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On Being Negative Toward Others

I have a post coming out in a few days on theological watchdogs but I wanted to point you to a couple of posts I read about why Calvinists are so negative.  This is a point that even John Piper addressed.  Now, before you get mad at me out there, I don’t mean that all Calvinists are negative nor mean-spirited.  I simply mean that I have found over the years that the ones who want to argue with me, debate me, slam me, or call me unsaved are mostly Calvinists.  Why is this?  Why would a theological system that proudly says that it holds to the “doctrines of grace” be so unwillingly to show grace toward those who they disagree?

Both of these articles are a bit dated but worth reading.  The first is by Brian Tubbs found here and the other is by Dr. Ben Witherington found here.

I admit that I have some true brothers in the Lord who are Calvinists.  We do not allow our differences theologically to rob us of fellowship or to acknowledge that we are disciples of Jesus first and foremost.  This should be our primary focus: being faithful disciples who love Christ and demonstrate to the world our love for Christ by loving one another from the heart (1 John 4:20-21).

Look for my post in the next few days on theological watchdogs but enjoy these articles and may God help us to be true brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus while disagreeing over other issues.  We can debate election but let us at least acknowledge the other person to be part of the elect even if we disagree how they came to be His elect.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

04/17/2013 at 10:21 PM

Refuting Calvinism

Here is a link to the site RefutingCalvinism.com.  This site has some helpful resources comparing Calvinism with the Scriptures.  I don’t fully agree with all that the brethren has written and posted at this site about Calvinism but I do believe you’ll find a site that can either help you or make you made.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

09/08/2011 at 8:21 PM

I’ll Drink To That?

In the blogging world, there is much debate going on these days about Dr. John MacArthur’s article that aimed at the “young, reformed, and restless” (YRR) crowd over their zeal for beer and drinking alcohol in general.  In the post MacArthur never says that drinking alcohol is a sin but he does criticize those who seem to place this vice or other vices as tags to be proud of.  MacArthur believes that many of the YRR crowd has an affection for the world that should not be (1 John 2:15-17).  The article is well written and can be found here.

Several YRR folks (among others) have sought to take MacArthur to task.  It seems many of them have not even read the post.  Lots of them seem to say that MacArthur is a legalist, that he is too old for his ways, and that we should ignore him.  Some say that he wants to make this and that and this sin even if the Bible doesn’t teach against it.  The problem is that MacArthur’s point is missed.

Frankly, I don’t enjoy beer.  I think it tastes gross.  I don’t enjoy any hard alcohols.  I have, on occasion, had glasses of wine but I don’t care much for it either.  Too bitter for me.  But my point is that I don’t believe that someone enjoying a beer or a glass of wine is MacArthur’s point.  Sadly too many people in the Western Church have adopted the view that we must be like the world to win them.  I believe that holiness is better.  Be so radically different from the world that they notice you (1 Peter 2:11-12).  Hebrews 12:14 says that without holiness no one will see the Lord.  I believe this is true both for salvation and for evangelism.  Be holy so that others can see the Lord Jesus living in you.

In our society, drinking is not a substitute for coffee or tea at dinner (as in Europe).  Drinking alcohol in our society is often seen as a vice and we often associate other things with the consumption of alcohol such as partying, sex, drugs, gambling, and flat-out getting wasted.  It’s one thing to enjoy wine and to drink it in moderation in your home or on a date with my wife but it’s another to meet at a bar, order a round of pints, and exegete Romans just for the sake of showing the world, “Hey we are like you except we read the Bible.”

I was never a drinker.  I became a disciple of Jesus in 1992 at the age of 17 and during my years as a disciple I have had maybe three or four glasses of wine.  Before my conversion I drank very little.  I never liked beer and liquor was painful to me.  I have never been drunk.  I praise God for that.  Both the book of Proverbs and Ephesians 5:18 forbid drunkenness.

For me, I would rather get with some guys and seek God in prayer than share a beer.  Rather than getting fat bellies from consuming alcohol, let’s get full of the Spirit of God.  Let’s seek God’s face and then let’s go hit the bars but not to get a keg but to share the gospel with the lost.  So many are looking for hope in a bottle but will find only despair.  Alcohol promises so much but gives so little.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

08/22/2011 at 3:14 PM

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