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Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy

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By Bob Kirkland, D.D.

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Today, a growing number of churches, ministries, and Christian colleges are promoting Calvinism. While Calvinist scholars claim that Calvinism is complex (and they have indeed created a complex system), the rudiments of it are very basic, and it can be readily understood.

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Pages: 128
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Today, a growing number of churches, ministries, and Christian colleges are promoting Calvinism. While Calvinist scholars claim that Calvinism is complex (and they have indeed created a complex system), the rudiments of it are very basic, and it can be readily understood.

To call something heresy is clearly a strong accusation and should never be done flippantly. For something to be heresy, it must deviate from the fundamental teachings of the Bible. And nothing can be more serious than a deviation from the Gospel itself. Calvinism does present “another gospel.”

John Calvin taught that God will be glorified by bringing billions of people into this world for no other purpose than having them burn in Hell for eternity. This alone depicts a view of God found nowhere in Scripture; in essence, this misrepresents God but also creates a platform upon which “another gospel” has been built that is both fatalistic and makes the sacrifice of Christ no longer freely available to “whosoever may come.” Salvation is no longer a matter of choice. Furthermore, the Calvinist can never actually know if he or she is one of “the elect” thereby placing the Calvinist “Gospel” on a foundation of doubt rather than true biblical belief in the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ at Calvary. If that is not heresy, then what is?

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By on  03 Aug. 2019 (Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy) :
(5/5

Needed to Understand the depth of Calvinism

With all the media out there about Calvinism I needed to understand the emerging churches dialogue of today. The book explains John Calvin's teaching.

By on  23 July 2019 (Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy) :
(5/5

Calvanism: None Dare Call it Heresy

An excellent book for anyone who wants to understand the basics without getting lost in the weeds.
It points out the most serious errors and gives lists off Scripture to back up the non-calvanist point of view.

The layout is good - divided into small section and easy to find the main points.

One critique - page 25, last paragraph - when a Calvanist talks about the sovereignty of God, he has his own definition…as he does w/ depravity". The next sentence makes no contrast. It gives the definition from Easton's….
The next paragraph on page 26 continues the same thought. Because there is no word "but", or "in contrast" or "instead", there is every appearance that the whole section is talking about the Calvanist view. I have a degreee in theology. I read the definition and was sure it was biblical, but it was connected to that first sentence on page 25. I read it at least 10 times and could still not decide what the author meant. It was only when I got to page 68, middle of the page, the author states, "Remember, the sovereignty of God merely means…" Now I knew what the author was saying.
The author's purpose would be better served if on page 25, he said, When a Calvanist talks about the sovereignty of God…depravity. The author should then give the Calvanist definition of sovereignty. And then say, "However, based on Scripture, the sovereignty of God merely means… As Easton"s …so clearly states,… " Several others have had the same complaint

By on  23 July 2019 (Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy) :
(3/5

A Good Read

I liked the fact that the book was an overview of Calvinism and gave scripture references with the comparisons. I have other books on the subject that are very in-depth.

By on  22 July 2019 (Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy) :
(5/5

My First Reading on Calvinism

I've been educating myself on Calvinism. This was the first book I read on the subject. My reading was on Kindle. Now I have purchased copies of the book for my son, my preacher brother, and my pastors. Hopefully this can be a conversation starter without leading to something unpleasant. I've continued to educate, or try to, my son, who is receptive. My preacher brother may not be so receptive, I don't know. I just wanted to broach the subject with my pastors. I never knew that Baptists fell into the Calvinist camp. Now I am questioning just what those beliefs are. This book alerted me to the history behind Calvinism and then led me to the next book, "What Love Is This" by Dave Hunt, and then to "The Other Side of Calvinism" by Laurence M. Vance. I'm continuing to learn. I will be re-reading this book once I finish the Vance book. I've got so much detail floating around my head that I don't remember what was said in each book.

By on  29 May 2019 (Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy) :
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Greg

If anyone is wrestling with the issue of predestination vs choice this book is excellent! It’s an easy read too, for anyone who is not a very fast reader like myself. I bought one, read the whole thing, appendixes and all, then ordered 10 more to give to my family and friends because it was so good.

By on  13 Feb. 2019 (Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy) :
(5/5

CALVINISM NONE DARE CALL IT HERESY

I am so thankful you published this book! It is easy to understand, well-laid out, and presented in a clear and logical manner. There is so much confusion about Calvin and what he truly believed, taught and lived that this settled the issue in my mind. I am going to share it with other Christians who have questions about Calvinism, and are "fuzzy" concerning Calvinist doctrines. It was a great help to me, and I am very thankful for this work. It is excellent!

By on  06 Feb. 2019 (Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy) :
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Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy

Easy to understand and Scripturally based.

