The Chimera of Neo-gnostic Calvinism: Advice to those opening a savings account

Can a wrong interpretation – only one can be right – of scripture bring one to faith in Christ. That’s what happened to Archibald Alexander, the founder of Princeton seminary (See Archibald Alexander and how we come to faith: Thank God that he never depends on human understanding to bring us to faith).There is an extreme chimerical form of Calvinism called “Neo-Gnostic Calvinism.”(Greek neo “young,” gnosis “knowledge”). In “The Bane of Neo-Gnostic Calvinism, Greg Fields writes:

The main tenets of this aberration of Calvinism, Fields continues, involve primarily a comprehensive cognitive system of knowledge (gnosis) that must be firmly grasped and indoctrinated into before the professing Calvinist or seeking Arminian is truly considered “saved” by these ersatz-Calvinist “teachers”. The subtlety involved in this neo-gnostic Calvinistic soteriology is that they vigorously promote truths that any committed believer would commend. For example, they incessantly exhort all to focus on Christ’s imputation of Righteousness as being indispensable to one’s salvation. Of course this is true and this needs to be emphatically declared in our presentation of the gospel. Particular Redemption is stressed with great vigor. Again, a hearty amen to the vital importance of this great doctrine is in order. They clearly enumerate the “five points” with undiminished zeal. Again, I concur and wish we all would stress these great doctrines with the zeal demonstrated by these men.” (See Calvinists, Neo-gnostic Calvinists and Seeking Arminians).

No, you don’t have to be clear in your head to be saved. You might, though, need to be clear in your head when you open a savings account.

Colossians 1 – Paul writing to believers

9… since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

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