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"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." ~ 1 Peter 3:15-16

Calvinism's Five Points Considered

Recently, I have came across an article on the refutation of the five points of Calvinism by David Servant. In the article, David has indicated that it is actually a specific response to a booklet titled, "TULIP: What We Believe about the Five Points of Calvinism" written by John Piper.

In David's own words, "My purpose in writing is to clearly show where Calvinism contradicts Scripture and logic, and to challenge Calvinists to consider a different position... I hope that my comments are not taken to be against Calvinists, but against the doctrines of Calvinism, because I love and respect any Calvinist whose Lord is Jesus."

What really is admirable is the acknowledgement that any brethren who subscribed to Calvinism are still afterall our brethren in the same Lord. This pretty much echoes my heart towards this issue, and any theological fine prints for that matter. As fellow believers who are concerned and passionate for God's glory, we ought not to practice swinging our theological swords above the heads of each other. If God will to dispense salvation based on our doctrinal correctness, I am sure no man in his lifetime can obtain perfect scores. The richness and vastness of Christ is simply that it is too rich and vast for man to understand at this side of eternity. Likewise, we should give rooms for others, especially on non-essential issues. While we seek and stand for the truth that we came to know, may we do it in the right spirit when discoursing.

The most intriguing part is that David indicated that he has given this paper to a number of Calvinists but is still waiting for refutation. Apparently, I am not aware if anyone has posted any response specifically towards David's article. Maybe someone did, but David has not updated his article. Maybe not. So if you know of any such works, I would appreciate if you could drop me an email or post a comment below in regard to the relevant links. I will be most happy to read any counter arguments in response to the specific issues raised by David.

At any rate, if you happen to like to read both sides of the argument, you can read the article by David below. If you are contended to remain convicted in your current theological understanding of the issue, whatever that is, I am at peace as well. May the Spirit continue to show us in a deeper measure in relation to the Person, Christ Jesus.

Calvinism's Five Points Considered by David Servant

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