Date of publication: 2017-08-29 10:28
My goal here is not to defend Calvin 8767 s role but to clarify. It really is not accurate to say that Calvin had him killed. As you point out, others were involved. Calvin used his influence to condemn the teaching of Servetus and supported the execution but the fact is Calvin did not have the authority to render a civil or capital judgment. In fact, Calvin did not even lead the prosecution of the theological case against him.
While some of these critiques are valid, it would probably be more effective if you also critiqued your own side. After all, you 8767 re accusing the Neo-Calvinists as being too closed and not self-critical enough. As a former Pentecostal, Reformed church attendee, Baptist church employee, and Wesleyan seminarian, I find that many of your critiques cut across all camps. (That 8767 s coming from someone who agrees with many of your critiques and who dislikes the extremism in some Neo-Calvinist camps.)
Yes, I believe that Merritt states in the article that these traits are not confined to Neo-Calvinism. However, they do seem to be much more prominent, accepted, and even celebrated within the Neo-Calvinist movement than, say, the Progressive Christian movement.
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You see, the Christian views suffering, as he views everything, in a totally different way, a totally different context, than the unbeliever. He sees it and everything else as a between, as existing between God and himself, as a gift from God, an invitation from God, a challenge from God, something between God and himself. Everything is relativized. I do not relate to an object and keep God in the background somewhere God is the object that I relate to. Everything is between us and God. Nature is no longer just nature, but creation, God's creation. Having children is procreation. My very I is his image, not my own but on loan.
..the time will come, and is now nigh at hand, when those who profess our faith, if they are guilty of what some of this people are guilty of, will find the axe laid at the root of the tree, and they will be hewn down. What has been must be again, for the Lord is coming to restore all things..it is one of the laws of that kingdom where our Father dwells, that if a man was found guilty of adultery, he must have his blood shed, and that is near at hand. But now I say, in the name of the Lord, that if this people will sin no more, but faithfully live their religion, their sins will be forgiven them without taking life..
This is a perfect example of the egotism discussed. Calvinism is, in this view, identical to the gospel anything that isn 8767 t Calvinism isn 8767 t the gospel. I 8767 m reminded of a speaker at the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology a few years ago, who said 8775 Reformed theology is really just Biblical theology. 8776 So anyone who disagrees can be dismissed as unbiblical. That arrogance makes it impossible to dialogue with, much less learn from, anyone who doesn 8767 t dot their i 8767 s and cross their t 8767 s the same way. And that doesn 8767 t display humility or graciousness.
Also, I wonder if Kenneth Stewart 8767 s 8775 Ten Myths About Calvinism 8776 from IVP would speak to these issues, too. I haven 8767 t had a chance to read it, but he seems to have concerns about perspectives held by both non-Calvinists and Calvinists..
After roughly 75 years in a Pentecostal church in the Assembly of God denomination, I can affirm that they were just as suspicious as any Neo-Calvinist congregation I have encountered.
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During that time, Mike told me about what appeared to be a paradox. He discovered a question that always immediately divided the group asked. Half answer yes, half no, and they debate. He said it was hilarious to watch because each time he got the same results — divide and debate — which did not make sense. Mike's instructions:
Brilliant, my brother. Thank you for your courage in writing this piece. You 8767 ve put into words a lot of what I felt during my dozen-plus years as a pastor. I encountered these 8775 isms 8776 frequently in those days, particularly among folks who had joined John MacArthur 8767 s church while in college. Some of these adults, returning post-graduation to the church in which they grew up, held their relatively new Calvinist convictions graciously and were easy to talk with about theological differences. But others were quite hardened against any substantial disagreement with Dr. MacArthur, causing significant heartache for me and disruption within the church as a whole.
for Curtis may 75- i am impressed with the humble teachable spirit you 8767 ve shown as a calvinist! you are the only humble one i know now my Pastor says i ran into hyper calvinists but i dont know any else so thx!!!
However, a word of warning:
Now I am in other circles I am noticing a tendancy to do the same in return. This means that debates can degenerate to attacking the man, rather than countering the opinion they state. There almopst seems a barely buried desire to see someone from the old school fall from grace, and the rumours of the same misdemeanours (the same ones that you note are not readily discussed within the Calvinist camp) spread like wildfire out here.