Evangelicals Find Themselves in the Midst of a Calvinist Revival
"Evangelicalism is in the midst of a Calvinist revival. Increasing numbers of preachers and professors teach the views of the 16th-century French reformer. Mark Driscoll, John Piper and Tim Keller — megachurch preachers and important evangelical authors — are all Calvinist. Attendance at Calvin-influenced worship conferences and churches is up, particularly among worshipers in their 20s and 30s.
In the Southern Baptist Convention, the country’s largest Protestant denomination, the rise of Calvinism has provoked discord. In a 2012 poll of 1,066 Southern Baptist pastors conducted by LifeWay Research, a nonprofit group associated with the Southern Baptist Convention, 30 percent considered their churches Calvinist — while twice as many were concerned “about the impact of Calvinism.”
Calvinism is a theological orientation, not a denomination or organization. The Puritans were Calvinist. Presbyterians descend from Scottish Calvinists. Many early Baptists were Calvinist. But in the 19th century, Protestantism moved toward the non-Calvinist belief that humans must consent to their own salvation — an optimistic, quintessentially American belief. In the United States today, one large denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America, is unapologetically Calvinist."
Calvinism to be blunt is just another ROAD TO ROME. I believe Calvinism to be a daughter of Rome and that includes the deceiver Calvin himself. Here is an earlier article of mine:
One odd thing to me, is I know enough about Anabaptist history to know Calvinists burned them at the stake too. So why does one have to even watch out in IFB churches today for pastors going Calvinist and embracing all of it's teachings? Do these folks realize the OTHER things that Calvin taught?
Calvinists often are proud of being strong when it comes to doctrine but why don't they realize Calvin's VERY CATHOLIC like beliefs?
I'm going to strip this down:
Calvin believed in ORIGINAL SIN [original sin is a false doctrine pushed by Rome too]
Calvin believed AUGUSTINE was a true teacher.
"Sometimes Calvinism is referred to by other names such as "Augustinianism" because Calvin followed Augustine (A.D. 354–430) in many areas of predestination and the sovereignty of God." [cite]Calvin clung to the early church fathers too. [he admits some errors] What of the scripture here to call no man father?
From the book:
"Getting the Reformation Wrong: Correcting Some Misunderstandings"
"On 17 June, Michel de Villeneuve was convicted of heresy, "thanks to the 17 letters sent by John Calvin, preacher in Geneva" and sentenced to be burned with his books. An effigy and his books were burned in his absence.Servetus wasn't the only one, 58 were put to death. Ever wonder why the Puritans as inheritors of Calvin's deceptions got so busy burning people at the stake? These people were all children of Rome via that alone!
Meaning to flee to Italy, Servetus inexplicably stopped in Geneva, where Calvin and his Reformers had denounced him. On 13 August, he attended a sermon by Calvin at Geneva. He was arrested after the service and again imprisoned. All his property was confiscated. Servetus claimed during this judgement he was arrested at an inn at Geneva. French Inquisitors asked that Servetus be extradited to them for execution. Calvin wanted to show himself as firm in defense of Christian orthodoxy as his usual opponents. "He was forced to push the condemnation of Servetus with all the means at his command"
Calvin believed in the EUCHARIST, not in Transubstantiation like the Catholics or the Lutheran view, but one that wasn't very far off the ranch and still held to "mysteries".
"Calvin approached the subject with a strong sense of the mystery of the vital union of Christ with the believer, which is celebrated in the eucharist. "I exhort my readers," he says, in the last edition of his Institutes, "to rise much higher than I am able to conduct them; for as to myself, whenever I handle this subject, after having endeavored to say everything, I am conscious of having said but very little in comparison with its excellence. And though the conceptions of the mind can far exceed the expressions of the tongue; yet, with the magnitude of the subject, the mind itself is oppressed and overwhelmed. Nothing remains for me, therefore, but to break forth in admiration of that mystery, which the mind is unable clearly to understand, or the tongue to express."865"
"He agreed with Zwingli in the figurative interpretation of the words of institution, which is now approved by the best Protestant exegetes, and rejected the idea of a corporal presence and oral participation in the way of transubstantiation or consubstantiation, which implies either a miracle or an omnipresence of the body of Christ. But he was not satisfied with a purely commemorative or symbolical theory, and laid the chief stress on the positive side of an actual communion with the ever-living Christ.[snip]
He expressed in private letters the opinion that Zwingli had been so much absorbed with overturning the superstition of a carnal presence that he denied or obscured the true efficacy of the sacrament.866866
"He acknowledged the mystery of the real presence and real participation, but understood them spiritually and dynamically"Remember when I wrote the Daughter Protestant articles? These articles apply. Many see the REFORMATION as wholly biblical but it was not. While YES SOME TRUTHS were in it such as "Sola Scripture" and people rebelled against Rome's lies, much of what was Romanist to begin was KEPT INTACT. Some may say, "What on earth do you mean?" You are no academic, no intellectual" but again let's strip that down there too.
