A Calvinists Nightmare

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  1. Mark Osgatharp

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    Jesus said that the Pharisees did not enter the kingdom of God and, furthermore, hindered those who were entering.

    I can just imagine a Calvinist mulling that one over in his mind in the darkness of the night.

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  2. Pastor Larry

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    You will have to be more clear. So far as I know, I have never known any Calvinist to have trouble with this. What is the passage you are referring to and what is your point?
     
  3. Mark Osgatharp

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    Pastor Larry,

    I made a mistake, it was actually the lawyers against whom Jesus made the charge. The passage is found in Luke's gospel. It says,

    "Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered."

    A similar charge is made against the Pharisees in Matthew:

    "But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in."

    Just think about it a little and the implications for Calvinism will become clear.

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  4. Pastor Larry

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    I have thought about it a lot, even before this, but don't see any implications that contradict Calvinism. Can you not elucidate them for us? What exactly do you think the problem is? Do you not believe that testimony hinders people? Do you not believe that false teaching and a false gospel hinders people? Calvinists do.

    So I am not sure what I am supposed to be troubled by.
     
  5. Mark Osgatharp

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    Pastor Larry,

    Just keep thinking about it and it will all come clear.

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    Too hilarious to even consider! We dont read minds and hearts here. We have open dialogue and without such its impossible to exchange ideas!
     
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    Which sounds a lot like "I can't really articulate my point, but it gives me the opportunity to make some accusations."

    Let's do better than this Mark. If you can't make your point, then I will close the thread for being off topic and irrelevant. This is a discussion about the theology of soteriology. If the topic is not about that, then it has no place here. So far, this topic is about mind reading. That won't work here.
     
  8. Mark Osgatharp

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    Larry,

    I refuse to talk to a man who cuts off my answer. I'm through with you.

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    In other words, I can't answer you, I really don't have a point, you have seen through my obfuscation, and I must now run away and hide to avoid any more embarrassment. :D :D :D
     
  10. Pastor Larry

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    He's referring to a post that I deleted in which he violated the standards of this forum.

    Mark, when you violate the standards and get deleted, it is not my fault.
     
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    This thread should be deleted.

    He's calling Calvinists unbelievers who leading other people into damnation. It's doesn't have anything to do with theology but his anti-Calvinistic animosity.
     
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    You think so? I didn't read it that way, but perhaps. Unfortunately, he won't clarify it without violating the forum standards so we don't know. I will give a few minutes for him to come back and say what he means.
     
  13. Mark Osgatharp

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    I clarified but Larry deleted it. He can dish it out but he can't take it.

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    You violated the forum standards. You have no one to blame but yourself. You were not deleted because of your explanation. I didn't even read it. Your first paragraph was what got you deleted.

    I dish out very little and I can certainly take anything you have to say ... But you need to say it like a Christian gentlemen.
     
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    Great Post Mark. Larry seems to be a gamer imho. From reading all the other threads you are in Mark it seems you have absolutely no problem answering them. You seem to be one of the ones they can't answer! Great reading, I apprecieate it.
     
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    If our ability to desire the things of God is annihilated, then no one is ever "entering in." Eeryone is running away, not trying to enter in.

    If God regenerates before faith, then these people are already in. They never tried to enter in......they were in before they had a desire to enter in.

    Those that are running away from "entering in" can't be hindered, since they're not trying to enter. Those already in had "entered in" before they wanted to enter, so they can't be hindered either. Either way, no one can hinder those who are entering in.

    THe point seems pretty clear to me. Only people trying to enter can be hindered from entering.
     
  17. Mark Osgatharp

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    Timtoolman,

    Thanks for the encouragement. Long time no "see"!

    Mark Osgatharp
     
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    this thread is still here? What's going on? Delete it.
     
  19. Monergist

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    ...Just like the Arminian mulling over the fact that he really could have had the choir sing just one more verse of "Just as I Am?" ;)
     
  20. Mark Osgatharp

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    Monergist,

    Singing "Just As I Am" has nothing to do with bringing people to Christ.

    That notwithstanding, the Lord said certain people were hindered from entering the kingdom when they "were entering."

    If these people were predestinated not to enter the kingdom, as the Calvinists say, then it could never have been said that they "were entering."

    The statement makes sense only in the context that one's election is not settled until he actually enters the kingdom.

    Mark Osgatharp
     

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