That Calvinism has many adversaries is not to be wondered at. As long as the fact remains that, ‘The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him; and he cannot know them, because they are spiritually judged’ (1 Corinthians 2:14), so long will this be a strange, foolish system to the natural man. As long as fallen human nature remains as it is, and as long as the decree stands that Christ Himself is to be ‘a stone of stumbling and a rock of offence’ to the natural man (1 Peter 2:8), these things will be an offense to many” (p. 358).
First, this is just bombastic bluster bereft of backbone since Boettner judges many of Calvinism’s “adversaries” NOT as “natural men” (i.e., unregenerate men), but as “gladly recognize[d]” “fellow Christians” “who trust Christ for their salvation” (p. 353). So who are these “adversaries,” Boettner? Who are these “natural men” who find “these things” offensive? At the time Boettner wrote this, I doubt he could or would have named EVEN ONE.
Second, Calvinism is NOT “of the Spirit of God” as Boettner so confidently avers. The moment the Spirit of God regenerates His people He speaks the TRUTH about Christ and GLORIFIES Christ in His people’s hearts. He does NOT leave them ignorant about Christ or teach them falsehood about Christ like the spirit of Calvinism does:
“No one is able to come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up in the last day. It has been written in the Prophets, They shall all be taught of God. So then everyone who hears and learns from the Father comes to Me” (John 6:44-45).
“And when the Comforter comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth who proceeds from the Father, that One will witness concerning Me” (John 15:26).
“But when that One comes, the Spirit of Truth, He will guide you into all Truth, for He will not speak from Himself, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will announce the coming things to you. That One will glorify Me, for He will receive from Mine and will announce to you” (John 16:13-14).
“Brothers, truly my heart’s pleasure and supplication to God on behalf of Israel is for it to be saved. For I testify to them that they have zeal to God, but not according to knowledge. For being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, they did not submit to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of Law for righteousness to everyone that believes” (Romans 10:1-4).
“…according as it has been written, Eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, nor has it risen up into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those that love Him. But God revealed them to us by His Spirit, for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. For who among men knows the things of a man, except the spirit of a man within him? So also no one has known the things of God except the Spirit of God. But we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit from God, so that we might know the things that are freely given to us by God. Which things we also speak, not in words taught in human wisdom, but in Words taught of the Holy Spirit, comparing spiritual things with spiritual things. But a natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he is not able to know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But the spiritual one discerns all things, but he is discerned by no one. For who has known the mind of the Lord? Who will teach Him? But we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:9-16).
“Because it is God who said, Out of darkness Light shall shine, who shone in our hearts to give the brightness of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).
Every one of these verses above are completely vitiated by Boettner and his virulent Calvinism. For they have a false spirit who initially reveals a false christ who died for everyone without exception to many of those whom he supposedly regenerates. Further, Calvinism’s advocacy of pernicious inclusivism blatantly denigrates Christ’s redemptive glory and denies the gospel as the power of God to salvation to everyone believing when it asserts that “elect infants” and “some even of the adult heathen people” are regenerated and saved apart from belief in the gospel of Christ (Loraine Boettner, TRDoP, pp. 117-120; The Westminster Confession Of Faith, 10.3 & 10.4). Next Page (45)