Calvinism does teach election. Yet this does not contradict John 3:16, which says "whoever believes in him..." Calvinism absolutely, 100% affirms that IF a person trusts Christ alone, they will be saved. However, we also recognize that Scripture teaches that faith can only come with a new heart, and that God only gives this new heart of faith to some - "the elect". We preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all men as true; all who come will be saved. And yet we realize that only those whom God calls will come. I think the Chantry article touches on this in more detail.gospeldj wrote:Thanks for the link, I'll take a look.
Please correct me if I'm in error, but is not one of the basic tenets of Calvinism election? And would that not run directly counter to the belief that "any and all" can accept the offer of salvation?
BTW, I also believe in eternal security, which I understand is also a tenet of Calvinism. So I guess I could be a Calvi-minian .
PnP, in our discussions at church, the term "hyper-Calvinism" has come up. Are you familiar with that term?
I tried being a Calminian some years ago, mainly just because I wanted a reason to leave the Presbyterian Church. However, I learned through pondering & study that the position simply doesn't work - either logically or according to Scripture.
I have only a passing familiarity with the term "hyper-Calvinism" - enough to know that it means different things to different people. Some folks call you hyper-Calvinist merely for baptizing your kids. Others take it to refer to those who claim Calvinism means we shouldn't pray or evangelize the lost. So I'm not sure what it means in your church's circumstances. I'd only beg that you not let the caricatures and false Calvinists colour your opinion. Not all Calvinists baptize babies, and no true Calvinist ceases to pray or preach the Gospel.
Maybe John-Boy should split this off, so that we don't continue to divert colton's thread..