A comment by Daniel Roueche at Nate Sparks Facebook page leads to this quick and brief post. Its an honest question about how sustainable is Neo-Calvinist application of theology in the end? What is its legacy for abuse, poor theology, and in the process creating a mini-Rome? I’ll let you guys discuss this below. Another post is going up later today.
“It is not wisdom but authority that makes a law”
After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these? “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.
Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.” “Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said.
17 A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.”
John 21: 15-17 NLT
There is another post going up later today, but I saw this post over at Nate Sparks Facebook page and I wanted to throw it into a quick post for you guys to discuss. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts below. I decided to throw up a classic from the 80’s.
A thought, and a not entirely fair but illustrative counter-argument to one I’ve heard:
If egalitarian theology can be condemned because the hermeneutic to get there also theoretically allows for full inclusion of LGBTQ folks in the church (questionable for a number of reasons, I know), how much more so can we hold neo-Calvinism and complementarian doctrines accountable for abusive authority structures in the church?
Which one of these doctrines has “slain its thousands”, as it were?
Neo-calvinist adherents have gotten to the place where they’re no longer combating scholarship. They’ve reached moral and ethical conclusions from an established hermeneutic, and they’re using those moral conclusions to determine if alternate hermeneutics are right or wrong based on where they seem to land on the pet moral and ethical issues.
Essentially, our guide to faith and practice is no longer careful study of Scripture, but a string of little self-appointed popes and councils.