For Calvin, if a practice wasn’t prescribed in the Bible you didn’t do it. On the question of the relation of faith to reason, Luther came down heavily on the side of faith. Calvin came down on the side of reason. Since this partition between the dominance of faith or reason has been one of the great dividing lines of the history of the Church, it’s no surprise that it made a difference between them.
Our culture is enamored with professional entertainers. When they die the world seems to stop. Many of these “stars” dedicate their lives to finding something available nowhere else but in Jesus Christ.
There are those today who take the view that the founders of the Baptist denomination (the ones who were right, anyway,) were Calvinists – and therefore all Baptists ought to be as well. This might be called the historical argument for Calvinism.
When I took my first pastorate, which I am still currently serving, I had stars in my eyes and visions of grandeur. I envisioned filling the pews and having to put out chairs because of all the people that would be coming. I envisioned our student ministry taking off and our children’s department to do the same.
I’m not called to be driven out of the world, but to make sure that the world is driven out of me. I’m to do everything, with the help of the Spirit of God, to remove every vestige of this selfish desire from my own heart.