Friday, July 25, 2008

This Week in Calvinism - July 25, 2008

  • Eric is not a hyper-Calvinist, but, he writes, "as I look at my daily Christian walk, I'm sad to say that I often function like a Hyper-Calvinist. For example, although I know I should be sharing the gospel on a regular basis, the reality is that I am not. This does not stem from my theological beliefs, but rather from my own timidity, selfishness, and lack of love for other people." I think he speaks for all of us.

  • The Calvin-Servetus issue has been generating some interesting exchanges over at The Herald.

  • Confessions of a reluctant Calvinist.

  • Blast from the past: James White vs. Ergun Caner.

  • Are you an ex-Calvinist? "Kangaroodort" wants to hear from you.

  • Does God lie? No. But he does ordain that lying happen.

  • Steve Camp on the Ten Commandments of Evangelical Co-Belligerence.

    Hugh McBryde said...

    Hyper Calvinism is an epithet invented by those opposing certain extreme "predestinarian" beliefs.

    I gladly accept the title myself because of that heritage, it leaves me much more "free" (bwahahahaha) to define my version of Calvinism.

    Clearly in "functioning like a Hyper Calvinist," Eric does not understand it. For to function TRULY as a Hyper Calvinist there is great effortless joy in knowing that every time a small portion of the gospel is spoken, it effectively does what it was intended to do.

    I get a GREAT kick out of that. I thus LOVE evangelizing. I don't do it every where to every one, but as the opportunity comes to present it, I do so fearlessly for the most part, because I know the word of God does not return void. I even rejoice that the Gospel is preached for bad motive (as Paul discusses) because God's word cannot possibly return void.

    The great mistake is to assume the Gospel is intended to save a particular individual. It may in fact be intended to condemn that one more completely and more obviously.

    I cannot KNOW how the seed scattered will grow, or even if the ground is rocky, but I broadcast the seed and KNOW it does God's purpose. It's joyous and relaxing, particularly knowing I'm only responsible for the telling (Ezekiel), not the outcome.

    John Lofton, Recovering Republican said...

    Calvinist site; visit/comment, please.

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