The Effectual Calling of a True Calvinist

“Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.”  Ezekiel 28:15

Philip Grahm Ryken writes in his booklet, What is a True Calvinist, that he sympathizes with the man who wrote, “Nothing will deaden a church or put a young man out of the ministry any more than an adherence to Calvinism.  Nothing will  foster pride and indifference as will an affection for Calvinism.  Nothing will destroy holiness and spirituality as an attachment to Calvinism….The doctrines of Calvinism will deaden and kill anything:  prayer, faith, zeal, holiness.”

This author then goes on to prove the antithesis argument that “If the true Calvinist is a sinner who has received God’s grace and seeks to live for God’s glory, then the prophet Isaiah is the perfect example. In The Practical Implications of Calvinism, Al Martin claims that Isaiah 6 is the historical account of how God “makes a Calvinist.”

In Isaiah 6, the prophet has seen a vision of the Lord sitting upon a throne, and comprehending the holiness and glory of God, he is convicted of his sin and that of the people he dwells among. In response to his confession, a seraphim cleanses his iniquity  and purges his sin with a coal taken from the altar. Isaiah then hears the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” He replies, “Here am I; send me”.  So the LORD gives Isaiah this commission: “Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.  Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.”

This scripture receives fulfillment when  Jesus Christ becomes the Word made flesh.  After his resurrection, Jesus Christ sits at the right hand of the throne of God, as the great high priest.  Hebrews 4:16 encourages us, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” In the verses prior to this, the word of God is noted to be sharper than any two-edged sword and  is a “discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

In I John 4:1 we are told, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”  We are told further in chapter 5, that “He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.”  One of my favorite promises is in this same chapter, in verse 14-15, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he heareth us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”

Thus that Adversary of Jesus Christ, called Lucifer, must surely position himself to also hear our petitions, so that any which adversely affect him can be overturned.

The throne of  Lucifer, as antichrist,  can be considered as the House of the Ruler Of  the Will of God, in that the Son of Perdition, that man of sin revealed, is described in 2 Thessalonians 2:4, as one “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”

We shall agree with the apostle Paul in Romans 3:4, “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightiest be justified in thy sayings, and mightiest overcome when thou are judged.”  We repeat again what is said in I John 5:10 that  “he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 

The King James Holy Bible in Isaiah 14:12 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!”  The English Standard Version, which is extolled by all  modern-day “true” Calvinists,  is the chosen Pew Bible for the First Presbyterian Church of Hattiesburg.  This false translation has altered this passage, which was  written by Isaiah who had the vision of the glory of God’s throne.  They eliminate the name “Lucifer”, and replace it with “O Day Star, son of Dawn!” Thus they hide this historical accounting of the fall of Lucifer, and show that the fall from heaven involved Jesus Christ who is known in the New Testament as the Day star. Calvinists apparently have a problem with the Record that God has given of his Son.

Therefore the Effectual Calling of a True Calvinist, is not that of Isaiah, who spoke the truth about Jesus Christ.

The historical account of how God makes a Calvinist is found in I Kings 22:19-23:  “And he said, Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD:  I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left.  And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner. And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him.  And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith?  And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so.  Now therefore, behold the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee.”

The result is that those who have exalted Lucifer, and lowered Jesus Christ as fallen from heaven, have made the “Anointed Cherub that Covereth”  into the House of the Ruler of the Will of God.  This House of the High Priest of Grace Transformed into Lasciviousness, is described in Ezekiel 28:15-18:

“Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.  By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned:  therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.  Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.  Thou has defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffic; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.”

Therein is the description of the House of the Ruler of the Will of God, that “ruler of the people” who is not to be reviled, the Supreme 33 Mother Council of the World. What is the Song of Columbia?  It is the Balances of the Black Order singing the  praises of their lord.

 

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