Justification -- Imputation
discuss the three main teaching groups in detail, the Apostolic, Calvinist, and
Imputed (accounted) Righteous (right-related to Holy God) by
Justification (to make Righteous)
Holiness =Sanctification (to make Holy)
Does God wait for a person himself to become related to Him through a work, before the person is declared Justified (made Righteous) by God at new-birth? Yes or No ?
II. Calvinist Reformation (Zapping) Church of Sardis in
Revelation says, "No."
Reformers said a forensic (legal)
justification makes a person declared just (righteous) by faith alone,
through grace alone , and instantaneously at regeneration Zapping, through
nothing (no act or thought) of the person
themselves, but the inscrutible Election of God...
Justification (righteousnes) is Imputed
(accounted) by Christ's sacrifice for our sins in His death and also Imputation
of Christ's righteousness by His Life lived during His ministry.
This they call double imputation (see Rom 5:9-11). This is
also called, Synthetic justification = an alien righteousness from
outside of us, but accounted to us as a legal transaction as in
accounting by the grace of God alone. So we are "as if" righteous.
Also, this can be understood only by scriptures alone, they say.
From Martin Luther on, Protestantism (not the Historic
Apostolic believers through the ages) has insisted that Justification
does not change us internally and is not based on any goodness that we
have in ourselves inherently, or by any manner.
"They justify this
external righteousness by saying, if we are instantaneously declared
righteous based on our own personal goodness, then we could have no assurance
of forgiven sins, or have peace with God (Rom 5:1), removal of condemnation
(Rom 8:1), no assurance of faith (Heb 10:22), no free gift of righteousness
(Rom 5:17), or say that "the free gift of God is eternal Life in Christ Jesus
our Lord" (Rom 6:23) (Systematic Theology, by Wayne Gruden).
righteousness is purely accounted (imputed) to us from a righteousness of
Christ outside of ourselves, they say. This they call a foreign righteousness,
instantaneously ONLY judicially accounted to us .
[[ Note: We ourselves only continue as the same
sinners, calling ourselves Christians. "Isn't His grace wonderful,"
they say. Our guaranteed righteousness is laid up in Heaven, hid in
Christ now in Heaven, and external to us.]]
But unfortunately, their
thinking stops here, and is really perverted even more after this, from here
They go on to say that it stays external to us and only takes
us to Heaven by a fictional eternal "decree" (Institutes, 3. 21. 5) that it
be so. And that is the end of their explaining justification and
sanctification for eternity.
This fictional "decree"
which cannot be found in scripture also makes it ONCE SAVED ALWAYS
SAVED, which has never been demonstrated by exegesis from the verbally
inspired Greek scriptures by any Calvinist or anyone else.
Atonement, in fact, provides no indwelling righteousness of Christ
Himself (His faith) to whom they are to be obedient in living according to
His righteousness directing, teaching, guiding us, and assuring us.
Consequently, the Calvinist teachings become a dead letter keeping of
the written scripture instructions and that is all. Another Pharisaical effort
of men doing what looks good to them. To live pleasing to God, simply go by
this written Word, they say. Just like the Pharisees of Jesus day, according
to the dead letter instead of the Living Christ Himself indwelling them, even
as in the OT saints.
[[ This is
also the teachings of today's "grace" regardless apostates of Dallas
Theological Cemetery since 1920. They also only hold to the dead letter
of the Bible as the Calvinists in explaining how one can be led by
the Holy Spirit. Despite their pious rhetoric, their living of the
Spirit filled life by faith is just as dead as the Calvinists from whom they
took their teachings (originating from John Darby's Plymouth Brethren
invention of Dispensationalism). ]]
According to the
Reformed, "Christian theology there are three separate and distinct acts of
imputation. In the first place Adam's sin is imputed to all of us, his
children, that is, judicially set to our account so that we are held
responsible for it and suffer the consequences of it. This is commonly
known as the doctrine of Original Sin. In the second place, and in
precisely the same manner, our sin is imputed to Christ so that He suffers
the consequences of it in a Penal Substitution for us. And in the
third place, Christ's own (outside of us) righteousness is imputed
to us and secures for us entrance into heaven.
We are, of
course, no more personally guilty of Adam's sin than Christ is personally
guilty of our sin, or that we are personally meritorious because of His
righteousness simply accounted for us. In each case it is a book keeping
judicial transaction. We receive a fellowship relationship to God from
Christ in precisely the same way that we receive condemnation and ruin from
Adam. In each case the result follows because of the close official union
which exists between the persons involved. To reject any one of these
three steps is to reject an essential part of the Christian system"
(The Reformed Faith by Loraine Boettner).
