CALVINISM TEACHES THAT MAN IS MERELY A PUPPET, CARVED FROM DEAD WOOD
Many Calvinist are true Christians who have been misled. We should pray for them and teach Calvinists the truth, because as Paul said, we “would not have you ignorant” (Romans 1:13). Calvinist have been taught man is just a puppet carved out a piece of dead wood, which can only move at the puppeteer’s command.
If this were true, man could not fulfill His greatest command to “love God.” Puppets cannot love. Man would not be responsible for his sins. Puppets only act at the will of the puppeteer. Man would have no responsibility to believe the Gospel. This would be entirely up to the puppeteer.
In a desperate attempt to link the human philosophy of John Calvin to the Bible, they find only several verses they can twist to their cause.
Perverting “total depravity” which most Christians believe, to “total inability” to believe, to repent to seek God, to accept the free gift of salvation, which Calvinist believe. These are the verses they use:
First and foremost they use Ephesians 2:1 “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins.’ They argue that a man “dead” in sin cannot do any good thing. If this were true then a Romans 6:2 Christians are “dead” to sin could never do one bad thing? "How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" (Romans 6:2). If Calvinist want to claim men dead to sin can do no good, they must admit Christians dead to sin cannot do any thing bad.
Calvinist also claim that John 6 teaches that only the elect are drawn to God and therefore only the elect can be saved. John 6:43-44 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. They need to read on where the Bible says God “draws” all men to Himself: "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me” (John 12:32).
A third popular verse Calvinist twist is John 8:34: “Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.” They say a slave is not free to do anything but what his master commands. However, a slave is perfectly capable of accepting his release from someone who pays for his freedom.
God commands all men to repent, because all men can repent, otherwise the entire Bible is a mockery: “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30). So "all" men everywhere are commanded to repent, not just some elect few.
In Deuteronomy 30:19 God says, “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life , that both thou and thy seed may live.” If sinners cannot choose life, why does God tell them to?
Again, God commanded men to choose between Him and Baal: 1Kings 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him . And the people answered him not a word.But if sinners cannot choose God, then why did God tell them to choose Him?
Such commands fill the Bible.
Jesus said if “any man” thirst he is welcome to come to Christ and “drink” of the water of life: “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink” (John 7:37).
A puppet, made from a dead piece of wood, is not capable of loving God, choosing God, seeking God, repenting, or believing. But man is. He is totally depraved but not totally incapable.
Man’s ability to love or reject the Lord does not mean God is not sovereign. Sovereign means He is the highest in authority. It does not mean He controls everyone. God could, but He doesn’t, so that man would be capable of give God the one thing that cannot be created, or forced—love.