LTRP Note: As we head to press with our newest book, Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy, the letter to the editor below capsulates the anguish and concern that many who have written to us or called us have expressed. It’s through such letters that we have come to more fully see what so many are dealing with in the lives of their families and churches.
Obviously I have come late to this debate regarding the publishing of Calvinism: None Dare Call it Heresy. And I have hardly read anything of the dialogue attending your announcement. Just seeing your intention to publish has motivated me to write to you. I want to say emphatically that I thoroughly endorse your stand and thank you for your determination to publish the Truth.
At a personal level, Calvinism has had a most destructive, life-altering influence on my family through relatives who had departed from Calvinist Christianity but who have subsequently turned to the occult. We are in a contest with principalities and powers over the future well-being and eternal destiny of some of our grandchildren as a consequence.
The Way is truly a narrow one, and it get’s more obvious just how narrow it is. This is why we need a Savior, and despite Calvin’s doctrine, God predestined a way by which all who fully put their hope and trust in Him will be found in Christ and fit for His Kingdom. This is the only valid doctrine.
Aside from the kind of personal impact I briefly described above, I cannot understand how anyone could believe Calvinism anything other than evil. It makes God out to be a capricious individual and makes life into a purposeless, cynical, cruel joke. Why go through all the charade when God has already mapped out your destiny; this one to heaven, that one to hell. Why the cross? Such a God would be evil incarnate. But we know otherwise. Maybe Calvinism appears to provide some sort of certainty in a disconcerting age, or maybe it appeals in times when there is little taste for agape. One thing is certain; of itself, it will bare no good fruit. Clearly there are levels of `Calvinism,’ but anyone who even adopts the more benign forms of it lives in cognitive dissonance.
One only has to look at Calvin’s own life and time to see the evil fruit of his doctrine and the reactionary heresies such as the `God within’ we do battle with now. Praise to the Lord that he has always had his true and faithful Church. But it hasn’t for the most part made the highlights of history. It has been mostly hidden behind mists of darkness where the counterfeit is heralded and idolized by historians and theologians.
My wife and I have been in trouble in the `church’ all our lives over the Truth, to the point we are now fairly isolated. I cannot even see how we could start up a fellowship at this point of time given the contempt for our stand on the truth and the slander against us. The deceiver has persuaded multitudes that `love’ trumps truth. But `love’ that is not founded on Truth is not agape at all. When Jesus said the `. . . love of many will grow cold . . .’, he was referring to agape. Agape transcends all other human love which upon reflection has at its heart (though not necessarily exclusively) the benefit of the self. We are indeed at the point in time when we seen 2 Thessalonians 2 being fulfilled before out eyes.
I know you don’t need any encouragement from me or anyone else to pursue your holy course. We appreciate your resolute stand. If anyone needed proof of your validity dear friends, then this moment in time surely provides it. We thank our loving Father for your stand, the encouragement you are and ask Him to profoundly bless you as he will in due time.