To simply repeat for clear understanding of what the
Reformation Calvinist teachings are for Atonement to make us righteous and
prepared for Heaven:
The Calvinists teach that justification is nothing more
than a judicial accounting (imputed) according to the transfer of all our
sins upon Jesus for some imagined (not found in scriptures)
punishment on the cross. So then God placed all His wrath for our
sin and sins upon Jesus in His penal substitution for punishment, so that our
sins (past, present, and future) and sin nature are judicially accounted
(imputed) as remitted, not removed in functioning fact or replaced
with an indwelling Righteous Life of Christ Himself.
suffering God's wrath (punishment) for all our sins, simply provides for the
so-called Christian to now continue in sin but still expect a Holy God to take
them to Heaven. We are then accounted judicially (imputed) anothers
righteousness, alien to us (outside ourselves), the righteousness of Christ by
His merit alone demonstrated in His Perfect living on earth
ONLY. These are all a bookkeeping, accounting, by God
made possible by Christ's taking our sins to himself and suffering punishment
for them. And Christ's righteousness is likewise accounted as in
letter written bookkeeping to us thereafter also, and kept in Heaven in
Himself. Isn't grace wonderful, they say.
This work of Atonement by Christ for us is given to all
who repent and believe for salvation. They consider a man's
believing (trust) and saving faith as synonyms in fact. And that
this repenting and believing or trust (they think, "faith") is given by an
instantaneous transformation to only certain chosen people, the
Elect, for only these certain few are whom Christ endured such a penal
punishment, foreknown and fore-planned (ordained) before the foundation of
Again, they regard trust and faith as
synonyms. No scriptures teach any of this, except their forced
assertions against plain words. Repentance is hardly and passingly
mentioned, and likewise emasculated of all importance, because of the
inscrutible instantaneous Zapping of Election bringing all these "things" to
the individual instantaneously without his comprehension or understanding in
the least, except as explained by these profound doctors of such invented
They then teach that all salvation by Christ's Atonement
to man is only through this "faith" (trust)
instantaneously instilled in a man's being without any effort, motion,
reason, or understanding of the individual himself. He is
just inscrutably Zapped by God, to be ultimately taken to Heaven regardless
of his beliefs or behaviors.
They further define this saving faith by which we stand
justified as noted by three manifestations in the person:
First, he is given mental affirmation to all of Christ's
teachings and dying for him as factual content and true;
second, he gives mental assent that Christ freely
died for his sins; and most importantly, the Calvinist
says, third, he places his absolute and total "trust" in
Christ alone for his salvation in Heaven. They teach that this trust
of a man and saving faith are synonyms. (R.C. Sproul,
The Doctrines of the Reformation.)
Consequently, the understanding of
HOW the person is saved by God and WHY the
person is saved by God appears totally lost to both the
Calvinists and also to the apostate "grace" regardless,
Dispensationalists, today. Calvinists' teachings about WHO, WHAT,
WHEN, and WHERE deceptively sound all very scriptural but their
explanations (doctrines) of HOW and WHY are totally
irrational heretical unscriptural and morally irrational
Fortunately, yet today, the outward Calvinist
preaching is that the sinner must repent and believe
(commit) to the Lordship of Christ and live a Holy life at the end to go
to Heaven. This the "grace" regardless Dispensationalists refuse to preach
in actual fact; they deny that repentance, Lordship, and any
moral living or any commitment of any kind is necessary for
Because of the facts of the last
paragraph, we have long hesitated to say that the Calvinists are apostate,
because of their "rare" (almost nonexistent today) preaching to sinners
for salvation by repenting and committing to Christ's Lordship, as well as
their teaching verbal inerrancy and preservation of scripture,
separation from evil in doctrine and morals, and
necessary continuance in a Holy Life to
Indeed, many of the Calvinists are at the forefront of
Protestantism in resisting the Ecumenical and Dispensational "grace"
regardless apostasy today. These may be used of God to save
souls in this day of apostasy, even as in the days of Jonathan Edwards
or George Whitefield or Spurgeon.
