I was once again disappointed with Hank Hanegraaff's otherwise good program today (The Bible Answer Man). A caller inquired about Calvinism and Arminianism, wondering which one was correct. Hank answered in a long-winded, roundabout way (as usual), and then said some rather disturbing things.
Hank Hanegraaff admitted that he was raised in a Calvinist home, so he said he "appreciated" that tradition. But then he said the following (not verbatim, but basically), which I respond to below:
Hank H.: "I think it's important that we not make God the Author of evil."
RESPONSE: Calvinists do not say that God is the Author of evil. Read the Westminster Confession of Faith, III:1, and the London Baptist Confession of Faith, 3:1. This is surface theology here. Hank H. should know better, having been raised in a Calvinist home. His parents have probably discussed this with him several times, and I bet that they are probably a little disturbed by his misunderstanding and misrepresentation of the Reformed faith.
Hank H.: "I think it's also important that we don't say that God ordained the Fall of man into sin, or the sinful acts of men."
RESPONSE: Proverbs 16:4; Lamentations 3:37-38; Romans 9; compare 1 Chronicles 21 with 2 Samuel 24; Ezekiel 14:9; etc.
Hank H.: "God made us with free will. He didn't make us unable to respond to the gospel call."
RESPONSE: John 6:44ff; Ephesians 2:1-10; Romans 8:7-8; etc.
Hank H.: "God doesn't create men for destruction and guide them to that path."
RESPONSE: Romans 9:21-22; Proverbs 16:4; 1 Peter 2:8; etc.
WHAT FRUSTRATES ME
You see brothers and sisters, I think I can finally say that it is not your average, layperson American evangelical that frustrates me anymore. Why should I be upset with them? They've never been taught Scripture; in fact, most of them have never even heard a sermon with Scripture expounded in it, sad to say.
No--what frustrates me are those in teaching positions who teach against the truths of sovereign grace and God's eternal decree, or who ignore these truths because they think they're "not necessary" or "might offend" or are "too mysterious" or are "concerned that it doesn't make God look very nice."
Today, Hank Hanegraaff told millions of listeners in the United States and Canada the following:
*God does not ordain all things (Really? See above.);
*unbelievers can choose Christ with just a little help from the Holy Spirit (Really? See above.);
*God does not guide all things (Really? See above.); and
*the only way man can be held responsible is if God has not decreed it. (Where does the Bible teach that?)
Hank H. is in a teaching position, but Scripture warns us that we should not presume to be teachers, because we will be judged more harshly.
The Scripture is clear on these things. So the next time you hear someone speak against the sovereignty of God in salvation and providence, be a good Berean and search the Scriptures.
May "To the Law and to the Testimony" always be our guiding thought.