Become A Better Calvinist

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Joel Osteen has decided to help Calvinists, especially, the ones who miss the big picture.
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Question: For Calvinists, what is your advice for how they can slow things down and find peaceful moments and smile?

Answer: What Calvinists need to realize is that their predestination is the key. See, what Victoria and I have realized is that when you pronounce the word “predestination” your mouth starts to naturally form a smile. They just need to learn to hold that smile throughout the whole word, claim it and take the smile with them where ever they go. It’s that easy!  😉

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1 Yogi Taylor April 2, 2008 at 5:14 pm

Funny.

2 John Lofton, Recovering Republican April 3, 2008 at 2:03 pm

Working daily to be better Calvinists at TheAmericanView.com; visit/comment. I dare you. JLof@aol.com

3 Rev. April 5, 2008 at 6:01 pm

A better Reformed me. Wow!

4 Howard April 10, 2008 at 9:00 am

That’s funny.

5 Lionel Woods April 11, 2008 at 7:51 am

You are crazy! LOL!!!!! I couldn’t help but have the voice in my head and the smile that JO always seems to find.

6 johnMark April 11, 2008 at 8:00 am

Lionel,

I’m glad that you read the “quote” the way I wrote it. LOL

Mark

7 Jude March 5, 2009 at 1:41 am

Did he really say that?

8 johnMark March 5, 2009 at 9:57 am

Jude, no it was a joke…a parody.

Doesn’t that sound like what he would say if true?

Mark

9 Dr. James Willingham March 5, 2009 at 10:15 pm

Better calvinists, better sovereign grace believers and preachers. Why not? After all, Basil Manly, Sr., J.P. Boyce, and John A Broadus, to name a few were some of the most classy leaders of the 19th century. Edwards, Whitefield, and others were such in the 18th century. The key is to realize that courtesy is a part and parcel of the Christian life (I Cors.13:5 positive spin on “does not behave itself unseemly). Also, when we realize that our theology is subtle, rugged, robust, winsome, and just plain good as well as the best (it is our Lord’s). I shall never forget seeing just these words . when I started exploring our Lord’s use of the doctrines of grace in an invitational way, it made a big difference in how I preached them. Instead of a sledge hammer of 16 lbs., I found the word was foil that could penetrate any heart. The depth of what we believe and preach should encourage us to think things through, to look for the way God’s word should be used with a particular individual. Another way was to think of the word as a flame of fire that could melt the coldest heart. My pastor who ordained me set a good example in preaching on the Great Supper and picturing it in terms of a company picnic that he use to attend as a boy ( the company president won him to Christ on the steps of the FBC of Manning, SC). Glory to God, we ought to have it in mind that we are going to treat the lost in so many ways that he or she is bound to like some of them. We ought to use the same approach with those with whom we differ theologically, politically, etc. After all, Baptists were the originators of the idea of religious liberty, because they believed that a person had to be won by persuasion – not by the force of the state backing up the church. In fact Sovereign Grace Baptists of the 1600s and 1700s were the first of the true liberal, radical, outgoing, winsome, etc., ministers of their day. If you would really stop and think about it, we are so as we believe God has to do it and we are His witnesses to the fact that truth can do a better job than force any day. In fact, getting the doctrines right will make a person balanced, flexible, creative, and magnetic, a wholesome, healthy, mature, attractive being that accomplishes something for the glory of God. Look at the respect that Benjamin Franklin expressed for George Whitefield. I read in one source where Franklin joined the Episcopal church two yrs. before he died (he is buried in that church yard). Better Calvinists, better Sovereign Grace representatives, that had better be your prayer, your goal, your practice or else a lot of saints who had gone on before are going to be put out with you, if you don’t strive for such with all of the grace that God bestows upon you.

10 Aaron April 30, 2009 at 3:05 pm

Love it.

11 Mark|HereiBlog.com April 30, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Thanks! I thought it would be fun to bring this post up again.

12 Mark July 26, 2015 at 7:37 am

Joel Ostene on Reformed subjects yeah right

13 Grant August 12, 2015 at 3:37 pm

HG (Hearty Guffaws: my alternative to “LOL”).

But this could happen…surprising as it is, I once discovered that Charles G. Finney even preached positively on election (http://www.charlesgfinney.com/1836SOIS/10sois_election.htm).

I haven’t read all of that, and from what I remember of seeing something similar on some book of Finney’s, it did need a bit of Biblical refinement. But it was surprising anyway.

Joel Osteen certainly would need quite a bit of Biblical refinement…

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