Not a horse in this race, but... I also think Calvinism can be very much misrepresented as Christianity is misrepresented many times. Spurgeon stated that Calvinism IS the Gospel. What did he mean by that? You can hear is defense on his SermonAudio channel. I don't think the mode of baptism is the "thing" to focus on so much whether immersed or sprinkled. Jesus was placed or "buried" in the side of a rock and not buried in the ground. And when the early church was baptized by the Holy Spirit, the Spirit came upon them as a "pouring out". They were not "dunked" into or by the Spirit. It also would make sense when several thousand new Christians were baptized, women would not likely have been immersed for the obvious reasons. Wet t-shirt contests are never a good idea and I'm sure modesty would have been more of the focus for their sake. So for the mode, I could also see both/and and not either/or.
Clear exposer of a counterfeit doctrine I'm ashamed to admit that I was greatly influenced by many Calvinist preachers on this platform, believing that it was scriptural. It was not until I started attending a Calvinist church that I began to see that it is actually what Paul describes as another gospel.
As the cold clammy tendrils of Calvinism advanced towards my heart, I continued to read my AV Bible and began to see that the more covert aspects of their beliefs were absolutely contradicted. We are not robots, we can and must make a choice, Jesus invites and doesn't force.
I then read about Calvin - who was revered like a pope at the church I attended - and am still astonished when I hear otherwise sound preachers quoting him as if he was a godly man.
I studied Scripture, listened to their arguments and became convinced that the infant sprinkling (practised by the church I attended) is not baptism any more than the Catholic mass is the Lord's supper - but that is a small matter compared with a corrupted gospel which leaves people hoping that they are elect and waiting, waiting, waiting for God to save them - and their loved ones.
Thankyou for this valuable rebuttal of the insidious doctrines of Calvin. I wish I'd heard it years ago.
Confusing Dear brother, What you are preaching is not predestination, but pre-knowing. For predestination to have any meaning at all it must mean that God in His Sovereignty PRE-DESTINES a person to a certain destiny, that is, salvation. Your definition makes God subservient to human will.
Who's misreading? Always amazed how those who deny God's sovereignty and election will be the ones who do the misreading of verses. It couldn't be anymore clear, the verses you read aloud prove God's election, predestination, choosing, yet you purposely emphasize the words you want to try and disprove it. You can't read anything else into this and other verses. God elects. Dead people cannot respond to the Gospel until GOD makes them alive and willing to hear. All men are totally depraved and unable to "accept" Jesus.
Great Sermon! I struggle too, I think because I've fallen into major doubt too many times. I've back slid as they say, too many times, and my life is useless. I will be the one in the back of the crowd hanging on for dear life. I grew up in a church that didnt teach the trinity and its very difficult to understand it. I was taught similar to jw. This trinity thing has me so confused.
Great Sermon! The rise and fall of great nations average 200 years follow these stages:
2. Spiritual faith
3. Great courage
Where is the USA?
Great Sermon! This is a very helpful examination of how prophecy has been important in studying the Holy Scriptures and how we can depend on future prophecy in coming history before the Rapture and into the Book of Revelation.
Strong Sermon! This is an excellent and detailed look at the meaning of hell as seen through the various descriptions in the Holy Bible. Hearing this message and still denying the existence of hell is beyond me. Once you die, it's too late to try to see if hell is valid.
Great Sermon! IT IS SUCH A BLESSING TO BE ABLE TO LISTEN TO DR. CUCUZZA ON SERMON AUDIO, HE HAS SUCH A WONDERFUL WAY OF PREACHING AND TEACHING THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS CHRIST. THANK YOU SERMON AUDIO.
Great Sermon! GOD HAS TRULY BLESSED DR. CUCUZZA WITH A TREMENDOUS TALENT FOR PREACHING AND TEACHING THE WORD OF GOD. I LIKE THE FACT THAT HE WAS RAISED CATHOLIC, I BELEIVE IT GIVES HIM A GOOD PERSPECTIVE FOR TEACHING BIBLICAL SALVATION. HE HAS BEEN SUCH A BLESSING TO ME AND I THANK GOD FOR SERMON AUDIO PROVIDING THE MEANS FOR ME TO BE ABLE TO LISTEN TO HIS SERMONS.