Friday, July 09, 2010

Reformed Presbyterians Jump Deep into Extreme Liberalism

A couple of misguided souls have recently suggested that Arminians are on a hard liberal path based on the theology we espouse. However, given the news out of the Calvinistic Reformed Presbyterian Church USA, I would suggest that perversion has set in deep among the Calvinists.

Presbyterian Church – USA votes to ordain practicing homosexuals and lesbians as pastors

Funny bunch of folks those Presbyterians are with their finger pointing and accusations and all.


The Seeking Disciple said...

The problem with people who turn liberal whether Arminian or Calvinist has to do with depravity more than our theology. Mankind is sinful and thus we enjoy the pleasure of sin more than holiness. This will always lead toward rebellion against God and His standards whether Arminian or not. The idea that Arminianism causes one to turn liberal has not basis anymore than the PCUSA has their basis for turning against God.

A.M. Mallett said...

That is right on the mark. Liberalism is far more influenced by post modernist social influence than anything in our theological foundations. Both Arminian and Calvinist theologies have strong conservative stances with each suffering from liberal influences in some of its corners. My point in the post was more tongue in cheek given the oft repeated slander and libel that Arminianism leads to liberalism. Such charges fall flat on their face when we see the largest Calvinistic denomination in the US fully embrace depravity. We have our own issues with the United Methodist polity.

The Seeking Disciple said...

Amen to that.

TrueHope said...

I believe no church denomination is immune from falling into liberalism. Thus, if one thinks his denomination is standing firm, he should do whatever he can to ensure it doesn't fall.

A.M. Mallett said...

True Hope,
As the past centuries have shown us, that is very true. A pastor once stated to me some years ago that if we examine the churches over the many years since the reformation, there seems to be a pattern of three or four generations of leadership, sometimes less, before a church begins to drift away from it's fundamentals. I loved his approach toward correction ... repentance, reformation, restoration.