Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Theological Warfare

"Why did you break up with him?" I asked my friend.

"Well, there were some major issues. He was 35, for one," she answered.


"And he also didn't believe we are born with a sin nature."

Some couples struggle with theological differences. Tad and I like to joke about ours. I mean the whole Calvinist / Free Will thing is way too easy to make fun of.

At one point the other day, Tad busted out with this crazy G-R-A-C-E acronym (God's Riches At Christ's Expense) and expected me to identify. I had no idea what he was doing. Or saying. This was way beyond WWJD or FROG. I had never heard it before in my life.

He was astonished.

“Sorry, but we weren’t all about Grace and Mercy like you Baptists,” was my response.

“Oh, that’s right,” Tad said, “You were all about losing your salvation.”

“No, no,” I corrected, “We were all about . . .”

I threw my head back and in my best Mel Gibson/Braveheart voice yelled:


Because I knew topping off the discussion with a war-hero, action movie reference would make me a shoe-in for the win.


  1. Just wondering about supralapsarianism...where God, in His sovereign prerogative, destines some to heaven and others to there's a heavy-hitter for the "real" Calvinist. It's also helpful to know that most "Classical Arminians" don't believe in falling from grace and they believe it is grace that brings them into relationship with Christ (Billy Graham example and others like him). The Calvin-Arminian argument is the means of salvation, not the security of salvation....or it should be....///What's all this theology?