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Let me first say that I love John MacArthur. Now let me say that these are some broad brush strokes that he is making. He is clearly speaking of Mark Driscoll in this monologue. I wish he would just get it over with & ask Driscoll to an ecclesiastical debate. I’d pay GOOD money to see that.
Sheesh–grumpy Calvinism is strange. And it seems like it is out of steam. Thank God. We need to pray, of course, for the youngsters who are being oppressed by the type of fear-mongering that has marked grumpy Calvinism since the early days of America, but as far as responding to grumpy Calvinists themselves goes, we need more Christian satire a la Tristram Shandy. I’d like to see more Calvinist churches read Tristram Shandy–that would help in terms of tone and overall aura. –Maybe some of Swift’s Tale of a Tub, too.
Are there any “R” rated movies that MacArthur endorses? Our Christian university recently showed Blade Runner, for example, a work of genius. I wonder if MacArthur would have attended?
Stephen, I want to know your thoughts about this.
I’m hoping to do a post next week in response to these videos. It’s been a very busy week so I haven’t had much time to do writing. Keep an eye out for it next week.
Have a wonderful Easter weekend! Stephen
MANY DECEIVERS HAVE GONE OUT INTO THE WORLD ARE YOU FOLLOWING SOME OF THEM?
The Bible tells us in Maliciah 3:
14 You have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mou…rnfully before the Lord of hosts?
15 And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.
16 Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.
17 And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
18 Then shall you return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.
So what does it take to “discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not”? The answer is in verse 16, “they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it…”
The unrighteous serve themselves rather than the Lord who made them. So how can we discern between those ministers, who claim to have truth and may even perform miracles to promote what they believe is truth? Here is that simple test: Raise your arm. When asked, Who raised your arm, the person that answers, “I did”, doesn’t serve God. Why? Because he is the god of his own life by self works. On the contrary, they that fear God and honor His Sovereign Omnipotence and believe He is the Almighty that controls all things, knows that God Raised their arm and not they. Is the minister or organization you follow teaching you FAITH IN GOD as required by John 5: 24, or are they teaching you that you are a FREE MORAL AGENT or small god in control, requiring their methods to salvation from your mistakes and failures. If You hear my word and Believe on Him that sent me you will not come into condemnation but have passed from death (which they are promoting with their lies of condemnation) to life which is the Sovereign Omnipotent Creator that made us and abides in us. “A book of remembrance was (here)written…” THE LAMBS BOOK OF LIFE! Sincerely, Michael of Daniel 12:1.
WARNING! Quantum Theory (otherwise known as Random Theory) is a lie of the enemy to disprove the Sovereignty of the Almighty! The universe is Infinite Determinate Causation by Intelligent Design which means that free will is just an illusion to us. This fact proves that God is in deed the Almighty with all power and control of everything even the choices we perceive we make on our own. This carnal mind of man is what we have from birth that tells us we are in control and born with no concept of God but only led to believe such by teachings after we get old enough to learn from others, which for the most part are wrong continuing to miss lead us into this illusion of self determination. The carnal mind is enmity against God and this is the reason we must be Born Again, not of that which is carnal, but of the Spirit of the Almighty which is His mind set and not ours we were born with. This is the Redemption to be restored to the original state of mind and away from this delusion of self determination. This puts God back upon His throne where none else belongs but He. and by doing so we Honor the First and Great Commandment. And like wise knowing that God control it all we will respect others, in fulfillment of the second Great commandment, and not miss judge them as being guilty of something they didn’t do. This is the finished work that we are called to enter into, knowing that God has done it all. You cannot be at REST unless someone else has done the work for you. Unearned by us, it is the Gospel of Grace that says that it is a finished work, we just have to accept that fact, thus entering this Kingdom of God. The plum line to measure preachers, people or their so called gospel messages as to whether they are telling you the truth or not is simple…Do they teach faith in God as I am telling you to do with this simple instruction or are they steering you away from it by teaching faith in yourselves by self righteous works which create, again, an illusion of guilt requiring you to follow them for the answer as to how to escape their alleged fires of hell from a God they indicate made you, through no choice of your own, to be cast into it because of something Adam and Eve did thousands of years before you were born. The Bible plainly says that if we have the Holy Spirit (which is the mind of God) we have no need that man teach us, but how many preachers are going to tell you that? They would be out of business of playing mediators between you and the Almighty. That’s why we have need of none of them and their lies. There is but one mediator and he told you the truth that makes you free from these deceivers which are only out for your money and allegiance to them to feed their egos. There is a way that seems right but it separates you from God in death and not life in the Spirit. To be carnally minded is death but with the truth, I’m telling you, you have life. Be ware of those that have a form of godliness (religious) but deny the power of God’s Sovereignty and the fact that he controls ALL things