John Piper on “Calvinism”

I realize that there are many who are vehemently opposed to the Biblical doctrines normally labeled, “Calvinism.” However, I do believe that many are opposed not so much to Calvinism itself, but to a caricature of Calvinism. They have this idea that Calvinism teaches that there are those who desperately desire to come to Christ and be forgiven, but God says, “Nope, I haven’t chosen you. Tough Taco.” Or, that there are those who hate God with all their hearts, but He says, “Hey, no sweat! Come on to heaven, I have chosen you.” No, Calvinism teaches that we are born “dead in our trespasses and sins” and that we would never come to Christ unless He first replaces our heart of stone with a heart of flesh, in order that we can repent and believe the Gospel. In the simplest terms, we are justified (made right with God) “by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.”

John Piper has an excellent description of Calvinistic beliefs on his Desiring God website. I would encourage you to click here to gain a better understanding of these beliefs.

HT: The Aquila Report

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