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Vitally appreciated Thank you for taking a thorough and clear stand on biblical separation about the issue. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.
Florin Motiu (4/9/2013)
from Oradea, Romania
Useful study. This was a useful study. A message which discusses the problems of worship, cessationism and separation.
Important Note! More about New Calvinism by Chris Hand and other speakers will be addressed in the July 2012 School of Theology Conference at Metropolitan Tabernacle (see Sermon Audio ad). This has been addressed also in at least two previous conferences and is available on Metro Tab audio and video CDs for those "School of Theology" conferences. See their website for ordering those CDs on this important subject (from 2010 and 2011 too). Any church or seminary teaching Contemporary Church History should not overlook the subject and controversy of New Calvinism Movement which is far different than the Calvinist teaching and practice of historic Particular Baptists and Presbyterians, and certainly from the Puritans.
Mega-Church, Pop Calvinism Exposed! There is a reason the Pop Calvinist churches are as large (and pastors paid hundreds of thousands) as the "health and wealth" or church-growth churches. It's because they, under pretense of orthodoxy (not!), use the same worldly methods of will-worship and cross-marketing strategies to entice "seekers" and unstable youth with "historic Christianity" while Pied Pipering toward Vanity Fair (i.e. Pilgrim's Progress). The result? Subtly, men creeping in unware (infiltration) "turn the grace of God is turned into lasciviousness" (Jude). This is really just a new updated version of the Hippy blue-jeans and bell-bottoms Christianity launched by the rebellious Youth Movements of the 1960s and 70s with a Makeover, to make Christianity "cool"--but entirely devoid of the "fear of God" which is the "beginning of wisdom"! 2 Tim. 3 warns of this in latter times, having a "Form of Religion but denying the power (regeneration, sanctification, holiness of life) thereof". From this and them we are commanded to "turn away" from instead of applaud. To be fair, traditional worship has used the same methods more subtely ever since Psalm singing without instruments was abandoned (Hear G.I. Williamson on Col. 3, Songs Spiritual) .
Great Sermon! Oh for this kind of candor amongst Reform Baptist preachers in the U.S.! Few and far between are they that put this movement under a microscope to examine it. Thank you pastor Hand for taking this stand, which could not have been easy as the numbers of those who would choose the old paths are dwindling both in the U.S. and abroad.