What Love is This? Calvinism's Misrepresentation of God

I struggled with recommending this book. It does a pretty good job of debunking the first four points of Calvinism, however, it the process it misrepresents some things. For one it misrepresents Jacob Arminius. That bothers me. Secondly when the book gets to the fifth point of Calvinism (Perseverance of the Saints) it goes off into the weeds in my opinion.

Throughout the book the author shows how Calvinism takes the plain meaning of passages of the Bible and changes their meaning so that they conform to their doctrine, but when it came to Perseverance of the Saints the author did not seem to have any problem doing exactly the same thing.

Here is a quote from page 412 of the book: "On the other hand there could be in the life of a particular person not one good work to indicate the reality of salvation, yet that person could be truly saved and thus elected of God to the blessings He has planned for the redeemed of all ages." The author is speaking of the idea by Calvinist that true conversion will have evidence in the life of the person converted. Now as much as I disagree with the Calvinistic view, I have to admit they are more in line with Scripture on this point. If you read the book of James you will see that he says faith without works (evidence of such faith) cannot save a person. Now why would Hunt misinterpret this? I can only guess, but it seems it is the same reason Calvinist misinterpret other passages; to conform to their doctrine.

In the two chapters on Perseverance of the Saints, the author uses a story of a man and his wife who are both Christians. The husband begins to believe in Calvinism and loses his assurance of salvation. The two chapters follow his struggle and this is how the author makes his points. On page 388 you will find this: "His pastor tried to encourage Al to believe that his doubts were good, that they helped him obey Peter's admonition, 'Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall...' (2 Peter 1:10)." Now let me quote that passage from a modern translation so that what it says is clear: (2 Peter 1:10 NIV) Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall... My problem here is that Hunt uses a verse which shows that a person who does not keep following Christ can fall to buttress the argument that a Christian can't fall. How can he use that verse?

I would recommend this book for anyone who would like a good explanation of Calvinism, but I would causion that it has it's own doctrinal problems. We should read what the Bible plainly says and believe it.

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