As a student of the history of the church, I always point out to my classes the historic reality that the followers of the founder seldom project the view of the founder. I think this is true of Calvinists. That is not bad, just a reality. Read Calvin (not Calvinists) and see for yourself. Indeed, Luther was a follower of Calvin’s teachings before Calvin! Notice, I did not say he was a Calvinist. Unfortunately, my denomination is distracted with the kind of “fundamentalist” view that Greear is speaking against, specifically regarding Calvinism. I am glad I teach at a university where we hold tight to the essentials of the faith but loose with the non-essentials. I love and respect my Calvinist and Arminian colleagues.
Another thought. As a student of missiology, I often wonder why disciplers serving in the world among the least reached are seldom distracted with this kind of dogmatism—at least from my experience. Could it be as simple as the reality that they are preoccupied with Romans 1 and simply haven’t gotten to Romans 9 yet?
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