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Young, Restless, and Reformed

Christianity Today has an article on their site called Young, Restless, Reformed. Apparently, Reformed theology (Calvinism) is becoming more popular again, especially among younger adults. Why? It's easier to be passionate about a God who is truly sovereign. If we have a part to play in our salvation, it takes the glory away from God, and leaves us feeling like we're in control.
"I felt like Calvinism was more than abstract points of theology," said Cochran, 25. "I felt you would get a much bigger view of God if you accepted these things, an understanding of justice and grace that would so deepen your affections for God, that would make you so much more grateful for his grace."

And although they mention TULIP (Total depravity, Unconditional election, Limited atonement, Irresistible grace, Perseverance) as a good way to explain the major points of Calvinism, ultimately this isn't about Calvin or about any one man's theology.
It's because the young Calvinists value theological systems far less than God and his Word. Whatever the cultural factors, many Calvinist converts respond to hallmark passages like Romans 9 and Ephesians 1. "I really don't like to raise any banner of Calvinism or Reformed theology," said Eric Lonergan, a 23-year-old University of Minnesota graduate. "Those are just terms. I just like to look at the Word and let it speak for itself."

That's the essence of what Joshua Harris calls "humble orthodoxy." He reluctantly debates doctrine, but he passionately studies Scripture and seeks to apply all its truth.

"If you really understand Reformed theology, we should all just sit around shaking our heads going, 'It's unbelievable. Why would God choose any of us?'" Harris said. "You are so amazed by grace, you're not picking a fight with anyone, you're just crying tears of amazement that should lead to a heart for lost people, that God does indeed save, when he doesn't have to save anybody."

The truth is a powerful thing, and it is drawing Christians to study the Bible that they claim to believe.


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