[The movement known as New Calvinism is dangerous on many levels, and I dare say they all cannot be covered adequately in a single post. However, if you shine the light on a snake’s head, it’s best to assume it’s attached to a body very much alive.
Some comments are worthy posts in themselves. Here’s one of them by ‘William” who shines a light for us…. ]
Satan has just now updated himself, and put on the cloak of the Puritans and “reformed” for this generation.
“My firm belief is that New Calvinism is like the New Christianity of the rebellious 1960s, an external, popular but worldly Christianity, false Christianity, loose Christianity…Satan has just now updated himself, and put on the cloak of the Puritans and “reformed” for this generation, which began to look to history for better churches and beliefs (which is needed). It’s almost as if Satan launched a counter-reformation, from within the church (by men who “crept in unawares”), as others were seeking to restore Calvinistic doctrine and practice.
Satan is inoculating sound doctrine with neo-Calvinism (tainted doctrine and practice, suitable to worldliness; thus it hates sanctification and the law which condemns sin)
But what we are seeing is really just a repeat of what happened in the 60’s, but tailored for and against historic doctrine. It’s just another Blue-jeans Christianity, without the bell bottoms. They use “grunge” instead. This is exactly like the Hippy Christianity of the 1960s and why true Calvinistic doctrine, with genuine conversion, real sanctification to holiness, consistent with God’s law (for the gospel vindicates the law), cannot be tolerated, and must be amended (as New Calvinism does)! It is marked by claiming to be “reformed” but practicing “will-worship” (even Paul Washer has endorsed “Christian rap”.
It was in the 60s that youth groups and rock music entered the formerly conservative churches). Those of us older than 50 can more readily recognize it from experience (the similarity is striking to our younger years), and why we mock it, as much as the reviving of the world “cool” (such an old fashioned word, from the stupidest era in American history). Truly, there is “nothing new under the sun”. But this is deadly serious, not a laughing matter, because it effects souls. It’s turning the “grace of God into lasciviousness”…while ‘the doctrines of grace’ are mentioned much, superficially.
If Christianity is “cool” it’s unchristian, because the world will never love real Christianity, but hate it, as Jesus said
Satan is inoculating sound doctrine with neo-Calvinism (tainted doctrine and practice, suitable to worldliness; thus it hates sanctification and the law which condemns sin) as a Broadway Christianity to impugn the Narrow by its majority power (which will make it politically-correct eventually). If Christianity is “cool” it’s unchristian, because the world will never love real Christianity, but hate it, as Jesus said (“the world hates you, because it hated me”). Now if you were an enemy, wouldn’t that be just the perfect way to deceive “even the elect, if possible”? Anti-Christ is said in the Bible to do just that, almost deceive “even the elect”.
It talks “reformed-speak”, but shows little change in reality, and never enters in the Narrow Gate.
The New Antichristian church will not be Catholic, it will be Ecumenical and “reformed” in name and word (unregulated in worship, just like Rome and the 60s), and Popular, but like the Man of Sin (spiritual, political leader), “Lawless” (antinomian–New Covenant Theology), maybe even with “signs and wonders” (charismatic alliance) to “deceive many”. It’s really the perfect deception to fool the most “conservative”, who are like Talkative in Pilgrim’s Progress. It talks “reformed-speak”, but shows little change in reality, and never enters in the Narrow Gate.
That is why New Calvinism is so dangerous and pernicious, and its elements are not just exclusive to the celebrity pastors being named either. The same elements can be found in most reformed churches in practice, while they even hold the orthodox Calvinistic doctrines more soundly.”