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Is your Calvinism about God, or are you just a punk?

August 30, 2006

Y’know, when I use the term “God-centeredness” as a euphemism for Calvinism, it’s not just a sneaky way to get Arminians across the goal line.  It really is all about God.  Here’s a good post over at Mark 5’s blog that provokes us to make sure our Calvinism is really all about God.

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  1. August 30, 2006 9:36 am

    An interesting que that “Calvinism” is biblical is that it must produce humility and love for others. It is consistent with biblical imperatives for our hearts. When we get away from Christ through pride, cursing, and hypocrisy, we show our Calvinism to be a latching on to the doctrines of Christ’s Gospel but that apart from Christ’s Gospel itself. A head and heart revival must coincide.

    I see why you always pray that the Spirit would fill us that we might understand, love, and feel rightly.

  2. Bethlen Gabor permalink
    August 31, 2006 7:51 pm

    A full (or fuller, at least) understanding of the Gospel IS a Calvinist understanding. While it is certainly possible to believe in the Gospel of Jesus without understanding it’s revealed nature, the faith that results is incomplete. BUT, we must be careful not to blur the line between the Biblical doctrine, and the weak sinners who adhere to it–or who don’t. There is no causal link between Calvinism and intellectual arrogance. Rather, spiritual arrogance among those that profess the doctrines of grace represents a different example of the exact same sin (talking among believers here) that Arminians display–that of negligently resisting some element of the truth revealed in the Scriptures. See Lk. 18:9-14 and I Cor. 4:6-7.

  3. egana permalink
    September 1, 2006 11:46 pm

    it may also have something to do with personality as well…. “thinkers” tend to focus on doctrine, where as “feelers” tend to focus of people. Jesus calls us to love God (doctrine) and love our neighbor (people). our natural tendancy is to choose one or the other.

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