“But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must need be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! Mark 18:6-7
As a child I believed in Jesus Christ, in spite of the scoffers and mockers around me. Jesus Christ condemns the efforts of those who attempt to overturn the faith of a child in Him. But the deepest and most subtle offences are found in churches which pride themselves in their orthodoxy. Those which desire a church-state form of government over the land, in order to put to death their adversaries, stand upon the foundation of two men upon whom it can be declared, “But woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!” I am speaking of Augustine and Calvin.
Of them, Proverbs 26:26 says, “Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.” As Augustine is the foremost theologian for the Roman Catholic Church, so is John Calvin, the chief theologian for the Reformed and Protestant faith. Some view the Protestant movement as ” the antithesis” to the “thesis” of Roman Catholicism, but in fact Calvin is but a continuance of Augustine’s ideas. It is interesting to find on the internet that one of the most noted Roman Catholic critics of the Vatican II changes in the rites of Roman Catholicism, has made the charge that the altar table now resembles that of the Calvinists. This critic concludes that Freemasonry has taken over the leadership in Rome. Oh those subtle Knights Templars!
Isaiah 28:9a asks, “Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine?” Well I answer, surely not that Black Order hiding behind the TULIPs! To those who would not hear, verse 13 continues, “But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.”
The LORD goes on to reprove the crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, those scornful men that rule this people which is in Jerusalem, in verses 15-18:
“Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us; for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves: Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste. Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place. And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.”
Jesus Christ identified those who had made a covenant with death in the New Testament, as the Builders, who killed the heir in order to steal the inheritance. The Calvinists reply with one of their favorite proof texts, “Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain.” The overturning of words is the basis of Calvinism, and an example of this is found in the English Standard Version Bible which translates Isaiah 14:12 as “How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn? How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low!”
The King James Authorized Holy Bible says, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!”
Calvinism has hidden Lucifer from view in their latest translation, and replaced his fall with that of the Day Star, which is Jesus Christ. Mark 12:13, says, “And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words.” The theology of Calvinism is the attempt to overturn the words of the Bible, and to promote their God Lucifer, or Satan, to preeminence over the body of Christ. This theology views God as an arbitrary, hard ruler, who before men were even created, made an Eternal Decree which picked out some men as elect, and others as reprobate, and then caused the fall of mankind. But fortunately for the Totally Depraved Elect, the grace of salvation was forced upon them against their will. Unfortunately for the men designated as reprobates before they were formed, they must withstand eternity in hell. Despite their profession of being the humblest of men, a Calvinist is always among the elect, and of course their descendents also.
This theological view is that of the servant which was given one talent, who viewed his Lord as a hard man; or as Sovereign without mercy, compassion, love and justice. No doubt, when Lucifer fell, he had a complaint against God, who had judged his iniquity. To add to the confusion Calvinist defenders of Lucifer, like to appear as the antithesis to Lucifer, who appears to be the first “Arminian” with his “I will, I will, I will,”. This form of priest craft is a lover of lies and displays the union of opposites, for they have taken up arms against God because they have no love of God; yet they declare that only they glorify God as Sovereign.
Romans 2:4-5 asks, “Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;”.
Jesus pronounced this judgment: “But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for ye neither go in your selves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.” The theology of the justification of Lucifer defends the subtilty of the serpent in the Garden of Eden who asked, “Yea, hath God said…?” This is Total Depravity indeed which has “trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done depite unto the Spirit of Grace.” (Hebrews 10:29)