Arrogant Calvinists and Persecuted Christians
I was dumbfounded at the arrogance and impudence in his words.
They ARE Real Christians!
Yes there are some doctrinal differences, but they are real Christians. If he had said, “They are not Calvinists.” I would be more apt to agree, but I am still pretty sure there are Calvinists and Reformed Christians over there as well.
I know that most of my Reformed friends would never say something like this, but this is a perfect example of why we Reformed Christians are seen as the arrogant jerks living in the penthouse of the Ivory Tower of Conservative Evangelicalism. I admit I have been arrogant in the past as well. But with our doctrinal views it amazes me that any Calvinist could ever be arrogant. Think about it. The whole point of our view of salvation is that we are worthless and totally dead in sin, so much so that Jesus had to die so that we could even tremble before the throne of grace and utter an amen! How could anyone be arrogant about that?
If you’re really a Calvinist you are one by sheer grace…isn’t that what you believe? And if you are saved at all you are saved by sheer grace…isn’t that what you believe? Then be patient with those Christians who don’t see it your way. And don’t mock those who are persecuted! God is love, and has shown his great love to us in Jesus, and He is exceedingly patient with us as he works sanctification in us. We need to stop with the arrogance and ask God to humble us.
I know that arrogance is a human problem and not only a Calvinist problem, but we do have that label for a reason. We would do well to examine ourselves when we are accused of a sin.
I pray that we never face real persecution in Canada and America in my life. But if we do face it, I am sure that anyone who declares that Jesus is Lord and saviour in the face of certain death, will be a friend regardless of theological bent. We can debate the finer points of doctrine while we stand together…much like Legolas and Gimli from Lord of the Rings. 🙂