The dangers of Calvinese.

2 thoughts on “The dangers of Calvinese.”

  1. Allow me to begin by saying how big of a fan of yours I am. I’ve always appreciated your works, your opinion, and will continue to do so. On a slightly unrelated note: Calvinense…clever. Now having read a few of your articles and having listened to your most recent album, I see how deep your convictions truly run. I find it interesting that you’ve grown in your personal theology from your Calvinistic roots to the theologian you are today. Personally, I was raised in an Assembly of God Church, which held desperately to Arminianism. Furthermore, I attended an A/G school, which was also incredibly conservative. Upon graduation, my wife and I felt pushed toward the more structured reverence present in the reformed church. We’ve since moved back to a church that is more moderate in its belief.

    Recently I’ve been looking back through the works of C.S. Lewis. Not because he’s right about everything, but because he’s absolutely brillant. When we consider that God is not bound to space and time in the same sense that we are, we can begin to consider that God does not see and experience life in the same way that we do. He is capable of viewing the events in history simultaneously. He has not, perhaps, pre-determined every event in history, but he is present in every moment in history. When we make a choice and act upon that choice, it has not been necessarily pre-ordained, but God is there both in the moment of decision and in the consequence of that decision. God did not force you to take the action that you did or to make the decision that you did, but he was, nonetheless, present. When you start really digging in to Calvinism/Arminianism, it gets increasingly hairy. At the end of the day you almost have to say, “Whatever is right, Jesus, your grace is enough” and then pick your poison as directed by the Holy Spirit.

    I’ve always found it amusing that most Arminian preachers I grew up listening to would say things like, “You’re not here by accident” or “It is God’s will that you’re here today.” Because what they’re saying directly contradicts their very beliefs! It’s a humorous and it’s depressing, really. You’re right and I appreciate your article. Our vocabulary should indeed represent better our beliefs. It may inspire us to, perhaps, battle against our enemy instead of falling back into our flawed Christianese vocabulary.

    Also, I apologize if my thoughts seem erratic or cluttered. It’s been a long week.

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