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To Calvinists Who Want To Convert Me

I don’t mind a theological discussion.  I am not a debater.  I have never had a public debate and probably never will.  I admit that I am much more in line to “debate” theology over a cup of coffee than in front of a crowd.  Much like Roger Olson (see my post on James White’s desire to debate Olson), I would not be an able debater and my opponent would no doubt appear to be the winner in a debate.

However, my point here is not to talk about debating as much to address a few Calvinists who have recently taken it upon themselves to convert me to Calvinism.  My earnest desire for them is that the same passion they have used to seek my conversion to Calvinism, I pray they would do the same for souls for the kingdom.  If they will spread the gospel with the same passion they seek to spread Calvinism, how many souls could be saved?  These Calvinists are not your passionate Paul Washer/Charles Spurgeon types.  These Calvinists are the militant, “I am right and all others are wrong” types.  For them, their conversion to Calvinism was much more important than their initial salvation since the gospel equals Calvinism and Calvinism is the gospel.  Calvinism alone, in their minds, is the answer for the world and for the Church.  Any other theology is man-centered and not God-exalting.

Here is my advice to these Calvinists.

1.  Pray for Humility

Perhaps your theology is right but your attitude stinks.  You come across not as a broken man of God but as a Pharisee who has their theology down pat.  You are not patient with anyone (2 Timothy 2:24-25).  You lack the fruit of the Spirit in your life (Galatians 5:22-23) but you feel that your knowledge of Calvinism is sufficient before God.  How sad for you.

2.  Understand that Jesus Alone Saves Sinners

John Calvin didn’t save a soul and never will.  Neither did Arminius or Wesley or Paul.  Jesus alone saves sinners (John 14:6).  Truth is not found in Calvin’s Institutes but in the person of Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12; Romans 9:5).  Our salvation is not based on our knowledge of Calvin or Arminius but upon Jesus and His gospel (Romans 3:22-25).

3.  Calvinism Is Not Perfect

I have never met a perfect theological system.  Every theology has holes and is not always consistent.  I am humble enough to admit that Arminianism is not perfect.  Arminius was not perfect.  He was a fallen man and like us, he was prone to error.  So was Calvin.  So was Luther.  So was Edwards, Wesley, or Whitefield.  Jesus alone was perfect (1 Peter 2:21-24).  Jesus alone must be our standard and He alone must be our salvation.  These militant Calvinists who seek my conversion believe that Calvinism is a perfect theological system unlike my dreadful Arminianism.  How ignorant.  We all see through a glass rather dimly (1 Corinthians 13:12).

4.  Most of Christianity Is Not Calvinistic

By the term “Christianity” I am not meaning truly saved.  I am speaking of those who claim Christianity including Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Baptists, Pentecostals, etc.  Historically speaking, most of the Christian world doesn’t claim either Arminianism or Calvinism.  The Restoration Movement for example would say that they follow the Bible only.  While their theology is basically Arminian in many ways, they do reject aspects of Arminianism such as total depravity and prevenient grace.  These militant Calvinists write to me as if most of the true Church are Calvinists and if I (and all non-Calvinists) don’t accept the gospel of Calvinism then we are lost without God.

5.  The Greatest of These Is Love

My militant Calvinist evangelist, please read and meditate upon 1 Corinthians 13:13.  Read Jesus’ words in John 13:34-35 and let them sink deep within.  Read Galatians 5:13-15 and let the words of Paul fill your soul.  The greatest gift is love.  God demonstrated His love toward us (Romans 5:8-9).  1 John 4:8 says that the mark of the true follower of God is love since God is love.  Too often people who claim Christ are not marked by love but by pride, arrogance, boasting, and a lack of genuine love for others.

6.  Labor In Prayer More Than Over Your Calvinism Books

The disciples of Jesus in Luke 11:1 asked Jesus to teach them to pray.  These militant Calvinists would have asked Jesus how to convert people to Calvinism.  If these militants would labor in prayer like they labor at Twitter or Facebook or blogs trying to convert other Christians to Calvinism (and I am making an assumption here that you can be saved without being a Calvinist) then they would be known more for their prayer lives than their theology.  I have seen these militant Calvinists and when people see them coming, they run the other way.  But if they were a prayer warrior, oh how many would come to them to ask them to seek God for their needs?  How many countless hours my militant friend have you lost in your searching of Calvinism and not seeking after God?

Written by The Seeking Disciple

11/09/2011 at 10:01 AM

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  1. … and I’ll be sharing this one on facebook …

    WilliamWBirch

    11/09/2011 at 10:38 AM

    • thank you dear brother, though i fall more in line with molinism, i myself have encountered such individuals who by their actions AND reactions, bring a horrible disgrace to my savior. May humility prevail in all matters.

      Adam McNutt

      11/09/2011 at 11:34 AM

  2. My experience as well. I have even been told that a Calvinist would pray for my eyes to be opened to the doctrines of grace.

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  4. What a great post! It’s especially important to stress that although there are numerous Calvinist blogs and websites, there are not that many Calvinists.

    Anthea

    11/10/2011 at 7:16 AM

  5. Just another Pelagian compromising the Gospel for the sake of his petty anthropocentric free will theology!

    LOL! Jokes! 😀 I’m a classical Arminian from SEA. Magnificent post, brimming with grace and kindness. This refreshed me to reassess my attitude I suppose in how I should approach the whole thing, We lose sight of the greater picture of “go ye into all the world ” (Matt. 28) when we focus too much on debating each other in the Church. The real battleground is Out There, not inside the fortress.

    B. P. Burnett

    11/10/2011 at 8:20 AM

  6. As a Calvinist, but more importantly a Christian. I appreciate your post. There are a lot of people who have the same views on grace that I do, that don’t always act like grace has taken hold of their lives. I’m quite passionate about doctrine and theology. I believe the things I believe, because I think they are Biblical. I truthfully want people to understand things the way I do. But, more importantly than crossing all the t’s and dotting the i’s of the TULIP, is that people have tasted saving grace. The other stuff can be worked through. I think it would serve people in my camp well to read M’Cheyne, Whitefield, Spurgeon, Brainerd, Simeon, and so many others who can be called Calvinists and see how their understanding of the Doctrines of Grace made them passionate evangelist.

    Thank you.

    reformedfisher

    11/12/2011 at 11:56 PM


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