This is McLean Bible’s statement on Calvinism which The Wondering Eagle will preserve. As McLean Bible is further theologically hijacked the removal of this statement from its website indicates how a church is changing its theology without being honest about its intentions, or notifying its congregation.
“We are all born Arminians.” It is grace that turns us into Calvinists.
“Calvinism, as a system of theology, impugns the reputation of God. … When Jesus weeps over Jerusalem and says “how I would have gathered you to myself, but you would not” — that completely contradicts Calvinism that says we have no free will. Calvinism makes God the author of sin and evil.”
Roger Olson on what is wrong with Calvinism
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16 NIV
McLean Bible under the leadership of Lon Solomon is in the process of changing its theology. The church is being theologically hijacked in a covert manner. This statement on Calvinism which was once on the McLean Bible website is further proof of the church changing its theology in a dishonest manner. McLean Bible published this statement in 2010 I believe. This statement which illustrates its theology at the time, has become irrelevant as the church has further gone in the Neo-Calvinist direction. Today McLean Bible has joined The Gospel Coalition which you can read about in “Not a Sermon Just a Blog Post; McLean Bible’s Affiliation with The Gospel Coalition.” While I am okay with the more traditional Calvinists I reject the Neo-Calvinists because it is Fundamentalism 2.0. After all one need look at how corrupt that movement has been when it covers up child sex abuse as Sovereign Grace Ministries has allegedly done, or when Mark Driscoll talks about the Biblical basis of a blow job and has called women “penis homes.” I reject Neo-Calvinism because it makes the problem of evil worse. I used John Piper’s teachings in regards to Adam Lanza’s massacre at Newtown, Connecticut to make my point. You can read about that in “How Reformed Theology/Neo-Calvinism Make the Problem of Evil Worse: John Piper, Adam Lanza and a Massacre in Connecticut.” Now as I close out this post I have one thing to say to Lon Solomon. Lon you often talk about how McLean Bible wants to honor the Lord. Here’s a fresh idea for you. Don’t be dishonest, and change your theology behind the scenes. Don’t embrace a form of Calvinism without telling the congregation you are going that way. People who are not into Neo-Calvinism need to be given the opportunity to leave McLean Bible. My advice is don’t be dishonest. It’s not a sermon Lon, it’s just a thought. That is it guys and please know that I love you.