By Richard Haas
This past Sunday Ed Young junior went on a bit of a tyrant on those who hold to Reformed Theology or more commonly called Calvinism, more like a 20 plus minute rant. This video is attached below if you care to watch it. His rant starts at about the 27:36 mark. This latest attack towards those who hold to this branch of theology is not surprising and should be very much expected from those in the Emergent, Red letter, Love Wins, and Seeker-Friendly circles that hold to the blue eyed blond haired surfer Jesus in a night gown theology.
What Ed Young engaged in on Sunday amounted to nothing more than an Ad Hominid attack on people who hold to biblical or Reformed Theology. This seems to be the case with a lot of non-Reformed folks when it comes down to arguing their position. While reformed people will argue Scripture the non-reformed people, like Ed Young, use emotionalism and person attacks to try and make their point, staying as far away as possible from the use of actual biblical scripture. When they do site a scripture or two it is always a proof text or a scripture taken out of context. Which in the long run does nothing to prove their point but only works against them proving the truth of Reformed theology even more.
This battle between Reformed Theology and what is called Arminianism, (this is not to say that everyone who does not call themselves Reformed is an Arminianist or that anyone who holds to biblical theology is Reforemd) comes down to two different perspectives on doctrine and theology. In the shortest and easiest way of stating what the Reformed theological is as follows; Reformed theology is an approach to Scripture based on a systematical understanding of biblical positions, doctrines, and teachings that use the Scriptures as its final authority on all matters. One big misconception of Reformed theology is that its followers worship John Calvin and believe him to be the final say on all matters. This could not be any further from the truth.
On the other hand the Arminian view of Scripture is based more on a emotionalism and a melting pot of different theological views that are not grounded in a systematical approach. In many ways the theological view points of many Arminians can be likened to someone sticking their finger in the wind and seeing which way the doctrinal winds are blowing and following it.
This would be a good time to point out that we are not saved by our understanding of doctrine, creeds, or anything means. It is not the Reformed view that we are saved by any of these things but only by God alone and His Grace which is granted to us (Phip 1:29). We cannot choose God on our own (Romans 10-13). We are saved because God first loved us and knew His Elect before the foundations of the Earth (Esp 1:4-5) Whether you hold to an Reformed theological view point, an Arminianist view, or if you just don’t know which one you hold too you should know it is because God called you (John 6:44) and appointed you to salivation (Acts 13:48) that you are saved.
It would seem that the real side of Ed Young Junior came shining through this past Sunday. What came shining through was not pretty at all. Instead it was filled with hateful, slanderous and vial words. These words were not of a man who is following Titus 1:5-9 which states the following;
Titus 1:5-9~ This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you— (6) if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. (7) For an overseer, as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, (8) but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. (9) He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.
Instead it seemed that Young had a personal vendetta against people of reformed theology. Young proved that he is not a Titus 1:5-9 preacher but instead an Acts 20 preacher that Paul warned us about, a wolf in Sheep’s clothing. What Young did here was not make a case against Reformed theology but instead a case for it. He proved that those who are like Young in their theology have nothing to offer except ad hominem attacks and statements of false dichotomies. Maybe Young should take the time to learn what Reformed theology really teaches before making wild assertions about what he thinks it teaches. It would do him, his church and those who follow his line of theology a world of good to know what a Reformed theological view point is instead of making fools of themselves with ridiculous statements of emotionalism.
Instead of attacking those who follow Reformed theology Young should have been looking at what unites both Reformed and non-Reformed followers, Jesus Christ. He should have been siting the essential doctrines of the faith that unties both sides and allows both sides to call each other Brothers and Sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ, not causing unwarranted division where it is not needed.
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