The Reformers who rely on the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith love to tout this document as a virtual inerrant piece of paper that defines what every Christian should believe, and defines Calvinism albeit without giving Calvin or Augustine the credit. Although there are many issues within the document that are at odds with the Bible, I wanted to pointed out some observances where the Confession is in conflict with itself. Holding to the tenet of 'total depravity/inability', the Calvinist position is that a man dead in sin can not understand or respond to the gospel without God granting repentance and faith first. "A dead man can't dial 911" so the Calvinist confuses spiritual death with physical death. On the view of Free Will, ch IX, the confession states: "III. Man, by his fall into a state of sin, hath wholly lost all ability of will to any spiritual good accompanying salvation; so as a natural man, being altogether averse from that good, and dead in sin, is not able, by his own strength, to convert himself, or to prepare himself thereunto." And then in ch III of Eternal Decrees the Confession reads, "III. By the decree of God, for the manifestation of his glory, some men and angels are predestinated unto everlasting life, and others foreordained to everlasting death." Now here's where the conflict arises! Although the Confession says very little about prophecy (which is no surprise since Calvin avoided Revelation and was amillennial), it offers this statement in ch XXXIII, " III. As Christ would have us to be certainly persuaded that there shall be a day of judgment, both to deter all men from sin, and for the greater consolation of the godly in their adversity: so will he have that day unknown to men, that they may shake off all carnal security, and be always watchful, because they know not at what hour the Lord will come; and may be ever prepared to say, Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly. Amen." Get that! to "DETER ALL MEN FROM SIN". If man is totally unable to respond or perceive the gospel, then how can he be DETERRED? If man is predestined for hell and eternal punishment, then are not the Calvinist being disobedient against God's "eternal decree" in trying to convince a man against God's will to DETER him from sin? If a man is foreordained to hell, then he can not be deterred. This is a fatal flaw of logic within the Confession against its own system, and is to be expected when man dictates human reasoning above the Bible.