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  1. Excellent article and I agree, this Obamaism (Critical Race Theory) has stretched far and wide in churches. And within the church context, it appears to be accepted through the false god John Calvin who was a humanist and antisemite.

    You notice, these race agitators never mention Jews by name, they mainly focus on blacks and a minute portion on brown ethnic groups, though excluding Jews. The Jewry is the most persecuted people on the planet and always have been, outside of Christians. Reformers take Jews out of the picture in Scripture and it appears from Christianity as a whole. And is it any wonder, Russell Moore built a mosque for Muslims? This pseudo ethics’ movement is one with Islam which is about eliminating the Jewish race.

    Within liberal Christiandom, it holds a desire to remove strong believers who believe in the Scriptures from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21 from these fellowships. Behind the scenes, they implement their own “hate” agendas to do so.

    Love to all the discerning ones, Val Lee

  2. Chas

    From the article:

    And any group that claims to represent that Cross (e.g., SBC) should have nothing to do with the world’s “solutions” that will never work but rather should be proclaiming the Gospel to an unsaved, lost, and hurting world.

    Bold, mine.

    I agree, but the problem with “proclaiming the Gospel” is that the majority of “gospel” preachers today do not know the meaning of “repentance” as it pertains to salvation.

    As long as repentance is taught to be “turning from sin” instead of what it really is–a change of mind causing one to turn from any means of salvation other than believing in Christ’s sacrifice on the cross–the false gospel of lordship “salvation” (LS) will dominate, and the many attacks on the true Gospel will continue. This CRT business is only one of many attacks.

    As for “Reformed” Calvinism, LS is one of its many components. It’s no accident that Calvinists are staunch promoters of LS (though not all LS-ers would call themselves Calvinists).

  3. Mike

    I think we should all stick to the topic (CRT) and not attempt to link it to something else (Calvinism). I’m disappointed to see this kind of connection made just because there are some who are Calvinists and are proponents of CRT. These are totally separate issues.

    It really comes across as a hobby horse. And by the way, there are many solid believers who understand and believe the scriptures from a reformed perspective and only tie their understanding to the scriptures with no influence from or thought about Calvin. And they too believe CRT to be a dangerous road to go down.

    I’ve been a supporter of LHT for many years and I hope you’ll not be tempted in the future to use every opportunity to use hot topics of the day to fight unrelated battles. That’s what the other side does.

    • Mike,
      We have earnestly and wholeheartedly become convinced that Calvinism (especially with this younger generation of Calvinists who are virtually leading the way now) is indeed very connected and related to much of the apostasy coming into the church. We believe it is one of the main causes (not the only one) because of its very nature. Many have turned against us because of our stand on this, but we are convinced and convicted that this is what we are supposed to do. Thus, it would be negligent and wrong to not write about it when we do believe it is very much related to what is going on. This is much much more serious than a “hobby horse.”

      • Another comment came in this morning from another reader regarding Calvinism, but she mistakenly posted it on another post.

        Her comment: You should be careful in your attack on Calvinist/Reformed Christians because some of them , like me, are real solid believing Christians. There are very apostate new calvinists and reformed churches who are corrupted by liberality and modern errors. There is a huge difference and you are most definitely are not aware of this. So, when you make such a sweeping accusation you need to have studied enough to be right, which you are not in this case.

        Our Response: Lauren, Lighthouse Trails is not and has never said that there are not real Christians within the Calvinist camp. But it is in spite of the Calvinist doctrinal system, not because of it that some are believers. You have written on this blog a number of other times about this. It’s true that diligent study is needed to understand Calvinism, but not studying what other Calvinist teachers say but rather studying God’s Word, which we have and continue to do. And it is from this biblical study that we come to the conclusion that Calvinism does not represent God’s Word and His salvation.

      • John J

        Oh, the calvinists and their (militant?) warnings are so predictable. Lighthouse Trails, you carry on; you’re on the right track.

        I have mentioned, in private correspondence to Lighthouse, that there are born-agains everywhere, also alluding to the fact that it is so despite the specific organizations’ “belief” systems. Calvinism is a false gospel, and it’s becoming clearer as we go towards the end of this age; like it or not.

