5 Reasons Why We Are Not New Calvinists
James J. Cassidy, pastor of Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Ringoes, New Jersey, has written a post at the Reformed Forum after he attended a recent lecture by John Piper at Westminster Theological Seminary. He praises Piper for being a “passionate, learned, articulate, and just right” preacher and scholar.
Piper compares the so-called “newÂ Calvinism” popularized by the “Young, Restless and Reformed” such as Mark Driscoll and others, with the “old Calvinism.”Â Â Nevertheless, his comparison between the new and the old was missing something very important:Â ecclesiology. So in light of this, Rev. Cassidy gives five reasons why he is not a new Calvinist:
1. Continuing Revelation. â€œBut to embrace unconditional election and have new revelations in worship is hardly a reformation in todayâ€™s church.â€
2. Confessions. â€œThe new Calvinism seems to come at the Bible abstracted from the creeds, confessions, and history of the church. But being confessional was part and parcel of the Reformation.â€
3. Polity. â€œA non-accountable, non-denominational disconnectionalism fits at odds with a Calvinistic theology.â€
4. Sacraments. â€œI think the expression â€˜Reformed Baptistâ€™ is somewhat anachronistic. The Calvinistic baptists of an earlier generation did not use that term, and rightly soâ€¦ But what is more is how the sacraments are regarded among the new Calvinists. Rather than being means of grace, they are merely signs and seals.â€
5. Eschatology. â€œDispensational premillennialism does not fit at all within any of the Reformed confessions… But if the church is an end-times people, then her identity is found as pilgrims, strangers, and sojourners on the earth… I fail to see how the transformationalism and triumphalism that we see so prevalent in much of the new Calvinism squares with a Calvinistic doctrine of the church.â€
Rewording Paul, “Not all ‘Calvinists’ belong to ‘Calvinism.'”
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