The Gospel Deficiency of Reformed Theology,Calvinism

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The Gospel Deficiency of Reformed Theology

“A Glass Half Empty”
Don Roberts, B.A., M.Div.
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Table of Contents
Preface………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 3

The scope of this book is to expose the gospel deficiency of Reformed Theology, more commonly known as Calvinism. Reformed Theology is not the outgrowth of revelation, but of human rationalism and theological speculation as they are imposed upon scripture. In order for Reformed Theology, or Calvinism, to take hold in the mind of a believer, the student of scripture, in order to substantiate the errors of Calvinism, must violate biblical contexts and abandon intellectual honesty. The embrace of Reformed Theology constitutes a mental disorder. The content of this book will make that case.
It must be made clear that Gospel Deficiency does not attempt to portray Calvinists as enemies of the Gospel. It’s the system of Calvinism that’s the culprit. The Calvinist suffers from the same kind of un-gospel-like thinking that infected Peter and Barnabas at Antioch (Galatians 2:11-13). Peter was eating with Gentile believers until certain Jews sent from James came to town. Instead of holding fast to his fellowship standards according to the truth of the gospel, Peter modified his behavior, withdrawing and separating himself from uncircumcised Gentiles out of fear for circumcised Jews. Since the atonement of Christ meant there was no longer any circumcision or uncircumcision in Christ, Peter played the hypocrite, and dissimulated (2:13). Peter’s behavior was un-gospel-like in that it sought to maintain distinctions the Cross had obliterated. Paul withstood Peter to the face for his overt inconsistency with gospel truth. Even Barnabas got “carried away” with the dissimulation. Both Peter and Barnabas were good, godly men. Yet both for a season were infected by an un-gospel-like mindset.

¶Section I……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………6

An Overview of Calvinism………………………………………………………………………………………7

Total Depravity………………………………………………………………………………………………………….8

Unconditional Election……………………………………………………………………………………………9

Limited Atonement…………………………………………………………………………………………………11

Irresistible Grace………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 14

Perseverance of the Saints…………………………………………………………………………………..15
My Personal Experience with Calvinism…………………………………………………………..18

Calvinism: A Mental Disorder………………………………………………………………………………22

Calvinism’s Primary Argument Refuted…………………………………………………………..26

The ‘World’ According to Jesus…………………………………………………………………………….32

The Church Infected with Calvinism…………………………………………………………………39

Section II…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………42

The Gospel Deficiency of Reformed Theology………………………………………………….43

No Gospel in a Limited Atonement…………………………………………………………………….45

Connecting the Gospel Dots…………………………………………………………………………………47

A Brief Overview of Depravity…………………………………………………………………………….49

A Biblical Perspective on Depravity……………………………………………………………………51

Does Regeneration Precede Faith?……………………………………………………………………..53

The ‘Look and Live’ Object Lesson……………………………………………………………………….56

Election and the Last Days………………………………………………………………………………….58

Known and Foreknown of God……………………………………………………………………………60

The Bottom Line: Foreknown or Never Known……………………………………………….67

The Work of God……………………………………………………………………………………………………..69

An Analysis of Romans 9, 11………………………………………………………………………………….71

Romans 9:1-24………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 71

Romans 11:1-8………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 76

An Analysis of Acts 13:48……………………………………………………………………………………….80

Continuing in the Grace of God ………………………………………………………………………….80

Ordained to Eternal Life (Part 1)………………………………………………………………………….81

Ordained to Eternal Life (Part 2)…………………………………………………………………………83

The World Reconciled………………………………………………………………………………………,……..86

The Saviour of All Men…………………………………………………………………………………………. 89

Liberty In Sovereignty…………………………………………………………………………………………..91

¶Section III…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………93

James White on John 3:14-18: An Analysis…………………………………………………………94

Open Letter Excerpt……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 94

End Notes…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 101

Conclusion………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..108

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