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Neo-Calvinism (Refuting Error)

Assurance
Bobby R. Holmes and Mark Roberts


I. Error

    A. Neo-Calvinists say:
      1. "Some sins don't separate us from God. Christ's blood automatically covers sins of ignorance or inadvertence.
    B. Passages Misused:
      1. 1 John 1:7-9; 5:16-17
      2. Romans 4:8
      3. 2 Corinthians 5:19
    C. Favorite Tactic:
      1. Using a hypothetical situation to make you play God.
      2. "A man is a faithful saint for 50 years, gets splashed by mud on the street one day, curses, and then is hit by a bus. Will he be lost or saved?"
      3. Don't play God! Clemency is up to the Judge. All we can do is quote the law!

II. Truth

    A. Walking in the light gives assurance, when properly understood
      1. Walking in the light does not allow for sin
        a) we walk "as He is in the light" (1 John 1:7)
        b) did Jesus sin when He walked? Neither can we!
      2. Every sin separates man from God, or else God would be in fellowship with sin.
        a) such is impossible - 1 John 1:5
      3. Assurance is possible:
        a) just compare your life to the record left by the Holy Spirit and see if you measure up - Romans 8:16
      4. We can know the truth, and thus be free - John 8:32
        a) all questions such as, "Do you know everything?" are just a smoke screen to cast doubt in one's mind.
        b) we may not know everything about everything, but does that mean we know nothing about anything? Hardly!
        c) we know what we must do to be saved and to continue in the light — be assured in the practice of that knowledge!
      5. Specific confessing of every single sin is not a part of this position
        a) Luke 18:13-14
        b) if Jesus says the man "went down to his house justified" after confessing general sin then who can disagree?
    B. Questions for the Neo-Calvinists:
      1. If one man can be saved with unrepented sin in his life, then why can't we all be saved that way?
      2. Could a man be an ignorant adulterer? An inadvertent liar?
      3. Which sins can man commit and not be lost? List please!

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