genuine repentance which evidences his or her reception of salvation from God. Therefore the logical end-result of Calvinism’s beginning says a person can only repent and be saved if it’s according to the sovereign will of God.

Truth be told, Calvinism is not only out of control with the meaning of faith, hope, works, election and predestination, when it comes to God’s sovereignty Calvinism confusingly controls the will of God and causes it to contradict itself because, according to the word of God, it is the will of God that every person repents so they do not perish without God! I’m not saying the Bible says it’s the will of God for all people to repent – the Bible itself says this (2 Peter 3:9).

Therefore if, according to Calvinism, only God’s will controls who can repent, and according to the plain language of the scriptures it is God’s will and command for all people to repent (Acts 17:30), then it can only be the failure of God’s confused sovereignty when a person fails to repent in conjunction with the deliverance of his or her soul from Hell.

You decide, either God, as Calvinism would say, is playing semantics with his own will by wanting all to be saved but failing to save all through his own inaction, or the sovereignty of God is sovereign enough to allow the heart of an individual to choose whether or not we will repent of the sin we are responsible for and then humbly accept the gift of grace he offers through Jesus.

“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:36-38 NKJV)

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