Would you let me show you from the Bible why you should not be anxious or worried about if you will be in heaven or hell for eternity? According to the Bible, the saved are going to heaven, and the lost are going to hell and the lake of fire according to Revelation 20:15 – “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
Every person is either going to heaven or to hell. According to the Bible, hell is further described as a place of incredible eternal suffering where people are tormented with unending thirst, pains from burns, worms, shame and frustration and, will later be cast into the lake of fire where there is also no hope of ever leaving.
Luke 16:23-24 – “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.”
Mark 9:43-44 – “And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.”
Daniel 12:2 – “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.”
# 1—You are totally depraved and there is nothing you can do to change that.
Psalm 51:5 – “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.”
This verse means that you were born in sin and this has left you totally depraved. I am going to tell you how you can be saved from hell by simply believing the Bible’s message and accepting God’s invitation to receive Him. But, because you are totally depraved you have absolutely no ability to believe this saving message and you have no ability in yourself to accept God’s invitation. The reason you have no ability to believe what I am going to tell you is because you are totally depraved.
I am going to speak to you as if you have the ability to choose to obey God, but, in reality you really have no real choice in this matter because you are totally depraved. Since I will offer God’s salvation to you it appears that you have a choice to determine if you will spend eternity in heaven or hell, but this is not really true because the choice has already been made for you. So, don’t worry if you will spend eternity in heaven or hell because there is nothing you can do to change the choice that was made for you before you were born.
# 2—You either are or are not unconditionally elected and there is nothing you can do to change that.
Ephesians 1:4-5 – “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,”
This verse means that God has made the choice for you and His choice determines if you will spend eternity in heaven or hell. This choice was made for you before the world was created. If He chose you before the foundation of the world then you are on a “secret list” called the “Unconditionally Elected” and you will spend eternity in heaven. I don’t know if you are on that list and you don’t know if you are on that list, only God knows if you are on that list, which is why it is a “secret list.”
If He did not choose you before the foundation of the world then you are not on that secret list and you will spend eternity in hell. If you are on that list and it has been decided for you to go to heaven there is nothing you can do to get off that list. If you are not on that list and it has been decided for you to go to hell there is absolutely nothing you can do to get on the list. NO additions to the list are allowed. Those that are on that list are “Unconditionally Elected” to be on that list. So, in either case don’t worry because there is absolutely nothing you can do to change whether or not you are on that list. There is nothing you can do to change whether or not you are going to heaven or to hell.
# 3—The Death of the Lord Jesus Christ was a Limited Atonement that paid only for the sins of those on the secret list of the Unconditionally Elected. Your sins either were or were not paid for and there is nothing you can do to change that.
Matthew 1:21 “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”
This verse means that the Lord Jesus Christ only died for the Unconditionally Elected. If you are on the list of the Unconditionally Elected then He died for you and He paid for yours sins. His paying for sins or atonement was limited to just those on the list of the Unconditionally Elected. If you are on that list, don’t worry, because your sins have been paid for. If you are not on that list, your sins are not paid for, but, don’t worry, because there is nothing you can do to have His death pay for your sins. In either case, don’t worry, there is nothing you can do to change who are the limited beneficiaries of His Limited Atonement death.
# 4—You either will or will not receive from God Irresistible Grace to make you believe so you can be saved.
Ephesians 2:8 – “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”
This verse means that a person is saved from spending eternity in hell by a saving faith. This verse teaches that no one has the ability to have this saving faith unless it is given to him as a gift from God. The only people who receive this saving faith gift of God are those on the “secret list” of the Unconditionally Elected. Those that are so fortunate to be chosen to receive this saving faith gift of God are on that “secret list.” Those that receive this saving faith gift from God cannot resist receiving it. It is a gift that is an Irresistible Grace. That saving faith is an Irresistible Grace.
If you are on that list then you will receive the irresistible, saving faith, gift from God to keep you from spending eternity in hell. If you are not on that list then you will not receive the irresistible, saving faith, gift from God to keep you from spending eternity in hell. In either case you cannot change who is on the list and who will receive this irresistible, saving faith, gift from God that keeps a person from spending eternity in hell. Don’t worry, because you cannot change whether or not you will receive this irresistible, saving faith gift from God that will keep you from spending eternity in hell.
Because you are totally depraved, I hope you are on the list of the Unconditionally Elected so that God’s Limited Atonement will pay for your sins and so that you will receive the limited Irresistible Grace of saving faith gift from God to keep you from spending eternity in hell. But again, who will spend eternity in heaven and hell has already been decided by God, so don’t worry.
Now, let’s try and figure out if you are one of those fortunate ones on the secret list of the Unconditionally Elected.
Acts 16:31 – “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”
If you can believe then, even though you are totally depraved, you must be on the list of the Unconditionally Elected to be a beneficiary of the Limited Atonement and receive the Irresistible Grace to save you from hell.
The above synopsis reflects the Fatalistic Calvinism position and the tract is really an honest transparent explanation of that position.
What would any person who applies his understanding and deep thought think of such a position?
I WAS A FATALISTIC CALVINIST
I am writing to you as one who used to believe in fatalism. I was a Fatalistic Calvinist. This changed for me when I stood before lost people and God broke my heart for them. I thought of the horribleness of the hell that awaited them and I looked the lost in the eye and told them from the bottom of my heart that the Bible says “God loved the world” including them, and wanted everyone—including them to be saved, and that God wanted no one, including them, to perish.
From that point on I realized that I could no longer be a Fatalistic Calvinist.
If I believed what God said when He said that He wanted everyone to be saved and for no one to perish then I had to reject the positions explained in this Calvinist Road tract. I hope for the honor of His name and character, the integrity of His promises, for the sake of His calling, and for your love, admiration and trust of Him, that you will believe that God meant what He said, that Man by his own independent decision, determines his eternal destiny and that God did not make this decision for Man.
Fatalistic Calvinism is to regard every lost person as having an invisible mark on them that identifies them as either to be saved or to be lost and there is nothing that a lost person can do to change that. Fatalistic Calvinism is a serious issue because fatalism destroys evangelism, discourages the lost, distorts worship and defames God.
- Fatalistic Calvinism destroys evangelism because with fatalism a believer cannot honestly say to a lost person that God loves him and that God has made salvation open to him.
- Fatalistic Calvinism discourages the lost from turning to God because fatalism teaches the lost that the decision to turn to God is not their decision, but God’s decision.
- Fatalistic Calvinism distorts worship because the beauty of worship is the “free will offering” of worship. If no one has a “free will” to turn to God then no one has a “free will” to worship God.
- Fatalistic Calvinism defames God by making God a liar who has put the responsibility on man to believe when fatalism teaches that it is God and not man who is
responsible for man to believe.
The problems with Fatalistic Calvinism:
- It absolves the lost person of his responsibility to accept the gospel invitation.
- It absolves the believer of his responsibility to give the gospel invitation.
- It blames God for not giving to every person the ability to accept the gospel invitation.
Fatalistic Calvinism attacks the greatest and first commandment to love the Lord our God with all your heart and mind. This is because a person cannot love God with all his heart if with his mind he knows that God was the reason for his unbelieving mother, father, or other loved one to be suffering in hell for all of eternity.
“Fatalistic Calvinism” is Satan’s ultimate opportunity to defame God by blaming Him for why people are in hell.