It’s true that there are some Calvinists street preachers but does their theology justify their efforts? Can their perspective on the issue of salvation account for the necessity for urgency in evangelism? The answer is no. Just like atheists will use “reason” and “logic,” though their worldview cannot account for them, so also are there Calvinists who are zealous in their evangelism efforts though their worldview cannot account for this.
In Calvinism, if you choose not to evangelize or are lazy in your efforts you will not increase the number of the damned. And if you are very active and zealous, you still won’t increase the number of the saved. The number for both groups is set and you cannot increase or decrease it by being negligent or by being diligent. The damned will be damned despite what you do and the saved will be saved no matter what. You cannot increase or decrease the number of the elect nor can you increase or decrease the number of the reprobates. So it truly makes no difference at all in Calvinism whether you are negligent or diligent in evangelism. And any theology which is inconsistent with evangelism, or hinders the zeal thereof, cannot be a biblical God-glorifying Christ-centered theology.
Just some thoughts for the day.
~ Jesse Morrell
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Interesting fact. 1 Cor. 3:9 is where “synergism” comes from. “For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.” “θεοῦ γάρ ἐσμεν συνεργοί θεοῦ γεώργιον θεοῦ οἰκοδομή ἐστε” Notice the key word here: συνεργός (synergies)
hen I ask Calvinists why they witness, since being diligent in evangelism cannot increase the number of the saved or decrease the number of the damned, and being negligent in evangelism makes no difference either, Calvinists will tell me that “God has ordained the means of salvation, which is evangelism.”
I find this answer interesting because it is actually teaching a synergistic view of salvation, not monergistic. If evangelism is God’s appointed “means of salvation,” than salvation is brought about through a synergistic effort between God and man.
In this way, a Calvinist cannot help but to become a synergist when defending the necessity of proclaiming the gospel.