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Lighthouse Trails Research Journal Calvinism—continued from previous page rejoice in thy salvation because I can’t trust in thy mercy, and besides I do not have any assurance that you included me in your mercy. CALVINISTS TEACH ALL MEN ARE TOTALLY DEPRAVED t is true that all people have depraved and sinful natures, and no person merits sal- vation. However, the word “total” means, “entirely, to the full.” The word “depraved” means “morally corrupt.” To suggest that all people in the world are “totally immoral” is ridiculous. None of the neighbors on the street where I live confess to be saved, but that does not make them totally immoral. We must not forget that God has put a conscience in people so that we know or have a sense of right and wrong. Even an unsaved person can feel remorse and regret when he has done something wrong. If he was totally depraved, he would not have the capability to do that (see Romans 1: 19-20). The Bible speaks again and again of some people who are more corrupt than others. Ezekiel 16:47 says, “[T]hou wast corrupted more than they in all thy ways.” Judges 2:19 says that they “corrupted themselves more than their fathers.” First Kings 16:25 says, “Omri . . . did worse than all that were before him.” Jeremiah 7:26 says, “[T]hey did worse than their fathers.” However, we must remember that Calvinists have their own special meaning for words. To a Calvinist total depravity means “total inability.” The common dictionary meaning of inability is, not having the quality or state of being able to do something. Calvinism says that I 9 because all mankind is dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1-4), they cannot respond in any way to receive Christ as their Savior. QUOTES FROM WELL-KNOWN CALVINISTS • A [spiritually] dead man . . . cannot exer- cise faith in Jesus Christ. 8 —Gordon H. Clark • The sinner . . . is utterly incapable of will- ing anything. 9 —A. W. Pink • A corpse does not cry out for help. 10 —Ar- thur Custance • [W]e have no more to do with our spiritual birth than we had with our natural birth. 11 —A.W. Pink • [E]ven if what he or she does is simply to repent and believe the gospel, God’s grace is seriously, albeit unwittingly, compro- mised. 12 —Sam Storms • [T]he sinner is of himself neither capable nor willing to receive that salvation. 13 —Her- man Hoeksema • The Bible stresses the total inability of fallen man to respond positively to the law of God. 14 —Kenneth Talbot and Gary Crampton • [T]he sinner, of himself, cannot repent and believe. 15 —A.W. Pink *Editor’s Note: In Dave Hunt’s outstanding book What Love is This?, he shows that the terms Arminianist/Arminianism were essen- tially created by the Calvinist camp to quickly discredit non-Calvinists by saying they don’t believe in eternal security or in the grace of God for salvation. ENDNOTES: 1. “Arthur Pink,” Wikipedia, https:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Pink. 2. A. W. Pink, The Sovereignty of God (Blacksburg, VA: Wilder Publications, 2008), p. 160. 3. Ibid., p. 163. 4. M.G. Easton, Illustrated Bible Diction- ary (New York, NY: Harper & Brothers, 1893, Scholar Select scanned edition), p. 641. 5. A. W. Pink, The Sovereignty of God, op. cit., p. 163. 6. Ibid., p. 82. 7. Ibid. 8. Gordon H. Clark, Predestination (Phil- lipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 1987), p. 102. 9. A.W. Pink, The Sovereignty of God, op. cit., p. 113. 10. Arthur Custance, The Sovereignty of Grace (P & R Press; First Edition, 1979), p. 18; also at: http://www.custance.org/Li- brary/SOG/Part_I/Chapter2.html#Page5. 11. A.W. Pink, The Sovereignty of God, op. cit., p. 57. 12. Sam Storms, Chosen for Life: The Case for Divine Election (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, a ministry of Good News Publishers, revised and expanded edition, 2007), p. 77. 13. Herman Hoeksema, Whosoever Will (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdman’s Publishing Company, First Edition 1945, reprinted 1973), p. 14. 14. Kenneth Talbot and Gary Crampton, Calvinism, Hyper-Calvinism and Armin- ianism (Lakeland, FL: Whitefield Media Publishing, 3rd Edition, 1990), p. 40. 15. A.W. Pink, The Sovereignty of God, op. cit., p. 120. SUPPORTING LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS: For those who would like to support Lighthouse Trails, we always appreciate both your prayers and your giving. And for those who have faithfully done that over the years, we thank you with all of our hearts. It is our prayer that we will faithfully be humble servants of the Lord’s work for years to come should the Lord tarry. If you would like to donate to Lighthouse Trails, you may send a donation by mailing it to: Lighthouse Trails, P.O. Box 908, Eureka, MT 59917. Or you may call 866/876-3910. There is also a donate page on our website (www.lighthousetrails.com) which gives three different payment options. 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