On September 20th, 1970 I made a life changing decision to accept the Grace of God and surrender my life to Christ. From that time to now I have had a varied relationship with Calvinist, Arminians, and all in between ( I am a in betweener ). Many of you reading this post might get upset to read it but others will know exactly from whence I speak. In all the occasions I have had with Calvinist the miraculous is absence. This is not an endorsement of the wholesale healing ministry I personally do not ascribe to this misuse of truth and ministry. Over the years I have talked with people that were healed who love the Lord. Some healing was from drugs, alcohol, a life of deep sin and some healings from real physical disease. I can tell you that God healed my sister of arthritis. I can tell you that I have friends who have told me personally they were healed of cancer and other physical problems. We are talking about people who were going to a doctor and the illness or disease was documented, not some hearsay. My point is this. Not once in my life as a believer have I heard of or witness the healing power of God in the Calvinist camp. People coming to Christ in their churches are virtually absent. You must understand that what I am saying is not an endorsement of the endless barrage of TV wholesale healing ministries. The churches that are growing are not Calvinist. They are churches that believe man is free to receive Christ or reject Him. We may not necessarily all believe the same but a genuine love for Christ abides in our hearts. I have my view on why in my life's experience this is happening. (1) Among real born again Calvinist there is a dismissal of the miraculous as I have mentioned. (2) Among Calvinist the emphasis if self gratification in the philosophical approach to Scripture and what I call a false Christian intellectualism. Calvinist churches are mainly made up of proselytes and a few new converts. A man I know ask me to come and live in His home. He was enslaved to alcohol all his life. The pastor never gave up on him. One day he surrendered to Christ and was saved and miraculous healed in a split second form his addiction to alcohol. Read my post clearly please. No withdrawal, No DTs (shakes). This is just one example. There is a very good example of God's miraculous working in our day in time. If you are interested you can go to First Baptist Church of Woodstock and watch and listen to the personal testimony of Kurt and Lori Salierno and if you can deny the truth then you are truly dead and perhaps lost. Here is the web side if you are interested. http://www.fbcw.org/media/mediacente...l?detail&id=19 God is using Churches that are not bound by the miss guided doctrine of Calvinism. This post is not intended to be mean and hateful. I have no such motive or thought. I can honestly say I love everyone. I do however, deplore, the false teaching called Calvinism. A Bible Professor of mine told me that He won an Islamic man to Christ in his home land. His family gave him a going away meal. They poisoned him. He did not die, He did not drop dead. All his relatives got up and ran out of the tent declaring He has special powers form God. Do you need to trust in Christ? While on others He is waiting He won't pass you by unless you brush Him off. It is your choice. Will you harden your heart or will you believe? Will you persist on following a false system or will you surrender to the freedom in Christ that can be yours?