Last July I wanted to take on a Baptist who reckoned on being a 5 point Calvinist and therefore Reformed. His name is Jeremy Walker and posts on the blog, reformation 21, which doesn’t allow comment. However Jeremy has his own blog and I posted there. My point was that Baptists belong to the Anabaptist stream of the Reformation and although they, at least initially took up the 5 points, it takes a lot more than the 5 points to be called Reformed.

To be Reformed means to have a covenant view of baptism of children, a certain form of church government which is not independency and a high view of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, i.e. an understanding of the Lord’s Supper as more than a mere remembrance, but rather through the partaking of the elements of bread and wine a real, spiritual participation in the body and blood of Christ.

Anyway, I came across this article by Richard Muller, the present day doyen of Calvin scholars.

Says, Muller,

there cannot be such a thing as a “5 point Calvinist” or a “5 point Reformed Christian” who owns just those five articles taken from the Canons of Dort and refuses to accept the other “points” made by genuinely Reformed theology.

(PS I got to Muller’ article through this post on R Scott Clarke’s Heidelblog – which raises other interesting issues)

I thoroughly recommend Muller as a good and thought provoking read, rather more perceptive than my effort on Jeremy Walker’s blog. However, as Muller says, he will also step “on a few religious toes” (mine included) in the process, but if we are willing to carefully consider what he says in the context of our confessional standards, he does so in a way that is both challenging and helpful.

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