5 Scary Trends: The Reformed Revolution

My friend and fellow church world agitator Geoff Surratt has a really great series he’s doing at his blog this week called “Five Scary Trends that could Shipwreck the Church”.

He started the series yesterday with his first scary trend:  Multisite.  Today’s scary trend:  The Reformed Revolution!  Geoff says:

I never thought that theology could be trendy, but now if you are young and cool you are Reformed. Since I am neither young nor cool I may miss this wave. My problem with the Reformeds, however, is not theology (I’m too much of a light-weight to argue there), but with attitude. I’ll call it PLA (Pharisee-ic Legalistic Arrogance)

Those is fightin’ words, Geoff!

Two main problems with some of the new reformed:

1.  Arrogance

2.  Legalism

You HAVE to read his comments here, then post a comment of your own!

So… what do YOU think of the new reformed revolution?


  • steve miller January 11, 2012 Reply

    I’m not reformed. If my faith was a car I couldn’t park it in either Calvinism or Arminianism without scraping a fare amount of paint on the garage frame. There is a tension I read in the Bible which God seems totally okay to maintain and theologians seem very eager to explain away. I love a lot of the young Reformed guys like Driscoll and Chandler. Heck I was reading Piper when Piper wasn’t cool. They have greatly influenced my love of Doctrine and Theology, but Tim Keller (I swear I don’t only read and listen to Reformed preachers) warns there is a real temptation to elevate preaching or sound theology to a place of idolatry. Theology is a tool for knowing God, God is the goal, God is the prize, Theology is a good thing, but still just a tool for us to understand God. Preaching is a great way to share truths about God, but a real Pastor is also poured out for his people, real Pastors suffer with their flock and for their flock rather than beat them up with sound theology. True Pastors don’t elevate sound preaching above other pastoral disciplines.

    I’m saved by Christ, I love Christ, I will hang with any brother or sister in Christ from any tradition. If they want to argue finer points of the faith, I’m always game, but if they want to just love on one another, I’m totally cool with that. Let’s enjoy Christ together.

  • Peter January 11, 2012 Reply

    I think the problem with the calvinist/arminian argument is the word “argument”… And yes, I do lean way more one way than the other…

  • Dennis January 11, 2012 Reply

    I’d rather go into the back yard and scoop dog dung than listen to another reformer harangue, pontificate and say the word “ad hominem” while out of the same mouth voicing some of the meanest and vilest things about their “brothers/sisters” in Christ. I know I am a heretic, everyone is who disagrees in the slightest with them is anyway!

    Ahhh… Confession is good for the soul!

  • Todd January 12, 2012 Reply

    Dennis, awesome, you got me rollin. lol

  • Ron Land February 14, 2012 Reply

    Rediscovering the reformation has way more for with being reminded who God is and who I am not. I can think of WAY more disturbing trends in the church! Saddens me to see some of this pseudo-intellectual talk among us. As usual, the first thing people write has nothing to do with what Reform Theology is about…loving God and loving people.

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