Calvinists were and are truly
very wrong (very apostate) in their historic practices and explanations of
their TULIP doctrines, but their statements of necessary beliefs for
salvation "sound" correct and agree with Arminian salvation
statements, They are simply repenting and believing
(committing) to (eis) the Lord Jesus Christ
and you will be saved through obedience of
However, Calvinists redefine all
these words to mean something very different. All of these fine
sounding teachings are redefined in their own minds and teachings, regardless
of how right they sound. Simply being so
redefined in fact as to possibly prevent salvation makes them apostate,
regardless of all other considerations.
The new-birth occurs because the Holy
Spirit convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment to whomever is considering
Truth in their own thinking, despite the deceitfulness or falsity of any
preacher. By this, sinners may be truly new-born listening to totally
cult or apostate teachers. Not by understanding what the teachers
deceitfully believe, but by hearing the Holy Spirit utilize their hearts to
[[ Today, in
this age of teachers to itching ears and apostasy on every corner, one cannot
naively listen to a teacher or preacher and take their words as those of
straightforward meaning as in the Bible. One must learn how
the preacher defines or redefines these common words. Otherwise, one can
have no idea of what he is saying. This is why people today listening to
so-called "expository" preachers cannot possible know what they are
saying. Why are there no "exegetical" preachers today? Answer. There are no God-Sent God-Taught teachers or preachers today. ]]
The Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, intended to
fully and completely restore every human being to Righteousness, Holiness, and Fellowship
with the Father during their Living here on earth, will not in any way possibly
Any meaning given, whether before or
after new-birth, that could possibly prevent a person's salvation is
apostasy. Plain and simple. It is
a departure from the pure and perfect gospel taught by Christ and His Apostles
in the scriptures..
"Apostasy is a defection from the Truth of the person and work
of Jesus Christ. Christ and His work are so wrought into the faith that
change cannot be tolerated. Tolerance could only give another
Jesus" (Gospel under Seige, by Malcolm Lavender,
see Recommended Links, The Call to Reform.)
tolerance of the pagan-like Calvinist Atonement work has now been
used to redefine Jesus in these last days, first by the apostate Calvinists,
and now by the cult "grace" regardless who deny commitment to Christ's
Lordship as necessary for salvation. This denial of Christ's Lordship
in salvation is accomplished by the worldwide "grace"
regardless cult teachings today, made popular by non-Calvinist but
Dispensational Dallas Theological Seminary since 1920 to
WHAT, WHEN, and WHERE of
salvation is totally redefined by their HOW and WHY's of their TULIP
doctrines. If they ever rarely preach as to sinners for salvation today,
it may be no different than that prescribed in the scriptures, in
sound. But they have redefined every historic Biblical word they
Their teachings as to the HOW and
WHY explanations of God in salvation are totally irrational
(deductive reasoning) and totally demeaning to God's great Attributes, indeed,
very heretical, and to be avoided. These are leaven teachings
used by darkness to leaven the whole lump in these apostate days.
Now, with the "grace" regardless Dispensational cult, instead of Jesus being
Lord, He saves only by being a Savior; they now totally deny His Lordship in
salvation. That makes them a cult.
Unfortunately, the powers of
darkness have adopted these grave deficiencies of the primitive Calvinist
HOW and WHY explanations, who give:
(1) no Atonement means of personal Holiness or
righteousness of anyone while on earth.
the unscriptural (against plain scripture) assertion of "once saved always
(3) a confusion (blindness) of
believing = faith in salvation and Living,
(4) a one time involuntary change of a person's mind
and desires for eternal immutable salvation,
(5) no personal efforts avail for perseverance, only God's
inscrutible immutable changing of the person's sensibilities for
(6) a most important denial of personal
responsibility to Jesus Christ as Lord because of the involuntary nature of
salvation in all aspects of Calvinism,
importantly a denial of the working and office of the Holy Spirit in salvation
to everyone in the world, as well as in each individual's responsible
fellowship of Life in Christ for daily guidance, gifting, teaching,
assurance, and empowering, and
(8) focused in the
dead written word, rather than in the Living Word indwelling them from
which true obedience derives through the indwelling Holy Spirit leading
them, assuring them, gifting, teaching, illuminating the scriptures, and
"As many as are led by the
Spirit of God, they are the sons of God" (Rom 8:14)
"The Spirit itself
beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God" (Rom
Because of (4), (5), (6), (7), (8) above, their robot walk (dead men walking) must be (8) focused in the dead written word, rather than in the Living Word indwelling them from which true obedience derives. Thus, we believe the appallation of "thou has a name that thou livest and art dead" (Sardis, Rev 3:1) is most appropriate for "Reformation" Calvinism, both in time of the different churches in history, as well as their doctrines.