By on  28 Jan. 2019 (Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy) :
(5/5

Calvinism: None DAre Call It Heresy

very good great

By on  20 Jan. 2019 (Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy) :
(5/5

Pastor Randy

Very well written and timely in the day in which we live. While many try to duck or dodge this issue today. This is a valuable tool to dialog with many in our day. I will be buying some to give away to those on both sides of the fence.

By on  04 Jan. 2019 (Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy) :
(5/5

Great Book!

I very much appreciated purchasing this book thank you! Calvinism always left me with a bad taste and I still cannot see how so many people nowadays have fallen for it. People need to read this book. I appreciated the history on John Calvin as well. I never realized Calvin was a persecutor of people who disagreed with. That was very enlightening. I always assumed he was a more fruitful Christian even though I was unaware of some of the history about his life and works.

By on  03 Nov. 2018 (Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy) :
(5/5

Calvinism None dare call it Heresy

Concise and filled with enough information to clearly show the folly of Calvinism.

By on  26 Oct. 2018 (Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy) :
(5/5

Very well written and worth reading.

Found the truth about Calvinism to be horrible. Don't understand how Calvinism can still be around after such a long time.

By on  01 Aug. 2018 (Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy) :
(3/5

Informative,

Great read! I finished it front to back in one day!

By on  21 July 2018 (Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy) :
(5/5

THIS BOOK IS A GOD SEND!

THIS BOOK IS A GOD SEND! My son is caught up in Reformed Theology/Extreme Calvinism. I've read tons of good information, but this book exceeds them all.
Reformed Calvinism really is heresy. It perverts and twists the gospel message, but is becoming very popular.. This book should be essential reading for every Christian and every Christian Pastor!

THANKS SO MUCH!

Karen Hempen

By on  18 July 2018 (Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy) :
(5/5

Calvinism None Dare Call It Heresy

Good Read, certainly opens up an understanding for those that get and read the book, Calvinism None Dare Call It Heresy.

By on  13 July 2018 (Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy) :
(5/5

Calvinism None Dare Call It Heresy

As a minister and have engaged in Apologetic for years, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who does apologetics on Christian doctrine.

By on  19 June 2018 (Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy) :
(5/5

Excellent help to clear the air on Calvinism

With Calvinism seemingly making a resurgence, some people who are attracted to that system are hard to convince that the system is in serious error.

Pastor Kirkland's book is both small and easily digestible, but these qualities do not diminish its strong, Biblical teaching!!

When reading any book on doctrine, Scripture MUST back up the teacher's statements!!
Pastor Kirkland provides abundant Scripture, and also uses an ingenious technique: he rewords Scripture so it will agree with the Calvinistic viewpoint.

Naturally, the Scriptures he rewords very capably illustrate the fallacies in Calvinistic "logic." The misuse the Bible.

Brings to mind Peter's admonition "As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction." (2 Peter 3:16).

"Wrest" here means to "torture or pervert." Exactly what Calvinists do with the Holy Bible!!

For example, Ezra 8:22. Read it for yourself in your KJV. Now, read Pastor Kirkland's rewrite into "John Calvin-speak": "The hand of our God is upon all the elect for good that seek him; even tough they have no free will to seek him, but his power and his wrath is against all the non-elect that forsake him, even though they are dead and have no free will to forsake him."

See what I mean!! There are many such "aha" moments when reading this book, and studying the accompanying Scriptures.

Another example of impeccable logic on Pastor Kirkland's part is when he discusses the subject of free will: one of the passages he uses is Genesis 2:15-17, where it reads, in part, "...the LORD God commanded the man..."

The Calvinist viewpoint is that man is UTTERLY INCAPABLE of willing ANYTHING.
BUT: if we are all Calvinistic robots without an iota of free will, why did God find it necessary to command obedience? Excellent point, Pastor Kirkland!!!

Of particular note are Chapters 1 & 2, "Where Calvin Got His Theology," and "John Calvin's Manner of Life."

These 2 chapters contain shocking historical background. How could a new Christian of less that 2 years time from his (questionable, by Calvin's own account) "conversion" possibly have come up with such supposedly reliable teaching? And how could anyone follow the teaching of someone (Calvin) who practiced barbaric torture on, and murder of, upwards of 100 precious humans who had the audacity to disagree with his opinions?
I love this book, and will purchase in bulk for teaching to my Sunday school class!!
Thank you for reading :)

By on  19 June 2018 (Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy) :
(5/5

Calvinism: None Dare Call it Heresy

An eye opener about the disturbing doctrine of Calvinism

By on  20 May 2018 (Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy) :
(5/5

