Stephen McCaskell –The Death Of New Calvinism

In those few paragraphs, John Calvin succinctly sums up election and holiness for the Christian. While there are several themes that come out of this quote and this passage, the one theme that I think springs from this text is holiness. Holiness is the consequence and evidence of our election. We are not holy to be accepted by God, but because Jesus is holy we are holy. God says, “you shall be holy, for I am holy”.

The idea of holiness is almost a peculiar doctrine for the new Reformed movement. I know many young and old in this tradition who feel no obligation to actively and passionately with their entire being, to pursue a life of holiness. They wouldn’t explicitly say this, but their lives wouldn’t reflect otherwise.

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One comment on “Stephen McCaskell –The Death Of New Calvinism

  1. MichaelA says:

    Names may not mean all that much, but a moniker like “New Calvinism” does invite the question: “What was wrong with the Old Calvinism, and how does the New Calvinism differ from it, that a change of name was called for?”