Sunday, March 29, 2015

"According To Your Faith Be It Unto You."

Jesus made that promised it in Matthew 9:29

Neither faith nor the good works which follow it will flourish... absent the study of God's word.
"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Rom. 10:17. 

Faith, like the wind, is only invisible at rest, but at work it becomes substance and evidence.
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Heb. 11:1.

Faith can only be seen in the faithful Christian life of works and attitude. "But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?" James 2:20.
But a lifetime of good works means nothing without faith. "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." Heb.11:6.

Any and all things which cannot be done in faith ... are sin. "...Whatsoever is not of faith is sin." Rom.14:23. 

All righteousness and spiritual gifts flourish, from their root of Faith in Jesus Christ."Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe  ...." Rom.3:22.

There is no real spirituality where there is no real humility."Whosoever therefore shall  humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven." Matt. 18:4. 

Some people are by nature dissatisfied and have, throughout life, sought the perfect friend, pastor, home, job or mate, only to discard one after the other ... and are still searching. Like the woman at the well. She had married five men and was then living with the sixth and was still dissatisfied. Only when she found faith in Jesus did she find satisfaction and purpose in life.
"The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly." John 4:17-18.
"The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?" John 4:28-29. 

God's delayed judgement upon wickedness proves not His unawareness or unconcern, but His love and patience.  Repentance and faith are sin's only remedy. "Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil." Ecc.8:11. 

Old people, who have any sense of God's immense holiness, usually suffer regrets for their youthful, moral failures through all their latter years ... though forgiven. Peace with God is easier than peace with self. Only faith can accomplish both. Faith is the only resting place of peace."According to your faith be it unto you." Matt.9:29.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

God Hates Sin Not Socialists, Perverts, Drug Pushers And Thieves ... Sinners

The Scripture says that God hates sin ... not sinners.  I believe God expects His children, Christians, to also hate the sin but not the sinner.  "Thou (God) lovest righteousness and hatest wickedness ...." Psm. 45:7.  Seeking to follow that holy tack .... "loving righteousness and hating sin", its easy to love righteousness and hate sin, but sometimes difficult to love those who damage other people's lives by their cruelty, greed and wickedness.

I do not hate Liberals and Socialists. I hate the false philosophy of stealing from workers, producers and savers to support laziness, waste, negligence and greed ... whether Republican, Democrat or Independent.  I love helping the helpless, sick, young, old and handicapped. I love those who work, pay taxes, or serve in the military and law enforcement on low salaries. I find it difficult to love those who do otherwise, but we know Christ died for them, as well. "For God so loved the world...."

I do not hate drug addicts and alcoholics. I hate the awful, wasteful ruin of their character, homes, health and lives. I do not hate, but am against those who produce and sell the stuff and judges who let them off to continue ruining lives. I love those they cause to suffer so, the parents, wives, husbands and children of drug addicts and those who have to deal with addicts and the destruction they cause.

I do not hate Unions. I hate intimidation, lawless destruction, forcing people to join a union to get a job, and the ridiculously high salaries of union bosses. I love the person who truly wants a job but can't find one, or does a job well, and is loyal to their employer who pays their salary.

I do not hate business owners for making a profit. I hate cheating and lying to customers, abusing the employees who work for them I am against employer CEO's who pay themselves exorbitant salaries and bonuses when the business isn't even theirs and the shareholders get nothing. I am for honest business owners, especially small business owners who work hard, keep expenses low, pay competitive salaries, treat customers fairly and respect and reward diligent, faithful employees.

I do not hate President Obama, but I do hate just about everything he does and stands for. Yes, I can pray for him, but my prayers for him are limited to his soul's salvation and that God would move him to make decisions favorable to our nation even when he might seek to do otherwise. I often wonder how German Christians prayed for Adolph Hitler or Soviet Christians prayed for Joseph Stalin or how Mary and Joseph prayed for King Herod when he sought to kill the baby Jesus. The answer might be as Jesus prayed about his crucifixion, "Not my will but thine be done". Luke 22:42.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Be Thankful If You Still Have A Conscious That Bothers You

Ironically, honest caring people forget their successes and good deeds sooner than their failures, mistakes and sins. Our conscience says not a positive word about our good works but constantly accuses us of our bad ones .... for life .... if we are not "past feeling" guilt. Those who have stepped through that dark door and have become sociopaths, without empathy or guilt, are now habitually wicked and cannot be repaired or redeemed  ... if they have no conscience. That only happens when a person has so abused their conscience that it has ceased to function and is seared over as with a hot iron.  Without a guilty conscience a sinner cannot repent and therefore cannot be saved. "Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron." 1 Tim.4:2. When that happens, their conscience is numb, scarred over and past feeling. "Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness." Eph.4:19. In such a state, they have willfully given themselves over to do evil. "Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil."Ecc.8:11. Many such people have undoubtedly committed irreversible blasphemy of the Holy Spirit's convicting  of their conscience to accept Christ. But anyone who still feels guilt and shame and wants God's forgiveness has not reached that point and can still receive forgiveness if they simply, sincerely ask it of Him."....him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." John 6:37. 

