The New Calvinism…

John Piper and Mark Driscoll

John Piper and Mark Driscoll

The Following Is An Excerpt From An Article Found In Time Magazine About 10  Ideas Changing The World Right Now…. This One Is Number 3: 

If you really want to follow the development of conservative Christianity, track its musical hits. In the early 1900s you might have heard “The Old Rugged Cross,” a celebration of the atonement. By the 1980s you could have shared the Jesus-is-my-buddy intimacy of “Shine, Jesus, Shine.” And today, more and more top songs feature a God who is very big, while we are…well, hark the David Crowder Band: “I am full of earth/ You are heaven’s worth/ I am stained with dirt/ Prone to depravity.”

Calvinism is back, and not just musically. John Calvin’s 16th century reply to medieval Catholicism’s buy-your-way-out-of-purgatory excesses is Evangelicalism’s latest success story, complete with an utterly sovereign and micromanaging deity, sinful and puny humanity, and the combination’s logical consequence, predestination: the belief that before time’s dawn, God decided whom he would save (or not), unaffected by any subsequent human action or decision.

Calvinism, cousin to the Reformation’s other pillar, Lutheranism, is a bit less dour than its critics claim: it offers a rock-steady deity who orchestrates absolutely everything, including illness (or home foreclosure!), by a logic we may not understand but don’t have to second-guess. Our satisfaction — and our purpose — is fulfilled simply by “glorifying” him. In the 1700s, Puritan preacher Jonathan Edwards invested Calvinism with a rapturous near mysticism. Yet it was soon overtaken in the U.S. by movements like Methodism that were more impressed with human will. 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.

Like the Calvinists, more moderate Evangelicals are exploring cures for the movement’s doctrinal drift, but can’t offer the same blanket assurance. “A lot of young people grew up in a culture of brokenness, divorce, drugs or sexual temptation,” says Collin Hansen, author of Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist’s Journey with the New Calvinists. “They have plenty of friends: what they need is a God.” Mohler says, “The moment someone begins to define God’s [being or actions] biblically, that person is drawn to conclusions that are traditionally classified as Calvinist.” Of course, that presumption of inevitability has drawn accusations of arrogance and divisiveness since Calvin’s time. Indeed, some of today’s enthusiasts imply that non-Calvinists may actually not be Christians. Skirmishes among the Southern Baptists (who have a competing non-Calvinist camp) and online “flame wars” bode badly.

Calvin’s 500th birthday will be this July. It will be interesting to see whether Calvin’s latest legacy will be classic Protestant backbiting or whether, during these hard times, more Christians searching for security will submit their wills to the austerely demanding God of their country’s infancy.   http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1884779_1884782_1884760,00.html

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One response to “The New Calvinism…

  1. Calvinism is a lie. All those broken lives and Christians CAN find comfort in this lie–fatalism is easy to accept and then go ahead and DO NOTHING, but it is a flase comfort and lie. The resurgence of Calvinism is simply more apostasy for the last days. I have watched on-fire young people, full of joy and prayerfulness begin to read John Piper, and their walk, passion and WORKS for God DIED. They go to these churches that are Calvinistic, but their passion for souls, HOLINESS and the like is dead.

    Calvinism is a KILLER. It only produces a passion for PROSELYTIZING OTHER BELIEVERS AND SPLITTING CHURCHES.

    Calvinism is a blasphemous lie and John Calvin was a wicked, intolerant murder and persecuter of those with whom he disagreed with theologically.

    People are served FAR BETTER to read the writings and sermons of Charles Finney, Wesley, A W Tozer, Ravenhill, Wilkerson and the like.

    Arminius taught THE TRUTH. That is fact that can be proven with a look at 2000 years of church history. Calvinism is a departing from the faith that FIRST STARTED with Augustine, a truly heretical man, and then Calvin picked up his lies and reintroduced them to the church, along with Augustine’s persecute-the-heretics doctrine as well. Augustine and Calvin are a STAIN upon church history and have hurt the witness and power of Christianity.

    John Piper is a false teacher, and his false teaching is not simply limited to Calvinism. His idiotic teaching about “Christian” Hedonism, and his lies that Arminians are not qualified to be pastors simply shows where these dim-wits are truly at. And Mark Driscoll is a foul-mouthed sexual pervert who promotes vulgarity and perversion. He is an irreverant buffoon. I have no doubt this man is hooked on porn.

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