Passing the Test

My quotations of heathen scum Eric Hoffer are done. Moving from one heathen scum to another, however:

“No work of pious men ever existed which, if it were examined before the strict judgment of God, did not prove damnable.”
–John Calvin

I tease, I tease, I love all you Calvinists out there. But seriously, look at this quote. Really? I don’t know precisely who Calvin thinks “pious men” are. Not sure if he is referring to self-righteous men or truly righteous men.

Calvinism stresses the inherent evilness of human nature. I agree that human nature is depraved. But Calvinism tends to go so far as to say that even regenerate men are still totally depraved.

I’ve heard many Christians lament the fact that all they do is filthy rags. I disagree. Christians can do things that please God, we can indeed prove what is His good and perfect will.

The psalmist, much to our alarm at times, continually tells God to examine him and reward him for his righteous deeds. Job seemed fine with declaring innocence before God. Paul claimed to be a fine example of following Christ!

It is possible to do good, it really is. Don’t let hyper-Calvinism destroy your sense of worth as a reborn, spiritually alive person. Get off the fleshly pity party of woes and have your mind be renewed day by day.

Put off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light! It’s time to wake up to righteousness and sin not. God is most glorified in this.

4 thoughts on “Passing the Test”

  1. I tried to look up that quote in Google, but the first two hits are your article, and not much after that. It would be nice to read the context.

    Even the Saviour would not allow that any good thing came from His flesh: “Why callest thou me good?” (Luke 18:19); “I can do nothing of myself.” (John 8:28), but also denied having sinned, “Which of you convinceth me of sin?” (John 8:46). God promises that we can live like Him, if we follow the same path:

    1 John 3:7 – “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he [Jesus] is righteous.”

    But we are warned that such faith will be quite rare when Jesus returns: “when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8).

    That verse makes me want to study His life more closely.

  2. Yeah not knowing if Calvin was referring to a regenerated man, or simply a “good” man would make a tremendous difference.

    And I agree with you Jeff, we who are trusting Christ, and who are controlled by God’s Spirit can do good works for the glory of God. But then again as we know it’s not “us” alone who do these works, it’s God’s Spirit who is working through us.

    But I would suggest the believer does choose to do good, or to do evil, we are responsible for the sins we commit, or the righteous acts that glorify God.

    Hyper Calvinism, which I’m not sure even Calvin would even agree with, seems to take the individual out of the choice equation to an extreme.

    We are responsible for the working out of our salvation.
    “For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified.” – Romans 2: 13

  3. It is Christ in us that allow us to do good works and that alone. A man can do good works in a worldly sense but unless he is regenerated by the Holy Spirit he can do nothing good spiritually. When we go before God on judgment day it will only be Christ that God see’s in us and nothing else. As the the verse quoted in the comment above say’s ” he that does righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous”. We are only righteous because the righteous one lives in us. Good work is classified by the heart, not the action. That is what Christ explained over and over in his ministry on this earth.

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