These searches occur repeatedly, so we will compile them with the responses here.
Is John MacArthur a Calvinist?
Is R.C. Sproul a Calvinist?
Is Ravi Zacharias a Calvinist?
Not if he fully agrees with the doctrinal statement of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, which is where Ravi is ordained. Thanks to commenter Jeremy (possibly a Georgetown fan), we have this statement by Ravi on the issue – it appears clear he would not affirm the Calvinist viewpoint on and .
Is Dr. James Dobson a Calvinist?
Not likely. He belongs to the Church of the Nazarene.
Is Rick Warren a Calvinist?
Who knows? He does not appear to be a very consistent Calvinist, if he is one, and he is not a very consistent Arminian, either.
Is Joel Osteen a Calvinist?
No. Is he an Arminian? I don’t know, but I would tend to say based on what he says he is more Pelagian than anything else. Please see his church’s belief statement – it is so generic no one can really tell. They do not post the text of his “sermons” so we can’t glean anything from that source (it’s essentially the same message every Sunday anyway). As of this update in July 2010, you can purchase DVDs of sermons for $12. You can. I won’t. If that’s your intent, you would perhaps be better off purchasing this DVD.
Is Voddie Baucham a Calvinist?
Is Bob DeWaay a Calvinist?
Is Charles Stanley a Calvinist?
No. Scroll down to “Salvation.”
Is Justin Peters a Calvinist?
Is Ray Comfort a Calvinist?
Is Jerry Bridges a Calvinist?
Yes. He is a member of The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.
Is T.D. Jakes a Calvinist?
Is Joni Eareckson-Tada a Calvinist?
Yes, she is. Here’s the story of how she came to be one – AFTER her injury.
Is Kevin DeYoung a Calvinist?
Is Norman Geisler a Calvinist?
Is D.A. Carson a Calvinist?
Is John Piper a Calvinist?
Is Joseph Prince an Arminian or a Calvinist?
One could make the point he is neither, based upon this rather vague Statement of Faith. Is a classic case of eisegesis, however, this is how he interprets Exodus 3:14 and the “I AM” statement made by the Lord – methinks neither Arminius nor Calvin would agree with this: “That’s why, in the burning bush, He revealed Himself as “I AM” to Moses. (Exodus 3:14) My friend, He is the great “I AM” in your life. What does that mean? It simply means, “I AM whatever you need Me to be!”
Yikes. Original document here.
Commenter “chrizchian” asked this question: “How about these performers? Are they Calvinists?”
Michael W. Smith – can’t make a definitive judgment but the first impression is that he is not, based upon the generic “Statement of Faith” from New River Fellowship, which grew out of a home fellowship at the Smith’s. Their Statement of Faith says they affirm the Apostle’s Creed, the Nicene Creed and The Lausanne Covenant. One of their elder/pastors, though, came from a church with this statement of faith, which affirms faith preceding regeneration which is decidedly not Calvinistic.
Bob Fitts – TBA
Kent Henry – TBA
Carman – TBA
Amy Grant – TBA
Paul Baloche – TBA
Keith and Kristyn Getty (Ireland) – TBA
Katherine Scott – TBA
Israel Houghton – TBA
Kirk Cameron – TBA
Is Jim McClarty a Calvinist?
Is Wayne Grudem a Calvinist?
Is Donald Gray Barnhouse a Calvinist?
Well, considering Mr. Barnhouse has passed on to glory, where everybody is a Calvinist, yes. While he was alive, though, he was most certainly a Calvinist.
Commenter Tall Tim asked about these three and whether or not they are Calvinists:
Francis Chan: Interestingly enough, given Chan’s having graduated from Master’s College and Master’s Seminary, it appears one cannot tell. The statement of faith at the church he recently left appears to be one that is not Calvinistic, while the statement of faith at the bible college founded by Mr. Chan appears to be Calvinistic. Mr. Chan’s personal web site gives no help with regard to the answer.
Is Shai Linne a Calvinist?
