Jun. 29, 2020
The Light of Deception Guest-Shares Her Experience with Neo-Calvinism-Questions “What Love Is This?”
Here’s the 4th & final segment in this guest speaker series.
Today, Penni shares her experience with Calvinism/Neo-Calvinism.
She shares how different experiences & different conversations led her to question her involvement in this false doctrine.
Also, she explains how Dave Hunt's book, “What Love is This,” helped her understand the free gift of salvation, which is offered to all men.
She now understands free will. Thank God for that.
“Old” and New Calvinism
Rooted in the historical tradition of Reformed Theology, New Calvinists are united by their common doctrine. In a Christianity Today article, Collin Hansen describes the speakers of a Christian conference:
Each of the seven speakers holds to the five points of Calvinism. Yet none of them spoke of Calvinism unless I asked about it. They did express worry about perceived evangelical accommodation to postmodernism and criticized churches for applying business models to ministry. They mostly joked about their many differences on such historically difficult issues as baptism, church government, eschatology, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. They drew unity as Calvinist evangelicals from their concerns: with seeker churches, church-growth marketing, and manipulative revival techniques.
The New Calvinists look to Puritans, like Jonathan Edwards, who taught that sanctification requires a vigorous and vigilant pursuit of holy living, not a passive attitude of mechanical progressn(see Lordship salvation); however, as implied by the “New” designation, some differences have been observed between the New and Old schools. Mark Driscoll, for example, has identified what he considers to be four main differences between the two:
New Calvinism is missional and seeks to create and redeem culture.
New Calvinism is flooding into cities.
Old Calvinism was generally cessationist (i.e. believing the gifts of the Holy Spirit such as tongues and prophecy had ceased). New Calvinism is generally continuationist with regard to spiritual gifts.
New Calvinism is open to dialogue with other Christian positions.
This fourth distinctive is what Driscoll considers a vital component in being able to engage with contemporary society.