Category Archives: Calvin/Calvinism

The Betrayal of the Reformed Tradition by Andrew Sandlin

Note: My friend Daniel Ritchie quoted an extensive portion of an article written by Andrew Sandlin in 2001. The excerpt comes from an article Sandlin wrote for the National Reform Association. It is a strong repudiation of the dangerous ideas … Continue reading

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Quote, Calvin on adversity

For as all prosperity flows from his goodness, so adversity is either the rod with which he corrects our sins, or the test of our faith and patience. –John Calvin, commentary on Genesis 32.

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Schaaf and Calvin

I was struck when reading a portion of Philip Schaaf’s The Principle of Protestantism. Schaaf defends the Protestant view of Justification by quoting a section of Calvin’s dispute with Osiander in the Institutes.[1] Osiander’s poses the following question: “…whether God … Continue reading

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Lutheran and Reformed traditions…

When I studied Reformation History in seminary, Dr. Frank James was always clear in defining the distinctions that arose during the Reformation. He was always careful to differentiate the various traditions. One clear distinction was the Lutheran and Reformed traditions. … Continue reading

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A Brief Study of Calvin’s Exposition of I John 1:9 and I John 2:2, Part 2

I John 2:2 The controversy over the extent of the atonement emerges in I John 2:2. The passage reads in context: “My little children, these things I write to you in order that you might not sin. But if anyone … Continue reading

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A Brief Study of Calvin’s Exposition of I John 1:9 and I John 2:2, Part 1

The great Reformed theologian of the 16th century, John Calvin, approximates the apex of Western Theology with his noble and insightful commentary series. In the distinct absence of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, penned by Saint John, Calvin wrote prolifically … Continue reading

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A Prayer for the Hearing of the Word

Grant, Almighty God, that as You shine on us by Your word, we may not be blind at midnight, nor wilfully seek darkness, and thus lull our minds asleep: but may we be roused daily by Your words, and may … Continue reading

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Calvinism growing in the Southern Baptist Convention…

One step in the right direction. Thanks to the great work of Al Mohler. A study finds that nearly 30 percent of recent graduates from Southern Baptist seminaries (SBC) who serve as church pastors identify themselves as Calvinists. LifeWay Research, … Continue reading

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An Analysis of Kuyper’s Lecture: Calvinism a Life System, Part 3

How Shall We Then Live: Concluding Remarks on Predestinarianism and Christian Living from Kuyper’s Lectures The Calvinistic world-and-life-view is undergirded by one principal theological dogma: God is sovereign over the affairs of men. This dogmatic assertion carries over to the … Continue reading

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An Analysis of Kuyper’s Lecture: Calvinism a Life System, Part 2

In light of this comprehensive view of the Christian life, it is natural that another strong feature of Kuyperian thinking is an opposition to “escapism.” The Roman Church had abandoned any interest in a Biblical transformation of culture thus the … Continue reading

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An Analysis of Abraham Kuyper’s Lecture: Calvinism a Life System, Part 1

Abraham Kuyper’s Lectures on Calvinism is a vociferous call to cultural engagement. These lectures are not only a call to activism, but they also summarize Kuyper’s distinctive position, a new direction for Reformed thought that James Bratt[1] calls “Neo-Calvinism.”[2] Thus, … Continue reading

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Revelation 20: The Triumph of the Church and the Humiliation of the Old Serpent; A Brief Exposition, Part 1

The significance of Revelation 20 cannot be underestimated. Scholars have pondered the exegesis of this passage for centuries. Consequently, three positions have emerged. The first position is Premillennialism. The word “millennialism”[1] means a “thousand years” mentioned six times in Revelation … Continue reading

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From the archives: John Newton’s Rebuke of Calvinists…

Editor’s note: This was originally posted on my blog in June of 2004. “And I am afraid there are Calvinists, who, while they account it a proof of their humility that they are willing in words to debase the creature, … Continue reading

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A Reformed View of Apologetics, Part 1

Editor’s Note: In these posts, I have tried to offer a simple introduction to Presuppositional apologetics. Many in our day are unaware of the incredible influence of Professor Cornelius Van Til. These posts serve to distinguish the Reformed View of … Continue reading

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Calvinism: A Comprehensive Worldview

Calvinism, from its earliest days, has expressed a comprehensive worldview. This does not mean that Calvinism has developed a distinctly Christian identity in every area; neither does it mean that the area Calvinism claims has been fully faithful to Biblical … Continue reading

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Abraham Kuyper: Calvinism as a life-system

In his lecture entitled Calvinism a Life-System, Abraham Kuyper argues that Two life systems are wrestling with one another, in mortal combat. Modernism is bound to build a world of its own from the data of the natural man, and … Continue reading

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Every Self-Respecting Calvinist should be what?

