A Suggested Gospel Introduction for use by the Calvinist
It is common knowledge that the Calvinist cannot know certainly whether or not he is truly saved. They believe that they can be confident as they introspect and see growth, fruit, and perseverance.
Yet in Calvinism, there is such a thing as spurious faith. And you may seem to grow for years but there is a possibility that you can fall away from the faith, thus evidencing a deficient, substandard, and insufficient faith.
For a most RECENT illustration of the pitiable and tragic position of the Calvinist on assurance, see my post on Frank Turk's (AKA the centuri0n) latest post on the gospel -- please refer to my blog here (it comes along with a heinous quote by R.L. Dabney):
Calvinism's Doctrine of Total Inability (to give Assurance of Salvation)
Kenneth Gentry writes, "Assurance is subjective ... Dabney rightfully notes that [absolute assurance] requires a revelation beyond the Scripture because the Bible does not specifically speak to the individual in question. Nowhere in the Bible do we learn ... that Ken Gentry is among the elect"
John Murray stated, “The perseverance of the saints reminds us very forcefully that only those who persevere to the end are truly saints”
(For those of you who are wondering, I am 100% certain, convinced, and fully persuaded that I have eternal life. I do not even entertain the slightest doubt. I have eternal life, I am justified, and I will be resurrected by Christ to live with Him forever.)
So on to the suggested introduction for the Calvinist. When starting up a gospel conversation with a potential convert, open it up this way:
Hey, I'm not certain where I am going when I die, and if you have a few minutes, I can share with you how you can be uncertain too!