I am a blogger, and as such, when I write I do not write as one does when he writes a book–formally and systematically–but my posts are seemingly sporadic and generally reflect certain topics that are raised from day to day from diverse places. Also, when I write, sometimes I address particular audiences, e.g. teachers, leaders, Christians, etc, and attempt to make it clear which audience I am addressing in the post. However, it is most often the case that many different audiences read the posts that I write, and, despite my best efforts, certain audiences that were not intended to be addressed feel as though they were and make conclusions about the post based upon that feeling. And sometimes when I address certain audiences, I use particular terminology that would be familiar to one audience and unfamiliar to another, and oftentimes an audience which is unfamiliar with the jargon specific to another audience is engaged with it, and they react negatively toward it though it may be truth.
In this post I am going to explain some of the jargon that is used by those with theological training and attempt to bridge the gap and clarify some misunderstandings. This language is often used by those who are trained in seminaries, and, to be frank, I detest that it is this way. Personally, I am not in favor of the existence of seminaries, because they divide God’s church into priests and laypersons, and, because of this divide, there flows from it a sort of arrogance and superiority that is not healthy to the church. I believe wholeheartedly that the church, not seminaries, should be the instructor of doctrine, and it has come to the point where many who have come from seminaries do not believe doctrine is beneficial to the church and therefore do not teach it. This however is an entirely false notion, and in this post I am seeking to share the doctrines commonly labeled by theologians as “Calvinism” to all of God’s people for their understanding and edification. I have addressed certain frequently asked questions in this post, and I may add more as they come to mind or are asked of me. I pray that you will find this of benefit and will share it with others who may have similar questions. To God alone be the glory. Amen.