I thought that maybe we could use a bit of levity, especially now that the U.S. folks have to go back to work after a 3-day weekend.

Tim Challies highlights a 1959 book called “Soul-Winning Made Easy”.  One could go on for days about the actual spiritual problems with this book, but (virtual) Mondays aren’t generally for shooting fish in barrels, so just enjoy the overall hokey-ness.  (You can tell the sinner in the pictures, because he isn’t wearing a tie.)

Two alternate things to observe:

  1. For a touch of irony, note that Tim gets thrown back under the bus on Slice by a writer who obviously doesn’t get the difference between “occasionally … pointing out the absurdity within the church” and gorging oneself on it.
  2. For the ultimate irony, though, recall all the kvetching that was done on Slice because Tim didn’t “name names” when he wrote about blogs that live off of bad news.  Then note that this new post was written by “Admin”.
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1   Chris P.    http://approvedworkmanonterrafirma.blogspot.com/
May 26th, 2009 at 9:52 am

How is this any diffrent than the new universalist crap that permeates all of the post-modern church?

2   Rick Frueh    http://judahslion.blogspot.com/
May 26th, 2009 at 10:38 am

Soul Winning Made Easy

Just shout “stop sinning!”. The rest will follow. :cool:

3   Scotty    http://scottysplace-scotty.blogspot.com/
May 26th, 2009 at 11:34 am

Looking at the pictures, this kept ringing in my head…..

“Brylcreem, a little dab will do ya’”

4   John Hughes    
May 26th, 2009 at 1:09 pm

From the articles’ comments section. I wonder how many of those pressed to “make a decision” are now in Hell?

Ah, the proverbial Calvinist’s matra of having ones cake and eating it too. According to TULIP, irresistable grace is, well, irresistable. If someone is Elect then they WILL be saved at some time in their life. Period. It matters not how poorly delivered is the means, the Elect will be saved. So in the ultimate and **logical** outworking of this tenant such laughable approaches of yesteryear’s evangelism tactics would untimately have ABSOLUTELY NO NEGATIVE EFFECT on the eternal destiney of one of the Elect.

But let’s not exegete the outworking of one of TULIP’s glorious petals to its logical conclusion.

5   nc    
May 26th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Another textbook example of people “defending themselves” even when nobody named names.

Well, the shoe fits…

You lurker ADM’s are never ending joke..

6   Rick Frueh    http://judahslion.blogspot.com/
May 26th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

John – You take all the fun out being a Calvinist and eating cake as well! And Paul Washer, the new “Obama” of Calvinism, gives a sermon most reminiscent of Charles Finney here.

7   Brendt    http://csaproductions.com/blog/
May 26th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

John, let’s be fair. Not everyone who comments on Tim’s blog is a Calvinist. Nor do self-proclaimed Calvinists have the corner on the market of self-contradiction.

8   John Hughes    
May 26th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Brendt,

True, but I’ve been moderated on Calvinist’s blogs for pressing the issue, one Calvinist blogger even stating that Finny hardened a whole generation against the gospel. How in Calvinist theology can one of the Elect be hardened against the gospel to their damnation? How could Finny or any other Arminian affect the eternal destination of the Elect? Let me anwer that question for you, they couldn’t if TULIP is true and taken to its logical conclusion. (and I find hiding behind “its a mystery” to be very duplicitious). Either one believes and accepts the logical exposition of the tenants of one’s theology or they don’t. But don’t tell me you (not “you” personally but certain prominent Calvinists bloggers) believe in irresistable grace for the Elect or that salvation is monogestic but which at the same time be negatively contraveined or thwarted by humans and their gospel sharing methodology.

9   Rick Frueh    http://judahslion.blogspot.com/
May 26th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

“Nor do self-proclaimed Calvinists have the corner on the market of self-contradiction.”

The theology itself is a breathtaking study in contradiction. This quote from Spurgeon was posted at Pyro the other day:

“Judge, then, my hearers, whether you are alive unto God, or not. Before you can rightly know the truth, before you are qualified to learn its mysteries, pray that you may be made to live by faith in Jesus Christ; for before food comes life.”

That quote is a testament to touting total depravity but in practice denying it. It’s just too easy.

10   Brendt    http://csaproductions.com/blog/
May 26th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

But see, here’s the thing. Both of you (John and Rick) are attributing the beliefs of specific Calvinists to an entire belief system. Granted, Rick cites St Chuck, but Pyro’s fawning over the man doesn’t make him representative.

If every person who proclaimed to be of a certain persuasion was totally representative of that persuasion, this blog would not be necessary.

(Enter Pajak to make some snarky comment about the necessity of this blog.)

In the spirit of full disclosure, I’m one of those nasty Calvinists that your mom warned you about. And I have found that a large majority of the self-proclaimed Calvinists in the blogosphere are very set on God’s sovereignty within salvific issues, but (tacitly) deny it vehemently in all other areas. But I still are one.

11   Rick Frueh    http://judahslion.blogspot.com/
May 26th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Brendt _ I have known many committed Christians who said they were Calvinsts of some sort. I have never met a Calvinist who actually practiced that brand of theology.

Maybe you are the first? :)

12   chris    
May 26th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

And I have found that a large majority of the self-proclaimed Calvinists in the blogosphere are very set on God’s sovereignty within salvific issues, but (tacitly) deny it vehemently in all other areas. But I still are one.

As am I.

13   John Hughes    
May 26th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

Brendt,

Glad to meet you sir! Hurray! A sane Calvinist who actually believes in Calvinism. I can live with and respect that! :-)