Calvinism is such a distortion of scripture in relation to salvation that they are as apostate as possible, without becoming the extreme Dispensational cult of the "grace" regardless of today. Indeed, many whom we respect for their clear proclamations so ascribe Calvinism as apostate . We have found that we must agree with them after much examination and for the reasons given. See our Link to Crisispub.com and their many clear precise books on this subject.
We find it is pertinent that of those who oppose this worldwide Dispensational "grace" regardless cult most today are the Calvinists, who still hold to Calvinist doctrines. However, Many are being deceived further into the Dispensational salvation terminology and thinking. R.C. Sproul is a clear example. He now says, all one must do is trust Christ as your Savior with all your heart and you are guaranteed Heaven.
Most other people who even preach and teach Biblical separation and holding to the Textus Receptus and even call themselves Fundamentalists are totally apostate in accepting the Dispensational "grace" regardless cult salvation doctrines of simply trusting (= believe = faith, they think) in unconditional eternal security of a Savior-only for Heaven someday, even denying Christ's Lordship as necessary for salvation.
During the past 80 years, until recently, sincere Bible thumping Calvinists were not accepting the "only trust in a Savior only for unconditional security in Heaven" sophistry. But they are now beginning to teach it also.
These demonic Dispensational "grace" regardless apostates today have just taken the Calvinist extreme heresies to darkest absurdity. Consequently, by default of darkened reasoning, today's modern total apostate cult, calling themselves "grace" teachers, teach "once saved always saved" with no necessary personal thought of Lordship or any moral intentions, or any perseverance; just a sterile mental affirmation and trust only one time in Christ as a Savior only. They call this the "finished" work of Christ, all by His "grace" to all sinners who simply trust Him as Savior only.
[[ A rational person, who understands Christ's Atonement (restoration), must wonder how they can teach this in a sound mind, except in extreme demonic sarcasm toward our Heavenly Father. The Church of Sardis (fifth in series of seven) in Revelation 3:1-6, represents Calvinism, we believe, and is there called "a name that thou livest, and art dead" But in Rev 3:14-22, the Laodicean Church (seventh in series of seven), the last church in the series of seven churches, we find Christ outside of it knocking at the door for entrance. No commendation is given to either of these churches by Jesus, but he does commend all the other 5 churches throughout history, in some manner. ]]]
It is a great mystery of iniquity, demonstrating the depth of apostasy today, that even sincere people calling themselves Fundamentalist and separating from so many false practices and doctrines today have accepted the salvation teachings of this Dispensational "grace" regardless cult, denying Christ's Lordship in salvation and only trusting in Jesus as a Savior who uncondtionally promises them Heaven. These dear sincere people are possibly lost to perdition and teaching thousands or millions more to follow them. How blinded by satan, probably because they went to Bible Schools or Seminaries.
These demonic "grace" regardless apostates today have just taken the Calvinist heresies to darkest absurdity. We now have throughout Christendom saved "carnal sinning Christians" who need have no moral differences from others in the world, but are inscrutably destined for Heaven. This establishes the present last days of worldwide apostasy cult with the amoral "grace" regardless doctrines. Isn't "grace" wonderful, they say. These deny the Lordship of Christ as the only mediator for salvation, making them a modern cult in the Laodicean church.
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron" (1 Tim 4:1-2).
In Revelation, third chapter, neither the church of Sardis (probably Reformation Calvinist church in sequence of history), nor the Laodicean church receive any commendation from our Lord. All the others do receive commendation. Interesting.
And the church of Philadelphia between the Sardis and Laodicean church, in their history sequence, receives commendations for the necessity of Holy living (no "carnal Christian", or OnceSavedAlwaysSaved-regardless, teachings) and "thou has kept the Word of My endurance".
Christ promised taking those who persevere in this church "from out of" the time of trial (Rev 3:10) that is coming. Interesting. The last four named churches in order of origination are given a different ending that the previous three. Perhaps this denotes a different end of age status of existence. Perhaps the first three letters are to now nonexistent historical churches.
In our own lifetime, we have never heard a Calvinist preaching to sinners for salvation. Have you? Today, they are occupied in proudly smelling their own robed arm pits and eruditely explaining the philosophy of their "esteemed historical" philosophy of religion and totally irrational moral logic.
