On two unrelated occasions lately, people have asked me to explain Reformed Theology. Since I refer to it frequently both in conversations and in blog posts, it seems reasonable that I devote some time to writing about it.
GotQuestions.org has a helpful introductory article directly answering What Is Reformed Theology? Because I’m old and tired, I’d rather not exert myself writing something that someone far more conversant in the topic than I has already written. I will add only that my page, Explaining My TULIP, reinforces the explanation of Reformed Theology that GotQuestions.org provides.
Perhaps the more intriguing question would be “Why are people embracing Reformed Theology?” In the past two decades, men like R.C. Sproul, John MacArthur and John Piper have popularized it, drawing many evangelicals (including yours truly) to self-identify as Reformed.
I can answer only for myself, and my schedule demands even more brevity than usual. My bottom line reason for joining the Reformed camp is that its teachings align better with Scripture than the Armimian and Charismatic teachings I once believed.
Or tried to believe. Throughout my 30+ years as an Armimian Charismatic, I always had a nagging feeling that I was trying to force Scripture into those molds. Upon marrying John, however, I began listening to John MacArthur’s Grace To You radio broadcasts. He said things that I’d always thought but suppressed because churches I attended taught otherwise.
A series of events led me, by God’s providence, to blogs like Pyromaniacs and Do Not Be Surprised, both of which influenced my reading. These led me to still more Reformed blogs, books and podcasts. Eventually, the Lord used Mike Abendroth of No Compromise Radio to help us find a church with Reformed Baptist leanings.
Although I’ve learned a lot in the past ten years of embracing Reformed Theology, it’s been like finally coming home. At last, I understand that I’d read Scripture correctly all the while, and didn’t need to impose on it the interpretations I’d been taught. In short, Reformed Theology has brought me back to God’s Word.
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