Was Matthew Henry a Calvinist?
Is Charles Swindoll a Calvinist?
Is Nathan Pitchford a Calvinist?
Was J.C. Ryle a Calvinist?
Is Tullian Tchividjian a Calvinist?
Is R.W. Glenn a Calvinist?
Is Douglas Wilson a Calvinist?
Yes. He is also the author of one of my favorite books, a wonderful introductory treatment of Calvinism entitled, “Easy Chairs, Hard Words: Conversations On The Liberty Of God.”
Is Matt Chandler a Calvinist?
Is Billy Graham a Calvinist?
No. See Graham’s book, “How To Be Born Again,” available for preview at Amazon, where he says, “The context of John 3 teaches that the new birth is something that God does for man when man is willing to yield to God,” (p. 150) and, “The Holy Spirit will do everything possible to disturb you, draw you, love you – but finally it is your personal decision.” (p. 162) FYI: Dr. Graham is the grandfather of Tullian Tchividjian, shown a few lines above here.
Where can I find Josh Gelatt?
Sorry to say, but…Ohio. Yes, OHIO!!!!!!. He is now the pastor of Grace Chapel in West Liberty, Ohio. Anytime a Michigander crosses the border into Buckeye territory, it is to be considered a missionary venture, to be sure. After all, Ohio is a foreign land where people wear crimson and gray and drive very slowly on their interstate highways through mostly flaaaaaaaaaaat terrain.
Is Jon Cardwell a Calvinist?
Jon who? In any event, yes, he is. And a fine one, at that. He also likes bacon and ribs, which moves him way up in the hierarchy of swell people.
Why do Calvinists evangelize if they believe in predestination?
Because they believe the Bible and therefore believe in predestination. Calvinists believe God ordains the end (predestination), and that He also ordains the means to that end, which is through evangelization.
Why don’t Calvinists evangelize?
Who says they don’t?
If Calvinists don’t evangelize it’s because they are a) lazy or b) disobedient to Scripture. A certain group of people who would fall into a category called “hyper-Calvinism” do indeed not believe in evangelization – they believe that God will save His elect without the assistance of anyone, including any who may evangelize. That is just plain in opposition to Scripture.
Verses that disprove Calvinism:
We have compiled such a list in book form, with assistance from two swell brothers. We have laid out the doctrines of God’s sovereign grace, one by one, known as the five points of Calvinism, then immediately following each point, have made the logical argument refuting each point along with Scriptural support for the refutation. Depending upon where you live, the book is available for U.S. purchasers here and for international buyers here. Or, we have the related question…..
How do you prove Calvinism is wrong?
It’s actually very easy. First, come to the Bible with your mind having already been made up as to what God is like and what He can and cannot do. Second, impose human standards of “fairness” upon God and His Word. Finally, ignore the clear teaching of Scripture. It’s so easy, anyone can do it, and many in fact do.
Or, you could just cite a list of verses that Calvinists and non-Calvinists alike would affirm and declare that they disprove Calvinism. Think I’m kidding? Check this out.
What book would you recommend for the clearest explanation and justification of Calvinist doctrine?
There are many fine books on the subject. In the interest of full disclosure and Christian honesty, however, even fine books like this one, this one and this one may have a theological nit or two to pick. The little book mentioned in the above question explains the Calvinist view on the doctrine of salvation quite succinctly. In the end, though, there is one book that is absolutely irrefutable and clear with regard as to its explanation of the doctrines of grace. It’s this one.
St. Francis of Assisi and preaching the Gospel without words – did he say it?
Most likely not. Even if he had, he would have been wrong. The Gospel is an account of real, historic events and a real historical Person – the Person and work of Christ – and we are commanded to “repent and believe the Gospel.” You and I can’t preach the Gospel without words, either. Pagans can perform wonderful philanthropic and humanitarian works, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, providing shelter for the homeless, etc. and they can be indistinguishable from Christians in doing so. If so, then how can our performing these works “preach the Gospel?” The Gospel, in the New Testament, was preached by proclamation. No other manner will suffice.
