Hyper-Calvinism

You’re probably here because someone accused us (or you) of being hyper-Calvinists.

Hyper-Calvinism is a term of derision that today is often used to negatively label anyone with a strong theological view of God’s sovereignty in the affairs of men. A legitimate understanding of hyper-Calvinism, in its technical sense, appears to be lost today. It seems as if anyone to the right of one’s own theological position is fair game to be labeled a hyper-Calvinist. For example, Arminians regard any who hold to unconditional election as hyper-Calvinists. The four-point Calvinist views the five-point Calvinist as “hyper” because he holds to a limited atonement. We also find five-point infralapsarians referring to five-point supralapsarians as hyper-Calvinists because of their view of the relationship between the fall of man and God’s predestination of the elect.

But there is such a thing as hyper-Calvinism Read What is Hyper-Calvinism? by Jim Ellis for an in-depth study of the issue. His conclusion posted below.

Simply stated, it consists of two fundamental errors: a denial of duty-faith and a resultant denial of the universal call of the gospel. These fundamental errors are a departure from the teaching of Scripture as well as historic Calvinism. These errors were responsible for unbiblical teaching on evangelism and the proclamation of the gospel among 18th century English Baptists. However, as we have seen, the sad effect on evangelism is not the defining error, but a symptom.

On the other hand, in my understanding, historic Calvinism has always maintained that it is the duty of unregenerate men to repent and believe. Calvinism also acknowledges that the gospel is to be preached to all men indiscriminately and that we are to beseech all to individually trust in Jesus Christ and Him alone for salvation.

Finally, I hope it is clear that hyper-Calvinism is not to be considered a legitimate form of Calvinism, for it is not. By the same token, however, it should also be clear that honest theological discussion should refrain from labeling legitimate variations within orthodox Calvinism as “Hyper-Calvinism.”

1 comment for “Hyper-Calvinism

  1. July 25, 2009 at 9:11 am

    My ordaining pastor, Dr. Ernesrt R. Campbell, would tell you from the pulpit and person to person that he was a supralapsarian, a hyper-calvinist (using both terms in that order). He earned his Ph.D. from Bob Jones, pastored many churches, in SC, MO, FL, & KY. He preached a revival in a country church in GA in which he had 100 professions of faith. He also founded the American Race Track Chaplaincy (cf. Who’s Who in Religion, 2nd edn. Chicago: Marquis, 1977). Dr. Campbell was a compassionate person, a beloved pastor, and had many young people called to the service of God under his ministry. Dr. R. G. Lee put it in his will that Dr. Campbell would preach his funeral, the only person named therein. He was a soul-winner. He once pleaded with a member of my family until tears ran down my relative’s cheeks. The aim of that hyper-calvinist was to win souls to Christ and then make devoted belivers out of every one of them

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