THE CALVINIST DEBATE
Addendum and Resources for Further Research
read on Sebastian Castellio
was only good fellowship between Castellio and Calvin until Calvin orchestrated
literally had to go from door to door begging for food
wrote a pamphlet reproaching Calvin's murder of Servetus, and it was grabbed
Gerlof Homan, Torn Between Two Faiths? American Calvinist Leonard Verduin and his Anabaptist/ Mennonite Connections The work of Leonard Verduin on the history of Anabaptists and Mennonites was the topics of Gerlof Homan�s presentation. Homan noted that as a minister in the Christian Reformed Church (CRC), Verduin spent much time on the two of CRC�s foundational documents the Cannons of Dordt and the Belgic Confession, both of which contain criticisms of the Anabaptist movement. Homan concluded that according to Verduin because of existing political conditions, leading reformers had been required to make accommodations to civil authority in these two documents, for the first time such accommodation was not necessary when the United States was formed. Read more
book is 550 pages long. Not one paragraph is fluff. Read virtually every page
reading this book, anyone who claims that it is too long ago to really
was told by one pastor, "We need to leave Calvin's actions
will also learn from this book that John Calvin's claim to be a theologian
he wrote his Institutes, John Calvin had only ONE theologian friend,
Larry Vance's book, The Other Side of Calvinism This is deep stuff, and even you arrogant Reformed egg heads will choke on it I fear.
Simons was the leader of the Anabaptists, whom Calvin hated, and Ulrich Zwingli
murder by the hundreds. The Anabaptists had been around many years before the
Reformers came partially out of the Whore of Rome. Menno Simons plead with them
to finish the job, so the Reformers killed the Anabaptists as heretics.
Possibly the most articulate and informed Reformed theologian in modern times, Leonard Verduin, left us his book, The Reformers and Their Stepchildren. Verduin spoke 6 languages and read nine, including Arabic. He did all his research in Europe in moldy basements of churches and ancient libraries. Those who pass him off as a bit strange have no idea how utterly stupid they are. A MUST READ FOR ALL REFORMED PEOPLE
Editor: Steve Van Nattan's Conclusions:
Finally, I have seen the results of John Calvin's wickedness in those who defend him. They are calloused at the suffering of anyone who is not Reformed. They are even brutal on one another where there is a slight difference. I fear having a friend who defends John Calvin, for when they find that I do not agree with them, I assume they would do anything they pleased to me, or they would try to get me in trouble with the civil authority. I have learned that John Knox accepted John Calvin's teachings and looked the other way about Servetus. Thus, Presbyterians must be included as suspect friends. Only Martin Luther, as of this writing, did not filthy himself with the apologetics of Calvin. I fear I may find that is also incorrect.
At the end of the day, the issue it this: Reformed doctrine is brutal. It is all of the sovereignty of God and none of his mercy. Arrogance and self-justification are the hallmarks of all Reformed denominations, and this results in very little care to really win souls. Reformed people much prefer to try to stop abortions. This insulates them from actually making friends of vile sinners, as Jesus did. March in front of the abortion clinic, and go home and smoke a cigar.
Thus, I conclude that Calvinism and biblical Christianity are mutual exclusive religions. In as much as many Bible teachers like RC Sproul and John MacArthur mix Calvinism in their doctrine and preaching, this is the measure of their compromise with heresy. Seminaries like Dallas Seminary, Grace Seminary, and Talbot Seminary have fallen in the ditch in compromise and higher criticism as a result of adopting an arrogant posture in the Calvinist model.
Dr. John Walvoord, former president of Dallas Seminary, showed me his colors in a pastor's retreat one time when a pastor asked a question of him. Walvoord sensed the pastor was not headed the same direction he was, and for the benefit of the other pastors standing around, Walvoord gave the pastor a high toned verbal thrashing. THIS is the fruit of John Calvin 500 years later. It will NOT go away, and I would not be at all surprise to find that the Antichrist is from a Reformed Church and has a degree from Dallas Seminary or Calvin College.
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