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Lighthouse Trails Research Journal 7 CALVINISM: CHANGING THE MEANING OF WORDS TO PROMOTE A THEORY BY LT EDITORS n 2018, Lighthouse Trails published Bob Kirkland’s book Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy. Over the last few years especially, the editors at Lighthouse Trails have grown increasingly troubled and dismayed to see how Calvinism has and continues to infiltrate today’s Chris- tian churches, ministries, and colleges. If you do not understand what Calvinism really teaches, it would be a good idea to seek that understanding because sooner or later, it is going to affect your family, and the results could be devastating, especially for the younger members of your family. Some people automatically think that the main premise of Calvinism is believing in eternal security and that if you are not Calvinist, then you must not believe in eternal security for the believer (or in salva- tion solely by the grace of God and not of man’s merit). That is not what Calvinism is really all about. In fact, as Kirkland shows in his book, Calvinism does not offer the assurance of salvation at all, and it actually diminishes and cheapens the grace of God. Some people also think that if you are not Calvinist, then you must be a so-called “Arminianist.” The fact is, there are many Christians (of which we are among them) who are neither Calvinist nor Arminian* Please do not take this lightly. At some point, we do believe many Calvinist leaders and teachers (in particular, the newer ones coming on the scene) will fold in with the great apostasy and will take their followers with them. We encourage you to read Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy. For the months of September and October 2019, you may get the book for 40% off retail ($7.17). If you truly cannot afford to buy the book, please write to us, and we will send you a complimentary copy. I Volume 7—No. 5 Below is chapter 3 of Bob Kirkland’s book, Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy. This chapter discusses the main premise of Calvinism that limits the availability of the Gospel to a small “elect” rather than mak- ing it available to “whosoever believeth.” “CALVINISM: CHANGING THE MEANING OF WORDS TO PROMOTE A THEORY” BY BOB KIRKLAND he only way Calvinists can support their theory from the Bible is to alter the meaning of Bible words or take them out of context. When a Calvinist teaches “whosoever will,” he means whosoever “God wills.” Calvinist arthur A. W. Pink (1886-1952), who “sparked a renewed interest in the exposition of Calvinism,” 1 wrote, “The fact is, the love of God is a truth for the saints only.” 2 He said: T [T]he “world” in John 3:16 must, in the final analysis, refer to the world of God’s people. 3 When a Calvinist talks about the “sover- eignty” of God, he has his own definition of the word sovereignty (as he does with the word depravity). Easton’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary says that the sovereignty of God is “[H]is absolute right to do all things ac- cording to his own good pleasure.” 4 God, in His sovereignty, in His absolute right to do all things according to His own good pleasure, has established some laws for mankind. For example, the Bible says, “except ye repent ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3). God, in His sovereignty, has determined that the sinner who does not repent [i.e., turn to God by faith] will not gain eternal life. Considering that the word “sovereignty” is not in the Bible and considering the actual meaning of the word, rather than Calvin’s distorted meaning (which he needed to support his theory), we see God is no less sovereign because He, according to His own good pleasure, gives man a free will making him capable of receiving Christ as his Savior. Again, when A. W. Pink said the “‘world’ in John 3:16 must, in the final analysis, refer to the world of God’s people,” he contin- ued, saying, “Must we say, for there is no alternative solution.” 5 The dictionary says, a solution is, “an answer to a problem.” John 3:16 presents no problem unless you are a Calvinist needing a “solution” to support your theory. The way a Calvinist solves his problem is to simply change the meaning of words in the Bible and in the dictionary to mean what they need to mean to support their position. Calvinist writers have made many dec- larations that God has decreed everything that would happen in this world, from Adam’s sin to the doom of billions of people in Hell. The only way they can maintain their theory is to change the words “world” and “whosoever” to “elect.” Since Calvin- ists can change these words in John 3:16, it must be all right to change these words in John 15:18-19. USING THE CALVINISTIC “SOLUTION” IN JOHN 15:18-19 ohn 15:18-19 says: J If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Using the Calvinist “solution” of chang- ing the word “world” as they did in John 3:16 so that it means elect, John 15:18-19 now must read: If the elect hate you, who are the elect, ye know that the elect hated Continues on next page SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019