Wednesday, January 25, 2012

John Calvin an "Occupier?"

Every now and then, I encounter an article or report that simply leaves me speechless—at least until I get my breath back.

Today's stunner was revealed by the Institute for Religion and Democracy, a group that works toward reform in mainline churches that have gone astray from their biblical moorings. In this article published by IRD, they discuss Dr. Setri Nyomi's claim that John Calvin would have sympathized with the Occupy Wall Street crowd. Dr. Nyomi, by the way, is general secretary of the World Communion of Reformed Churches.

As you'll see from the article, Dr. Nyomi really stretches the rubber band to the breaking point. While I would agree that Calvin would have been concerned about true economic injustices, I do not agree that he would have embraced Occupy's general economic theories or tactics. He certainly would never embrace liberal theology in any way, shape or form.

I am especially irritated at the way Dr. Nyomi describes Calvin as a man bound by the times in which he was living. In other words, because Calvin was alive in the 1500s and lived by the practices of the day, that explains his position on women being role-restricted in the home and in the church. In other words, Calvin held to a complimentarian position, not an egalitarian position.

Sorry. If Calvin was bound by anything at all, he was bound by Scripture. As he (and all of us) should be.

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