Wednesday, November 14, 2007

TJP - Calvinists Denounce Public Professions of Faith?

TJP has asserted that Calvinists refuse to let people publicly profess faith in Christ.

I would say that this has to be one of the most outlandish claims against Calvinists that TJP has made. The underlying rationale is that Calvinists (most of them anyway) do not engage in the practice of the "altar call."

On the other hand, however, Calvinist churches publicly receive members, and - for communicant members - either have the person themselves publicly profess faith, or publicly announce a profession of faith previously made to the session. For previously unbaptized communicant members, the profession of faith is ordinarily accompanied by a public baptism.

So, I was somewhat puzzled to see TJP's comment, and I really wonder whether TJP is actually unaware of the practice of Calvinist churches, or whether TJP has some agenda.


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