CALVINIST BELIEVE CHRISTIANS ARE ROBOTS WHO CAN’T TURN BACK TO SIN
The Bible teaches that Christians persevere. Calvinist teach they have to persevere because they are mere robots God will not let stop believing and following Him. The Bible teaches Christians persevere by their choice and the Holy Spirit’s enabling.
Calvinists know they cannot lose their salvation but they can never be sure that they are one of the elect! They must maintain faith and good works to the end of life to prove they are of the elect.
Armenian theology teaches that you are saved by faith, but that you stay saved by works. Classical Calvinist theology teaches that you are saved by faith, but if you don’t have works, you were never saved in the first place.
Perseverance is the proof a Calvinist is one of the elect. In the end this means the Calvinist declares you gain salvation without good works, but you never had salvation if you do not maintain good works to the end.
John Calvin said assurance of salvation came from works—primarily the work of infant baptism as an infant, “Wherefore…all the godly may…recall…their baptism (as infants) [to] assure themselves of that sole and perpetual ablution which we have in the blood of Christ. In baptism, the Lord promises forgiveness of sins: receive it and be secure” (John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, IV xv, 4, Ibid., IV: xv, 15). Calvin had a man burned at the stake for not agreeing with him about infant baptism. It is ironic that the man most opposed to salvation by works, declared assurance and forgiveness came through the work of baptism.
According to Calvinism there are 3 kinds of believers (Mark 4:1-20):
1) Soon-to-fall-away-believers (those like rocky ground)
2) No-fruit-believers (those like thorny ground)
and 3) True believers (those like good ground)
Calvinist must identify whether they are true believers by looking at their fruit. If they stop bearing good fruit, they must assume they are not among he elect.
Perseverance is the proof a Calvinist is one of the elect. In the end this means the Calvinist declares you gain salvation without good works, but you had it if you do not maintain good works to the end.
John Bunyan, like so many Calvinist, said in his spiritual autobiography, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners recounts how, in his seemingly endless search for assurance of salvation, he was haunted by the question, “How can I tell if I am elected?”
John 5:24 says, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life."
And Paul the apostle could say by infallible inspiration, "... for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day" (II Tim. 1:12).
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God” (I John 5:13). Three things: 1. All believers have eternal life. 2. All believers can “know” they have eternal life. 3. The way they know they are saved is by the things God has written.