So be thankful you still have a sensitive conscience. It was given us by our Creator as a passage  through which His Holy Spirit moves, convicts and communicates with our spirits and guides our thoughts, words and actions in God's direction.

What happened in the past never entirely goes away ... unless it is sin ... repented of to God, forgiven and  His forgiveness accepted by us. Even if we don't forgive ourselves, His forgiveness still holds and we waste the energy of our regrets, fears and unforgiveness of ourselves. God has made us these promises of His eternal forgiveness...."If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 Jn. 1:9.

"And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more." Heb. 10:17.

"As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us." Psm.103:12. How far is that? East going one way and west the opposite way into infinity and ne're the twain shall meet.  That's a long way. They may pass in the night, but still are opposites. RB

Monday, March 16, 2015

Has America Lost Its Conscience? Are We There Yet?

The early sins of youth result in a heavy burden of guilt on the fresh, sensitive conscience of innocence. But ignoring guilt will soon become rejection of guilt and rejection of it soon becomes acceptance of it, and that becomes a habit, and that a way of life and a seared, calloused conscience.

I think God has given us a trio of powerful elements which penetrate our conscience to pressure us back into the way of righteousness and to keep us out of the ditch of unrestrained wickedness. Those three guilt producing restraints are listed in Romans 2:15. "The work of the law written in their hearts,    their conscience also bearing witness, and    their thoughts the mean while accusing ...." 1. The laws of God, in our hearts, convicts of sin.    2. Our own internal, human conscience convicts us.   3. Our mind's ability to rationalize what is good and what is evil convicts us. 

The Apostle Paul admonished us to do right, to do good, not only because we "fear" God's wrath but because our own conscience convicts us to do good and not evil. "Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake." Rom.13:5. 

A person is not hopelessly lost if their conscience is still operational.  Even those judgemental, self-righteous religionists who were ready to stone the woman taken in adultery, backed off and slipped quietly away when Jesus challenged them...."... He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her...And they which heard it, being convicted by their own  conscience, went out one by one..." John 8:7 & 9.

And yet, there is a time and place when those who have willfully presumptuously continued to reject guilt, a convicting conscience and the Holy Spirit, until finally they have lost all sensitivity and guilt of sin."Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron...." 1Tim.4:2. That hopeless state is simply a spiritual numbness which is past feeling of guilt. "Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness." Eph.4:18-19. 

The following verses  were spoken to the nation of Israel through Hosea the prophet; but this prophecy reveals the mind of God toward any nation which has been often given the word of God and then "rejects" that "knowledge of God", His "truth" and as a consequence, His "mercy" also. Therefore, Hosea 4 applies not only to Israel but to pseudo "Christian America" as well. Our national conscience has obviously been seared over and appears to be past feeling.

Hosea 4:1   Hear the word of the LORD ..... for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. 
(There is no "mercy" because there is no "truth" because there is no "knowledge of God" in the land..... Are we there yet?)

Hosea 4:2   By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood. (All these evils have "broken out" of the boundaries of God's tolerance and the waywardness of the nation because our sins are continuous ... "blood toucheth blood"..... Are we there yet?) 

Hosea 4:3   Therefore, shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish ...." (It is unrestrained sins which have caused the entire nation to "mourn" and the people to become emotionally and spiritually numb to sin .... 
Are we there yet?) 

  Hosea 4:4   Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people are as they that strive with the priest.
They were all so infected or affected by their national and personal sins that nobody was guiltless and none qualified to "reprove" the others.... Are we there yet?) 

Hosea 4:5   Therefore shalt thou fall in the day and the prophet also shall fall with thee...." 
(Have we, as a nation, "rejected" the "knowledge of God, His truth, and, therefore, His mercy", and have therefore forfeited His promise of  
Psalms 33:12   "Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance." 
(Are we there yet?)

Hosea 4:6   My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. (That speaks for itself.... Are we there yet?)

  Hosea 4:7   As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame. (As God increased America in numbers, wealth, power and influence, have we also increased in wickedness as in the days of Noah so that destruction is the only remedy? Are we there yet?)

