Category Archives: Calvinism

W.A. Criswell on Election

This comes from the post Could W. A. Criswell sign A “Statement of Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation?” by Dr. Tom Ascol.

For example, in a sermon entitled, “Doctrine of Predestination,” Dr. Criswell quoted Isaiah 46:9-11 and then said,

That’s our God! Now that’s what you call foreordination. That’s what you call predestination! That’s Calvinism! And I am a Calvinist. That’s good old Bible doctrine, and I believe the Bible! These things are in God’s hands, and ultimately and finally, He purposed it and executeth all of it!
He preached a sermon in 1983, in the early days of the conservative resurgence, on Romans 9:15-16. The sermon is entitled, “The Bible Kind of Salvation.” It is a masterful piece of homiletical work and includes a lengthy, favorable quote from Spurgeon near the end. Before that quote, Dr. Criswell made following observations:

There is a general call, but there is also an effective call. In the great general call, most of them did not respond, most of them did not hear, most of them did not believe, most of them did not come; but always some came, some heard, some were saved—the effectual calling of God.

I read in Acts 13, verse 48, “When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the Word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.” I turn the page again, and I read in 2 Thessalonians chapter 2, “Brethren beloved, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation, whereunto He called you by our gospel.” There is an effectual call. There are those who listen. God opens their hearts. God speaks to them, and they hear their name called, and they respond; the effectual calling of the elective choosing Spirit of the Lord.

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Questions a Traditional Southern Baptist Wants to Ask a Calvinist, Part 4

Mike and Scott Reiber continue their discussion on the bible study Questions a Traditional Southern Baptist Wants to Ask a Calvinist, this week addressing at the question “What if I am neither an Arminian nor a five-point Calvinist?”

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Questions a Traditional Southern Baptist Wants to Ask a Calvinist, Part 2

Mike and Scott Reiber continue in their discussion on critical questions one pastor’s bible study curriculum posed concerning Calvinism and Reformed Theology. In part 2, they examine the sovereignty of God, the will of man and does God cause all things to happen?

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Questions a Traditional Southern Baptist Want to Ask a Calvinist-Part 1

Mike and Scott Reiber begin a series of discussions concerning 17 questions that are one pastor’s study in which the goal is to debunk Calvinsim. On this program they begin by addressing the subjects of election and original sin. Stay tuned…you DONT want to miss these programs!

Mike also recommends you download a past program featuring a sermon by Pastor Jeff Noblit titled Encouraged by the Rise of Calvinism in the Southern Baptist Convention.

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Pastor Dave is Looking for Courageous Calvinism in the PCA

via The Heidelbog and Scott Reiber Online

He writes: “I’m not sure that there are many in the PCA with this conviction. We are going with the flow, paddling with the current of broad evangelicalism seeking relevance, influence, and recognition. And sadly, to the extent we pursue those things so do we distance ourselves from our heritage, from the piety that flows from our confessions, and our NAPARC brethren. That was made readily apparent to all as the Strategic Plan was drafted, debated, and eventually adopted last summer.” Read more»

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John MacArthur Comments on ‘New Calvinism’

from Apprising Ministries

What seems to be happening is the formation of a postmodern form of Calvinism where one embraces select portions of Reformation theology, while at the same time practicing the anti-sola Scriptura spirituality of Counter Reformation theology. With this in mind, I point you to 10 Questions with John MacArthur posted at The Christian Worldview blog of David Wheaton.

In response to the question, “Since you wrote Charismatic Chaos we have seen the unexpected confluence of Reformed theology with charismatic beliefs (such as in the Sovereign Grace family of churches). If you were to write the book today, how would you affirm both love and critique for today’s Reformed Charismatics?,” Dr. MacArthur replies:

I would affirm my love and appreciation for C. J. Mahaney, Wayne Grudem, John Piper, and other conservatives in the continuationist camp. I consider these men to be friends and allies for the sake of the gospel. Charismatic Chaos was primarily written against the excesses of the broader Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. And those excesses are not what these men are best known for.

But, I would still challenge these men to reconsider their position on the charismatic gifts. I am convinced that the charismatic movement opened the door to more theological error than perhaps any other factor in the twentieth century (including liberalism, psychology, and ecumenism). That’s a bold statement, I know. But once you allow experientialism to gain a foothold, the results are disastrous.

Moreover, I am thoroughly convinced that the biblical description of the charismatic gifts is incompatible with the charismatic gifts practiced in Pentecostal and Charismatic churches today. For example, Acts 2 is explicit in describing the gift of tongues as the ability to speak previously unlearned foreign languages. The rest of the New Testament affirms this same understanding (as does the testimony of the church fathers). But that is the very opposite of the nonsensical gibberish that characterizes modern glossolalia.

So I would challenge them to explain why they hold on to a modern practice that, in reality, has no biblical precedent—especially when that modern practice is the gateway to all sorts of theological error. (Online source)

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