Their noble esteemed doctrines must be agonizingly justified to the common people, who have little chance of understanding or being Zapped anyway, in their thinking. But Calvinists get violent when accused of being "elitists". Not to mention them being total Pharisees as the Dispensationalists, teaching to follow the dead letter ink written Word, instead of the Living Word indwelling them, the Holy Spirit Mind of Christ, our indwelling Righteousness Himself, Who gifts, teaches, guides, empowers, and assures us. Both the Calvinists and the Dispensational "grace" regardless deny all of this.
Since the Atonement (restoration) was incompletely formulated from the scriptures by Luther and more by Calvin (1534) from Catholic Augustine (414) and later by a Catholic monk, Anselm (1097 A.D.), regarding the Penal Satisfaction theory of Atonement, we have thereby been given a primitive and totally errant and blasphemous understanding of the Atonement.
According to the Calvinists, Justification (righteousness) and Sanctification (Holiness) before God is purely a judicial accounting, bookkeeping act of God. Nothing more. And instantaneous instilled "faith" is nothing more than man's own trust, called faith in the devils world dictionary. No sure intrinsic righteousness of God is theirs nor may be experienced by them this side of Heaven, is their actual Atonement teaching. Consequently, their only instruction in Holy Living is to follow the dead letter of Holy scripture, like the Pharisees in Jesus day.
They even call it a "foreign" and "synthetic" righteousness, outside themselves. We, personally, must be inscrutibly decreed, destined by God and be in Heaven, before we shall experience any right-relation to our Heavenly Father, righteousness, gained only by His Immutable decree for only a few Elect, they say. This is purely fatalistic Soteriology. And actually, no real scriptural understanding of Atonement or "faith" or its HOW or WHY in our lives or the scriptures. They call faith a man's "trust". All is totally unscriptural; not supported by the scriptures in any manner. It is all the doctrines of men, as the Pharisees of Christ's day.
The true Calvinist, unfortunately, accepts substitution penal atonement as a fact both in profession and practice. Therefore, such a "believer" thinks he is secure eternally while in sin, he may professes and practice.
Penal atonement is a legal system concept and cannot produce higher than itself. It cannot produce a changed heart to walk in Holiness with His Lord. However, a professed Calvinist may think and do otherwise than live strictly to his Atonement teachings but in His personal actual born-again-Holy living obedient to His indwelling Lord and end his life in Heaven. But the true Calvinist who accepts the stated implications of penal atonement, as a fact in thought and practice, is a practicing "sinning 'c'hristian," thus lost eternally.
This is why the historic Anabaptists from the time of Christ, persecuted by the Catholic church for centuries, could not join with Calvin and Luther in their teachings concerning justification at the time. They agreed that by grace alone, through faith alone, through Christ alone, was the means of our new birth standing with God in His fellowship/relationship, but stated that more was involved than just a judicial (paper accounting), once for all time, accounting act by God, with no means provided for obedience to God's indwelling righteousness of Christ's Mind Himself placed within our born-from-above spirits as new creations, in which we are to remain obedient to our Heavenly Father. The Anabaptists believed that the saving faith of God was being demeaned without any real human responsibility of choice and obedience as taught in all scriptures
The Calvinist claim that they do teach a Spiritual transformation of man in his inscutible Zapping, but their obedience teachings are to only the written Word for their efforts at Holy living, and their Atonement teachings deny any means of such righteous living or even understanding of the written Word by a regenerated man.
Their living is reduced, in fact, to a scholastic Pharisiacal dead letter (John 5:39-40). Despite their irrational deductive assertions with subject switching and circumlocutions of allegorical explanations, their How and WHY of the Atonement and of any saints living a life pleasing to God falls flat on its gorgoyle face.
Despite all such deductive efforts to justify their assertions, "No Calvinist has ever affirmed any of the Five Points (of Calvinism) from the Greek New Testament".... (despite all their guerrilla dust and violent chest pounding, subject switching, and denials of plain scripture)......"The problem of Calvinists is not of scholarship, but a wrong view of God, which is reflected in a wrong theology about Him" (quotes from The Potter's Freedom to Love the World, pages 27-31; 184-188.).
The Sovereignty of God is their only doctrinal understanding, and all their TULIP reasonings center on that "one" Characteristic only, which is also that of any pagan's meager understanding of his god, who also has great sovereignty.