3 comments on “Does Calvinism Lead to Anti-Mission Sentiments?

  1. I lived in the “most Reformed” city in the world, Holland, Michigan, just by the western shores of beautiful lake Michigan. Literally, in its downtown area and the so called “historic district” there is one reformed church in each corner, Reformed Church of America church, or Christian Reformed Church church. Many of my friends, ministers and members of both denominations were and are very good friends of mine, and that includes a world known Calvinist theologian. I have never seen a people more interested in missions and the spreading of the Gospel! What the S.B.C. means, perhaps, is that the preaching of the Gospel is not “it” unless is followed by three verses of Just as I am being hummed by a 1000 voices choir in a big stadium (where only the already Christians go forward to get to see the big celebrity preacher, but are counted as “converting sinners”), and accompanied by what they call a “sinner’s prayer” (as if there is any other kind of prayer). I guess, apart from these two elements, the S.B.C. does not consider any missionary work completed and the Reformed Churches I know believe that God brings the sinner to Salvation as they hear the Word of God exposed. As such I do not believe that the S.B.C. and the Reformed Churches have the idea of missions. This makes their claim that Calvinism somehow dampens the missionary fire bogus because it is merely based in their un-biblical definition of missions!

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