I had the unfortunate privilege of listening to John MacArthur’s lecture on Why Every Self-Respecting Calvinist should be a Pre-millenialist. ((You can find some links about the sermon here and here.)) It was undoubtedly the worse lecture I have ever … Continue reading

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This is My Body: A Reformational Comparison of Calvin and Luther’s Sacramentology, Part VI CONCLUSION

Calvin and Luther had many things in common. Both believed firmly that the Eucharist was a means of grace. 1 The elements nourished the believer and prepared them for their labors in the Lord. Calvin says that the Eucharist is … Continue reading

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This is My Body: A Reformational Comparison Between Calvin and Luther’s Sacramentology, Part V

For Luther, Jesus’ words were simple and clear. And for those who would oppose its literal rendering he had strict condemnation. According to Luther’s crucial work on the words of Jesus called: “That these words of Christ, ‘This is my … Continue reading

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This is My Body: A Reformational Comparison Between Calvin and Luther’s Sacramentology, Part IV

In his commentary on the First Epistle to the Corinthians he expands on the words of institution. 1 At the outset he acknowledges the diverse trials the church has faced due to the meaning of these words. According to Calvin, … Continue reading

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This is my Body: A Reformational Comparison between Calvin and Luther’s Sacramentology, Part III

Calvin spends a significant amount of time responding to his opponents. Though the majority of his efforts are spent responding to transubstantiation, 1 he spends time in the Institutes of Christian Religion interacting with some apologists for the Lutheran view. … Continue reading

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This is My Body: A Reformational Comparison of Calvin and Luther’s Sacramentology, Part II

Martin Luther understood Jesus’ words literally. When Jesus said: “This is my body,”1 Luther believed it meant that the bodily presence of Christ was there alongside the elements. Zwingli, on the other hand, saw those words figuratively. The physical body … Continue reading

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This is My Body: A Reformational Comparison of Calvin and Luther’s Sacramentology, Part I

Note: This is meant to be an introductory study on Calvin and Luther’s understanding of the phrase: This is my body. This study will serve to provide a background for current controversies regarding the blatant denial of a robust Eucharistic … Continue reading

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Is America ready for Puritan Evangelism?

This is a ten-minute interview. Kirk Cameron, the new teen christian icon who plays in the Un-Biblical End-Times adventure Left-Behind Movie, interviews a polished young American calvinist missionary to Peru. Kirk seems to be befuddled by the true gospel. Watch … Continue reading

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James Jordan speaks out!

Those of us who have loved James Jordan for years will get a chance to interact with some of his thoughts on the recent controversies over the FV and NPP.  Jordan’s strong remarks should awaken us to the slumber of … Continue reading

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The Severity of Calvin’s Institutes

I have been meditating on Calvin’s superb description of the impact of sin. All men are by nature self-absorbed in their idolatry factory producing more and more idols everyday. In fact, it is so incessant, that they pursue the creation … Continue reading

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Quote, Calvin on the Supper

“I say then, that in the mystery of the Supper, by the symbols of bread and wine, Christ, his body and his blood, are truly exhibited to us…” Book 4, Chapter 17, Section 11

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James White versus Dave Hunt

Many of us have probably accompanied James White in the last few years as he has been an able defender of the Doctrines of Grace. Though I have strong disagreements with James (doc) on issues of ecclesiology, sacraments and probably … Continue reading

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Calvin: “Man is an idol factory”

Calvin’s comment in regard to the main tendency of the human heart is not only a reality but an evangelistic need. The sinner is in as much need to hear about sin as he is about Christ. The call of … Continue reading

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Book Review – Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J.I. Packer

J.I. Packer, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God (Downers Grove, Illinois: Intervarsity Press, 1991). Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God is a historical masterpiece. Though the title would seem to indicate that a final and ultimate explanation of these realities … Continue reading

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