The twitter world (at least my little corner of it) is a buzz over comments made by “Pastor” Ed. Young Jr. mocking Calvinism in a recent Sunday message. While he is obviously misguided over the Doctrines of Grace (TULIP or BACON, whatever all the hipsters are calling it these days, I love bacon, but the across-stick doesn’t work as well as TULIP, just my opinion) as I pointed out in my blog post about Rob Bell, God always uses, what Satan intends for evil, for good according to His purposes (Gen. 50:20). It would be my guess that most of the people sitting in the congregation of Ed Young Jr.’s church have never given reformed theology a second thought…but they are thinking about it now…and maybe some of them are checking it out for themselves…and maybe a few of them aren’t agreeing with Pastor Young but are saying, this Calvinism stuff makes sense…more sense than Pastor Young makes (seriously the guy is the Michael Scott of preaching.) The beauty of the Doctrines of Grace is that they are not a man-made idea, but an idea that is reflected over and over in Scripture, so, in a sense, Calvinism is the logical conclusion of many, many verses in the Bible that when put together, taken in context, results in the Doctrines of Grace. It’s not an idea that John Calvin had and then went to the Bible to find support for. My point being that maybe Ed Young Jr.’s comments, as derogatory as they were, may at least spark someone’s interest into checking out reformed theology on their own and lead them to eventually see that Ed Young’s theology doesn’t match up with the Bible…and causing them to leave that church to find one that does teach Biblical theology.
Furthermore, I’d like to propose that taking to the blog-o-sphere and Twitter decrying pastor Young Jr.’s statements is exactly the reaction that he intended when he made them, so really we are only going to prove his point. He just wants to be at the center of a controversy and the more we talk, the more petrol we add to the fire. (Side note: I like using the word petrol, what a fun word for gas)
Lastly, let us pray…for the thousands who go to Ed Young’s church…and others like it (see: Rick Warren et all.) that the Holy Spirit would open their eyes to the true saving power of the Gospel. And lastly let’s love those who call us, in the reformed camp, evil for His names sake…for it’s not a war of flesh and blood we fight, but a war of Spirit.