Monday, August 11, 2008

Personal Note- Calvinism and the Gospel

For perhaps the first time I am going to mention myself in my blog as something other than the authoritative voice.

For a year or so I have been turbo charged to study the word of God, to open it and believe it and plunge into it with an energy I have not before seen, it is a zeal that comes from God in Christ. Theology, systematic, biblical exegesis, you name it. This blog attests to my burning desire to study, original sin, the particular calling of the elect, the perserverace of the saints. Calvinism in so many words. I am admittadly obsessed with Calvinism. But it doesn't feel like some guys thoughts.
Today I found this, and it makes perfect sense. This is that lense that brings it all into focus:

"I have my own private opinion that there is no such thing as preaching Christ and Him crucified, unless we preach what nowadays is called Calvinism. It is a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else. I do not believe we can preach the gospel, if we do not preach justification by faith, without works; nor unless we preach the sovereignty of God in His dispensation of grace; nor unless we exalt the electing, unchangeable, eternal, immutable, conquering love of Jehovah; nor do I think we can preach the gospel, unless we base it upon the special and particular redemption of His elect and chosen people which Christ wrought out upon the cross; nor can I comprehend a gospel which lets saints fall away after they are called, and suffers the children of God to be burned in the fires of damnation after having once believed in Jesus. Such a gospel I abhor." from http://www.spurgeon.org/calvinis.htm

It is not some philosophy, it is the good news, the great news! The news of eternal undying preexistant love. Have you ever felt this gospel? Has it ever taken hold of you? Has God stooped down and tore you from the earth, hacked away the roots of sin while you kicked at Him to stop? Come to Him, ask Him, offer yourself as an offering. Give your mind to this doctrine which Satan tries so hard to keep from you.
For me it started at Romans. Once I became convinced God was going to ensure my salvation I realized it didn't make sense that He would keep me unless He had always intended to keep me safe. And not only that, but by bring me to a place that I would be saved.
God brought me inevitably to a place that I would be saved. He arranged the conditions that my heart had no other answer but Him. He does the same for all of His children whom He is pleased to call.
Hand over your fears like I did. Embrace "calvinism" to find there is no greater joy than the gospel. Don't even take my word for it. Take God's.

1 comment:

kristi said...

the more you talk about this, the more i like it. it really is a conforting thought. plus you wrote it really well. i love you! :*