Friday, November 30, 2007

This Week in Calvinism - November 30, 2007

  • Ian Incubator-Jones figures that if God exercises election, it must be based either on arbitrary factors or a cosmic dice-roll. Scripture, however, teaches that both views are wrong. I tend to believe the Apostle Paul, who wrote that it "depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy" (Romans 9:16), and that God "has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills" (Romans 9:18). We don't know why God chooses certain people for salvation; we only know that God knows why he chooses certain people for salvation.

  • Abraham Piper on a kinder, gentler Calvinism:
      It won't be easy to change the pejorative stereotype that clings to Calvinism, but we can start by admitting that it is accurate far too often. Then we can make sure we are manifestly not self-righteous, condescending, arrogant, unfriendly, or argumentative. Also, you can count on us to buy dinner or coffee sometimes.

      Paying attention to those who disagree with us and taking them seriously, even if we're pretty sure we'll still disagree, is part of what it means to be in the body of Christ. It's humbling; it sanctifies. It will make us better husbands and wives. It will make us better Christians, and maybe even better Calvinists.
  • Ed Stetzer is making audio files from the Building Bridges conference on Southern Baptists and Calvinism available here.

  • If you can't decide between Calvinism or Arminianism, then Molinism might be the theology for you. It embraces the positive aspects of the other two philosophies while ignoring the negatives -- so you will never again have to worry about defending your beliefs!

  • Study: Recent SBC seminary graduates are three times more likely to be Calvinists.

  • As a Christian, I find it comforting to know that the God I serve is immutable -- that is, he never changes.
  • 1 comment:

    Anonymous said...

    On "rolling the dice"...

    Arminianism, to avoid "salvation by intellect", logically has to resort to one of either:

    (1) salvation by dice roll, or
    (2) begging the question

    ("Why did you come to faith in Christ?" "I came to faith in Christ because I really believed in my heart He is the Messiah." "Why did you...")

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