“Calvinism kills missions!” many say. After all, if God has already chosen some to save before the foundation of the world, while leaving others to be damned, then why should we bother preaching the gospel to the nations? The elect are going to be saved and none of the rest will be. But when we pause to take a closer look at Calvinism, we find that it does not kill missions—it is actually fuel for missions! Let us consider the well-known five points of Calvinism to see how they relate to missions.
Total Depravity—The Need for Missions
As Calvinists, we believe that “through Adam sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned (Rom. 5:12). So all of humanity is born as sinners; we are all born in rebellion against God. No one is righteous, no one understands, no one seeks after God (Rom. 3:10-11). We are totally depraved by nature, which does not mean that we are as thoroughly wicked as possible, but that our sinfulness affects all areas of life. No aspect of our lives is free from the corruption of sin.
from Charisma Magazine
Persecution has kept Africa’s church strong. I have interviewed Nigerian Christians whose hands and arms were sliced off by knife-wielding Islamic terrorists. I also know African pastors who have been directly opposed by witchdoctors with occult powers. Christians in Africa today are perhaps better equipped to address the reality of Christ’s power in a world that hates the truth of the gospel. They are my heroes, and I intend to learn as much as possible from them.
“Paul said it like this: “No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.”
Don’t most of us do the opposite? We busy ourselves with “civilian pursuits” and occasionally jump into the battle when we feel compelled. Kingdom service is something we visit on a mission trip, day of service, or prayer meeting. Being entangled in the civilian lifestyle has become the accepted norm. It is even applauded so long as we can point to some occasional Kingdom activity. But doesn’t Scripture tell us to live differently? And wouldn’t your life be more “abundant” if you could figure out a way to be on the battlefield every day?
You may be looking at your life and assuming you have no options. Isn’t a person with bills, family, and responsibilities destined to be “entangled in civilian pursuits”?
Absolutely not. You and I were made for more.”
Special Podcast Version including a Bonus Segment!
Mike finally opens the mailbag to read and answer emails from listeners, on subjects such as John MacArthur and “Lordship Salvation”, Rob Bell and Hell, and Roman Catholicism. Plus, special guest Donna Reine talks about her missions work in Canada and India.
“I am convinced we have not only forgotten what it is like to be lost, but we act as if lostness does not exist, there is really no hell, and many times conduct ourselves as Universalists,” he said, as he reaffirmed Christ as the only way to salvation.
Dr. Ronnie Floyd, chairman of the SBC Great Commission Resurgence Task Force