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Hello everyone! Firstly, I would like to start out by saying that I am glad to be here! I really hope that I can have some civil, thoughtful, Scripture-filled discussion with people from all different denominations! 

 

So, I am posting this topic to get a general idea of what you think of the Reformed faith. I am currently a member of another site like this one, where I was not very well accepted, to the point that I was told by another site member I needed to "just take my Calvinism and leave" [this was NOT one of the moderators, but still] 

 

I was extremely excited to see all of the resources posted on this site by Brother @William , which is why I decided to try this site out! 

 

Much Love! 

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1 hour ago, Mjh29 said:

Hello everyone! Firstly, I would like to start out by saying that I am glad to be here! I really hope that I can have some civil, thoughtful, Scripture-filled discussion with people from all different denominations! 

 

So, I am posting this topic to get a general idea of what you think of the Reformed faith. I am currently a member of another site like this one, where I was not very well accepted, to the point that I was told by another site member I needed to "just take my Calvinism and leave" [this was NOT one of the moderators, but still] 

 

I was extremely excited to see all of the resources posted on this site by Brother @William , which is why I decided to try this site out! 

 

Much Love! 

I'm a member of the OPC in San Jose California. I'm finally moving at the end of this month to another state Idaho. It was very important to my wife and I to find a Reformed church. We were blessed in that the United Reformed Church of Nampa is within minutes away from where we be settling and the PCA about 20 minutes in Boise.

 

What do I think of the Reformed faith? "Ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda"

 

I probably looked something like this when I first learned Reformed wasn't so synonymous with Calvinism as an umbrella term which encompasses so much more than Calvinism!

 

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Looking forward to fruitful engagements with you MJH. We have quite a few Calvinist here on the board but not so many Reformed by actual Reformed church membership.

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2 minutes ago, William said:

I'm a member of the OPC in San Jose California. I'm finally moving at the end of this month to another state Idaho. It was very important to my wife and I to find a Reformed church. We were blessed in that the United Reformed Church of Nampa is within minutes away from where we be settling and the PCA about 20 minutes in Boise.

 

What do I think of the Reformed faith? "Ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda"

 

I probably looked something like this when I first learned Reformed wasn't so synonymous with Calvinism as an umbrella term which encompasses so much more than Calvinism!

 

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Looking forward to fruitful engagements with you MJH. We have quite a few Calvinist here on the board but not so many Reformed by actual Reformed church membership.

I am looking forwards to it as well! So great to finally find somewhere where I can share and debate, and not be called a cult member lol. Thanks so much for the warm welcomes! I'm hoping to post much more in the future!

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21 minutes ago, Mjh29 said:

So great to finally find somewhere where I can share and debate, and not be called a cult member lol.

Staff here tries their best to ensure that the people here are either Nicene or sincerely inquiring about the Protestant faith. We use the Nicene Creed as a litmus test for orthodoxy. Those that reject the essential truths from Scripture in the Nicene Creed often find themselves being questioned or unfortunately labeled as cultist. We try to refrain from calling sincere or new converts cultist, of course, as we are lead into the faith without some type of special instantaneous matrix download of everything there is to know.

 

I think among the Calvinist the best battles are between Reformed Presbyterians and "Reformed" (Particular) Baptists. Of course the subject in contention has to do with Baptism or the identity of the church as Israel. Not too many dispensational Calvinist here though one or two come to mind as generally they're less than 5 Pointers. I try not refer to a less than 5 Point Calvinist as a Calvinist.

 

I suggest building rapport here and getting to know members before serious "debate". Building rapport often goes a long way and people most often don't want to walk away from people they've either invested a lot of time in fellowship wise or have been invested in etc.

 

God bless,

William

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5 minutes ago, William said:

Staff here tries their best to ensure that the people here are either Nicene or sincerely inquiring about the Protestant faith. We use the Nicene Creed as a litmus test for orthodoxy. Those that reject the essential truths from Scripture in the Nicene Creed often find themselves being questioned or unfortunately labeled as cultist. We try to refrain from calling sincere or new converts cultist, of course, as we are lead into the faith without some type of special matrix download of everything there is to know.

 

I think among the Calvinist the best battles are between Reformed Presbyterians and "Reformed" (Particular) Baptists. Of course the subject in contention has to do with Baptism or the identity of the church as Israel. Not too many dispensational Calvinist here though one or two come to mind as generally they're less than 5 Pointers. I try not refer to a less than 5 Point Calvinist as a Calvinist.

 

I suggest building rapport here and getting to know members before serious "debate". Building rapport often goes a long way and people most often don't want to walk away from people they've either invested a lot of time in fellowship wise or have been invested in etc.

 

God bless,

William

Thanks, will do! I really try to fellowship more than debate; unless it is something regarding salvation or something of that kind of importance, I think that disagreements aren't really that important. 

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Thanks, will do! I really try to fellowship more than debate; unless it is something regarding salvation or something of that kind of importance, I think that disagreements aren't really that important. 

That really says a lot about how far your theology has developed!

 

There's essential and non essential doctrine though putting so much emphasis on a non essential doctrine can adversely make it essential. I'm sure you've entered into discussions where a light hearted discussion about the mode of baptism as a preference ended up spiraling out of control into a necessity for salvation in full blown debate. The minor preference becoming a necessity then ends up becoming a debate over tradition vs Sola Scriptura etc.

 

Quite a few members here think and feel the same way you do. They generally, maturely express their belief and move on when pushed. That has positives and negatives but ultimately should be respected.

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2 minutes ago, William said:

That really says a lot about how far your theology has developed!

 

There's essential and non essential doctrine though putting so much emphasis on a non essential doctrine can adversely make it essential. I'm sure you've entered into discussions where a light hearted discussion about the mode of baptism as a preference ended up spiraling out of control into a necessity for salvation in full blown debate. The minor preference becoming a necessity then ends up becoming a debate over tradition vs Sola Scriptura etc.

 

Quite a few members here think and feel the same way you do. They generally, maturely express their belief and move on when pushed. That has positives and negatives but ultimately should be respected.

Indeed, I have been in many a debate like that; usually I just step back and try and keep the peace. 

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Welcome, I've no doubt you'll feel welcome here.

 

There's plenty of hostility online towards Calvinist, I don't how many times I've heard, "Calvinism is lie straight from the pits of Hell"

But Jesus did say we would be hated.

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10 hours ago, Innerfire89 said:

Welcome, I've no doubt you'll feel welcome here.

 

There's plenty of hostility online towards Calvinist, I don't how many times I've heard, "Calvinism is lie straight from the pits of Hell"

But Jesus did say we would be hated.

I've been told I'm a cultist because I don't believe in free will lol. I try to be as kind as possible, but I draw the line at being called a cultist. 

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