Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Hypercalvinism - A Three Part Series by Fred Zaspel

ot wanting to have this series lost within the shuffle of posts here at The Armoury, I have chosen to combine the links to Fred Zaspel's three part series on Hypercalvinism within this single post.  Pastor Zaspel's work on this important subject is excellent, and I commend the entire series to you.  Fred's father, James Zaspel, e-mailed me some time ago, offering his articles to me (via "The Theological Journal" edited by James Zaspel).   I wrote him back and asked for permission to post some of these articles on The Armoury as a guest post.  Thus, with his permission, I have been glad to post this important series.  Part 3 was sent to me in mid-March, but I delayed in posting it because I have had precious little time to review it prior to posting:

Theme:  Hypercalvinism vs. True Calvinism

1. Hypercalvinism & Eternal Justification.

2. Hypercalvinism & Immediate Regeneration.

3. Hypercalvinism & The Gospel Call.

Below is an introductory note from Dr. James Zaspel concerning the series:

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Introductory Note from the Editor, Dr. James Zaspel

Theme: Hyper-Calvinism vs. True Calvinism Part 3 of 3

In this series my son has been answering the question: "What is a hyper-Calvinist? A short review of what has already been covered in the first two issues of the Journal might be helpful. Theologically, hyper-Calvinists hold to three errors which Reformed Calvinists have never held, and which the Bible clearly does not teach. Thus far Fred has exposed two of the three heresies of hyper-Calvinism:

1) Eternal Justification: – an error of hyper-Calvinists whereby they believe that God pronounces "elect" sinners righteous from eternity – that their justification is not made actual in time but in eternity past, which belief would be tantamount to unbelievers being declared righteous; or to put it another way, we would have justified unbelievers.

2) Immediate Generation: In regard to the means of regeneration, they espouse the view that God immediately and sovereignly brings a sinner to life apart from any means at all – that God uses His Word/Gospel only in conversion, not in regeneration. Such teaching necessitates a long period of time between regeneration and conversion which would amount to having unconverted people who were born again. They fail to see that the Spirit uses the instrument of the Word to bring sinners "new life" (regeneration), to bring them to faith (conversion).

3) No Free Offer:  This third critique is Fred’s longest. We trust that you will be able to retain in capsule form these three heresies which we reject as hyper-Calvinism, so that you may be able to intelligently and theologically answer anyone who charges our church with hyper-Calvinism. We believe it is more dangerous than Arminianism, which will be the subject of our next Theological Journal. We appreciate my son’s contribution and hope that his series has been a benefit to your Christian life.

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