Mr. Bluedorn,

I am struggling with an issue concerning Calvinism and those who call themselves Calvinists. I affirm Reformed theology; I believe it most accurately represents Biblical doctrine (thus, historic, Biblical Christianity).

The specific issue in part is something called “hyper-Calvinism.” I know having a thorough understanding and knowledge of Scripture is mandatory when it comes to the doctrines of the Bible, but I was wondering if you could either send me some information on hyper-Calvinist doctrine concerning soteriology along with ways to recognize hyper-Calvinism when I encounter it.

Thank you.

Dear Aaron,

“Hyper-Calvinist” is an epithet – an abusive nickname – thrown about by some people against others whose views they think amount to fatalism – God ordained everything, so we don’t need to do anything. People are going to be saved or damned whether we do anything or not.

For example, to the thorough Arminian, any Calvinist is a hyper-Calvinist because Calvinism is simply extreme predestinarianism, and predestinarianism is necessarily fatalism – to their way of thinking.

The people who make this charge are generally negligent about actually learning what the object of their ad-hominem attack actually believes or practices. They resort to name-calling instead of intellectually engaging the matter…. Read the rest of this post here.