NH Baritone wrote:Mike is a TULIP Calvinist. That group, if it engages at all in Christian love, does so in a fashion that is usually unrecognizable as such. You cannot expect them to replicate the broad-based charity and good will of the Catholics, Methodists, or even many Baptists. Instead, you will be better off expecting the kind of venom spewed by the Westborough Baptist Church/Phelps clan, although they represent the extreme end of TULIP Calvinism.
Well, to Mike's credit, the entire TULIP framework is based upon a very thorough and fairly straight-forward reading of the Bible.
So, clearly Mike is one of the "elect" and Scott and the rest of us are DOOMED!
It must be true, because it says so in the Bible, right?
I grew up in the Reformed, Calvinistic tradition and these are the impressions that it has left on me.
There is genuine love but it is an uncompromising tough love. Calvinists are confident that the Bible perfectly
expresses God's will for every important aspect of life. If the message seems unclear, the fault lies in the human
heart that is by nature sinful. The calvinist does not accommodate the world because it is under the domain and
control of Satan. God and the devil have tremendous power while humans are mere pawns destined to obey
one or the other. Calvinists are extremely sensitive to heresy and mistrust established church tradition, personal
revelation and humanism. Any new ideas for Christian living must first be picked apart by examining scripture
in order to be trustworthy. This branch has had difficulty with reexamining the role of women in the church,
welcoming gay Christians into full fellowship, nontraditional gender roles in the family and ecumenical
movements. They strongly support the family and democratic government (both in the church and the world),
are anti-Communists, proclaim that you are doing God's work regardless of vocation and emphasize that men, as
husbands and fathers, are to be actively involved in church life including attendance at worship services.
The food at their potlucks is delicious.