Many of my non-Calvinist friends are afraid of depravity. But the Bible really does teach we are depraved. We shouldn’t be scared of that. Paul said it. It’s true. The problem is how Calvinism defines this depravity and explains it. I believe in my own depravity. But I still don’t want to be a Calvinist. Keep reading to find out why.
I know I haven’t been keeping this blog up for a while, so you may have forgotten that Friday is “Good Clean Fun” Friday. We’ll take a break from our Calvinism series to have some good clean fun as we go into the weekend. Surely, no matter what you think about Calvinism and Grace, you can see the humor in this. You’ll probably see a lot from these guys on Fridays around here.
By the way, this is what it is like in my house. I won’t tell you which guy is me and which ones are my kids.
Yes, it’s true. We really can rely completely on and hope fully in God’s grace without becoming Calvinists. Calvinists don’t own the grace of God, and we non-Calvinists don’t have to fear it either. The first point we need to examine is how to rely on God’s sovereignty and magnify God’s glory without becoming a Calvinist.
To hear religious people argue today, you might think we only had two options. 1) Believe we are not really saved by grace. Or 2) Be a Calvinist. But like so many perceived choices, this is a false dilemma. There are actually more possibilities.
Listen, I get it. You don’t want God to exist. Or perhaps you do, you just haven’t been convinced. I understand. God is a big concept to wrap our heads around. But if you want to argue against His existence, make sure you don’t use bad arguments. Let me share with you the absolute worst argument you can use.
Macklemore begins his song “Same Love” with this line: “When I was in third grade I thought that I was gay, ‘cause I could draw, my uncle was, and I kept my room straight.” Later in the song he offers his description of our culture saying, “A world so hateful some would rather die than be who they are.” This line hits on the fundamental problem of our day. And while many in our world are hateful, that is not the real problem highlighted by this lyric.
Short answer? No.
If you want to find out the long answer, keep reading. (And I do mean long answer, but I hope it is worth the read.)
I almost called this the #1 friend you need, but I realized that is Jesus. So, if you have Jesus as your #1 friend, who do you need to find next? Psalm 141 provides the answer.
Theology must be based on God’s revelation of Himself and His will found in His Word. Too often we base it on a reaction to someone or some doctrine we are certain is wrong. And when we do, we can end up being just as wrong.
A few days ago I highlighted a “shocking Bible contradiction.” I’ve listened here and on Facebook to some great points that have helped me consider these two passages and how they fit together. I want to share a fundamental issue that will help us as we study these passages (and all others).