Loraine Boettner writes:
“It may be proper at this point to say that the author of this book was not reared in a Calvinistic Church, and he well remembers how revolutionary these doctrines seemed when he first came in contact with them. During one Christmas vacation of his College course he happened to read the first volume of Charles Hodge’s ‘Systematic Theology,’ which contains a chapter on ‘The Decrees of God,’ and which stated these truths with such compelling force that he was never able to get away from them. Furthermore, he takes some pride in the fact that he has reached this position only after a rather severe mental and spiritual struggle, and he feels deeply sympathetic toward others who may be called upon to go through a somewhat similar experience. He knows the sacrifice required to withdraw from the church of his youth when he became convinced that that church taught a system which contained much error” (The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination, p. 362).
Chris: To progress from belief in a “non-sovereign god” to belief in a “partially-sovereign god” had an absolutely “revolutionary” impact on Boettner’s benighted brain. Boettner is STILL enslaved to those “by nature not being gods” (Galatians 4:8) and since these “no-gods” vary in their alleged “redemptive sovereignty,” they likewise vary in the severity of their impact on the idol factories that are busily manufacturing them. Boetter’s sympathies are with his fellow idolaters who have likewise struggled and suffered while forming and fashioning idols of various shapes and sizes that are conformable to the mold of their own unregenerate minds.
Calvinists like Boettner who believe in a “partially-sovereign god” are sometimes totally misrepresented or misunderstood by those worshipping a “non-sovereign god” to believe in the absolutely sovereign God of Scripture. When this happens the aforementioned Calvinists are quick to correct their fellow idolaters on that point.
Marc: Of course he takes pride in the fact that he “has reached this position only after a rather severe mental and spiritual struggle” – it’s something for tolerant Calvinists who used to be Arminians to be proud of!
Why would the “sacrifice” of withdrawing from the church of one’s youth be required? That would be sinful schism! Where’s the love?