From the Calvinism Hater Files
11/9 Greetings to all you Calvinist Gadfly readers, and thanks Alan for the plug.
David Cloud is a typical KJV only, classic dispensationalist, antinomian, Arminian Fundamental Baptist. He toils under the delusion that he has some sort of reputable apologetic, end-times ministry guarding the Christian Church. He regularly posts articles under the section of his website entitled, The Daily Article Listings. Generally, Mr. Cloud has to re-publish his posted articles because the information he is alerting his readers about is out-of-date and filled with blunderous errors of fact.
A good example of this is a daily article listing from September 2004 in which he criticized Steve Camp for his call to reform Contemporary Christian music. Aside from his ridiculous criticisms of Steve and his ministry, Mr. Cloud consistently cites out of date information about Steve. The most amusing is his biographical background to Steve where Mr. Cloud states he is a member of John MacArthur's Grace Community Church. The fact of the matter is that Steve was once a member of Grace from 1998-1999 and by the time Mr. Cloud published his criticisms of him, Steve had been living in Nashville for nearly four years.
Why I did this, I don't know, but I took the time one afternoon to write Mr. Cloud and correct his error about Steve's Church membership. I pointed out that many of his Daily Articles are rank with these sort of errors and that he would do his ministry good if he would take the time to do better research on those subjects he is posting about. All I got in return was a dismissive "thank you, but I know what I am doing you amateur punk" style email.
What has Mr. Cloud posted this time? Well, in his November 3rd posting, Mr. Cloud warns his readers of some major false doctrine facing the Church. He lists 14 major heresies meddling the Church in these end times. Basically, it is the typical cult heresies like the denial of Christ's deity, the rejection of the Trinity, Pentecostal errors and so forth. But scroll down to number 12 and guess which false teaching Mr. Cloud has named? Why it is none other than Calvinism. Bahaaaaaa. You can just see the blood dripping from the point of the v.
12. The false teaching that God chooses who will be saved and that only those who are chosen can be saved (Calvinism)
a. The Bible says that God wants all men to be saved (1 Tim. 2:3-5; 2 Pet. 3:9).
b. Jesus died for the sins of all men, not just some who are pre-chosen (1 John 2:1-2).
c. God has ordained that every person who believes on Christ will be saved (Jn. 6:40).
d. God has commanded that the gospel be preached to every person (Mark 16:15).
e. The Holy Spirit convicts every sinner and Jesus draws and gives light to every sinner (Jn. 1:9; 12:32; 16:7-8).
f. Believers are the elect of God, but that does not mean that God chooses some to be saved and the others not to be saved. Election is based on God's foreknowledge (1 Pet. 1:2).
Yes, all the Calvinists I know just hate evangelizing because why take precious time away from smoking pipes and reading heavy theology just to witness to the lost when God has already chosen whom He wants to save? Please. Don't you just admire the way he is able to roll every Arminian platitude and eisegetical interpretation into 6 brief bullet points? And this guy really thinks he is a legitimate defender of the Christian faith? If there is no one in particular contending for the Calvinist Gadfly award, I certainly nominate David Cloud.