including our will. This simple truth I’m sharing with you is well illustrated in the child’s story of a puppet called Pinocchio who wanted to be free from the strings of his creator only to find sorrow trying to exist by his own self determination but found redemption when returning to his Father’s strings and thus became a real adopted and manifested Son of His Creator. As it was said from the Beginning, “In the day that you eat there of ” you will be separated from God because the carnal mind is enmity against God’s omnipotence and “enmity” will be put between you and God which will in turn put that same enmity between God and your children as long as you teach them that they are self determinate “free more agents” with the power over their own lives to freely choose even their own destiny. This is THE LIE that has been handed down generation after generation that keep humanity in this fallen state of mind. A mindset that takes PEACE from the earth and is the cause of every war and evil because it causes one to perceive others guilty, claiming that God is not in their actions. Whole nations remain under this delusion and thus try to force their will upon others. The pursuit of peace with this delusion of mighty armies continues this vicious cycle at the cost of your tax dollars and more importantly the lives of your sons, husbands, and now daughters in this vain pursuit. What is most hideous about this cause is that the loudest of these warmongering voices are those that claim they trust in God…what hypocrisy! Again, “a form of godliness but denying the Power (Holy Spirit) of God’s Sovereign control of EVERYTHING. Sincerely, Michael of Daniel 12:1
Werner Karl Heisenberg was backed by the international Zionists once he turned upon his professor to disprove Rational Relativity well established by those like Newton and Einstein, to discredit the idea that the universe was Divinely created. Stephen Hawkins is their contemporary to relay this deception. Einstein well knew what they were doing and apposed it until his death in early 1950′s. The d…ouble-slit experiment was flawed in that sub atomic particles must have an accurate means of measuring such Quantified scale which, admittedly, they did not. Secondly while particle wave substitutes seemingly were observed, it was erroneous to assume an intelligence behind the observer simply because something appeared to change when observed. The change observed was simple, anytime two observers are introduced you automatically have two different perspectives, and in this case the second observer cancelled out the first, giving the allusion that the particles had randomly changed. Do your own experiment to this by placing your had over one eye, look at something then take the same hand and move it over the other eye and the object you were looking at seemed to move…but did it? No, just a different perspective. Everything in the Universe that we observe by natural sight and awareness with our physical senses demonstrates to us those things we can not perceive in the macrocosm as well as the microcosm aspect. Like Einstein said, never quantify smaller than what is necessary. at a distance in either direction human perception becomes dim. Bottom line is this, anything that detracts from the Omnipotent Sovereignty of the Almighty is unbelief, whether in religion or Science community. Sincerely, Michael of Daniel 12:1
Please, someone delete the above comment (and this rebuke along with it). It’s not only spam, but worse, boilerplate spam, and even worse, religious boilerplate spam, and far worse than that, blasphemous religious boilerplate spam (“Sincerely, Michael of Daniel 12:1″?!).
John, I wish you wouldn’t hold back so much and tell how you really feel.
This is an ignorant Catholic question but here goes: if one is a Calvinist how can you fear that the world can “pull people in” if they are recipients of irresistible grace, and if not then what’s it matter?
I’m young (20) and calvinist, and I realize we don’t need a “New Calvinism”, we need the “old calvinism” (the reformed faith which I believe is Biblicar Christianity) of the faithful servants of God of the past (Calvin, Edwards, Owen, Whitefield, Spurgeon, the puritans, etc.).
Mark Driscoll came from questionable (his charismatism and pragmatism), to disturbing (his pornographic visions and his sexually explicit sermon on the Song of Solomon).
Discernment is lacking in lots of Reformed young people.
Hmmmm…. Well! John makes a lot of valid points. I don’t agree with his eschatology but I certainly agree with his views on this new, dynamic, pastor centric pseudo-Calvinism that so predominates these days. I have attended Mars Hill Churches and have heard directly from some of the key pastors of that church that they are 4 point Calvinists. They don’t believe in limited atonement and that is rather disturbing to me. For me they are disputing the sovereignty of God to foreordain those whom He chooses to be his believers. I have personally seen a person be baptised twice because the church didn’t know her well enough to stop her from going forward a 2d time for full immersion baptism. So I do appreciate that a church such as Mars Hill does reach out and witness to the community of the Puget Sound in Washington as well as other locations via church plants and the Acts 29 network but I am not satisfied with discipling process of this church. I will add that I have never been disturbed by Mark Driscoll’s visions as they seem to stand the test of them coming true. I am disturbed, though, by the cult of personality within that church.
I see Mcarthur’s concern, but in part he has also promoted an unhealthy version of Calvinism with his Lordship salvation theology. I have come to embrace the old time Free Grace theology, as a better view since it exalts the gospel, sure there will be a reversal among these legalistic young pharisees. But it is not a systematic theology that saves. It is a person that saves. Jesus. The new calvinism of Driscol and crowd, I see as a step towards moralism and legalism. No grace there. in my opinion.
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