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My preference is not to use the theological labels “Arminian” and “Calvinist,” but I feel the need to respond to Christian academic philosophers who apparently cannot get through the week without attacking the beliefs of their Calvinist brothers and sisters in Christ. It seems conservative Christians are fair game if they do not meet the standards of Arminian thinking.

Last month I read a tweet about the research of a Houston Baptist University professor whose academic mission is to prove “what is wrong with Calvinism.” Dr. Jerry L. Walls went to Princeton Seminary, Yale Divinity School, and has a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame.

His dedication to his mission includes video lectures on his website and You-Tube where he explains the blunders of those who fail to embrace the enlightened ground of Arminianism.

Yes, Arminian professors have every right to turn a blind eye to important issues dear to conservatives such as opposition to abortion and assisted-suicide and the defense of religious liberty. Such professors are free not to instill in their students the importance of uniting with other conservatives to oppose dangerous trends in culture. If they want their students to feel smug in their perceived theological superiority, so be it. It’s called academic freedom. And, certainly, there is nothing surprising about being a cheerleader for Arminianism in liberal circles.

But why all the anti-Calvinism at an evangelical university? What is so threatening about Calvinism that obsesses Arminian professors to the point that they will throw their Calvinist brothers and sisters under the bus?

In today’s hostile climate for Bible-believing Christians, is it helpful to consume a lot of intellectual energy undermining the platform of Calvinists such as Albert Mohler who provides excellent biblical analysis on today’s culture? Even if the Arminian assault is not directed specifically at Mohler or another defender of Bible Christianity, does it not still help liberalism?

In the bigger picture of principalities and power, how many Bible-believing Christians really care about the so-called Arminian-Calvinist debate?

If it makes any difference, I ask these questions as a non-Reformed person. If you are looking to label me, think D.L. Moody proto-fundamentalism.

Let us park what appears to be theological arrogance and let liberals do their own work of tearing down conservative Christians.

 

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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is experiencing some economic, legal, and religious difficulties.

The province of Ontario was once the economic powerhouse of Canada. It has declined to have-not status due mostly to the misguided economic policies and excessive spending of the present and previous Liberal government.

How bad is the situation in Ontario? (more…)

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The scene was inspiring. It was 1894 Toronto, Canada. Overflowing crowds jammed into the evangelistic meetings led by American evangelist Dwight L. Moody. For this event, evangelical Anglicans played a key role in bringing Moody to Toronto and supporting his popular revivalism and evangelicalism. The Rev. Dyson Hague, for example, admitted that Moody’s cup was not of polished crystal, yet it contained living water and it was the water that people wanted. (more…)

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They Are Without Excuse

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse. Romans 1:18-21

In several recent postings on this site I have built up considerable steam as I have exposed the premises of Islam that, as I see things, clearly inspire and justify the present bloody campaign being conducted by ISIS, al-Qaeda, al-Shabab, Boko Haram, et al, against the lives of Christians, Jews, “infidels” of all kinds — but most viciously against other Muslims. I have argued that such behaviour is “insane” – appealing to the dictionary sense of demonstrating “a state of mind that prevents normal perception, behavior, or social interaction” – in short, ruinous to health. And I argue that this is precisely because the story that unfolds in the Qur’an is insane – in the same sense. (more…)

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How many Germans had this question asked to them by their grandchildren after World War II?  How many dreaded having to face such a question?  How many were able to say they did all they could to stop it? 

I have four grandchildren and I would like them to live in a liberal democracy in Christendom with the Christian, Anglo-Saxon heritage of freedom of religion, free speech, freedom of association, free markets, democracy, the rule of law, limited government, respect for human rights, equality of women and a culture that respects natural law, natural theology and natural science.  But the West, especially Europe and especially the governing elites, has turned its back on God and the evidence for this fact is the rise of anti-Jewish prejudice and hatred once again.  

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We are re-living the Weimer Republic and 1933 is looming on the horizon.  Europe’s vacation from history is over and the besetting sin of Europe, Jew hatred, is raising its ugly head once again.  Last time was nearly fatal; is Europe really going to go through this all over again?

Consider the headlines from this past month: 

“European countries condemn anti-Semitic attacks amid Gaza conflict, German mosque investigated for ‘murder’ sermon” (AP, cited from the National Post, July 22, 2014)

This article informs us that the foreign ministers of Italy, France and Germany “condemned the rise in anti-Semitic protests and violence over the conflict in Gaza, saying they will do everything possible to combat it in their countries.” Everything?  Really?  It would help if they did something for once. How about starting by closing down mosques that feature sermons exhorting people to kill Jews?  One suspects that their determination to do “everything possible” is somewhat, ahem, overstated.

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The statement of Barack Obama on the sadistic beheading of James Foley contains a worldview and it is this worldview, which is currently dominant in Europe and not quite yet dominant in America, which is the reason we will lose the war against barbarism. The worldview is called “Progressivism.” (more…)

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