I am Not a Calvinist

 

As unpopular as it might be today, I am not Reformed in my theology. I am not a Calvinist. However, I am not an Arminiest either. I am just a Christian. I am  a born again, Jesus loving, Bible preaching, Holy Spirit filled Christian. I am seeking to conform my theology to the scriptures and not the other way around. 


I am not a Calvinist, but I absolutely believe and affirm the sovereignty of God. I also affirm the truth and reality of free will. I recognize that we have free will because God sovereignly created us as free moral agents. We would not have it unless He gave it to us. 


I am not a Calvinist, and I do not want to fight with you about it. But with it's growing popularity in the church, I am concerned about it. I am not entirely sure what I can do about it, but I think we need a voice on the other side of the room about it. So that is what I am going to do.I am not a Calvinistbut I am always being transformed by washing and renewing  power of the word of God. I have not arrived, but by the grace of God I am growing. It is the word of God that does this in us. It is the word that should shape, direct, and correct our theology.  


I am not a Calvinist and the truth is, neither are many of the Christians and Pastors who think they are. As I talk with those who say they believe in several or all of the 5 points of Calvinism, I often find out they don't know what they really mean. They believe in biblical truths and think that those truths are what Calvinism teaches. But when they hear and understands what the Calvinist really means by total depravity they are not in agreement. When they see the ramifications of Irresistible Grace they don't agree. So often it's an issue of misunderstanding the terms and maybe some good marketing. 


I am not a Calvinist, but if you are I still love you. I just don't agree with you. We can still fellowship together. I will probably eventually challenge you, because these doctrines are just not biblical. They are man made and I have to speak up. The internet today seems flooded with the voice of the Calvinist. It's time that we hear from the other side of the room.