Calvinist When They Want To Be
When one of their pastors (or someone in authority that they approve of) is caught in some offense, bloggers are chastised for writing about it and congregants are told not to talk about it, but to “give it to God”.
“Pray about it.”
“Let God handle it.”
This teaching has been effective…when we expose these pastors we are often told by their adoring congregants that we should shut up and simply pray for the guy diddling his secretary or taking money under fraudulent pretenses.
I’ve never known exactly how to pray for a guy who’s committing adultery and fornication so petitions for impotence and sexually transmitted diseases were the best I could do.
What I want to point out today is exactly what these boys are telling us to do.
They are telling us to ask God to act without the aid of any human agency.
Calvinists believe that God is able to act sovereignly according to His will without engaging the “free will” of men…though Calvinists also believe that He most usually acts through means and that the primary means He uses is human agency.
Oddly enough, these groups also often despise Calvinists and Calvinism.
Evidently, God can’t save whom He will, but He will mysteriously deal with erring pastors and leaders.
I often wonder what God is to do with these prayers…what exactly are we supposed to ask Him to do that doesn’t involve the participation of people?
Ananias and Sapphira redux?
Let me call this what it is.
It is simply a way to shut up critics and silence victims with faux piety and crappy theology.
It is a way to avoid any accountability on earth while claiming to be accountable to God.
It’s a lie.
They may wish they had received their discipline here when they find out God really did hold them accountable…