I believe the vast majority of Calvinists seek to be clear about their belief in Calvinism when interviewed by a pastoral search committee. I personally know some Calvinists who seek to make this very clear in the interview process. However, and quite unfortunately, that is not always the case. Continue reading
In 2 Timothy 4, Paul commands Timothy, as well as all preachers to “preach the Word.” Please take note that he did not say “Preach current events” or “Preach your favorite subject” or “Preach your own private interpretation.” The text is crystal clear: “Preach the Word.” I hear, and hear of more and more often, of a famine in our churches. It is the famine that Amos spoke of: a famine of the Word of the Lord. There is a “read it and leave it” mentality. Allow me to explain what I mean. The preacher may read a passage and then spend the rest of the time never dealing with the text itself, this is called exploiting the text. For some unknown reason this is still labeled as “preaching.” The preacher MUST read the text and then deal with the text directly, word by word, verse by verse. Exposition gains the most fruit by preaching through a book of the Bible. This helps to guarantee that no exploiting takes place.
The prospect should also be asked if he believes in Unconditional Election. John Piper explains the idea of Unconditional Election taught in Calvinism:
If all of us are so depraved that we cannot come to God without being born again by the irresistible grace of God, then it is clear that the salvation of any of us is owing to God’s election. Election refers to God’s choosing whom to save. It is unconditional in that there is no condition man must meet before God chooses to save him. Man is dead in trespasses and sins. So there is not condition he can meet before God chooses to save him from his deadness. We are not saying that final salvation is unconditional. It is not. We must meet the condition of faith in Christ in order to inherit eternal life. But faith is not a condition for election. Just the reverse. Election is a condition for faith.