Friday, July 13, 2012

This Week in Calvinism - July 13, 2012

  • Fred Luther, newly elected president of the SBC, had this to say about the debate over Calvinism: "One of the things I can say with surety, I have no doubt the enemy is behind it all. ... I just believe that this may be an issue as other things have done in the past that the enemy has tried to divide brothers, divide churches, divide friends to keep our mind off the main thing."

  • Speaking of Calvinism in the SBC, Joel Borofsky believes the question facing the denomination isn't "'What did Southern Baptists believe 150 years ago,' but instead should be, 'What did Christians believe 2,000 years ago?'"

  • Tom Ascol reviews Killing Calvinism: How to Destroy a Perfectly Good Theology from the Inside.

  • Dr. E. S. Williams and friends, who claim to be reformed, hate what they call New Calvinism. Their site lists five features of New Calvinism:

    1. Doctrinal shallowness
    2. Loves the things of the world
    3. Profoundly ecumenical
    4. Social activism
    5. Low view of Scripture

    They conclude: "New Calvinism is a movement that is characterised by flippancy to holy things. It has no fear of God; it puts no difference between the holy and the profane." It seems they're painting with a brush broader than that wielded by most Arminians.

  • Meet John Calvin, John Knox, and many other Bearded Gospel Men.


Peter Gay said...

"painting with a brush broader than that wielded by most arminians?" that's a pretty weak answer to some pretty serious charges. i hate to find myself a bedfellow with baptists, but is there any refutation forthcoming of their claims about tim keller's associates and practices? if a tenth of what williams alleges is true, keller deserves to be cut off from among the reformed.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure of the validity of what Williams says about Keller, but his page on "Piper hears the voice of God" is a gross misinterpretation of Piper's statements. Williams either selectively read and deliberately misinterpreted Piper so that he could then dismiss him as either a crazy person, a liar or a man under demonic influence, or...if there's a more charitable explanation, I'm not sure what it is. At any rate, I'm not giving Williams any more of my time, not when I've seen how blatantly he has misrepresented things in order to slander a brother. To see what I mean just read what Piper said: with Williams interpretation:

Anonymous said...

Williams also blatantly misrepresents Keller. If you listen to ANY of Keller's sermons or talks it dispels everything Williams says. I am not sure what his motivation is but it seems quite hateful to me. He also misrepresents himself as "Reformed". He is a Baptist.

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