1. Concerned

    Keller, by his own admission, is a proponent of “theistic evolution”. That alone is enough to run from anything he produces! But then there is the New City lesson on faith. According to Keller (and many Calvinists) we are not saved by faith but rather faith is a gift to those lucky “elect” after they are saved. It is this offensive interpretation of Ephesians 2: 8-9 that is most bothersome to me!

  2. ANN

    II seems as IF all of Christianity is at odds with one another.
    And not for the reasons it should be. Let me explain:
    I see and hear many who get in arguments and lose fellowship over the timing of the rapture,or a rapture at all.
    Or over sabbath observance. But I do not see as much getting upset over the things that really should be addressed. Like lack of basic understanding of the scriptures ,memorizing, so that we may evangelize the lost. The training up of our own children ,and the effort to keep our own selves unspotted from the world. I have found in my experience that the church looks so much like the world,that they have lost their :saltiness; and therefore no good anymore to be a :purifying” influence on society.
    We are in our ivory palaces learning theology and arguing over whose spiritual guru is the best, meanwhile we have
    left off to be of use to the Father. The church in making an attempt to be “revelant” to the culture has become like the culture around it. Is it a good thing to call out a false thing? yes we are called to rebuke the darkness. But , I do
    see many turn a blind eye to much of the darkness in their own lives ,and in the church and the world. So as to be
    seen as merciful and gracious. The Biblical examples of Godly men and women that we have in the Old and New testament were not fearful and unbelieving people. They stood up against the evil and many times it was their own people they had to stand up to FOR the sake of The Glory of God amongst them. That His WORDS would not be cast behind them,nor forgotten.
    We have other examples of when some forgot,and trusted in themselves or others or because of fear and unbelief, it did not end well….BUT GOD. It would be good for us all to remember that WE DO NOT TRUST IN MEN, BUT GOD ALONE. Because when we forget this, we do err and become the thing that God hates. A law unto ourselves. Like Calvin and others have done. Would Jesus have done this? burned people a the stake and tortured them, NO! As a matter fo fact he instructed his DISCIPLES WHICH WE ARE, TO
    preach The Gospel, and IF they will not receive you , go elsewhere. IT is not our job, not is it our right to judge in this manner. I see the love of many grow cold these days
    and it is THE LOVE OF GOD , not the love of one another,
    The Love of God IS the wellspring that enables us all to have love for one another. May we all seek to have the humility that our Saviour exemplified when He put on flesh and dwelt amongst us. And then the lost around us
    will see the IMAGE of Christ in us.

  3. Nancy

    Thank you for your article and information on New City Cathechism and Calvin…we left a church last year that seemed Biblically based when we started. After several years the preaching became more and more indoctrinated with Calvinism and Reformed teaching. We knew little about Calvinism at the time but after 5 years I noticed I was getting hopeless, prayerless, and fearful of who God was. It reminded me of my childhood experiences as a Catholic before coming to Christ and being born again. So I started researching the authors our Pastor regularly quoted like Piper, Keller, Sproul etc. We then learned the horrible false doctrine of Calvinism and Reformed and saw how Scripture is taken out of context and twisted to fit their doctrine. Our church also was just beginning a church program with 9 Mark’s and New City Cathechism. Your article confirms everything we learned about this false teaching and we appreciate you being the watchman on the wall. God bless you for exposing this. Nancy

  4. John J

    You wrote, “always felt Calvinism was confusing, unloving and not biblical. Now I see clearly, a belief of darkness and of Satan.”
    Exactly right!

  5. John

    Julia, you would have known it instantly! You’d have started watching MacArthur, quoted the late R.C. Sproul, thought the ultra rude James White is a “real” friendly apologetic, that Paul Washer’s hysterics and drama on stage were real, and that biblical counselors have authority over you, your children, but that these pseudo-frauds somehow choose your husband’s side (The Calvinist.Reformed Way). Lastly, for now, you would have turned into a female hipster and would have had pictures of tulips all over. Tulips (the doctrines of disgrace). It’s awful.

  6. John

    To call on the name of the Lord, to believe in His Son Jesus, and to accept the free gift of salvation are not putting oneself on par with the Biblical God. God alone has provided salvation, a once-off event on the cross. one takes it (accepts it) or leaves it (rejects it). The murderer Calvin is to be avoided at all costs. He truly was a philosopher king and his father is darkness. Be warned.

  7. Olynn

    Amen Lauren,
    Indeed, it is about the true doctrines of the ‘Word of God’, not the ’man’, Calvin.

    SALVATION is of GOD alone. God is ALL knowing (eternity past to eternity future) and certainly knows who will respond to His irrestible call & who will not; omnipotence belongs solely to GOD, not man… there lies the rub!

    Yet, man desires is to inject himself into this realm of GOD (making himself on par) – the original sin of hubris.

    Not a fan of Keller & his contemplative ilk. Watered down Gospel, emotional denier of absolutes, mystical playground for weak doctrine passivist…

    LHT, I pray you return to your former roots.

  8. CW

    Lauren, is the Trinity Foundation, which you mentioned, the organization which was founded and led by Ole Anthony? If so, please check out his life and ministry. He is not Biblically solid; he has serious spiritual issues and has brought spiritual bondage into other people’s lives. Ironic that he purports to reveal spiritual darkness in other people’s lives when his own life has been so filled with it.

  9. Chris

    To Lauren! Please explain what early Christians (especially the first Christians mentioned in Book of Acts) believed before Calvin came along? Were they asking the Apostles about (for example) limited atonement? Unconditional election, etc.? How is it that the early Christians survived without TULIP and Calvin.