Hosea 4:8   They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity. (Their sins were delicious to them and their hearts were obsessed with their iniquities. If there is a single verse which described the nation of Israel when Messiah, Christ walked among them and of America over the last 75 years, it must be this one.... Are we there yet?)
Hosea 4:9   And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings. (The people were no more sinful than their ministers who were primarily responsible for the lack of the "knowledge of God and His truth" and the resulting judgement. Have we
, like they, by our own loss of standards, determined our own diminishing destiny, as a nation? Are we there yet?) 

Israel, because of their rejection of God, was sold into bondage by Him several times. The rejection of Christ being the last time. What makes us think He will not do the same to America? I don't think America has ever had a majority of its people, its Congress, its President and his cabinet who were so anti-Christian and, therefore, anti-Christ ... until now.
Considering the pornographic content of what we watch, read and talk about, and the insane way the majority of us vote, is our national conscience seared over and past feeling? Judging by God's past dealings with such nations, what does that portend for our future as a nation? RB

Thursday, March 12, 2015

As Sure As Earth's Turning... What Goes Around Comes Around

"What goes around comes around" is another way of saying what God put into the Apostle Paul's heart 2000 years ago, in his letter to the church in Galatia..."Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."  Gal.6:7. This is one of those divinely appointed rules of life which are are given us as a benefit to both ourselves and to those around us ... "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Psm.119:105. 

If 84 years of life's experiences have taught me anything, one of the primary things is a confirmation of Gal.6:7  "We sow what we reap and reap what we sow". It may take time but what goes around comes around. RB

Here is just one, but a classical example of the fact...

His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog. There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death. The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved. 'I want to repay you,' said the nobleman. 'You saved my son's life.' 'No, I can't accept payment for what I did,' the Scottish farmer replied waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer's own son came to the door of the family hovel. 'Is that your son?' the nobleman asked. 'Yes,' the farmer replied proudly. 'I'll make you a 
deal. Let me provide him with the level of education my own son will enjoy. If the lad is anything like his father, he'll no doubt grow to be a man we both will be proud of.' And that he did. Farmer Fleming's son attended the very best schools and in time, graduated from St Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin. Years afterward, the same nobleman's son who was saved from the bog was stricken with pneumonia. What saved his life this time? Penicillin. The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill ... His son's name? Sir Winston Churchill. What goes around comes around.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Genius Of Genesis Is At Least Understandable... God Did It

"And God said, let there be ...." Genesis 1

In the February 2015 issue of Popular Science, the magazine's Editor In Chief, Cliff Ransom, reports on an interview with Dr. Kenneth Nealson, a scientific biologist at the University Of California. It seems the University has discovered an as yet unknown form of life in the mud off Catalina Island which eats and breathes nothing but electricity. The good doctor, with a large office full of awards, plaques and other trophies of honor and recognition, admits to indecipherable confusion in their scientific research of this mysterious discovery.  He is quoted to have said, "Life  all comes down to energy from the mightiest Blue Whale to the most humble microbe. Microbes discovered in California metabolize energy by eating and breathing electricity directly. It's like the more, you learn, the less you understand. Every time we increase our powers of perception, we find the universe is more complex than we imaginedIt's kind of like Science Fiction. To a biologist, finding life that chugs along without a molecular energy source is about as unlikely as seeing passengers flying through the air without an airplane." 

I dearly love it when famous, highly trained and experienced "scientists", in their life long pursuit of the "truth" of evolution, regularly hit brick walls in the path of what they "know to be", and discover "it isn't".  Their exclamatory explanations jump out in funny phrases as, "Its like the more you learn, the less you understand", and "Its kind of like Science Fiction."  Actually, those two phrases contain more honest to goodness truth than libraries full of books on every facet of this single theory ... Evolution. 

Noah Webster's definition of the word "theory" is, "The general or abstract principles of any body of facts, as distinguished from applied science, a hypothesis or guess."  Whereas, the word "science", from the Latin "scientia" means to know that you know through proven observation. That is why, for a hundred years, unethical evolutionists were desperately digging, scratching searching and even falsifying, embellishing and misrepresenting, with spurious "evidence", proof of evolution. 

Things like putting a widely scattered varity of bones together to create what appears to be a missing link. An artist can create a mosaic of a monkey's face with a thousand pebbles from a thousand different places,.. that looks like a monkey.... but it isn't. They haven't done much of that recently because they know times have changed and the lie will be quickly discovered. 