The DAUGHTERS all hold to the SACRAMENTS and TRADITIONS of ROME. Sure some may be removed such as transubstantiation or watered down, but just remember that fact. Calvin for all his truths such as SOLA SCRIPTURE definitely DID. Calvinism is a different version of the RCC to fool the masses. Another avenue that is a another false gospel.
So when one finds out that Calvin supported INFANT BAPTISM too, What does that tell you?
The arguments whether people "choose" to be saved [free will] or whether they are elected [chosen by God] I consider round about useless sort of stuff. This may confuse a few, but I believe "both are true" in a sense. God can call a person but they can choose not to obey. This idea that God made millions of humans to go die in hell knowing this from the start is ludicrous. The Calvinist view of god is tyrannical. The Catholic "god" sends people to burn in Purgatory and the Calvin "god" brings people to earth to be born with hell as their final destination from the start!
I get the feeling the Calvinist pastors like selling the idea of each of their congregations being the "chosen" people while all the "rotten" people outside the door were "predestined" to hell. Human pride seems to love this sort of thing.
When I was newly saved, I encountered Calvinists on line. I barely knew what it was at the time. Some of them could quote the Bible like crazy and snip it into a million pieces. They seemed like very intellectual folks but in one odd sense they reminded me of very dry Unitarian academics. They could make anything interesting sound boring. My biggest point about Calvinism was "WHERE IS THE LOVE?" There definitely was the same focus on the straining of gnats and religious systems as in Catholicism. I was NEVER tempted to enter a Reformed or Presbyterian or Calvin derived church when newly saved.
Why is Calvinism getting so popular out there to the baptist and evangelical crowd? Here's my musings on the subject.
1. The false pastors love it, they slice and dice the Bible and can do endless intellectual forays with the Bible and literally confuse people. Unless one is taking real time, prayer and study with the Lord, Calvinism can fool EASILY. It sounds so "smart", it uses "big words". Many Christians want to focus on doctrine and "get things right" before God. This is good the Bible tells us that doctrine is important, but Calvinism subverts this and uses it to steer people wrong. Remember what I have said about the Jesuits and Rome and how they fool people with their Latin and other casuistry.
2. Calvinism serves as a false path and ditch that contradicts and provides an alternative to the dumbed down seeker sensitive churches and churches that focus on emotionality. Satan knows that more intellectual and quiet personalities are not going to get into the rolling around Charismatic nonsense seeking new experiences or simple repetitive "unchurched" lessons in your average megachurch. It is another side of the coin. It provides bait for those who love to study and want to be "experts" but lack the Holy Spirit for the truth. This verse would apply:
2 Timothy 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
3. The increasing Dominionism in the churches blends with Calvinism quite easily. Calvin retained the Dominionism of Rome. Calvin definitely wanted church and state married. He promoted church and state marriage in Geneva. Why wouldn't this translate today to advance Calvinism when many would love to turn American into a theocracy following the Geneva model when Calvin wanted to turn Geneva into a "kingdom of God"? Calvin set himself up as dictator basically and even had a "secret police" that punished citizens for a variety of infractions. Servetus was not the only one put to death.
4. Calvinism and the Covenant Theology and the churches you see having their members sign covenants all goes together. These are Religious systems of control that are loved by false pastors too. This is the path where all the false traditions and love of the early wolves aka "church fathers" leads, back to "clergy".
These are the main things influencing the path to Calvinism out there.
Obviously among those ignorant of the devices of Rome and who are being led by the nose back to Catholic traditions and beliefs, thinking wrongly the Reformation wiped all that away, Calvinism will be growing more popular. They have Calvinism for the intellectuals and the Emergent movement for the more emotionally inclined with the Baptist churches. Calvinism is even going into fundamentalist churches, and often these are the type of churches joining with the Patriarchy and Quiverful movements though obviously not all churches of that ilk are Calvinist.
Did you all know the Southern Baptist Convention issued a "Let's All Get Along Paper"-[my title for it] regarding the infusion of Calvinism in their churches?
"We affirm that Southern Baptists stand together in a commitment to cooperate in Great Commission ministries," the report says. "We affirm that, from the very beginning of our denominational life, Calvinists and non-Calvinists have cooperated together. We affirm that these differences should not threaten our eager cooperation in Great Commission ministries.Calvinism is FALSE and one more way these churches are FALLING AWAY!