Why pray if the outcome has already been determined, as you Calvinists say it has?
Because we believe that God has ordained means in His eternal decree to accomplish His predetermined plan (see the above on predestination). One of those means is prayer.
But if the outcome of the prayer is predetermined, then the prayers are meaningless, aren’t they?
“But who are you, O man, to answer back to God?” was how Paul addressed such an issue and if it was good enough for Paul – under the divine inspiration of the Spirit of God, then it should be good enough for us. After all, “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working” doesn’t it (James 5:16b)?
What do Armenians believe?
We can’t say, because no doubt people from Armenia have many, many different beliefs. If one wishes, one could investigate the national church of Armenia, the Armenian Apostolic Church, to see what it believes.
That’s not why you’re here, though, is it? You don’t want to know what Armenians believe, you want to know what Arminians believe. Those known as Arminians would affirm the teaching of Jacobus Arminius, Dutch theologian of the late 16th and early 17th Centuries. His followers generated a document in opposition to the teaching of Calvin known as The Five Articles of the Remonstrance in 1609. Many who claim to be Arminian today are not, and in fact are Semi-Pelagian, if not fully Pelagian.
BTW, the number of people who enter some form of “Armenian” into a search engine – when they are looking for “Arminian” – and arrive here is quite astonishing.
What did Martin Luther say/believe/write regarding “free will?”
Let’s just say that Luther’s view on “free will” wouldn’t jibe with most contemporary Christians. His definitive treatment of the subject can read online, but for some juicy tidbits of Luther’s, we direct you to Reformation Theology. Luther did indeed see the issue of free will being at the heart of the Reformation debate and at the core of the Gospel itself. This is mere conjecture, but I don’t think Luther would be attending this church or singing this song if he had his druthers.
1 John 2:2 says “He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world,” so how can you believe in the Calvinist doctrine of limited atonement?
Well, then, how does it feel, Christian brother/sister, to be under the control of the evil one? The Apostle John used the same phrase, “whole world,” later in the Epistle (1 John 5:19). I am assuming you would affirm that John would thus be using the phrase in the same manner in both instances – the other citation would be , where John says, “We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” So, by your own interpretation – “whole world” in meaning “every single person without exception,” then must mean the same thing – “every single person without exception” is in the power of the evil one. You reply, “John didn’t mean that in 5:19! He only intended to mean the world system – not every single person!”
If he didn’t mean “every single person” in 5:19 , what requires him to mean “every single person” in 2:2? A study of “kosmos,” the word we translate as “world,” is a very meaningful study. You’d be surprised how many ways it is used. I think those in Hell would also be most surprised to find that the wrath of God was appeased on their behalf per your exegesis of 2:2.
What percentage of Christians are Calvinists?
It depends. When they pray a petition, 100%. You don’t see too many non-Calvinists praying like this, do you? It’s interesting how Calvinistic people become when they desperately pray for the salvation of a loved one. You didn’t ask the corollary question, though – “How many Calvinists are Christians?” Less than 100% – belief in a particular doctrine of salvation does not justify a sinner – faith in Jesus Christ does. Sound doctrine alone apart from faith in Christ does not save – refer to the demons who know who God is – and know who Jesus is, from the accounts in the Gospels, yet are not saved.
Are Southern Baptists Calvinists?
Are Baptists (in general) Arminians or Calvinists?
Typically, yes, but not all cases. There are Pelagians and Semi-Pelagians out there. Baptists who hold to the 1689 London Baptist Confession are Calvinists.
How can Calvinists believe in “once saved, always saved?”
Let’s define our terms first. If you mean “once saved, always saved” in the sense that all a person has to do is make a one-time profession of “faith” and they are thus “saved,” regardless of whether they continue in faith or commit outright apostasy, then no, Calvinists do not believe in that. Does anyone REALLY believe that? Yes – for example, Arminian Baptist pastor Charles Stanley does (scroll down to the bottom portion – the pages in question in Dr. Stanley’s book may or may not be available for viewing on Amazon. At one point they were, but were later removed).
