Once upon a time there was a
birthday party for seven year olds at the house.Forty little kids were having a great time.
It was good. The moment came to light the candles on the cake.Dad realized that the ice cream was still in
the refrigerator out back (he put it there earlier).He placed the matchbox on the table and said,
“Don't light the candles, you'll kill yourselves.” They were special candles
that don't blow out. What a treat for seven year olds!While Dad was delayed getting their ice
cream, one of the kids suggested they light the candles and practice blowing
them out to get the proper camera angle.So, as the partygoers gathered to blow out the candles one fell on the
pile of presents and burst into an inferno.The Dad, realizing what had happened, rushed into the house and
carefully and arbitrarily rescued four kids to show the world what a real hero
he was.He could have saved the rest but
he did not.He let them burn along with
the entire house and presents. He wanted to show them his displeasure at their
disobedience (which he planned).He
locked them in so they could not save themselves.The four kids and the Dad ate the ice cream
in joyous celebration and happiness while the others were weeping, pleading and
gnashing their teeth.Occasionally, the
four yelled to the others to come out.However, they couldn't get out on their own, only the Dad could rescue
them if he had wanted to.In reality the
Dad hated those he did not choose and planned for them to burn in the fire
before the party began.He even knew the
one boy who would light the fire.Moreover, he did not simply foreknow it, he actually ordained it to
happen according to his good pleasure.
D- Danika 10 years old
M- Marika 7years old
K- Kendrika 5years old
D- He shouldn't have left
the matches on the counter knowing that the seven year olds aren't good at obeying.
D- They shouldn't have been
M- He should have saved
everyone to make himself more of a hero.
D- He locked them in.This is stupid.He is not a hero.
M- He could have been more
of a hero if he didn't lock them in.
D, M - If all he could save
is four; he would be a hero.If he could
save them all and didn't he wouldn't be
a hero.That's dumb.
M- You should change the
K- Those poor kids.He should have taken them all out.He's a real grumpy Dad that doesn't save his own kids.
K - He should have saved them all because only one
did it.He should have only left the one
kid that started the fire.
Kurt - I ask, “Should he
even have left the one kid?”
M, K, D - All agreed, “No,
he should even rescue the one kid.”
D, M - Then he would learn
to be more obedient and maybe grow up to be a fireman and teach others not
to start fires.
D - The real hero would save
all of them and especially the one who started the fire.
D, M,K - If it was in his
power to save everyone and he didn't he would not be a hero.
K - You should save
Duane Edward Spencer. TULIP.
Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1991.
Once Upon A Time
“Everything was infallibly determined and immutably fixed by
God from the beginning, and all that happens in time is but the
accomplishment of what was ordained in eternity” (Spencer 20).
He placed the match box on the table...
“whatever comes to pass in any part of creation, at any time
in history, does so because the omniscient God knew it as a possibility,
willed it as a reality by His omnipotence, and established it in His divine
plan or Purpose” (Spencer 16).
one of the candles fell on the pile of presents...
“Nothing, however small, however strange, occurs without His
ordering,...” (Spencer 15).
He let the rest burn to show his displeasure...
The Dad carefully rescued four kids to show himself a
“Jehovah will be seen consistent as He damns some and
forgives others, as He displays His sovereign righteousness and justice
towards unrepentant sinners, while declaring His sovereign grace, freely forgiving
all whom He chose ‘in Christ Jesus’ before the foundation of the world”
Dad could rescue if
“if man does not have free will, but is actually in bondage
to Satan and sin, then his only hope is that God has chosen of His free will
to elect him to salvation” (Spencer 12).
Occasionally the four yelled to the others to come out.
However, they couldn’t...only the Dad could rescue them if he wanted...
“The choice as to who will come to Christ is God’s, not
man’s” (Spencer 32).
“Men may connive and scheme...but they cannot bring to pass
so much as one act contrary to the will and plan of God who foreordained all
of history from the largest event to the most insignificant” (Spencer 20).
The four kids and the Dad ate ice-cream in joyous
“the end of all shall be the manifestation of His glory, and
the accumulation of His praise” (Spencer 15).
The Dad hated those he did not choose...
“the Holy Scriptures very clearly teach that there are many
whom God hates!” (Spencer 70).
The Calvinist Looks at Scripture
Jesus:Luke 13:3“I tell you, No!But unless you repent, you too will perish.”
Calvin:You shall all perish because I so willed it
before the foundation of the world.
Jesus:Matthew “Then Jesus began to denounce the cities in which most of his miracles
had been performed, because they did not repent.”
Calvin:I knew you would not repent because I didn't
really call you to repentance.So I am
not really upset.
Jesus:Matthew “All men will hate you because of me, but he who endures to the end will
Calvin:He that is saved will endure to the end.
Jesus:Matthew “The Son of Man came to save what was lost.”
Calvin:The Son of Man came to save only the elect.
stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears!You are just like your fathers:You always resist the Holy Spirit!”
Calvin:Since God is omnipotent and man a third rate
power you cannot really resist the Holy Ghost and obstruct the irresistible
will of God. So, though you are stiff-necked peopleyou have only done what has been
pre-determined by the Sovereign God.
Jesus:Matthew 18:4“Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this
child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
Calvin:Even a child is born depraved in Adam and
excluded from the Kingdom
Jesus:Luke “'Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many I
tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.”
Calvin:Salvation is all of God so there is no need for
the human engagement of effort. The work is all God so you don't really need to
Jesus:Luke 13:34“Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the
prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your
children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were
I really didn't will to gather you as a hen does so you didn't really obstruct
my will by not coming.You were not
willing, because I was not willing. I'm not really weeping over you, I just
have dust in my eye.
Jesus:Luke 9:56“Jesus turned and rebuked them and he said,
'You do not know what kind of spirit you are of, for the Son of Man did not
come to destroy men's lives, but to save them.”
Calvin:The Son of Man is come to destroy some man's
lives and to save only a limited amount.
Jesus:Luke How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God.
Calvin:It is not hard for anyone to enter the Kingdom of God because there is no “condition”
(will, status), that can obstruct the IRRESISTIBLE grace of God.
Apostles:Luke “Who then can be saved?”
Calvin:The proper question is “Who may be
saved?...”Only a limited amount of
people that I should will to be saved through my limited atonement.Which is not powerful enough to save
Paul:Acts “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be
saved--you and your household.”
Calvin:You and your household will be saved if God so
wills that you be given the grace to be saved.