Saturday, January 31, 2009

Calvinist Crossing

New blogs are forthcoming. Maybe even later this week, DV. We are beginning to fall into a groove at RCG, so some extra blog-time is anticipated.

As a matter of principle, however, we would like to remind one sundry acquaintence that we have, in fact, posted in 2009. It's right below.

Until further notice, some Calvinist Crossing...

  • Why Read Christian Biography?
    We usually answer, "To remind us that other saints have been far more faithful to Christ in far worse circumstances than we face." Ms. Cook, however, offers some more articulate reasons: (1) a grand overview of the progress of the Christian church, (2) the development of a deeper appreciation of the basic principles and progress of the spiritual life, (3) the outworking of faith in the experiences of widely differing individuals, (4) the warnings it gives, the signposts along the way of dangers to be avoided, of pitfalls awaiting the unwary, (5) how to suffer rightly, and (6) tracing certain recurring principles and patterns of the activity of God.

  • Is Arminianism Damnable Heresy?
    A reminder to be kind to those Arminian brethren whose hearts are better than their heads.

  • Myanmar Abusing Christian Chin Minority
    It was not long ago that we sat having tea and encouraging these brethren in Yangon. Remember the prisoners... (Heb 13:3) ...I was in prison, and you came to Me (Matt 25:36)

    1. I'll grant Pastor John that Wesley was not a heretic :) But I barely recognized Wesley's arminianism after interacting with today's Arminian. I think it safer to think today's Arminian might not be a heretic, but he bares close scrutiny.

    2. Awwww, snap. Thanks for the correction. We are looking forward to more posts in the future. I have a request, which is appropriate for this blog. Please answer the question. "For whom did Jesus die?" I know for whom Jesus' death atoned. But, is it a different question to ask for whom He died? If you have already answered this question or made the distinction in another post, please refer me.

      Thanks Brother!

    3. Russell- Quite right, brother. Marsden makes this point adequately in his Jonathan Edwards (as does Noll in his magnum opus, America's God), namely that American Arminianism was not derived from the same theological roots of the Remonstrance, but rather sprung from an admixture of sentimental Christianity and Enlightenment philosophy, ala Locke and Rousseau. Hence, the difficulty in our present context, the scarcity of self-conscious Arminians, and, in my opinion, the pagan reasoning common in many American churches.

    4. Mr. "Strong Like Bull"- Good to hear from you, brother! Yes, it is a different question to ask, "...for whom He died?" For whom did He atone is not the whole picture of what Christ accomplished on the cross. This issue, and failure to consider the totality of His death, lay at the root of why some well-intentioned, but poorly reasoned, brothers call themselves "4-point Calvinists." Let's discuss it! Some posts to follow...