At this Christmas season, may God remind us once again that we are all debtors to the unevangelized around the world, as Paul says in Romans 1:14. Emmanuel, God with Us, has come. His name is Jesus. How can we not give, go, and pray on behalf of those who have never heard the gospel?
There used to be a day when I was inspired and entertained by a fan. I remember when my parents bought a box fan that sat on the floor. In those days, they made fans without many safety features. The blades were metal and resembled those of an airplane propeller. My brothers and I would sit for long periods of time and play with that fan. We would take playing cards and insert them into the rotating blades, waiting for the sound as each blade hit the cards: “Phfft, phfft, phfft, phfft.” We would sing or make funny noises into the fan and take turns listening to our distorted voices coming out the other side.
Piper is free to have and express his opinion about Arminians and exegesis, but it would be helpful if he would at least reveal which Arminian Bible scholars he has read and found wanting and why. Instead his response was merely dismissive and ought not to be taken very seriously—unless one takes whatever Piper says seriously just because Piper says it.
The concept of love (particularly how God loves) is a bit different on Calvinism. On Calvinism God loves the elect. Jesus died and rose again, for the few elect. This means that by definition, God as described by the consistent Calvinist is not omnibenevolent. Of course, a Calvinist could redefine the word “love” as it relates to God and claim that it is “loving” for God to allow those he loves to go to hell when they simply could not choose otherwise. In fact, this is the approach that many Calvinists take.
Many have written much in recent years about “the deep things of God.” Blogs and books are written and given titles that picture going deeper, dwelling deeper, living deeper. Many times I have read these pages hoping to discover something deeper only to come away more confused than I was before. (Of course, Adrian Rogers often told us preacher boys that just because you can’t see the bottom of a creek doesn’t mean that it is deep. It could just be muddy.)