It would appear that instead of being behind the times as many would consider me I’m actually ahead of the times. It’s all rather embarrassing actually; I may have to lose my persecution complex. Why?
Calvinism is in.
I would recommend you read the article but to sum it up in one sentence, ok, a full paragraph and a half. It should be mentioned that I did not write this article for Times magazine and the person who did write it was probably not a Christian.
“Calvinist-descended liberal bodies like the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) discovered other emphases, while Evangelicalism's loss of appetite for rigid doctrine — and the triumph of that friendly, fuzzy Jesus — seemed to relegate hard-core Reformed preaching (Reformed operates as a loose synonym for Calvinist) to a few crotchety Southern churches.
No more. Neo-Calvinist ministers and authors don't operate quite on a Rick Warren scale. But, notes Ted Olsen, a managing editor at Christianity Today, "everyone knows where the energy and the passion are in the Evangelical world" — with the pioneering new-Calvinist John Piper of Minneapolis, Seattle's pugnacious Mark Driscoll and Albert Mohler, head of the Southern Seminary of the huge Southern Baptist Convention. The Calvinist-flavored ESV Study Bible sold out its first printing, and Reformed blogs like Between Two Worlds are among cyber-Christendom's hottest links.”
I have to say that the mere act of reading this lifted my heart in praise to God. Sure, so far it seems to be an American only movement but I can place my hope in the power of God to overturn error and ignorance. It shouldn’t surprise me. God, as we are constantly reminded, is the God of the impossible.
“Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."”
Matthew 19 v 26
Anyway, I have to say that is the extent of my blog post. You can check out the Holiday Series link for my ramblings on the five points of Calvinism. I’ll start you off with a Psalm that proves the doctrine of Totally Depravity (sinful man cannot and will not ever chose to come to God). It’s my hope and prayer that this return to sound Biblical truth that has occurred in the USA will spread over here.
The fool says in his heart,
"There is no God."
They are corrupt, and their ways are vile;
there is no one who does good.
2 God looks down from heaven
on the sons of men
to see if there are any who understand,
any who seek God.
3 Everyone has turned away,
they have together become corrupt;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.
4 Will the evildoers never learn—
those who devour my people as men eat bread
and who do not call on God?
5 There they were, overwhelmed with dread,
where there was nothing to dread.
God scattered the bones of those who attacked you;
you put them to shame, for God despised them.
6 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
When God restores the fortunes of his people,
let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!