The Sixth Point of Calvinism

Here is a quote from Matt Chandler in the latest issue of Leadership:

“I’m unapologetically Reformed, but nine times out of ten I cannot stand the Reformed community. I don’t want to be around them. I don’t want to read their blogs. They can be cannibalistic, self-indulgent, non-missional, and angry. It’s silly and sad at the same time. Reformed doctrine should lead to a deep sense of humility and patience with others. How it produces such arrogance baffles me.”

He expresses what I have long-struggled to articulate. However, this kind of arrogance has been around since long before the Reformers ever showed up – and they are not the only ones who continue to act in this way. Where is the humility?

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2 thoughts on “The Sixth Point of Calvinism”

  1. I agree with both your statement (“this kind of arrogance has been around since long before the Reformers ever showed up”) and his (“It’s silly and sad at the same time. Reformed doctrine should lead to a deep sense of humility and patience with others. How it produces such arrogance baffles me.”). It is that arrogance that I saw from so many “reformed” folks as I was leaving college, looking for seminaries, ministry positions, etc., that actually led me away from the DTS-ian world… Of course, I am the annoying guy that kind of has one foot in each “world” of theology (I tend to lean more reformed theologically, even if I am reluctant to call myself that or even “Calvinist”, but serve in a denomination that leans more Arminian…of course, I see areas in scripture where both could be present…). So, there is a tension there…but it’s the arrogance that, unfortunately, tends to keep me in current circles…I am not (insert theological stance here)-enough to be considered for ministry in the types of churches I at times would love to serve in…even though I think those issues are more “secondary” and less “essential”…

  2. Ben-
    Totally understand your perspective. I am reluctant to call myself anything – not because my theology isn’t in one camp or another, but I feel the temptation to read a camp’s particular viewpoint into the text is detrimental to our proper understanding of Scripture. It helps me not to think of myself as a Calvinist or anything else – simply so I can let the text speak and be conformed to it rather than conforming the text to a presupposed system of beliefs.

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