“It is incredible…that there were any people who spoke, [even] by the influence of the Spirit, in a language they did not know themselves! For the gift of tongues was not bestowed merely for the purpose of making a noise, but rather for the purpose of communication, of course!” – Calvin
Presbyterian Theological Seminary is holding a symposium to commemorate the 500th Birthday Anniversary of John Calvin (1509-1564) on October 9-10, 2009. I have been invited to speak in one of the group sessions in the afternoon of the second day on the topic “Calvin and the Reformation of Worship.”
In a response to a commenter on a recent post, I pointed out that even those whom we consider today as theological giants are as grasshoppers compared with the intellectual and theological giants of the 16th century Reformation period. One of those giants is Theodore Beza (1519-1605).
“Second chance theology” during tribulation period is “goofy” theology, and contradicts Paul’s teaching that “now is the day of salvation.” This second chance teaching misleads people into thinking that they can be saved after the return of Christ.
“According to Calvinists this means that the reason God chooses to damn some people is because his glory shines through more fully as a result, and God’s glory is God’s supreme concern.” – Randal Rauser, a seminary professor who can’t fathom God’s sovereignty in election.
“Apart from election, no one will be saved because we are all totally depraved. Election compels evangelism. Election leads to holiness. Rejecting particular redemption leads to a confusion among the Persons of the Trinity in the work of salvation.” — Dr. Joel R. Beeke
In hell, “[demons] tortured him beyond anything that anybody has ever conceivedâ€¦ [Christâ€™s] emaciated, poured out, little, wormy spirit is down in the bottom of that thing [hell].” â€“ Kenneth Copeland. But if there is one who should be called “a little wormy spirit,” it is each one of us miserable sinners who does not deserve the devotion of our Savior’s and Sovereign’s sacred head.
Reacting to a post by Mark Dever, pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., Dr. Scott Clark of Westminster Seminary says that he is not offended by Dever’s assertion that the presbyterians’ practice of infant baptism is “a sinful (though sincere) error.”
Because they are so used to listening to the latest dispensational prophecy seminars, most evangelicals are disappointed and baffled when they hear that the “last days” and most chapters of Revelation encompass the period between the two comings of Jesus Christ, and not the seven-year tribulation period before the Rapture. Even more baffling to them is the teaching that the “signs of the times” are to continue within the inter-advental period, now over 2,000 years in duration.