It could be that Dr. Nealson is correct in his belief that, at least physically, "Life all comes down to energy...." But that energy was the energy proceeding out of the lips of God when He said, "Let there be", as recorded in Genesis 1. THAT was power... "energy".

1 Timothy 6:20   O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called

Friday, March 6, 2015

Prayer Request For Christians Under ISIS Muslim Persecution And Beheadings

We are getting more and more prayer requests similar to the one below. This is horrible and prophetic. Jesus warned us of these tribulations ....

Luke 21:7   And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? 

  Luke 21:28   And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh

The prayer request:______________________

This urgent prayer request comes from dear Christian friends as they reach out on behalf of other Christian friends who are still in Iraq and are witnessing these things FIRST HAND that are happening still.   They and Dee and I began our ministry just 5 miles apart back in the late 1950’s down in Southern Indiana.   We MUST remember and lift up our fellow “soldiers of the Cross” in this dire time.   V. Farringer

 How heartbreaking news like this is!  Are we hearing anything about this over the news?  How frustrating!!!  God help our world!!!!  Jeneve

Friends, the above comment is from my sister-in-law, Jeneve; I echo her sentiments.

Dear Praying Partners,
We are being urged to join our Christian brothers and sisters in asking for mercy for the following:
ISIS just took over Quaragosh, the biggest Christian city in Iraq. There are hundreds of men, women and children that are being beheaded. The people are asking for prayers to be made on their behalf concerning the on going atrocity in their country. Please take one minute to pray for them. Pass the message across to all your contacts so that the prayer chain will not be broken in the body of Christ. It's an urgent SOS for fervent prayers on behalf of the brothers, sisters and children in Iraq.
Thank you for your concern. God bless you!
Beth Paul
Please take this prayer request to heart. There is a vicious, Satanic attack on our Christian brothers and sisters all over the Middle East and in various other places around the world.
Pray for those who are paying such a price for their faith and pray for Jerusalem. RB

Pictures of ISIS murdering Christian parents and children

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Billy Graham And Albert Einstein

He is one of the last and one of the greatest of  "The Greatest Generation".

Billy Graham is now 96 years-old with Parkinson's disease. In January 2000, leaders in Charlotte , North Carolina invited their favorite son, Billy Graham, to a luncheon in his honor. Billy initially hesitated to accept the invitation because he struggles with Parkinson's disease. But the Charlotte leaders said, “We don't expect a major address. Just come and let us honor you.”

So he agreed.After wonderful things were said about him, Dr. Graham stepped to the rostrum, looked at the crowd, and said, "I'm reminded today of Albert Einstein, the great physicist who this month has been honoured by Time magazine as the Man of the Century.Einstein was once traveling from Princeton on a train when the conductor came down the aisle, punching the tickets of every passenger. When he came to Einstein, Einstein reached in his vest pocket. He couldn't find his ticket; so, he reached in his trouser pockets. It wasn't there. He looked in his briefcase but couldn't find it. Then he looked in the seat beside him. He still couldn't find it.

"The conductor said, 'Dr. Einstein, I know who you are. We all know who you are. I'm sure you bought a ticket. Don't worry about it.'
“Einstein nodded appreciatively. The conductor continued down the aisle punching tickets. As he was ready to move to the next car, he turned around and saw the great physicist down on his hands and knees looking under his seat for his ticket.

"The conductor rushed back and said, 'Dr. Einstein, Dr. Einstein, don't worry, I know who you are; no problem. You don't need a ticket. I'm sure you bought one.'

“Einstein looked at him and said, ‘Young man, I too, know who I am. What I don't know is where I'm going.’

Having said that Billy Graham continued, "See the suit I'm wearing? It's a brand new suit. My children and my grandchildren are telling me I've gotten a little slovenly in my old age. I used to be a bit more fastidious. So, I went out and bought a new suit for this luncheon and one more occasion. You know what that occasion is? This is the suit in which I'll be buried. But, when you hear I'm dead, I don't want you to immediately remember the suit I'm wearing. I want you to remember this: I not only know who I am. I also know where I'm going. May your troubles be less, your blessings more, and may nothing but happiness, come through your door. Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point."
"Amen and peace, my friends. And may each of us have lived our lives so that when our ticket is punched we don't have to worry about where we are going."

TULIP: The Five Points Of Calvinism Reveals What It Is ....

 Calvinists define their distorted, misunderstood doctrine of twisted Predestination, Election and Foreordination with an acronym of the five letters TULIP. These letters represent the five points of Calvinism, which are, Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace and Perseverance Of The Saints. Let's look at these five points ....

