Saturday, July 19, 2008

Most of the Time I (Regrettably) Act Like a Hyper-Calvinist

A few months ago, I wrote a post entitled, "I Still Haven't Met a Hyper-Calvinist." That particular post generated a lot more conversation (22 comments, some of which were mine) than most of my posts do. I was trying to make the point that I have never met a person within the SBC who claims to be a Hyper-Calvinist. The comment stream from that post indicates to me that Hyper-Calvinists do exist, but the vast majority are outside the SBC.

Although I am Reformed in soteriology, I in no way embrace the theology of Hyper-Calvinism. However, as I look at my daily Christian walk, I'm sad to say that I often function like a Hyper-Calvinist. For example, although I know I should be sharing the gospel on a regular basis, the reality is that I am not. This does not stem from my theological beliefs, but rather from my own timidity, selfishness, and lack of love for other people. Like the person in the photo, I go through most days covering my mouth about the gospel.

As I look around evangelical churches, I see many Calvinists, many Arminians, and many others in between who live as I usually do: as functional Hyper-Calvinists. My experience is that most Arminians who strongly disagree with Reformed doctrine still live as Hyper-Calvinists.

Since we have moved back to the USA over a year ago, only two people have tried to share what they believe with me, and they were Mormons on mission from Utah. Although I didn't believe any of their false teachings, I was at least impressed by their effort and zeal.

As far as evangelism is concerned, I can't force others to change, but I can change (with the power of the Holy Spirit) one person - me. I intend to live out more of a missionary lifestyle. I hope all my Christian friends, regardless of where they are on the Arminianism-Calvinism spectrum, will do the same.

4 comments:

RHEA said...

Great post :-)

Eric said...

Rhea,

Thank you.

I've been convicted of the need to be bolder for Christ.

Nauvoo Pastor said...

Thanks for the great post. I find it amusing though. I pastor in Nauvoo, IL (big Mormon site) and we don't have missionaries at our doors. What we do have is me at everyone else's door at least twice a year. What a great place to be a Christian.

Eric said...

Nauvoo Pastor,

Thanks for your comment. It sounds like God has placed you in a very interesting location. Keep knocking on those doors!