Calvinism to me sounds like sinning and saying, “I must not be a chosen one.” Sinning doesn’t mean you’re not chosen, it means you’re not believing. Everyone has the same opportunity to believe Him as the next person. If we’re all simply chosen and not called, then that makes Christ is a minister of sin and an advocator of sin. And why would God chose to send Christ to save us if He Himself is not worthy? That would mean there’s no true Gospel then, simply an idea of a hope that the God we create accepts the parts of us we choose to accept.

(Ref: Romans 3)

Last night I had a dream where I was working at a church and we ended up making a new soda to combat some other people’s soda and I was in charge of marketing it so I called it Dr. Piper and printed verses from Romans 9 on the label. 

… the Lord had declared that “everything that he had made … was exceedingly good” [Gen. 1:31]. Whence, then comes this wickedness to man, that he should fall away from his God? Lest we should think it comes from creation, God had put His stamp of approval on what had come forth from himself. By his own evil intention, then, man corrupted the pure nature he had received from the Lord; and by his fall drew all his posterity with him into destruction. Accordingly, we should contemplate the evident cause of condemnation in the corrupt nature of humanity-which is closer to us-rather than seek a hidden and utterly incomprehensible cause in God’s predestination.
—  John Calvin, Institutes, 3:23:8.  I have to disagree with this assessment, because I think it’s inconsistent to draw a line between God’s active creation and man’s independent intention.  Either man’s intention and all it would do were created and predestined by God, in which case God is sovereign and man is not free, or God did not actively create man’s intention as resulting in sin, in which case some other dualistic force was responsible for this and God is impotent.  I’m much more comfortable asserting the former.

Waited four long years for this day, where my mostly Armenian classmates, have to learn about John Calvin’s T.U.L.I.P. theology. In the hour we spent learning about it we are still only half-way through the discussion of Unconditional Election. I cannot wait for us to pick up on this next week.

Those in whom a living faith in Christ, an assured confidence of soul, peace of conscience, an earnest endeavour after filial
obedience, a glorying in God through Christ, is not as yet strongly felt, and who nevertheless make use of the means which God has
appointed for working these graces in us, ought not to be alarmed at the mention of reprobation, nor to rank themselves among the
reprobate, but diligently to persevere in the use of means, and with ardent desires devoutly and humbly to wait for a season of richer
grace. Much less cause to be terrified by the doctrine of reprobation have they who, though they seriously desire to be turned to God, to
please Him only, and to be delivered from the body of death, cannot yet reach that measure of holiness and faith to which they aspire;
since a merciful God has promised that He will not quench the smoking flax, nor break the bruised reed. But this doctrine is justly
terrible to those who, regardless of God and of the Saviour Jesus Christ, have wholly given themselves up to the cares of the world and
the pleasures of the flesh, so long as they are not seriously converted to God.
—  Canons of Dort, Article 16