Calvinism and the Will of God – 1 Thessalonians 4:3

See other Calvinism refutations here and here and the following notes (below) can be found in PDF format here.

Corresponding video with PDF notes found here.

Paragraph 1. God hath decreed in himself, from all eternity, by the most wise and holy counsel of His own will, freely and unchangeably, all things, whatsoever comes to pass;1 yet so as thereby is God neither the author of sin nor hath fellowship with any therein;2 nor is violence offered to the will of the creature, nor yet is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established;3 in which appears His wisdom in disposing all things, and power and faithfulness in accomplishing His decree.4 1. Isa. 46:10; Eph. 1:11; Heb. 6:17; Rom. 9:15,18 2. James 1:13; 1 John 1:5 3. Acts 4:27,28; John 19:11 4. Num. 23:19; Eph. 1:3-5

Ideologically possessed people will accept a systematic complex of ideas that are self-contradictory, and they will be blind to the contradictions. They will only see information as salient that agrees with their ideology. All contradictory evidence will be ignored, avoided, or a post hoc rationalization will be invented to “explain away” the contradiction. Cognitive dissonance -when a person holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas or values, or participates in an action that goes against one of these three. 2 Timothy 2:24–26 (KJV) 24And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.


Dissonance: committing fornication is obviously NOT the will of God while the LBC1689 ch3 says that everything that comes to pass is decreed by the will of God. What will you do?

A. Modify the paradigm to include the concept that some things are not the will of God in order to align with scripture.

B. Invent a post hoc rationalization to make this text “mean” or “teach” something other than what it plainly says.


Calvinism Delusion: There are two wills of God. Decretive and Preceptive.
What is the motivation to say that God decreed something that scripture doesn’t tell us God decreed? -External teaching? -Systematic theology? -Paradigmatic thinking? (Where do I come to the place that says God decreed all things?) (By what means to I come to add to my list of propositions the concept that God decreed things that scripture doesn’t say God decreed?) (Why the hang-up with the word “decree”?
Why is the concept that God decreed all things assumed as default prior to approaching scripture? (show me where is says he didn’t decree) -text-book eisegesis -we should not add something to our list of considerations/assumptions/etc… unless it is explicitly stated. This is the position of humility where we let God tell us instead of us telling God.

Full PDF notes here

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