Sftdp I didn't want to add another big post about this subject but I really did want to point out that Todd Friel is a false teacher. he is a calvinist and there is a lot of false information on his beliefs. he thinks that God has already chosen predestined who is going to heaven and hell. I've done research about the false teaching of the calvinist movement this is just one small glimpse of what they believe. @Mr_A8 I'm very sorry to tell you but that calvinist Todd would completely deny the saving gospel message that this very Aetherlight Ministry preaches, you should make sure that you're not just listening to pastors online and believing everything they say I'm sure that even the pastors at your church would not agree with the Calvinism view of the false gospel message unless of course you're from a calvinist church? Be very careful sometimes people that look extremely religious can also be false teachers and I'm sure if you go to a real Christian Church that preaches the true gospel message you can trust the pastors in your church but you cannot trust every Pastor you see online especially if they're not even from the same denomination as you this guy Todd is a wacko & I can already see the legalism he has led you to believe. You called SUPERbook false teachers for teaching the gospel message, & because they don't look religious & legalistic enough for you. Todd Friel would also not believe adventures in odyssey is a real Christian ministry although it clearly is.
This is information from one website that clearly points out their major flaws in denying the simplicity of the Gospel message.
Five reasons Calvinism is a false doctrine
"One of the growing trends in popular Christianity is the theological approach better known as Calvinism. This approach, named after its founder John Calvin, asserts that God has already pre-determined who will go to hell and who will go to heaven but has left us in the dark.
Not only does this stance on salvation and the character of God cross the fence of heresy — it spits in the face of the God of the Bible.
We are warned in the Bible of doctrines of demons that will come into the church in the end times. Some of those doctrines include things like what foods we can or cannot eat, confusion related to the truths about marriage, and seeker-sensitive content (1 Timothy 4:1–4; 2 Timothy 4:1–5). This leads to a sense of pride instead of humility and can be a doorway to many other false and dangerous doctrines.
Calvinism doesn’t fall into the category of a diet doctrine or a non-biblical approach to marriage, but it does become seeker sensitive rather fast. Not only that, but in defense of Calvinism, you will start to see characteristics of proponents of this idea start to take their alignment with John Calvin instead of scripture.
We were also warned of this exact thing — associating yourself too much with a teacher that is human instead of taking God at His word — in 1 Corinthians 3:4.
With that being said, we do have the obligation to take this matter seriously if there are people around us clinging to this doctrine. We are not to come across prideful, but rather attempt to win our brothers and sisters in Christ by sharing the truth.
The Bible is clear that the truth is what sets us free (John 8:32) — and that includes any bondage that comes attached to a false idea of who God is and what His character truly is.
Let’s take a look at the five points at the core of Calvinism and walk away with an understanding of what those five points mean and how they compare to what the Bible tells us about who God is.
Point Two: Unconditional Election
The second point of Calvinism is the concept of unconditional election. This is the idea that we cannot do anything to be saved since God is so sovereign that if it was predestined to happen it will happen.
This default salvation mindset is not only opposite of scripture, but it is exactly how Satan can minimize the impact of ministry in the last days. It allows room for still ministering to those around us, but impacts our motive behind it severely.
Instead of approaching a situation about a person’s salvation from a perspective of knowledge being needed to come to the realization of the truth (Proverbs 11:30, Hosea 4:6) we take ourselves out of the situation entirely. This mindset makes us passive towards salvation, sometimes even allowing people to walk away from an unfinished conversation with no follow-up and no persistence.
We are told in the Bible that it is not possible to please God without having faith (Hebrews 11:6). It’s been established already that having faith is a choice and that those without faith in what Jesus has done on the cross are in trouble when it comes to eternity (John 3:18).
Knowing that the outcome of our eternal position is determined by our faith — or lack thereof — we can come to the conclusion rather quickly that election (being conformed to the image of Jesus) is conditional on the basis of faith.
TL; DR: Faith is the condition for salvation based on what the Bible tells us in more than one place. This disproves the idea of unconditional election or unconditional election.
Point Three: Limited Atonement
This is perhaps the most heretical part of Calvinism — the idea that Jesus didn’t die for everyone, just the elect (or pre-saved).
The reason that this is such a core part of Calvinism is that this has to be a true statement in order for the rest of this belief to have a chance. If limited atonement from what Jesus did on the cross is true, select salvation can also be true and Calvinists gain an edge.
For this to be true, there are several things that must be backed up by scripture. The first is that Jesus did not die for us while we were sinners. The second being that there is absolutely no choice to follow Jesus and accept the truth. And then third, we must find somewhere in scripture (on more than one occasion) that the atonement on the cross was not for the entire world.
That being said, let’s dive in.
Tackling the first point, let’s see what the Bible says about whether or not the atonement was provided to us in our sin.
Upon digging into this, we find that Jesus died for us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8). Also, according to Jesus Himself, the whole point of Him coming to Earth was to save those who need saving (Mark 2:17). We find out who is need of saving based on what Paul writes in his letter to the Romans when he states that “we have all fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
This means that we’re all in a position of needing to be saved and can only be saved — or reconciled with God — through faith. The reason this is crucial is that limited atonement implies that we deserved grace before we experienced it because it was predetermined, which is not true.
We’ve never deserved the grace of God, but it has been made available as a gift through faith (Ephesians 2:8–10). Thinking that you deserve the grace of God because you’re part of an elect club that you’re conveniently a part of is exactly what the Pharisees used to argue with Jesus (they thought their bloodline could save them).
Our second point of analysis here is determining if the Bible supports the idea of having a choice to follow Jesus or not. Even when it comes to when Jesus started gathering His disciples, we see that they had to choose to follow Him after being called (Mark 1:16–20, Matthew 4:18–22).
In order to save this from being redundant, the argument that we don’t have a choice in salvation is addressed already in the first two points. The short and sweet answer to this question is that we absolutely choose to have faith or disbelieve and this directly determines where we will spend eternity.
Lastly, let’s address whether or not the atonement of Jesus was offered to everyone or just those who believe. Please note that this is different from the notion that the blood of Jesus only gets applied to those who believe. The difference is a matter of who it is offered to, not a matter of who it covers.
We know that salvation is a free gift offered to all men (Titus 2:11–15) and that God wants all people to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9, Romans 10:5–15).
This is the exact opposite of what limited atonement teaches.
It’s amazing what can happen when we allow God to speak for Himself through His word.
TL; DR: Limited atonement is a false doctrine that what Jesus did on the cross is not made available to anyone who believes. Salvation is a free gift to all men accessed through faith and God does not want anyone to perish, according to the Bible.
Point Four: Irresistible Grace
The fourth point at the center of the Calvinism doctrine is the idea of irresistible grace. In summary, this is the concept that those who are truly saved (or pre-determined to be saved, we should say) will not be able to resist the grace of God.
Again, this all goes back into whether or not we have our own free will and the ability to make our own decisions. Most Calvinists would argue from here that they are on the same page with non-Calvinists and will try to get you to agree that the issue here is really about God’s sovereignty — it’s not.
Irresistible grace is a grace that is forced onto us instead of being offered as a gift. The key to remember here is that salvation is a gift that is received through faith and accessed by grace — meaning grace is also a gift.
If we know God’s character, we know that He wouldn’t give us a gift by forcing us to accept it. In fact, we know that God knows how to give us the best gifts because Jesus equates what God gives us with how a loving father cares for his own children (Matthew 7:7–12, Luke 11:9–13).(.https://medium.com/four-courners-ministries/five-reasons-calvinism-is-a-false-doctrine-746846723315 )