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"The Contemporary Calvinist" - 5 new articles

  1. This Week in Calvinism - October 9, 2015
  2. A caffeinated explanation of eschatology
  3. This Week in Calvinism - October 2, 2015
  4. This Week in Calvinism - September 25, 2015
  5. Biblical response to 'I'm a Christian, but I'm not...' video
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This Week in Calvinism - October 9, 2015

  • Former Calvinist Austin Fischer, writing a guest post on Roger Olson's blog, admits that monergism may be true, but it isn't necesary:
    Because when one realizes every creature—not to mention space-time itself!!!—is sustained, nanosecond by nanosecond, by the wild and unconditioned generosity of God, monergism is simply unnecessary. It might still be true, but it is not necessary. The infinite God, Being behind all being, does not need monergism to protect his glory.

  • In response to a question about Lutheranism, Calvinism, and the Renaissance, a teacher writes:
    The Reformation remains one of the most important developments in history, and its occurrence during the years of the Renaissance was no accident. Luther and Calvin did not so much respond to the challenges of the Renaissance as they exploited it for their own purposes, irrespective of how one views the split of the Church into two major halves.

  • Jamaican journalist Ian Boyne finds Calvinism to be "intellectually revolting and repulsive," especially the belief that the unsaved will suffer eternal, conscious torment: "Calvinists, particularly, have no qualms about teaching the doctrine of an ever-burning hell. In fact, they would be quite offended at my temerity in questioning this 'clear biblical truth.'" Offended? No. Saddened? Yes.

  • Joel Beeke, president of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, thinks evangelicals today would do well to learn from the Reformers and Puritans: "They consistently aim to apply the Word of God to the heart, and yet do so by illuminating the mind and addressing the conscience with the claims of truth."

  • Can a sound biblical theology be maintained without Calvinism? Dr. Tom Nettles writes, "Though the human heart can pervert any system of thought, the non-Calvinist system in its emphasis on heightening human autonomy and diminishing divine efficiency creates wider berths for deception about the character of salvation."

  • "As a very young Christian," writes Mark Shea, "I had just had my first taste of the destructive power of Calvinism and its cold diagrammatic god that might or might not love you depending on whether he felt like capriciously damning you."

A caffeinated explanation of eschatology

This Week in Calvinism - October 2, 2015

  • How do we know that Calvinists are not Christians? Because the Bible tells us that heretics are not saved. Um...yeah.

  • Sheldon Long wants you to watch four videos that purport to expose Calvinism as error. Nothing new here.

  • According to Jennie M. Xue of Singapore, non-Christian Indonesians may be confused "as to why the U.S., as a country established on the spirit of Christianity, does not reflect the [economic] values urged by the Pope." The reason? Calvinism, of course.

  • Joel Watts responds to Charles Spurgeon's claim that "Calvinism is the gospel":
    There is no greater sin than that which is exemplified by Spurgeon, who would set aside the Gospel of Jesus preached for 1500 years before Calvin and without Calvinism and to reject everything else but Calvinism as a sign of the Gospel. This requires a self-delusion so powerful that it cannot help but prove absolute depravity.
    That quote from Spurgeon comes from "A Defense of Calvinism." Perhaps Mr. Watts should take time to read the entire thing rather than create a straw man argument based on one sentence.

  • Dr. Rick Patrick expresses his concern about "Youth Targeted Calvinism." Yes, we have to keep our children safe from preying Calvinists. We wouldn't want them turning out to be like John Piper, R. C. Sproul, or even Charles Spurgeon.

  • Dr. James White responds to Dr. Patrick in the first part of the Oct. 1 episode of The Dividing Line.

This Week in Calvinism - September 25, 2015

  • Unlock God's storehouse of grace.

  • Russell Moore discusses the difference between being offended and being persecuted.

  • Leighton Flowers joins Matt Slick on the Bible-Thumping Wingnut podcast.

  • James White on why he travels overseas to teach.

Biblical response to 'I'm a Christian, but I'm not...' video

Dr. Bobby Conway (a.k.a the "One Minute Apologist") offers a biblical response to the popular BuzzFeed video:


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