Quick-Post #1: Reading Reformers As Christians

Derek Ouellette —  April 5, 2011

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting even for a moment, not even with a hint, that Reformers are somehow not Christian. Of course they are (I have a generous orthodoxy!). What I mean is that I have a difficult time reading good ‘ol Christian growth books, blogs, and magazines without seeing an agenda to promote Calvinism.

When I was young I could read MacArthur, Sproul and others and get a great deal of encouragement from their work. But as I’ve come to learn where they come from, telling it slant as we all do, I have a difficult time reconciling their general Christian growth material with the conclusions of their theology. But here’s the challenge to me and to you: the terminology Calvinists use in their books happens to be the same terminology used by the scriptures in many cases. It’s terminology all Evangelical’s embrace. Called, elected, imputed, justified, predestined and so on. We won’t agree with all of the theology in their book (when do we ever agree with all the theology of any book?) and at times they’ll probably become explicitly Calvinistic. But on the whole we may be able to read Reformers as just Christians.

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  • http://vagantepriest.blogspot.com/ FrGregACCA

    “Christian growth” from an Orthodox perspective, written in easy to read, non-technical language, aimed primarily at Evangelicals and former Evangelicals, and unlikely to get much argument from either traditional Anglicans or Roman Catholics.


    Gee, Derek! It’s a different link! 😉

    • http://covenantoflove.net Derek Ouellette

      YAHhhh, and different link :)
      Greg, that book looks quite interesting. Thanks for the recommendation.