|If the Galatian Church had been Calvinists...|
If the Galatian Church had been Calvinists, how would they have responded to Paul's letter to them with all its warnings? The following letter illustrates how the Galatians might have responded to Paul if indeed they had been Calvinists. It illustrates the utter ludicrosity of the Calvinist claim.
The church of Galatia, the elect of the Sovereign God who predestined all things, predestined to be born anew monergistically by Him through the particular redemption of his Son, effectually called to grace and secure in Christ for eternity.
To Paul, an apostle of Christ. Grace and peace to you.
We are astonished and amazed by your last epistle which at first came to us with great joy. But alas! Upon reading your message our joy did quickly turn into great sorrow. You warn us that we may not enter the kingdom of God? How can you say such things to the elect of God! Do you not know that we were chosen by Him for glory before the creation of the world? You warn us, the elect, that God cannot be mocked and that we will reap what we sow! From where do these words come? Do you not know that we are predestined for the kingdom of heaven? How can you say that if we sow to the flesh we will reap destruction? How can you say to us that we will not reap eternal life but eternal destruction if we sow to the flesh? Do you not know that we are the elect and destruction is not our destiny and we already have eternal life? Do you not know we are eternally secure? How can you give such warnings to us? Dear Paul, are you perhaps a reprobate?
I remind you that you said in your letter that we ourselves had 'began in the Spirit.' You yourself reminded us that miracles were done among us through Him supplying the Spirit to us. You yourself reminded us that we are sons of God having been clothed with Christ and because we are sons of God, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts who cries 'Abba Father.' You yourself reminded us in this selfsame letter that we were children of the promise who had been set free. You yourself admit that we were born anew. You yourself even admit that you were witnesses of these things when you were among us.
And now you warn us that we have turned to another gospel and will not enter the kingdom of heaven and we may rather reap destruction based on our behavior in Christ rather than God's Sovereign election? How can you tell such a bold lie dearest Paul? Do you seek to deceive us with such falsehoods? For do you yourself not know that we who are saved cannot possibly end in the flesh? Surely, you know. Do you not know that it is impossible for us not to enter the kingdom of God, we who have began in the Spirit? What sense can your words ever make to us? For we all know that we who have been born again cannot escape entering the kingdom of God. For God chose us to heaven and our behavior between now and then cannot change our destiny since it was determined before the creation of the world. Are you not aware of five point Calvinism?
Therefore, we can only hope that your letter is a result of drinking too much of that Macedonian wine dear friend. Else we fear that you were never saved in the first place and we wonder how it is that God used you to bring us the gospel. We can only pray that no unsuspecting men consider your letter to our Galatian church as inspired by God. For it is impossible for us who were once born again to end up in any other place than heaven and such warnings to us that we children of the promise might not enter the kingdom of God have no partnership with reality. Your letter to us, the Galatian Church, cannot be the word of God.
Can you imagine preaching Paul's inspired message to Calvinists? Imagine how Calvinists would react if you warned them they would not enter the kingdom of God if they continued in their present behaviour. They would reject the message because they do not believe that not entering the kingdom is a possibility. Thus they nullify the word of God, as preached by Paul, for the sake of their tradition.
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