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Hip and Thigh: Smiting Theological Philistines with a Great Slaughter. Judges 15:8

Monday, November 27, 2006

Calvinistic Conspiracies

Hughie Seaborn of Cairns, Queensland, Australia is concerned about a new conspiracy afoot among Independent Fundamental Baptists. Apparently, there is a clandestine group of young and restless "Calvinists," primarily trained at Bob Jones University, who are infiltrating IFB churches and introducing the doctrines of Calvinism to the people.

Of course, these young men are not convinced of their Calvinistic beliefs by the hard study of scripture and dealing with the grammatical details of the biblical text. No, Hughie implies that they are enamored by intellectual, university level training and the desire to "fit" in with the new Calvinistic trends set by such men as John Piper. In fact, if you want everyone in your church to believe in Calvinism, just introduce Piper's books to the congregation and they will quickly succumb to his teachings on the subject.

Hughie has written a garment rending lamentation that is posted at David Cloud's, Way of Strife,.. er, Life, website telling of how a BJU trained associate pastor managed to take over Hughie's former Baptist church with the doctrines of Calvinism. Go and read it, then come back tomorrow to read my version of similar circumstances, but from a different perspective.

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Blogger thomas4881 said...

I never knew what Calvinism was until after having read my entire Bible 7 times. For years I was studying doctrine. Then one day I stumbled across Calvinism. I was somewhat irritated that so many had a problem with T-U-L-I-P. I mean these people take sound doctrine and dismiss the Bible entirely because they say "it's Calvinism and Calvinism isn't Biblical". Where do they get that from? I know they diden't get that Idea from actually reading the entire Bible. There hasen't been one person in the Bible who God has given a "choice" of justification. God diden't give Abraham a choice to be justified. God diden't give Moses a choice to be justified. God diden't give Saul a choice to be justified. God diden't give David a choice to be justified. God diden't give solomon a choice to be justified. God diden't give any of his prophets a choice to be justified. God diden't give the 12 apostles a choice to be justified. God diden't give Paul a choice to be justified. The only choice God ever gave to people God justified is a choice of sanctification. Moses and Joshua said to the Israelites to choose to be obedient. They diden't tell the Israelites to choose to become God's chosen people. God already chose them through Abraham. The Israelites were given a choice to be obedient. They weren't given a choice to be justified.

Another matter is free will. Man's free will is limited. When people claim "If I don't have free will then God's a tyrant and I'm a robot" they'er making a relativist claim that lacks any context. That claim implys the person could possibly think they have unlimited free will. For free will to be unlimited it has to be omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. That means people make the ideology of free will into a deity, and that's idolotry. That makse sense since those people claiming that are being greedy for soverignty, and greed is idolotry. Not to mention the pride and jealousy of the person who makes such an absurd claim.

Another point is that Calvinism is a driving factor in the reformation. To be anti-Calvinist is to be counter-reformation. You might as well be a catholic if you're anti-Calvinist. Also, to deny calvinism is only a demonstration of your inability to reason. If a person was truly interested in finding the truth they woulden't reject Calvinism. They woulden't lie and decieve every time they'er confronted with strong Biblical doctrine against their heresy. They woulden't twist and turn to dodge the truth(the light). They woulden't take pleasure in trying to qurrel based on such a shakey foundation they place themself on. They woulden't be showing such bad fruit. Anti-Calvinist, counter-reformation claims only lead people into the pit of despair.

I have seen many false teachers claiming T-U-L-I-P points. Such as this guy in florida claiming to be the second coming of Jesus Christ. This guy claims God is soverign and predestined people, etc... This is where temperance and discernment comes into play. Instead of following the words of some pastor blindly people need to open their Bible, read it, meditate on it, read it again, meditate on it some more, pray for wisdom, pray for temperance, pray for patience, discuss the issue with a sincere desire for truth, meditate more. Then if in error God will grant repentance to those who humble themself and hunger for righteousness, are poor in spirit, gentle.

2:29 PM, November 27, 2006  
Blogger pilgrim said...

I never knew BJU was such a bastion of Calvinism, or that Piper held such power!

;)

3:23 PM, November 27, 2006  
Blogger Peter D. Nelson said...

You know the most telling of the entire article was where Seaborn quotes 1 Cor. 11:17-19 and equates Calvinism and Reformed theology (not to mention Piper and BJU) with heretics.

9:13 PM, November 27, 2006  
Blogger thomas4881 said...

Next thing we will see is an accusation the freemasonry is linked to calvinism. Maybe we will even see a timeline of that makes man so soverign and devious.

10:32 AM, November 29, 2006  
Blogger David Emme said...

For me the most incredulous understandings is John Calvin did not write or teach TULIP and King James had more to do with calling the Synod of Dort then John Calvin did as he was dead some 64 yrs when this happened.

Besides a very erroneous understanding as TULIP isviewed as a gospel presentation when in fact was an apologetic device-i.e. if Armenianism taught Limited Atonement-this Synod would have taught the opposite.

6:43 AM, April 05, 2010  

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