Contra Calvinism

I really respect the theological implications of Calvinism.  And I appreciate those who hold to its tenets.  I’m just not one of them.  This guy puts it better than I can: Why I Am Not A Calvinist. Enjoy.

Josh

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5 comments
  1. I would challenge you to read R.C. Sproul’s “Chosen By God” on the issue of Calvinism. This issue is more far reaching than just the doctrine of election and extends into sovereignty, omniscience, and omnipotence. If you truly deny any these, you are not only supporting unbiblical thinking, but selling God short. The article to which you referred in your post is decent, but does not deal with what the Bible says. If you read the Bible (especially Romans), do the word studies, and apply the standard rules of logic to follow through to the logical conclusion, it is overwhelmingly apparent that Calvinism (as properly understood!) is the most satisfying and biblical conclusion.

    Check out
    http://books.google.com/books?id=PUvgxgm3ZaYC&dq=chosen+by+god+r.c.+sproul&printsec=frontcover&source=bn&hl=en&ei=ZoWqSpeXLd6Ltgf8yomdCA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=7#v=onepage&q=&f=false
    to read it online or go buy it from Amazon for a couple of bucks and read it with an open mind! I’m telling you, I spent my first year in seminary torn up over this issue and did the due diligence of reading both side’s arguments and pouring over a plethora of books, articles, sermons, and Scripture in my quest for Truth. While I acquiesce that there is no obvious or easy answer, I feel Calvinism is by far the closest we can get this side of glory.

    Best wishes in your journey with Jesus, brother!

  2. joshuasiders said:

    Thank you for your suggestion, and I will check it out when I get a chance. But is there any chance you’d like to discuss the article? Saying that it “does not deal with what the Bible says” are pretty strong words. Can you elaborate?

    Thanks for your time! -Josh

  3. joshuasiders said:

    Thanks, Kevin. This looks like a very post, as well as the blog in general. -Josh

  4. Daniel,

    I have read ‘Chosen by God’ more than once and found it to be less than compelling, and far more philosophical than exegetical.

    If you read the Bible (especially Romans), do the word studies, and apply the standard rules of logic to follow through to the logical conclusion, it is overwhelmingly apparent that Calvinism (as properly understood!) is the most satisfying and biblical conclusion.

    I would have to strongly disagree on this point. Calvinism leads to numerous theological absurdities and is out of harmony with God’s love for the world and stated desire to save all.

    You said you read quite a bit from both sides. I wonder if you would be willing to share what you read from the Arminian side?

    God Bless,
    Ben

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