Calvinism is Militant! – Prof.B.Gritters

SB-May15-2015In the latest issue of the Standard Bearer (May 15, 2015) Prof. B.Gritters continues his series on “What It Means to be Reformed” (on Calvinism and its implications) with an important reminder that Calvinism is also militant. We let him explain the meaning of this aspect of our Reformed faith.

Calvinism is also militant. In fact, militancy is not so much an implication of Calvinism as it is an essential aspect of it. If a Christian is a Calvinist, he is a warrior for truth. This does not surprise anyone who knows even a little bit about Calvinism.

To be militant is to be polemical. Polemics is the activity of exposing, opposing, resisting, and ultimately (by the power and grace of God) eliminating error – error of teaching, or error of conduct. Polemics is being militant.

Reformed Christians must be willing to fight for the truth of God – His name and reputation, His works, and centrally His work in Jesus Christ to save His covenant people. Answer the questions: How did God save His people? How today does He accomplish that wonder-work? Why does He save them? The answer to those questions is truth. And for that truth, Reformed Christians are willing to fight. Lies about God’s work must be exposed. Spades must be called spades. And if Pelagianism is again resurrected out of hell in 2015, we must be willing to call it so, to expose and eliminate it, just as our fathers did at Dordt 400 years ago (365).

To read more about this militant side of Calvinism, read your May 15, 2015 “SB.” To become a subscriber, visit the “SB” link above and let the RFPA know.

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