However, if you mean that once the Spirit raises a person from spiritual death to spiritual life and gives that person faith and repentance, then yes, we do believe that. See the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith for a complete explanation (near the bottom) – that such an act of the Spirit does not give the believer license to sin but necessarily results in a changed life which includes the holiness without which no man shall see the Lord (Heb. 12:14).
Are Arminians saved?
Maybe. Before you go ballistic, hear me out.
Belief in a theological system saves no one (see the above statement concerning sound doctrine). Just because one affirms the doctrines of grace – Calvinism – as the correct soteriological doctrine does not mean one is saved. Just because one affirms an incorrect doctrine, such as Arminianism, does not then mean one is NOT saved, either.
A person is saved through their faith in the Person and work of Christ. This is not a Calvinist/Arminian issue. The Calvinist/Arminian issue has to do with how one gets to the point of salvation. Arminians think man’s decision to believe was the fundamental one, cooperating with the grace of God, resulting in salvation. Calvinists, being correct, believe that the decision of God to save is the fundamental one.
As R.C. Sproul says when asked if Arminians are saved: “The real question is whether they are safe… Saved? Most are, barely… really the debate between Calvinists and Arminians is an intramural debate among Christians.”
What would cause anyone to change their mind from Arminian thought to Calvinistic thinking?
They finally read their Bibles without presuppositions or the traditions of men as the lens through which they approach the Scripture. They subsequently submit to what the Scripture says, difficult as it may be (in some cases). Sounds trite, but ask around. It’ll be more common than you may think.
How can you amillennialists believe in replacement theology?
Huh? Who said we did? Certainly not us.
This is a misrepresentation of what amillennials believe. The common objection we get here is that “You believe the church replaces Israel!!” OH? Where did we say that? Those who would affirm amillennialism affirm no such thing. Here is what we would affirm:
God has always had a people for Himself. In the Old Testament this people was known as Israel. Even in the Old Testament, however, Israel was not purely made up of ethnic Jews. We know that as far as national Israel goes, a mixed multitude left Egypt. Within national Israel, there has always been a righteous remnant (a ‘spiritual Israel’), which included non-Israelites such as Rahab and Ruth. We also have Jonah’s missionary endeavor adding to the people of God through his preaching at Ninevah.
In the New Testament, we see not “replacement theology,” but “expansion theology.” Paul goes to great length in Romans to describe how Gentiles are grafted into the tree (spiritual Israel). He also says that God has broken down the “dividing wall of hostility” between Jew and Gentile in Ephesians 2. Paul also discusses there being neither Jew nor Greek in Galatians 3 and in fact these people are one in Christ, then he goes on to state that those who are Christ’s (the Jew and Gentile of the prior verse) are the offspring of Abraham and heirs according to the promise.
Yes, we know there is much disagreement within the family of faith on millennial issues – but please, in your disagreement, do not misrepresent what amillennials believe.
What is the most frequent search term that results in visits here?
We have a new answer to this question. Our former fave, the search term ‘lightning bolt,’ has been replaced. The most frequent search that ends up in our swell little corner of the world of bits and bytes is some form of the apocryphal ‘preaching the gospel without words,’ allegedly uttered by Francis of Assisi.
A close second, surprisingly, is people wondering whether or not Ravi Zacharias is a Calvinist. For that answer, see above.
Two side notes: 1) I know a missionary who spent many (almost 20) years in Italy evangelizing the people there. He lived seven miles from Assisi. He said it was the most pagan town and environment he had ever encountered. 2) If you are wondering where the search for “The Lighthearted Calvinist” ranks in the hierarchy of those who arrive here, well, let’s just say it’s not near the top. Or the middle. It is firmly planted at about, oh…..1,266,211, give or take a hundred thousand. Or two.