  10. John

    Lauren…the “great men of god.” Who might that be? The murderer Calvin? The anti-Semite and women hater Luther? MacArthur? I do not recall Jesus telling us that some 1500 years after our only mediator between God and mankind, that someone bigger than He is going to come and tell and show us the real way because He, Jesus has messed up. He said nothing about Calvin and his brother in darkness Luther, et al. Really, Calvinism and its poisonous tentacles have blinded you so severely that you can’t even see anymore. That is what we call deception. That is why there are places like The Lighthouse Trails; that is why there are writers who expose this darkness on this platform. Thank God for them.

  11. Lauren St. Vincent

    For centuries, Calvinism, the doctrine of the bible, the gospel, was preached and taught by the great men of God during the Protestant Reformation. The Synod of Dort, 1618-1619, met to answer the problem of spreading Arminianism throughout Christianity. Arminianism was found to be an heresy by this synod and Calvinism was found to be the biblical truth. This is a fact of history. Not many know this nor do they spend much time in true study and understanding of Calvinism, which has nothing to do with following a man but only following the sound doctrine of the bible. Please do a report on this Synod so Christians have some knowledge of it and can be discerning with some truth to guide them. The Gospel Coalition, Tim Keller is not a true representation of Calvinism nor of the reformed faith in any way but rather, from his own books it is clear he is a Marxist. Check out Trinity Foundation.org for article on Keller and a book he authored. I continue to hope that LHT would bring to light the true original Calvinism to your readers. That book you published is far, far from the true representation. I fear that feelings have darkened the understanding.

  12. John

    Julia Pomeroy: Yes, Calvinism is an infection! What a great way of describing the man-made nonsense. There’s zero link between biblical Christianity and Calvinism, no matter what your pastors, friends, or counsellors tell you. Calvinism is from darkness; the end of the story. Have nothing to do with it and those who sell it as being “light.”

  13. Ralph

    Amen to T. Miller. Another elephant in the room is so called bible colleges teaching textual critism. These colleges should teach textual critism as a warning so students can be equipped to counter this elephant. Young pastors to be are taught doctrines on men. Without Biblical doctrine they love, love, love sheep to slaughter. Think of a shepherd loving wolves and doing nothing as they devour the flock.

  14. T. I. Miller

    I think everyone is missing the bigger picture. The elephant in the room is, exactly why is it the majority of Christians are so easily led astray? There is an old LHT article that exposes what I call pastoral apocity. APOCITY LEADS TO APOSTASY. Pastors have ran away from their primary duty which is to defend the faith. Eph. 4: 11-16 also Titus 1:9 and also Jeremiah chapter 23. Church love unity and harmony and grace is an illusion apart from solid biblical truth. LHT has lists of Seminaries that require students to be trained in spiritual formation which is eastern mystical heresy in sheep clothing. Christians are buying one heretical book after another. they are sending money to false teachers. The essentials of the faith are not being inculcated into either our children or the adults. The congregation no longer wants to fed the meat of sound doctrine. The American culture is now anti-Christian. And pastors want to play patty cakes and pretend all is well. How many of us can boldly defend the faith like a Dave Hunt ?

  15. Craig Giddens

    Biblical election has to do with God fulfilling His purposes through His Son Jesus and His chosen people, Israel. It has nothing to do with God, at some point in eternity past through an eternal decree, choosing or electing certain people to salvation Jesus is God’s Elect Isaiah 42 1. Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. 2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. 3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. 4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. – compare with – Matthew 12 15. But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all; 16. And charged them that they should not make him known: 17. That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, 18. Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. 19. He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets. 20.

  16. Marc Gallegos

    12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God John 1

  17. Laura Rogers

    Thank you for another solidly sourced and valuable research piece made available to those who pray to be discerning according to God’s will, but find it very challenging. I pray for many blessings upon your ministry as you continue to shine a beacon of light into the darkness of the world; may it draw many to the Way, the Truth and the Life of Christ in all His abundance, until He comes! >

  18. Lillie

    To respond to Victor’s comment, actually Jesus does have dominion already. “And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” Matthew 28; 18 Jesus has always reigned on one sense or another since He is God the Son and existed eternally. He will reign in a special way after He sets up God’s Kingdom, restores paradise, and destroys the enemies of God when His wrath is poured out according to Revelation. Dominionism is the heresy of thinking man can set up God’s kingdom and even skip the end times judgment.

  19. Victor

    Oh Yeah, I also forgot one of the bigger signs of the reformed theology this catechism portrays. They said that Jesus is on the throne of His kingdom now when in fact He is on the right hand of the Father’s throne waiting to come back to Earth and sit His throne, the throne of His father David – which reformers deny with their replacement theology.

  20. Victor

    Thank you for your research on the contributors. I could tell from going through all the questions that there was a reformed bent to the catechism. The question on ordinances included “sacrament” as an alternative, baptism omitted “choice or submission” leaving to the door open for infant baptism, “elect” was used several times and there were other nuances to tip off a discerning bible student. The only clear and complete catechism is the entire word of God (2 Tim 3:16, 17 2 Pet 1:3, etc) Jesus was clear in Jn 8:31,32 “if ye continue in my word” not in a catechism.

  21. Dawn Ory

    Excellent research, always felt Calvinism was confusing, unloving and not biblical. Now I see clearly, a belief of darkness and of Satan .

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