        And Lighthouse, you are right. Not to warn (in love and with compassion for souls) against evil is much worse than playing on a “hobby horse.” Pass my lasso.

      • Mike

        I am not a Calvinist but I do believe in God’s sovereignty in saving souls. I think the bible teaches it. I couldn’t do a good job of explaining what Calvin says about it. And so you can see why I was taken back by your addendum. You did a great job with the CRT issue. It would have been good to stop there in my opinion because it seemed really far reaching to say the CRT issue is related to Calvinism or Lutheranism or Catholicism, or Hinduism. Marxism, yes. Just like it would be really strange if you connected Calvinism to any other thing like contemplative prayer (that you rightfully denounce) or mysticism, or anti-Semitism. For the first time I feel that LHT was not completely fair in using this one thing to explain the other. It seemed really forced to me.

        If you really feel this way then you should have left it for another article where you could explain the connection in greater detail.

        You helped me greatly when I needed to get out of a church that was leaning into contemplative spirituality. With this article you could just as easily said that CS was due to the Calvinist doctrines of some churches. That’s how out of place your connection felt to me.

        Sorry, I think it was a mistake

        • Mike, you said, “For the first time I feel that LHT was not completely fair in using this one thing to explain the other. It seemed really forced to me.” We have been writing about Calvinism for some time now, and have at times tied it in to the issues at hand. This wasn’t the first time and definitely not the most in depth. For instance, in our article about Josh Harris’ announcement that he was departing from the Christian faith, we connected the dots to show how the influence of Calvinism played a role. https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=30549.

  4. Elizabeth Bennett

    Unless I am wrong, I read that John Calvin had a few dissidents burned at the stake for heresy. That sounds militant and violent to me.

  5. The original sin of the SBC was unfaithfulness to the Word. Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, and other denominations cherry-picked the Scriptures (accepting verses that seemed to allow slavery, but ignoring verses that forbade kidnapping and slave trading and refusing to help fugitive slaves). The Southern slaveholder also gave precedence to science over the Scriptures, embracing polygenism (the theory that said the different races had more than one parent—which conflicted with Acts 17:26, that all nations came from “one blood.” They also embraced the false teaching called the “curse of Ham.” The abolitionists argued against them using the Bible, but then they were mocked, rejected, and even mobbed and tarred and feathered. The SBC seems to be repeating the same mistake. They are embracing an ideology which conflicts with biblical teaching—again. It can only end in division and suffering. The root sin of the SBC wasn’t racism—it was unfaithfulness to the Lord and his Word —which produced the rotten fruit of racism and slavery. They need to repent for adding an “analytical tool” (the bitter Marxist view of the world: oppressor group v. oppressed group) to biblical truth which holds individuals accountable for their sin. Why are God’s people always being seduced away from being faithful to God’s Word?

  6. Rick Deacon

    I was wondering about Albert Mohler as I was reading this article. It does become understandable that such a repugnant doctrine as T.U.L.I.P. could descend into more false doctrine.

  7. John J

    Oh. My. Problems in the Calvinist’s little stronghold, the SBC? Calvinists like Mohler, Platt (the social gospel pusher) and Voddie Baucham are having it out. Oh. My. Well, anything to help Calvinism fall upon itself, I say. Light has nothing to do with darkness. Years ago, a learned PhD (well, I guess one has to know something to have a PhD) born-again Christian philosopher warned against Calvinism and its latent militancy. Search, and you’ll find it, and at the time I agreed. I still do.

    Well? Anything to let this evil fall upon itself.

  8. Elizabeth Bennett

    I am horrified to see what Albert Mohler and his co-horts are doing to the Southern Baptist Convention. I guess this is the natural outcome from Emergents. This takes away individual responsibility and what it means to have a new life in Christ, irregardless of social status, race or gender. Arrogant so-called intellectuals think they know more than the Bible. Will there be faith left on the earth when Jesus returns?

    • John J

      Elizabeth, what you are seeing is Calvinism’s real face. It’s so ugly that it can’t hide any longer. To be continued. . .

    • Steven Schock

      Can anything good come from SBC? Didn’t Graham and Warren, the two most destructive people of Biblical Christianity come from SBC?

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