Tuesday, October 22, 2013
NeoCalvinism - Mark Krause at Krause Korner
In many large churches, the old Protestant doctrines of Calvinism are flourishing. This has been called Neo Calvinism, New Calvinsim, and other things. I like the label NeoCalvinsim. The leading advocates for this are John Piper, Mark Driscoll, and others.
Calvinism is biblically based, to be sure, but there are two, related doctrinal items in Calvinism that are not reconcilable with the majority of Scripture’s teaching.
First, the doctrine of complete, utter, total human depravity. If this is a starting point, one must believe that men and women can do nothing toward their own salvation. Salvation must necessarily be an act of God for each individual. When we push this to its logical conclusion, salvation or lack of salvation are determined by God with no human decisions or actions influencing God’s decisions.
The logical corollary to the doctrine of total depravity is the doctrine of predestination. If salvation is wholly of God, it is predetermined and set before our birth.
It is difficult to reconcile this with the repeated Scriptural teaching that God is not willing that any should perish. If God is unwilling that any should perish or not be saved, then the doctrine of predestination is nonsense. Sophisticated nonsense with some scriptural support, to be sure, but still nonsensical.
The full article is available here