WARNING: It appears as though Calvinism is on the rise and there are many that are not happy about it.
I have been a Christian for thirteen years and only within the last two years have I accepted Calvinism as fundamental to true Christianity. Prior to that, I had no knowledge or understanding of what it was or what it meant to be a Calvinist. Sadly, a lot of my ignorance about Calvinism was due to the fact that Calvary Chapel, as a movement/denomination are very insular. It is my opinion that in their attempt to reach the masses they have forsaken in-depth study including a comparative study of theology and eschatology. For about ten years of my Christian life I knew nothing other than what Calvary Chapel taught. Now I am an anomaly in my church, since I am a professed Calvinist, Amillennialist and an Orthodox-Preterist(partial). I no longer teach the youth as I had done for five years.
Calvinism has been misunderstood, vilified and misrepresented not just by Calvary Chapel but the SBC and other groups as well. Chuck Smith, founder of the Calvary Chapel movement has previously referred to Calvinism as blasphemous and a satanic doctrine, prior to his death Dr. Jerry Falwell said that Calvinism was heretical. In the past, Norm Geisler has called Calvinism “divine rape” but has stopped doing that of late. One of the worst anti-Calvinists is Dave Hunt who willingly and knowingly prints lies about Calvinism.
So now what? I hope this article is not a sign of things to come. Are the anti-Calvinists going to turn to emotional appeals to try and refute Calvinism? My Fide-O homies Scott and Jason recently commented on this article on their site. You Tube is replete with armchair theologians that are “preaching” a works salvation yet have the audacity to call Calvinism a heresy. I have done a three part rebuttal(part1, part2, part3) of one of these people, I even invited him to my blog but he refused to respond to my rebuttal. The single worst anti-Calvinist has got to be this guy, grasshopperjax on You Tube. The single worst attempt at refuting Calvinism I have heard. I was going to go through and refute his lame videos but I have yet to be able to sit through a single video without throwing up, even though they are less than ten minutes long. I also fear that I may have to explain the time I wasted watching these videos on the day of judgment.