Not as kind, ingratiating, or altruistic toward their fellow man, God on the other hand sees beyond the outward appearance. Regarding theological obfuscation (confusion) and any attempt by man to diminish the work, ministry, authority, and eternal purpose of his Son Jesus Christ, Christ’s Holy Spirit, and Jesus’ inerrant words, God despises such condescending conduct and lip service. Arminianism, along with all other theological attempts to diminish, marginalize, or destroy the fundamental components of biblical redemption, as clearly revealed in scripture, is an abomination in the eyes of God.
Jesus came to set the captive free. Men on the other hand destroy that precious and costly work and sacrifice with slavery, prison, and oppression. Whether men call it religion or Arminianism its monuments, edifices, creeds, tenets, denominations, councils, synods, conclaves, articles, or pontifical bulls are nothing short of anathema (cursed of) to God.
Their conceitedness, hypocrisy, and haughtiness are unequaled and unrivaled. Whether its hiding behind piety, clerical garb, seminary halls, or a moniker of a Greek or Hebrew ‘expert,’ behind the mindset of many of these religionists is an air of denominational arrogance, one in which the constraints of humility or decency are absent. For many, their motto is ‘the end justifies the means.’
Their strategy is sinister, ecumenical, incremental, relentless, and are like their political surrogates that protect them. They advocate collectivism or utopianism. Their offspring are the innumerable branches of sectarianism or denominationalism.
Even John Wesley’s notions regarding complete perfection, or entire sanctification, taught that the saint, once attaining a level of spiritual maturity, would never sin again. One discovers how the virtue of Christ’s holiness was completely corrupted and hijacked by even the most convincing of religious zealots and disciples. What was the Bible’s counter to men who would teach others that the pursuit of holiness was the end instead of the consequences of Christ living within the believer? In I John 1:8, 10 the Bible rebukes the advocacy of such folly and manipulation by even the sincerest of men, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” Such is the case of James Arminius, John Wesley, as well as religion’s disciples, and sectarianism’s offspring.
1 ingratiate—brown nosing or patronizing whose ultimate goal is to receive something in return by inflating their victim’s ego
2 altruism—the belief that man can be reformed, is evolving, and that man is inherently good
TENET 1: (THE EXTENT OF MAN’S DEPRAVITY) Through ‘prevenient grace’ man can save himself. This is initiated by man’s ‘free-will.’ Redemption is not something alien to man, lying outside himself, supernatural, and completely transformative as the Bible teaches. Redemption is reduced to a choice man makes one day when an epiphany or crisis of reflection reveals to the individual that they are a ‘bad person’ and are in need of serious reformation. For the Arminian, tenet one establishes man’s ‘free-will’ and that man can choose even though the Bible clearly teaches man is so radically corrupt he cannot deliver himself by his own efforts, merit, or good deeds.
TENET 2: (CONDITIONAL ELECTION) The exercise of man’s ‘free-will’ or choosing, is a condition for man to be saved. Man’s salvation is conditioned and initiated by what he does, not by what God has determined before the foundations of the world. This is in stark contrast to what the Bible teaches regarding Jesus’ words and that man stands condemned before a mountain of self-incriminating evidence that would make any jury convict beyond a reasonable doubt. Man’s responsibility before his Creator, Jesus Christ, is to simply acknowledge the truth NOT determine what is already self-evident. Man’s ‘free-will’ is his ticket to hell.
TENET 3: (UNLIMITED ATONEMENT) Involving evangelism, missions and the very issue of redemption and whether it is inclusive or exclusive, tenet 3 states that all men have the capacity to be saved through unlimited atonement. While Jesus died for the sins of all men, this is not equivalent to saying all men are saved (I John 2:2). This tenet is clearly at odds with what scripture teaches. The “whosoever will” claimed by the Arminian is always conditioned by an action of the sinner before God . . . In this case repentance, contrition, and crucifixion of self, all actions and behavior produced by Christ’s Holy Spirit. It also means a love for the words of the Savior, as well as a teachable spirit before the authority and inerrancy of scripture. This narrows the audience to a mere trickle, not the unlimited masses as seen by those seeking to perpetuate a damning system of works that hold captive the souls of men.
