Friday, October 15, 2010

This Week in Calvinism - October 15, 2010

  • I may have to change the name of these posts to "The Roger Olson Weekly Update." He's at it again, this time attempting to clarify exactly which brand of Calvinism he opposes: "Suddenly I was encountering young people (mostly young college aged men) who believed, under the influence of their favorite speakers and writers, that Arminianism is heresy or at least 'on the precipice of heresy' (to quote one influential Calvinist)." Of course, he doesn't mention who that influential Calvinist is, and a Google search of that particular phrase doesn't shed any light on the subject. But it was Dr. Olson who once said, "The God of Calvinism scares me; I'm not sure how to distinguish him from the devil. If you've come under the influence of Calvinism, think about its ramifications for the character of God." The bottom line is that he dislikes all forms of Calvinism, so this "clarification" is unnecessary.

  • David Rice writes, "If Calvin was right, my obedience to the Great Commission is meaningless. If I obey, none who were predestined to be lost will be saved. If I disobey, none who were predestined to salvation will be lost." The Calvinist believes that the God who determines the end also determines the means. Perhaps it really is just as simple as that.

  • EDH believes Calvinists, with their belief in perseverance of the saints, are playing "a cosmic game of chicken."

  • In honor of Calvinists, new and old.

  • Bobby Grow shares his Evangelical Calvinist testimony.

2 comments:

J. Brian McKillop said...

I was greatly impressed by Rice's post graduate degree and as a result will have to rethink my entire soteriological position. Maybe I need to become an ARMENIAN, but alas I was born in Canada.

p.s. If you doesn't know how to spell, you might not want to advertise that you has a D.D.

The Seeking Disciple said...

David wants to be an Armenian. Wow! I think I'll just stay an American.

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