Jesus loves me this I know
Really? Who gave you a sneak peek at the Lamb’s Book of Life? Or is this just some intuition of yours? According to Calvinism, there’s a good chance that God’s attitude toward you is better described by Jonathan Edwards: “The God who holds you over the pit of hell much as one holds a spider or some loathsome insect over the flame abhors you and is dreadfully provoked.” Calvinism teaches that God has either chosen to save you, or not to save you, in which case you’re going to hell.
For the Bible tells me so.
Ah, the Bible. What passages from the Bible, and where is your exegesis for those passages? We Calvinists base our position on the Bible, but as we see it, the Bible teaches that God may or may not have elected you. As Rom 9:18 says, “Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and whom he wants to he hardens.”
Little ones to him belong.
Ever hear of Jacob and Esau? Rom 9:11 says “Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad, --in order that God’s purpose in election might stand: not by works but by him who calls—she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” Just as it is written: “Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.” So even when Esau was a “little one,” he did not “to him belong;” quite the contrary God hated him. The Bible tells me so.
They are weak but he is strong.
Finally a true statement, but it comes a little late in the song, don’t you think? I mean what do they teach in the (Sunday) schools. Instead of teaching the Five Points of Calvinism like they are supposed to, they are teaching sentimental songs like this with blatantly Arminian implications. No wonder so many people end up becoming Arminians or something even worse, like open theists, universalists, process theologians, deniers of the Virgin Birth and the Resurrection, and ultimately secular humanists.
OK, OK, don't go ballistic and hit me over the head with that book by D. A. Carson. I am misrepresenting what Calvinists say about this. They don't deny that God loves those who are not elected for salvation. Most Calvinists aren't nearly this consistent. (Or so I think).
I do have a fresh insight into the debate about Calvinism toward which I am moving rather indirectly, but this, so far is not an attack.