TENET 4: (RESISTIBLE GRACE) This blasphemous teaching, along with the others, says to God, ‘when I get ready and want to be saved, if I want to be saved, I will do it when the time is right.’ The phony tenet of resistible grace is taken from a scripture in Acts 7:51 where Stephen is contending for the Christian faith before the Jewish religious leaders. The word “resist” in this verse carries with it the picture of rejecting the Holy Ghost, an action by the way of man’s ‘free-will.’ In the face of his audience’s hard-heartedness, Stephen tells the Jewish leaders, “Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist (reject) the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so doye.” This tenet summarily says that the individual is mightier than the biblical God. The god of Arminianism is a conflicted god sitting in heaven, wringing his hands in frustration wanting the save the individual but unable, because through ‘free-will,’ that person is not ready for god to save them. This is the feckless and anemic god of the Arminian.
TENET 5: (ASSURANCE AND SECURITY) Because the whole Arminian house of cards is built upon man and not Jesus Christ, there can NEVER be any eternal security to those who believe that salvation can be purchased by the works of the law rather than the precious blood of the Savior. Any redemptive paradigm built upon works, ecclesiastical manipulation, exaltation, and veneration, as well as a rejection of Christ’s sacred words with their authority, is a house built upon shifting sand. There can be no assurance of salvation when one teaches that redemption is man initiated, maintained, and perpetuated by human effort, religion, or proclamation (the Roman Catholic practice of beatification).
CONCLUSION: These five tenets could be restated even further. They are:
Tenet 1: Man’s ‘free-will’ (the alternative to acknowledging self-evident truth)
Tenet 2: Establishment of religion (this is how man circumvents God’s redemptive plan)
Tenet 3: The erection of a personal worth, values-based system in redemption (This is in contrast to God’s view that all men are equally depraved, condemned, and not better than anyone else when it comes to God’s elective counsel)
Tenet 4: The omnipotence and sovereignty of God in redemption is a myth (the individual becomes God)
Tenet 5: Being in Christ is not a requirement for redemption’s eternal security (The righteousness of Christ is non-existent to the Arminian. Imputation is a foreign term to Arminius’ disciples)
The sign of any deep-seated devotion of a Christian disciple toward their leader can only be commendable if that leader is Jesus Christ. I will not hold men up before OR in place of my Savior. If they are wrong because the Bible reveals that to be so, I will call them out on it. Such is the case with Jack Chick.
In the Chick tract Set Free, pp. 10, 11 several things need to be noted. If a picture is worth a thousand words, let me tell you what these two illustrations disclose. First, in the illustration on page 10 Jesus is pleading, hands held out to Satan, imploring the father of lies to let the child free. Satan, in defiance to his Creator revealed through his hand gesture, tells Jesus to ‘back-off, no closer.’ This is not the picture of Jesus Christ we get in the scriptures. Neither in the Old or New Testaments. However, this is the Arminian god who must wait for the believer to accept Jesus on his terms because of man’s free-will or some ridiculous heresy known as age of accountability.
Christ is the Creator AND the last time I checked, Satan is a created being. He has NO power over the Savior, on the contrary Satan does the bidding of Jesus Christ. Satan is sent to those who hold the truth in unrighteousness, namely those who are not filled with the Spirit of Christ via baptism by the Holy Spirit.
Another thing that can be brought away from the illustration on page 11, is that at no time is Jesus not fully God. Christ never ceased to be Creator in Genesis 1, nor after his incarnation in the Gospels, let alone his crucifixion on Calvary. He does not need to remind Satan of his work on the cross. It is indelibly burned into the conscience of Satan when Christ uttered from the cross, “It is finished.” The illustrations on both these pages are nothing short of blasphemous. I will not have my Savior maligned and diminished in such a fashion, I don’t care who it is!
While the natural man is a child of disobedience and Satan plays a role in that disobedience, man is a fallen and sinful creature nonetheless. Satan gets blamed for a lot of things man does and initiates. This is one of the components in a formula called God’s permissive will. The other component in God’s permissive will is Satan and his appeal to God in the book of Job to buffet this servant of God.
Man in his fallen nature is condemned. While there is no love lost between Satan and sinful men, it may appear the two do not need each other. Once man has plateaued in his quest to become God however; he will dispose of Satan as quickly as he summoned him. On the contrary, while man does not need Satan, Satan most assuredly needs the hell bent sinner.
