Young, Restless, Reformed

Christanity Today’s recent article on Calvinism, “Young Restless and Reformed”, has been released on the website. Here it is.

It’s a great little window into the growing culture of Calvinism, particularly amongst the Southern Baptists where the issue is causing a bit of a stir. Personally, I take great pleasure in being counted amongst those that are Young, Restless and Reformed.

Those fearing a new pitched battle can rest easy. That’s not because the debate will go away—for the foreseeable future, the spread of Calvinism will force many evangelicals to pick sides. And it’s not because mission will trump doctrine—young people seem to reject this dichotomy.

It’s because the young Calvinists value theological systems far less than God and his Word. Whatever the cultural factors, many Calvinist converts respond to hallmark passages like Romans 9 and Ephesians 1. “I really don’t like to raise any banner of Calvinism or Reformed theology,” said Eric Lonergan, a 23-year-old University of Minnesota graduate. “Those are just terms. I just like to look at the Word and let it speak for itself.”

That’s the essence of what Joshua Harris calls “humble orthodoxy.” He reluctantly debates doctrine, but he passionately studies Scripture and seeks to apply all its truth.

“If you really understand Reformed theology, we should all just sit around shaking our heads going, ‘It’s unbelievable. Why would God choose any of us?'” Harris said. “You are so amazed by grace, you’re not picking a fight with anyone, you’re just crying tears of amazement that should lead to a heart for lost people, that God does indeed save, when he doesn’t have to save anybody.”

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11 comments on “Young, Restless, Reformed

  1. I too take great pleasure in being counted among that group (well, I suppose minus the “young”), as well as adding the SBC “label” to it. I thing Baptists have far too poor a reputation among theologians. Hopefully that tide is turning.

  2. i’m just glad to see people searching out the scriptures for themselves, and coming to a conclusion. that’s what we’ll answer for: did we search the Word, and become convinced by it for ourselves?

    personally, i’m glad to be young (31 is still young!), restless, and neither calvanist nor armenianist. in my study, the word contradicts points of both. but, i am fully convinced that though i cannot fully reconcile the idea of God’s sovreignty and man’s responsibility in salvation – God reconciles it. and that’s enough for me. 🙂

    • thanks for that.

      I’m thoroughly convinced now that nothing in scripture contradicts the Calvinist position. Are there any particular texts that you have in mind?

      btw, It’s Armininan. Armenia is a former republic of the USSR 😉

      • Of course nothing in scripture contradicts calvinism. A lot of scripture contradicts arminianism though.


  3. Well, when I was young, my wife and I briefly performed music as the Fine Young Calvinists!

    *searches for pictorial evidence*

    I was young and Calvinistic before it was hip to be so!

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