Friday, March 15, 2013

This Week in Calvinism - March 15, 2013

  • Contrary to what many Arminians may say, Calvinism does not make God out to be some divine puppet master. Kevin DeYoung explains:
    While we believe that God's grace is irresistible and flows from his electing love, we must be clear that this grace renews us from within. It does not coerce us from without. God is not a puppet master pulling on our strings so that we do what he wants apart from our own willing or doing. His will precedes our will, but it does not eradicate it.

  • C. J. Mahaney is stepping down as president of Sovereign Grace Ministries.

  • Many Christians ask, "What is God's will for my life?" Jonathan Parnell sums it up this way: "The point is to walk with Jesus. And if we walk with him, if our lives are swallowed up into his own, we'll go the right way."

  • Society of Evangelical Arminians member Christopher Chapman warns, "Calvinism is like a manipulative elder brother influencing his little brother into a sinful action." Well, at least that's a nice break from the "God is a moral monster" argument.

  • Calvinism may be a "significant issue" at Louisiana College, writes Chris Poe, but the school's "cooperation with Oneness Pentecostals calls into question the level of commitment to the stated goal of returning LC to its Biblical and Baptist roots." Maybe Calvinism isn't their biggest concern.

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