Nowhere in the Bible do I find Jesus telling us to find common ground with other faiths—with people who chase false gods and who are wholly committed to the downfall of the Christian faith. Nowhere do I see the Apostles, as Christ’s representatives, engaging in dialogue or seeking common ground in which to pursue God together. Rather, I see the promise of division and hatred. “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth, “says Jesus.” “I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” “Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.”My friend Garrett also posted a very helpful article for us passionate Calvinists. It is an article by a man named Darryl Erkel entitled Practical Wisdom for Calvinists. Here are some highlights from the article, but you are encouraged to read the entire thing:
- A quote by Spurgeon wherein he said, "The doctrine of election, like the great act of election itself, is intended to divide, not between Israel and Israel, but between Israel and the Egyptians – not between saint and saint, but between saints and the children of the world."
- Point #2--Don't make the mistake of accepting everything Reformed or Calvinistic
- When encouraging us not to idolize the past the author says that when we do so, "We fail to see the progression of church history and end up chained to the past – not recognizing that each period of history has its own unique contribution and blessing (including ours in the twenty-first century)."
- Calvinists should be given the model of humility and love (Ouch!)
- Do not major in the minors. Because if we do, "...end up majoring on things not truly essential, you will either ignore those that are important and worthy of your efforts – or – people will tend to not take you seriously on vital matters because of your propensity to make a big deal over insignificant issues."
- Seek to be a man/woman of the Text of Scripture
- Don't settle for low levels of grace in your life
- Develop a theology of listening
- Recognize that your greatest power is in prayer