Friday, June 29, 2007

This Week in Calvinism - June 29, 2007

  • Morris H. Chapman's message to Calvinist dissenters in the SBC: "Some of us believe in a compassionate, harmonious, synergistic approach to the topic of salvation, while you prideful, ignorant, intolerant trouble-makers keep harping on God's sovereignty -- like it's a big issue or something. Can't we all just get along?"

    (Okay, so I'm paraphrasing just a bit.)

  • This "Christian Hedonism" thing really rubs some people the wrong way. I happen to believe that God really is most glorified in the elect when the elect are most satisfied in him.

  • Kerry Gilliard, a.k.a. "BlackCalvinist," has some great book recommendations.

  • Many Southern Baptists have been a bit schizophrenic when it comes to the Calvinism-Arminianism debate, but it is Roy Ingle's prayer "that the SBC will continue to move toward Arminianism."

    Ingle would also like to point out that Arminians really do believe in the sovereignty of God. They "do not believe that man co-operates with God to be saved but that man must surrender to the grace of God to be saved." So, God can only exercise his sovereignty over salvation if and when man decides to surrender? And yet he remains "in complete control of all things"? That's a strange definition of sovereignty.

  • John Wesley the CALVINIST???

  • "Where'd all these Calvinists come from?" According to Mark Dever, they're coming from the only source "which endured throughout the 20th century in a consistent way -- the writings of C H Spurgeon."

  • This "nontheist" wants to warn us of the dangers of "cryptocalvinism."
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