Critics

To all the vociferous evangelical critics of Calvinism, I understand that you don’t like the doctrine, that it offends your sense of fairness, justice, or personal autonomy. I get that (though I think you are misreading the Bible on these points).

People of good will can and do read the Scriptures differently, and we can learn from one another. I understand that Calvin and his followers were far from perfect (and that some Calvinists in our day have acted arrogantly), but perhaps you should look in the mirror, too.

Please don’t dismiss Calvinist Christians as heretics or as those who ignore God’s clear Word. Though we are a minority, we are mainstream in Christendom. Don’t you realize that you are biting the hand that feeds you? Without us, don’t you see that there likely would have been no Reformation?

This is the doctrine that stood up to the abuses of Rome and put God, not man, back at the center. Without Calvinism, you likely would still be paying obeisance to an unreformed, utterly corrupt Roman Catholic Church. That may be fine for some people, but not for you. You grasp all this, right?

Now, if we must, let’s agree to disagree … and get back to work.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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