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The Dark Side of Calvinism,
This review is from: The Dark Side of Calvinism: The Calvinist Caste System (Paperback)
There are four or five major Christian cults (those which use the name of Christ and somewhat rely on the Bible as the basis for their beliefs), but Bryson introduces Calvinism as an additional system of theology to beware of. Unfortunately, Calvinism has been developed, systematized, and reduplicated in most Christian commentaries, theology books, and even institutes of higher eductation. It is not recognized by most as a man-made system of thought that significantly departs from the teachings of the Bible. Whereas the Bible teaches that 1) man can and does respond to the truth of the gospel, that 2) the believer (on the basis of his position in Christ) is selected for service and ultimate glorification (in accord with the foreknowledge of God), that 3) the Lord Jesus died for and redeemed the whole world of men without exception, that 4) man is indeed able to refuse the gospel message and is not irresistibly forced to believe it by the Holy Spirit, and that 5) the believer can utterly fail in his Christian life (and therefore lose blessings in this life and rewards in the life to come, but can't lose or forfeit the non-revocable eternal life promised by God), it is abundantly clear that Calvinism, as a system, is an unfortunate aberation of true biblical doctrine. Bryson, in this work, makes the faults of the Calvinistic system abundantly clear.
Bryson doesn't address the flaws of Arminianism directly, but doesn't offer an apologetic for that system either. In essence, he does a brilliant job of considering the teachings of reformed theology in the area of salvation. For my consideration of the five points of TULIP, see:
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Initial post: Sep 12, 2009 4:53:53 AM PDT
David W. Cobb says:
Thanks for such a succinct, articulate and rational review. I am just beginning to read this book and I am so looking forward to rational arguments and debate to counter the deductiveness of reformed apologists.
Posted on Oct 6, 2009 6:16:05 PM PDT
Ann Coate says:
more ignorance... Bryson doesn't know what Calvinism is (our that John 6 is in the Bible... search youtube for "why George Bryson won't debate anymore") there is no way someone who fails at explaining his position with clarity in public should write a book that will either solidify people in their ignorance and pride or mislead those that don't know anything about the subject...
Posted on Jan 28, 2010 3:29:03 PM PST
Calvinism is a cult? So that would make Jonathan Edwards, Charles Spurgeon, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, John F. MacArthur, John Piper, and most of the greatest and most influential Christians in history cult leaders? Get real! By all means let us debate, but lets be civil about it. Please!
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2010 5:06:14 PM PDT
D. Pauley says:
Too bad the book is not rational and grossly misrepresents Calvinism across the board. Does this matter to anyone??? Or are people just looking to reinforce their opinion???
And, Mr. David Cobb, since Calvinists are strong students of Scripture, I would begin with the Bible if you want to debate them.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2012 10:39:51 AM PST
You've got it!! Congratulations.......it's a cult and an EXTREMELY dangerous one, one that passes itself off as orthodox. Flee from the unbiblical ideas of Calvinism. BTW I LOVE MacArthur but on soteriology he is WAYYYY off as is Sproul. Election ....WAAAYYY off. Get the book you will see.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2012 10:43:02 AM PST
Ummmm your are mistaken or you are lying. I have the book and it does NOT misrepresent Calvinism. The book is painstaking in it's quoting of what Calvinists ACTUALLY say. Read the other reviews they even critisize Bryson for this. However it must be done this way as Calvinists are a confused bunch! Great book get it and you will see.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2012 4:57:54 PM PST
Sorry that you feel the need to resort to such inflammatory, over the top statements. But then again Satan does the same with all truth.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2012 12:53:03 PM PST
Why are you giving Satan credit for a sovereign act of God?
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2012 1:32:26 PM PST
I think you are misunderstanding me. I was responding to Will's statement that Calvinism is a cult.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2012 2:05:22 PM PST
Or maybe it's God's sovereign will you misunderstand. Is not God simply pulling Satan's strings along with ours, you know...for his glory?