To Lighthouse Trails:
I am really sad that you are anti Calvinist in your ministry. I was a student at Biola university and conversed with you about their heretical teaching in their New Age spirituality. Your books Faith Undone and A Time of Departing were a huge impact and blessing to me as well as a couple of other books I ordered from you. But to find out you are anti Calvinist and call it a heresy really makes me feel so bad because you are profaning Gods true Words, and saying the doctrine of grace through faith alone and Christ alone is false. Martin Luther and many church fathers believed in Calvinism, or reformed theology. To find out you are strictly Arminian now really makes me feel you are allowing a false teaching in your ministry and ignoring the absolute plain truth of God’s Word. You misunderstand Calvinism and what the actual truth is. You are not presenting the actual beliefs that normal Christians who are reformed believe. Do you not understand that it is the strict Arminians that came from Catholicism and promoted false teachings and the hyper charismatic false teachings?! Do you not see how Satan is blinding you in this? I would think you would know better being so biblically minded. It is no wonder you bash people like John MacArthur which never made any sense to me.
Please realize that there are believers who are neither Calvinism or “Arminian” who believe we are saved solely by God’s grace and of no merit of our own and who believe in eternal security for the true born-again believer (different than the P. in TULIP which stands for the saint’s perseverance) but who do not believe that God created most people hating them and wanting to send them to Hell to punish them for something they have no control or say over (because they have no free will to choose or reject God). Perhaps you would be willing to read Pastor Kirkland’s book on Calvinism that we just published. If so, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address, and we will send you a copy (free of charge).
As for John MacArthur, we have never “bashed” him, but we have challenged him on occasions where he believed he was wrong. Neither he nor any other Christian leader is above reproach and correction. It would be dangerous to think otherwise for both the leader and the ones following him or her.
Last, we are not “anti Calvinist” in the sense of being against or feeling hate toward those who call themselves Calvinists, just like we are not “anti Catholics.” On the contrary, we care very much about Calvinists and Catholics (and Contemplatives and Charismatics too). But rather, we are against the teachings of Calvinism and believe Calvinism is hurting many people. We hope and pray that our speaking up about this belief system will actually help some who call themselves Calvinist or Reformed to reconsider.