Friday, February 11, 2011

This Week in Calvinism - February 11, 2011

  • OK, you're not an Arminian or a Calvinist; you're a biblicist. But what kind of biblicist are you, a monergist or synergist?

  • Richard Beck writes, "I reject Calvinism because I find the doctrine of election to be loathsome." The nice thing about being a universalist is that, other than selecting a few verses in the Bible that talk about God's love, you don't really have to worry about having a biblical foundation for your beliefs.

  • Joel Madasu believes the doctrine of limited atonement "limits the power of the Gospel and the faith necessary for Salvation. How can one witness, knowing that the love of God, His Word, the work of the Holy Spirit is only limited and viewed as strictly to the elect? [Dave] Hunt states that no true Calvinist, who believes in limited atonement, can look into the eye of an unsaved person and say that Jesus Christ died for you." First of all, no one knows who the elect are. We are called to "go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation" (Mark 16:15). Secondly, what's wrong with simply calling on others, as Jesus did, to "repent and believe in the gospel" (Mark 1:14-15)?

  • *Sigh* Here we go again: "It was at just about this time 2-years ago that I began to read Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion, a guided tour through the mind of a sociopath and, doubtless, the engine of huge amounts of human misery; if it could all be totted-up, Calvin would surely rank near the top of the list of history's monsters."

  • John Piper speaks with Tim Keller and D.A. Carson about the role of gospel-centered theology in fighting the temptations of pornography.


The Seeking Disciple said...

I find it funny when I speak to people about theology and they say that they are neither a Calvinist or an Arminian but I believe we are influenced by one or the other if we are orthodox. To simply say that "I follow the Bible" is not the issue with Arminians or Calvinist for we would agree to that but we do differ in our understanding over various texts in the Bible while affirming the authority and inerrancy of the Bible.

Would you agree?

Lee Shelton said...

Yes, I would agree.

Anonymous said...

a pagan describes calvin as a "sociopath." not too surprising...

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