“Tell me, Professor Stange, have you ever actually read, with any depth and care, the works of John Calvin, or representative samples thereof? Could you actually define the bogeyman “Calvinism” in an accurate way that we Calvinists who know our beliefs would recognize?”
Dr. Jones says that Calvin believed that “civic engagement is the main form of obedience to God”; and “Calvin did not read Scripture literally”; and often, Calvin “is misquoting it, and he makes up Scripture passages that don’t exist.” Never heard or read of THAT Calvin before.
Reformed piety includes the personal aspect, including private prayer and meditation on Scripture. Yet it emphasizes the importance of growing together: as covenant families in daily worship and instruction (catechism) and in the communion of saints gathering each Lord’s Day for the Word, the sacraments, and discipline.
Reformed theology emphasizes that our entire salvation is due to God’s faithfulness, not ours. Yet precisely because this is true, we want to be faithful.
Regardless of what individuals teach, our confessions teach that human beings are never forced to believe or do anything against their will.
I would add one myth that would top all of these five myths; in fact, this is way more popular than all myths about Reformed Christianity. What is this myth?
Do these Southern Baptists know that what they are affirming is the Catholic prevenient grace, the view that God sends grace to all mankind that pries open the grip of sin on man ever so slightly that it is possible for them to cooperate with this grace and so believe the gospel?
How is it possible that irresistible, a term intended to besmirch and caricature the concept of a grace that eventually prevails over all opposition, has been taken up and championed by those it was meant to portray unfavorably?
I’ve often wondered about that accusation, but just today, the Pyromaniacs guys posted the video below, “I See Things,” where he claims that the Holy Spirit shows him “things.” What “things”?
If everyone believes in predestination, why do we say Reformed Christians believe differently from others? The answer is this: Reformed Christians believe that God predestines. The non-Reformed believe that man predestines himself.
So if Christ died for those who are now and will be in hell, what becomes of Christâ€™s death on the cross for him: Useless! Makes no sense! Infinitely unfair to our Suffering Servant!
A study on 2 Peter 3:9. Like a just human judge, God does not delight in sentencing the wicked to eternal punishment, but because he is holy, he is at the same time pleased that his righteousness is satisfied.