Does A Calvinistic Theology Destroy Missionary Zeal?

John_Calvin_2One of our most firmly held and diligently taught fundamentals at To Every Tribe’s Center for Pioneer Church Planting (CPCP) is our belief in the doctrines of grace. These doctrines are often referred to by the nickname “Calvinism.”  We believe that this system of theological understanding is thoroughly consistent with Scripture and that it exalts our sovereign Lord while it puts man face down before His majesty in repentance and utter dependence on His grace.  Since the CPCP is a training program for missionaries, this might be surprising to some. The surprise stems from the fact that many have been led to believe that Calvinism is inconsistent with evangelism and, by extension, mission work. Nothing could be further from the truth! I am aware that there are some who have miss-applied the doctrines of grace and allowed flawed thinking to make them “hyper-Calvinists.”  These are the misguided thinkers who do not see the need for evangelizing the lost. However a truth-loving, honest Calvinist cannot help but obey the great commission!

Here are five reasons why I believe that a right understanding of the doctrines of grace is not inconsistent with missions. More

Former Missionary Trainee Leaves for Short-term Trip to Middle East

Editor’s note: Matt Wilkinson completed the missionary training at To Every Tribe’s Center for Pioneer Church Planting (CPCP) a number of years ago.  Matt is now a trained paramedic and is working on getting into medical school to become a doctor.  He leaves today for a three week trip to Iraq and Turkey leaving behind his wife, Leanne and their six children.  Below is a prayer letter he sent out before leaving.  Get more information at www.thirstyground.org.

Middle_East_geographicGreetings in the name of our precious Savior, Jesus Christ.  Thank you for your prayers and support.  I leave for the trip to Iraq and Turkey today.  I’ll be gone for almost three weeks. Our team’s goal is to show the love of Christ to those affected by the violence in this region. Yes, it’s likely dangerous,  but the safest place to be is in the center of God’s will!  I feel led by God to help our brethren there and to try to reach the lost. Besides, I cannot be in any more danger than I was for many years when I was on my way to hell! Christ has saved me and I know that “to live is Christ and to die is gain”! We’re going with much prayer and in the authority of Jesus Christ.  We are to “do good to all, especially to those of the household of faith”. We must also “love our enemies” and “do good to them”. Maybe God would even save an I.S. member!   More