3 Tactics Calvinists Use Against Non-Calvinists

Calvinist name calling

When debating Calvinists in person or online, there are 3 tactics they often use to defend their Calvinistic ideas, and all 3 lack grace. If we truly hold to grace, does it not seem that our dealings with others should also be full of grace?

John 15:4-5 Does Not Teach Total Inability

John 15 4-5 vine and branches

John 15:4-5 is talking about total inability, but not the total inability of unbelievers. Instead, Jesus is teaching about the total inability of disciples to do anything in the Kingdom of God by their own strength and resources.

John 8:43 does not teach total inability

John 8:43 unable to listen or hear

John 8:43 is not a statement about the lifelong inability of some people to believe in Jesus for eternal life, but is a warning to those who reject the Gospel, continuing instead to deceive themselves.

John 6:44 is a key text for Total Depravity. Too bad it doesn’t teach it…

draw to Jesus John 6:44

John 6:44, far from being verses about exclusion and inability, are staggering statements from Jesus that in Him, all are accepted, all are invited, and all are welcome. John 6:44 does not teach anything related to Calvinism, but the very opposite.

John 3:3 Does Not Teach Total Inability

John 3:3

Calvinists use John 3:3 to defend Total Inability, but when John 3:3 is understood is context, it teaches the exact opposite. It is because people can understand the hope, grace, love, and mercy found the gospel of Jesus Christ that so many people find the gospel compelling.