Bondage Breaker

I got the book “None Dare Call It Heresy” in Kindle (until hard copy arrives) form and a hard copy. I just had to start reading it ASAP and looking forward to the hard copy to write, highlight and make notes on it (which has happened). Having been in a staunch Reformed, 5-point Calvinist church for over 10 years and never being able to embrace it (tho I kept that to myself) and feeling guilty that something was wrong with me was very damaging. The joy of His salvation left me little by little with the paralyzing fear of not being a chosen one. My husband was Reformed until a few years ago. We left 20 yrs ago not for it being Reformed but other unconscionable things that the pastors thought were biblical actions. Because we did not submit to their authority, they excommunicated us. They put us thru hell. None of our friends were allowed to have anything to do with us. My paralyzing fear of God throwing me away led me to develop severe anxiety and panic attacks that interrupted my daily function. Our three kids were very little at the time, and it was so difficult for me. By God’s grace I did not walk away from my faith but just clung with every fiber of my being to the sliver of hope that God’s grace and gift of eternal life with Him was available to ALL who chose to trust and believe in Him. At times it was almost impossible to believe it was that simple!

I often told my husband that I believed it was another gospel which put strain on our marriage as at the time he still fully embraced it. I’m sharing only a very small snippet of our experience but I can tell you that many of our close friends walked away from the faith wounded, broken and betrayed by that church and their legalism. That church fell apart a few years back but the damage Calvinism/Reformed Theology had on many is tragic. Speaking for myself I think of it as “Calvinist Theology PTSD!” Just Sunday on our way to church a pastor on the radio said something that triggered that fear again, and it makes me mad and sad. For some of us, it changed us deep in our spirit in a damaging way and what once was a beautiful and sweet joy of Christ’s Salvation turned into a lifelong limp.

All this to say I’ve longed for a book like this to help me truly understand, embrace God’s immeasurable love for me and validate my thoughts on this grace killer! This book is a must read for untangling your theology and get back on the correct one!

By on  19 May 2018 (Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy) :
(5/5

A Concise Critque

Thank you so much for publishing Calvinism None Dare Call It Heresy. I pre-ordered a copy from Amazon and read it as soon as I received it. I was taught/indoctrinated by a Calvinist pastor several years ago and by the grace of God, came to my senses after carefully reading the Bible. I have been a Dave Hunt reader for about 25 years now and read his book What Love Is This? as soon as it came out and gleaned much valuable information from it to share with people struggling with this issue. I have wanted a more concise critique that I could share with other folks being taken in by the slick packaging and marketing of Calvinism. Most wouldn't take the time to read a work as extensive as Dave's but your book packs the essentials all into a package that fits the bill perfectly and is priced so that I can afford to pass it on to others. I don't know anyone who simply read the Bible and came away with a Calvinistic understanding. Every Calvinist I know was taught it by another Calvinist. Thank you for ignoring all the critics and proceeding with the publication of this book. It will be a valuable resource in defending the truth of God's word as well as His character.

With appreciation.

By on  10 May 2018 (Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy) :
(4/5

Good Read - but also a primer

Written as a primer on Calvinism, it is aimed at the person who wants to know more about Calvinism but not get into deep theology. With that understanding I highly recommend it. . . . Good documentation and clear understanding of 5 point Calvinism. . . . It is a small book (5x8 inches). . . . It is an easy hour or two read. Also included are 3 essays, each about 5-7 pages. One is by Harry Ironside which is a nice addition.

The tenets of Calvinism are clearly explained. Scriptures they use to support their systematic are cited and rebutted. The author clearly shows how they are taken out of context. He uses ample scriptures to refute the tenets. He also names leading Calvinists and uses many quotes from them to establish their beliefs. . . . The author also uses logic to fully discount the tenets of Calvinism.

While the topics he covers are all good and in total do explain the heretical stance of Calvinism, I wanted a more organized approach such as walking through T.U.L.I.P. This is just my preference but is the way I would approach this.

By on  10 May 2018 (Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy) :
(5/5

Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy

*Good read on a timely subject.!
*Author is a solid pastor.
*Clearly shows how Calvinism (Reformed Theology) fails the standards of the Word of God.
*Excellent references, plus lists Dave Hunt's book "What Love is This?" as an in-depth next read.
*Gives all Scripture references, making it easy to see what the Bible says about Calvinism.
*Eye appealing cover: good for coffee tables, etc...
"It is refreshing to see a man of God write on a subject where he will be going against the flow of church thinking, but with the flow of God's Word. I recommend this book."
Pastor Mike Sommars, AnchorFellowshipCostaMesa.com

By on  06 May 2018 (Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy) :
(5/5

Calvinism: None Dare Call it Heresy

I knew some about the dangers of Calvinism. This book had helpful scriptures to show we have free will and the power to choose.

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