Tonight, I had the fortune of spending the evening with John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion. Though not a Calvinist myself, I did stumble across a couple of sentences that would horrify most of today's Calvinists. Allow me to quote him:
1. THE human mind, when it hears this doctrine [referring to the Doctrine of Reprobation], cannot restrain its petulance, but boils and rages as if aroused by the sound of a trumpet. Many professing a desire to defend the Deity from an invidious charge admit the doctrine of election, but deny that any one is reprobated (Bernard. in Die Ascensionis, Serm. 2). This they do ignorantly and childishly since there could be no election without its opposite reprobation.
John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book III, Chapter xxiii, Section 1. (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997).
Did you get what Calvin stated? If not, go back and read it again.
The Doctrine of Reprobation is the belief that not only does God chooses who goes to Heaven, but God also chooses those who will go to Hell. He goes on to say that you cannot have the Doctrine of Election without the belief in Reprobation.
Most Calvinists today are against the idea that God chooses people to go to Hell. They will claim that while God does in fact choose the elect for salvation, He then allows the rest to continue on their inevitable journey to destruction. They go so far as to ostracize any Calvinist who does hold to the Doctrine of Reprobation, calling them Hyper-Calvinists.
According to John Calvin himself, anyone who denies the Doctrine of Reprobation is an ignorant child, and is not a true Calvinist.
My response? I laugh at the heresy of Calvinism and weep over all the damage and destruction these individuals cause. God be merciful to those who would don the mantle of Calvin and reject God's Word.
Lord, open their eyes to the heresy they hold to!