The similarity between the angels of Christ and those of the underworld are they both are ‘ministering’ spirits—one group protecting, strengthening, and encouraging the saint and saint-to-be, the other group deluding, tormenting, and creating hopelessness of mind and heart in the lost. While both serve the same Creator, Jesus Christ, their purposes greatly diverge; one to light, enlightenment and liberty, while the other to darkness, delusion, and slavery.
In Chick’s citation of II Peter 3:9 he, like all Arminians, tries to make a point without examining the whole verse in its context. In Chick’s case he takes this verse and makes the Arminian argument that all can be saved—unlimited atonement. The context is not to the lost but to “us-ward,” namely believers. This verse implies that what the Godhead has determined from eternity past, will be determined and accomplished toward the elect—none will be lost . . . All will be rescued!
A CAREFUL ANALYSIS OF THE TRACT, THE CHOICE
Perhaps the clearest example of Chick’s Arminian beliefs can be found in the tract The Choice. In this tract it clearly says we must choose. What is this choice, and at a minimum what are the two alternatives that face each individual? First, I want you to seriously think about the first tenet of Arminianism that says man through ‘prevenient grace’ in a given crisis can reach out to Jesus Christ, through his own will and initiative. This action leads to salvation according to the Arminian.
If that were possible then there would be no need for Christ’s Holy Spirit. Who do you suppose is the one that redeems the lost? Where would that put the believer when it came to studying, understanding, and applying the truths of Jesus’ words to one’s life?
1 It’s simple! Man can either become God OR he can acknowledge what is already apparent, obvious, and self-evident. Those are the only two paths. One involves choice, the other involves assenting to what is blatantly clear—man is without excuse (Romans 1:21). Choice is equivalent to death. Acknowledging the truth, is the necessary first step in a process than can lead to life eternal.
2. I John 1:13—Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
This verse clearly states redemption is not something that is passed down genetically, nor can man will himself into the kingdom of Christ. The verse goes on to say, man through religion, cannot pronounce someone as born again through some pontifical or clerical decree and procedure. Only the Godhead in their elective and predestined counsel can secure a person’s eternal destiny, because left to their own, man is doomed to hell without any help from the devil. Remember, Satan will be bound for a thousand years. During Jesus’ millennial reign, men will still go to hell without any help from the father of lies.
Acts 1:5—For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
Jesus was declaring to his followers that a new dispensation was dawning, one in which the Holy Ghost would accomplish in the saint, what they in the flesh, could never accomplish—redemption
Acts 5:32—And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
Straightforward, this verse says that the Holy Ghost produces obedience in us. He does this by imparting to the believer the mind of Christ.
Acts 8:14-17—Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: 15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: 16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) 17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
Water baptized first, but lost as can be. The Samaritans got saved only when Peter and John laid their hands on them and the Holy Ghost was received by the Samaritans. This reception of the Holy Ghost is a one way street NOT a cooperative effort between man and God. Much like the terms of the covenant (Old and New Testaments) existing between a holy God and sinful, fallen men, the strength of any agreement is only as good as the individual crafting, executing, and implementing it—in this case the Godhead.
Acts 10:45—And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
A study of this verse, as well as the verses that precede and follow it are quite instructive. The circumcision believed but were not saved—they had not received the Holy Ghost, i.e. were baptized by Christ’s Holy Spirit. Why would they continue to call themselves the circumcision if they had been born again? They received the gift of the Holy Ghost which was speaking in tongues—no, not the nonsensical drivel passed off today as glossolalia. The Gentiles referred to here were Cornelius and his kin. The water baptism that occurred with Cornelius and his relations resulted from Peter’s weakness in the presence of the circumcision, a weakness later called out by Paul in Galatians 2:11-21 when they were in Antioch. The two most important ‘takeaways’ from these verses are Cornelius and his family were not saved until the Holy Ghost was poured out AND belief is not enough to save a person. This is confirmed by Romans 8:9 where it says “if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” Also in Paul’s encounter with twelve disciples of John the Baptist on his way to Ephesus, challenges their faith when he declares in Acts 19:2, “Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?” Belief will not save you if it is not mixed with Holy Spirit imparted faith! Remember, faith, repentance, contrition, and crucifixion of self is fruit produced by the Holy Spirit.