Total Depravity - Yes, we are totally depraved in our natural, human, fleshly state, and unable to save ourselves. But we are not as depraved as Satan and his fallen angels. They are lost forever, without hope and beyond salvation because they were already inhabitants of heaven, in the very presence of God and knew Him as their Creator, but willfully rejected Him by their individual free-will choice. And though depraved, we also have a free-will to choose to accept God's plan of salvation for us or to reject it. Our sinful depravity is the very reason God provided a means of forgiveness and salvation for us. The angels were not originally depraved but also had a free will and willfully chose to side with Lucifer and turn against their God; so there is no salvation for them from their willful, chosen depravity. In our case, we were born in sin and grow up with a sinful nature which will condemn us if we do not  come to Christ for God's salvation from our guilt.

Unconditional Election - Yes, we are elected and "saved by grace, through faith and not of works", but, though God's grace and faith are unconditionally available to all sinners, all sinners do not accept that free grace gift of God as their own because it is "conditioned" on repentance of our sins and willingly accepting Jesus as our Savior.  Repenting is not something God forces on us sinners, and accepting Jesus through faith is not a work of the flesh but our spirit's response to an offered spiritual gift. Election hinges on God's foreknowledge or our believing or not believing, not the opposite. "Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience ...." 1 Peter 1:2. God's "foreknowledge" pre-dates everything. Every birth, death, word, thought, belief, unbelief or action is predated by God's foreknowledge. That absolute foreknowledge IS predestination/election. So Salvation/Election is "conditional" on which way your free will carries you as it was with the fallen angels.  God told Lucifer that his prideful problem and depraved ruin was his own free-will compunction to follow his own self-will rather than God's perfect will for him. God did not create Lucifer and the fallen angels with a pre-determined desire to cast them all into hell though He knew what they would do. Nor did He do so to us. Ridiculous! Read Lucifer's sin problem  in Isa.14:12-14. He said, "I will" 5 times.

Limited Atonement - The "Atonement" (Jesus dying for us) is only limited by the fact that only those who willingly repent and believe in Christ's death for their sins will be saved. It is not limited to a tiny percentage of the world's sinners, who alone, were pre-desired, pre-forgiven, pre-saved and pre-destined ... based on the presumption that God wanted just those sinners and not one more. It is understood that our all knowing God "foreknew" who would repent and believe and who would not.
To contradict the clear meaning of Jesus' promise in John 3:16 is heresy.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life." Jn.3:16.

Irresistible Grace - There is no rational explanation for this heresy. To say that God "pre-favored" some sinners, who were pre-wanted, pre-assigned and pre-saved before they ever took a breath or sinned, who cannot refuse, cannot say "no" or ignore God's grace and cannot resist being saved, is, again, heresy. Even Lucifer and a third of the angels had a free will and chose to resist God's grace even though God was right there in their presence, in all His glory and power. They knew He was God, and that compounded their sin... "...The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousnessBecause that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto themFor the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly that they are without excuseBecause that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful, but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened." Rom.1:18-21.

Perseverance Of The Saints - It is all too obvious that not all saints (Christians) persevere very well.
If our salvation depended on our persevering start to finish ... we would all go to hell, and so would the Apostles Peter, Paul, Thomas and ... you ... and  I. No, our salvation is totally based on Jesus' finished work on the cross and resurrection from the dead ... not our weak, wavering, human, self -perseverance. This last point of Calvinism is a contradiction of points one and two. How do WE persevere when we are Totally depraved and our "election" is Unconditional.

Here is the Calvinist version of John 3:16 .... "For God so loved a small percentage of the world's population, that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever, of those chosen few, who cannot resist believing on him, should not perish but have everlasting life ... and all the others are not allowed to believe and are eternally doomed to hell by God's perfect will." Ridiculous ! 

Since all men are so totally depraved as to be unable to make any correct personal decisions, God chose only a small, superior percentage of the world's population of preferred sinners, before time began, solely because He wanted those few sinners and did not want all of the billions of other sinners. He therefore knowingly created the masses of humankind for no other purpose than to personally cast them all into hell with no possibility of salvation whether they want to believe in Jesus and be saved or not. This He determined to do before time began. Scripture and common sense brand this false doctrine as abhorrent. RB

The title, "Calvinist" does not reflect Biblical inerrancy, creationism, the Deity of Christ, his atoning death, his literal resurrection, his church's authority, ordinances, great commission or rapture. Neither does it speak to the reality of heaven or hell. It speaks to the single doctrine of predestination, which it twists to make God's eternal foreknowledge, of people's choices, spring from predestination rather than predestination from His eternal foreknowledge. RB