Do you Speak Like a Calvinist?

Do you speak like a Calvinist?

Some of you may be reading this to make sure they don’t fall into the trap of sounding like a Calvinist. Others began reciting the five points as soon as they saw the title of this post. At its core historic Calvinsim isn’t about sending people to hell, and it’s not about a flower (TULIP is a helpful expression of Calvinism, but not the core of Calvinism). More than anything else, Calvinism about the sovereignty of God in all things.

You may disagree with how Calvinism has been articulated, or maybe how it is worked out theologically. But I think we would, or should, all be willing to affirm that the bible teaches that God is in control (even if you disagree with me on the extent of that control). Additionally, I think that we should all be willing to admit that we struggle with the fact that God is in control and we aren’t. The technical term for this is Pride! It’s why Adam and Eve ate the fruit, why Satan thinks he’ll actually defeat Jesus, and why we are continually in conflict with one another and God. This is exactly the point James made in James 4:1-3:

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

This leads me back to my original question, do you speak like a Calvinist? Or, better yet, do you speak like someone humbled by and submissive to God?

You might be thinking to yourself, “why yes I do speak that way. I always tell people about God and His control.” That’s not what I’m talking about. Do you active submit to God in the way you speak to others, OR are you using your speech as a tool to control other people? D you see the difference?

  • If you use your speech as a tool for manipulation then you’re not speaking like someone one who thinks God is in control. You’re speaking like someone who would rather be in control yourself.
  • If you use your speech to vent your anger then your not speaking as someone who thinks God is in control. You’re using your speech like someone who feels like their control has been threatened.
  • If you use your words to takes those around you on an “all expense paid guilt trip” then you’re not speaking like someone who thinks God is in control. You’re speaking like someone who thinks that they are the final judge.
  • And so on and so forth…

    Look back at James 4:1-3:

    What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

    You sinfully communicate because your not submitting to the headship of Christ over all things. S forget about TULIP for a minute, are you speaking like a Calvinist?

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