AGAINST CALVIN: IF CALVIN AND REFORMED THEOLOGY WERE RIGHT, WOULDN’T THAT MEAN THE LOST JEWS IN ROMANS 9 WERE NOT ELECTED?
In studying Romans 9-11 and examining the fallacious interpretations of the examples Isaac/Ishmael, Jacob/Esau, words to Moses and Pharaoh, and the illustration of the Potter and the Clay, invariably I encounter Reformed Theology and Calvinism which says that 1] Man is utterly sinful from conception so that no one can acknowledge or understand anything about God, and that 2] God must intervene, as only a true Sovereign can, on behalf of a few pre-elected souls to wake them up and save them.
With these Calvinistic underpinnings, Ishmael is elected to go to hell, Esau is going to hell, Those God didn’t elect to save are going to hell. Pharaoh was elected to go to hell. And you, if you disagree with any of this, should remember that God is the Potter and you are the Clay and Clay doesn’t talk back to God. So if you are talking back, that’s what the Jews do who don’t understand God’s sovereign will.
Calvinists are keen to jump on Romans 9 – 11 to put their own interpretive spin on Paul’s message. But if Paul is a proponent of Total Depravity and Specific Election of only certain people, then why would Paul be wishing for them to be saved? If Calvin is right, the majority of the Jewish population doesn’t believe in Jesus Christ because they were not elected to be saved, Jesus didn’t die for them (according to Calvin), and God isn’t ever going to send upon them any form of irresistible saving grace.
Reformed Theology doesn’t add up. It doesn’t fit with Paul’s message that All Israel can be grafted back into the olive tree and be saved if only they will believe in Jesus as many Gentiles have done.