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The New Calvinist Anti-Apostle Paul Movement Comes With a T-Shirt

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on August 16, 2011

New Calvinist (like Al Mohler, John Piper, Jerry Bridges, John MacArthur, etc.) have a new t-shirt that can be proudly worn to protest what the apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians:

“So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it” (2Cor. 5:9).

New Calvinist will have no part of that! In Part, the ad reads as follows:

“In a time when there is an increasing push for Christians to please God with their own works, this shirt helps push back in the understanding that Christians remain sinners, even in faith, and continue to need the perfect works of Jesus imputed to them since all our works will always be as ‘filthy rags’ to God. The only thing that we have to offer to our salvation is our sin. But in Christ, you can remain confident that God sees Christ’s merit in your stead.”

Yes, that’s what the apostle Paul said. He said “we” (subjective personal pronoun) make (verb) it (direct object) “our” (possessive pronoun ) “goal” (predicate nominative) to please him (prepositional phrase). Yep, he said it’s our work in sanctification. Of course, any idiot should know that it must be either ALL the Spirit or ALL of us, it can’t be both; and surely, Christ must have misspoke when He called the Holy Spirit our “helper.”

The Sonship / New Calvinist / Gospel Sanctification crowd also apposes Paul’s idea that we don’t “remain sinners”:

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2Cor. 5:17).

And then there is Paul’s stupid idea that Christ will judge the works of Christians when they are really all His to begin with, and some of our supposed works will be good works! (the good works Tim Keller says we should repent of):

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad” (2Cor. 5:10).

Here is a jpeg representation  of the ad:

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  1. Bill said, on August 16, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    Yet another verification of who they are and what they are about. We see that some of these guys are closet antinomians, hard to expose. God knows the heart. However, what always seems apparent is a very different attitude about sin.

    2 Peter 2 (NIV) describes contrasting attitudes about sin. It was written to warn the flock about the coming false teachers and their destruction. Notice:

    Lot was “tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard.”

    In contrast, the false teachers are described as “they never stop sinning”, they are “blots and blemishes at your love feasts.” “They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done.”

    Obviously, in the church today we all do not have the same attitude about sin as Lot did.

    Arkansas Bill


  2. paulspassingthoughts said, on October 9, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Reblogged this on Paul's Passing Thoughts.


  3. Jennifer Darr said, on October 9, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Loved the post! Perfect evaluation! I remember reading something from one of the new calvinist about how God sometimes wants you to sin, to feel the pull of it, and He will let you fall at times. This is a cop out for sin! It gives the excuse to only try to resist sin a little, (instead of resisting to the shedding of blood) so when you “feel the pull of sin” you can fall and say “wow, I AM a sinner, and NOW I have compassion on the pull of sin on others!” But doesn’t God promise us that “there is no trial that has overtaken us but such as is common to man, and [that He] is faithful Who will NOT ALLOW YOU TO BE TRIED BEYOND WHAT YOU ARE ABLE TO ENDURE, but with the trial also make a way of escape [this is the true “trap door” unlike Keller’s version 🙂 ] in order that you may be able to endure it?” (1Cor 10:13ff) These guys are unbelieveable!


  4. Christian said, on October 10, 2012 at 8:08 AM

    Thank you for much for all your excellent post. I am beginning to understand the neo-calvinist movement much better. Satan is certainly at work in the Southern Baptist Convention!


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