I have to be honest, Pastor_Bob's calling parts of Calvinism "damnable heresies" set me off the wrong way. I was angered at his throwing out a term that describes those believing those doctrines as Paul described the false teachers of Galatians: Galatians 1:8, 9 But even if we, or an angel in heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you have received, he is to be accursed! Are we to conclude that Calvinists are consigned to hell? Perhaps that was not Bob's intent. I have misspoken before and I have appreciated the opportunity others have given me to correct my intemperate remarks. It certainly is humbling to say "I was wrong" and ask for forgiveness. Quantum suggested that Bob got caught up in the emotion. Possibly. Squire Robertson rightly ended a previous thread by saying he would not allow mutual anathematizing. I agree with that. I am not saying anyone is accursed. My concern is that, if left unchallenged, a term such as "damnable heresy" will be believed. The fact is that Calvinists view unconditional election as an act of God's grace and mercy. What merit can a wretched, miserable sinner bring before the King of Kings and Lord of Lords? Those who hate the Savior are pictured as entering caves and saying to the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb (Rev. 6:15, 16)." Even in face of impending judgment they hate the Lamb. Paul describes those who hate the Lamb as "sons of disobedience" (Eph. 2:2). He said that he was once like that himself (Eph. 2:3). But then he appealed to the mercy and love of God (Eph. 2:4). "even when we were dead in our transgressions, [God] made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)" (Eph. 2:5). There is no condition upon which God lavished His mercy and grace upon sinners. God's mercy and saving grace is dispensed unconditionally. God's dispenses both as He sees fit. In this way no one can say, "God chose me because of thus." How is this a damnable heresy? The Calvinist believes the Gospel is to be proclaimed to all. The Calvinist believes that all those who call upon the name of the Lord will be saved. Yes. The Calvinist believes only those who have been appointed unto eternal life will believe (Acts 13:48). But the sum total of those who have been appointed is known only by God. Our duty is to proclaim the Gospel and call on all who listen to repent and believe. How is this a damnable heresy? I am not prepared to call those who I disagree with on this board damnable heretics. I leave the damnable designation up to God.