“No man is excluded from calling upon God, the gate of salvation is set open unto all men: neither is there any other thing which keepeth us back from entering in, save only our own unbelief.” ~ John Calvin on Acts 2:21
There’s really a madness to my message here. One of greatest distractions, at least in my denomination, to the unity and fellowship of believers will usually find this man’s name somewhere in the mix.
In reality though, the body has been arguing over this thing called ‘free will’ for a very long time, much farther back into history than of even Mr. Calvin.
Some of these arguments have led to major divisions and severe persecution, where the disagreeing party standing against the majority status of the day faced emotional and physical punishment. In our day, it usually brings only slander and cruel words, but none the less, wrong treatment of others.
Do you think we can love our dogmas more than we love people… more than we love Jesus? There’s no doubt as to the urgency of truth, especially regarding the authentic gospel. I get that. Still, can we go to far with it?
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7