Beginning with Total Hereditary Depravity, Calvinism weaves a very tangled web. There are some big problems with saying that everyone who is born is born a sinner. Besides the fact that Total Hereditary Depravity contradicts the teaching of the scriptures, one huge problem arises when the question, “What happens when babies die” is asked. Why ask such a question? Because sadly, it does happen; but even sadder is the answer that Calvinists must give when it does.
Calvinists don’t like this question. At least ones who realize what they’re saying. Why not? Well, remember, all a person has to do to go to hell is be born! After all, it’s sinners who are going to hell. And according to Total Hereditary Depravity that’s exactly what a baby is born!
Babies going to hell??? For being born??? According to Calvinism!!! No wonder the question is so uncomfortable. So how is the situation dealt with? Well, there are a few (howbeit extremely, extremely far-fetched) options on the table.
If you’re Catholic, you baptize the baby. This opens a whole other can of worms, but non-the-less the answer is you baptize the baby without faith contrary to what the scriptures teach (Mark 16:15-16). After you baptize the baby you can “worry” about the faith part later and have them “confirmed” without the baptism. It’s not a good answer, much less a scriptural one, but hey, it’s an answer!
Now if you’re Protestant you don’t believe that baptism has anything to do with salvation (at least the vast, vast majority believe this). If baptism isn’t necessary for adults, then how could it be for babies? The only way Protestants who believe in Total Hereditary Depravity deal with the issue is by saying babies who die get a “special exception” from said depravity. So that leaves all the babies who die as members of God’s predestinated, unconditionally elected group. I guess that makes all the babies who survive the one’s we have to worry about!?
Let’s cut to the chase. If you believe that Total Hereditary Depravity is the truth, you have one of two choices. One, the baby won’t go to Hell because they didn’t sin – but we can’t have that because they were born sinners!!! As for number two, the baby won’t go to Hell because they were born a part of God’s predestinated elect BUT you can’t be sure about it since they never expressed their faith. Either way, there can be no genuine hope because if you ask a person who truly believes in Total Hereditary Depravity, they will say you can’t be sure if a baby is in Heaven because they deserved to go to Hell.
But do you know what the biggest problem and flaw with Total Hereditary Depravity is? It’s Jesus! Jesus was born in the flesh (John 1:14; Galatians 4:4), but He was the sinless Lamb of God offered for our sins (2 Corinthians 5:21; John 1:29).
So how does one get out of saying that Jesus was born sinner? You have to come up with some idea that teaches Jesus was “immaculately conceived” or that men pass along the “sinner’s gene” and not women; because if women passed the gene along then Jesus would have been born a sinner!!! You see, the more and more a person looks at Total Hereditary Depravity, the more and more you have to get into crazy and fanciful ideas that take you further and further away from the scriptures of God!
By the time a person gets done looking at Total Hereditary Depravity and everything that comes along with it, they get so stuck defending the other false hoods of Calvinism that they can’t help but rely on the doom of innocent souls for their convictions to be true! That’s one tangled web to be caught in scripturally and spiritually. EA
- Total Hereditary Depravity – by Gene Taylor
- Calvinism’s “Unconditional” Loses Election – Keltonburg Preacher