Sunday, January 13, 2008

Now Calvinists Are Too Friendly

From Fide-0:

"Calvinism is so effective that itinerant evangelists had a summit in Jackson, Tenn. to discuss the fear that they may be out of a job:

"In a broad sense, it's happening on Christian college campuses too, as Calvinism appeals to young people who are wanting a more intellectual approach to Christianity," said Hal Poe, Charles Colson Professor of Faith and Culture at Union University in Jackson. "Southern Baptists neglected serious Christian education from the early 1960s, and that's when all the trouble started. From discipleship training we went to the amorphous youth groups, whose only real good was to keep kids happy until they graduated from high school and graduated from church. Now, you have a generation [of college students] who have come along and want something deeper and they have latched onto Calvinism."

"When the pastor preaches on Sunday morning in a Hawaiian shirt, shorts and tennis shoes, do you think he's going to bring in this fire-breathing evangelist who wears a tie and black suit and have him stand up there and tell people that they are going to hell?" Michael Gott of Keller, Texas, asked rhetorically. "Do you think he's going to change that whole user-friendly approach to have somebody like you or me tell people that they must recognize there's something wrong, and what's wrong must be changed, and the only one to change it is Jesus Christ."

Gott then charges: "They're going to try to woo them step by step, overextending friendship evangelism, to the point that confrontational evangelism is not part of the package."

(quotes from this Baptist Press article)

So now Calvinists are too smart, too friendly, too effective and too young.
Hmmm. Looks like we are making good headway!"

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