Monday, October 02, 2006

They've Gone Calvinistic

Just thought I'd post something that I find curiously interesting and provocative. I must confess that I haven't investigated the "charges" laid against this body of believers. Seems like I think about it in the middle of the night or at some inappropriate time when I can't ask anyone about it.

I've heard this statement from several individuals and I don't know if it's a condemnation or a commendation. There's a huge difference isn't there!

The statement... "That church has gone "Calvinistic!"

Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Depends what side of the fence you tie your horse. An insult or a compliment?

How does a congregation "go" Calvinistic? Was it a journey over a period of time or did the folks gather one Sunday to find that the church had "switched" or "gone Calvinistic"?

What led to the change? Had they been reading some of the great Puritan writers? Were they listening to Dr. James Montgomery Boice's Bible Study Hour? Had they watched a John Piper DVD?

I don't have any answers. I'm just curious. Warrants some investigative work.

Until then I'll be satisfied that these dear folks haven't "gone" anywhere. Perhaps they have a greater appreciation for the Word of God than some others. I'll keep you posted...if you even care.

The resurgence of Reformed teaching interests me so I'll be checking it out.

Just a few scattered thoughts...



    has an article on this entitled "Young, Restless, Reformed"

  2. Dear David...I have been thinking about this posting for a few days.
    I DID read it but have had so little time to write any comments.

    I am off tomorrow at last, so I am hoping to get caught up.

    I don't know a WHOLE lot about the Calvinist's doctrine, but are they the ones that preach about predestination?

    I know that predestination is truly scriptural but we were told that that is one secert that the Chrisitan should keep. It is a "family secret".
    If we told the unsaved about it, they would just say, "Well if it is meant for me to be saved then I will let what will be, will be!!!"

    We, as Christians are told to preach the gospel to ALL people.
    We know that God is not willing that ANY should perish.

    Even though He DOES know who will be in Heaven or who won't be , He still gives each one of us free will to accept or reject His offer of salvation.

    He certainly even gives us the free will to "Choose ye this day whom you will serve!"
    One of the preachers, Mr. Crawford used to say that when he was preaching the gospel to a group of people, he could not see a chalk mark on them as to who was predestinated or not and as far as he was concerned, he would be preaching the gospel to everyone in that crowd.

    What do yo think of this David?...

    What I think, is that not ONE person will have an excuse for not accepting the Lord.....from Terry

    As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord..... from Terry