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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Positive Aspects of Calvinism

I used to be a 5 point Calvinist. I'm not anymore, guess I was predestined to fall from that system. However, I ran upon a post today and thought I'd share it. It's from Rick Chase at Ancient/Present Church. Here's the whole post. I'll only list the major points.

  1. These truths make me stand in awe of God and lead me into the depth of true God-centered worship.

2. These truths help protect me from trifling with divine things. One of the curses of our culture is banality, cuteness, cleverness. Television is the main sustainer of our addiction to superficiality and triviality.

3. These truths make me marvel at my own salvation. Every ground of boasting is removed. Brokenhearted joy and gratitude abound.

4. These truths make me alert to man-centered substitutes that pose as good news.

5. These truths make me groan over the indescribable disease of our secular, God-belittling culture.

6. These truths make me confident that the work which God planned and began, he will finish – both globally and personally.

7. These truths make me see everything in the light of God's sovereign purposes – that from him and through him and to him are all things, to him be glory forever and ever.

8. These truths make me hopeful that God has the will, the right, and the power to answer prayer that people be changed.

9. These truths reminds me that evangelism is absolutely essential for people to come to Christ and be saved, and that there is great hope for success in leading people to faith, but that conversion is not finally dependent on me or limited by the hardness of the unbeliever.

10. These truths make me sure that God will triumph in the end.

1 Comments:

At 9:13 PM, Blogger D.R. said...

Howie,

thanks for posting this. It reminds an old Reformed guy like me what is ultimately important about Calvinism -- the effect it should create in how we love God and relate to others, which is love, humility, and willingness to give all for the cause of Christ.

 

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