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Thursday, January 17, 2008

To: Calvin College. ATTN School of Education

The Christian school I teach at uses the ABEKA curriculum, which is published by the Christian college that gave the world the free will song. It's not surprising that their curriculum presents a rabid vigorous defense of their theology. That said, this 4th grade Math problem left me speechless:

Charles Finney is thought by many to be the greatest evangelist since the apostles. Of the people under his preaching who confessed salvation, 85 out of 100 remained true to God. Reduce 85/100 to lowest terms.

Category: Theoblogia


  • This is a joke, right?

    since the apostles? Good grief.

    And I live in that neck of the woods now...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:31 PM  

  • Dude,

    Not a joke. At least they didn't intend it to be.

    By Blogger Jeremy Felden, at 8:30 AM  

  • If that is how the teach math, then I'm wondering what type of indoctrination their english books teach.

    By Blogger mikesdg, at 7:21 PM  

  • Reduce 85/100 to lowest terms.

    Finney's evangelism had a failure rate of 15%; which, in lowest terms, means that 3 out of 20 are damned to hell because of Finney's preaching.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:50 PM  

  • Garet: How many who responded to Finney's false gospel were damned because they refused to "submit to the righteousness which is by faith"?
    Apparently, Pensacola Christian College isn't, given that they reject original sin and hold to a salvation that is a reward for meritorious choice. To that error, I can anly respond "anathema esto!" Even Rome would not go that far.
    Musically, the song's heresy is dressed in sweet, gooey tones which can only damn at the end. Would that PCC be "marked and avoided." Ro 16:17 Charles

    By Blogger CB in Ca, at 1:57 PM  

  • cb: I'm not sure that I follow you comment. I was just kidding around with Jer by answering the math problem on it's terms. I think if someone was saved under Finney's preaching, it had little to do with Finney, and all to do with the sovereign grace of God which can work even in the midst of opportunistically twisted Gospel presentations...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:51 PM  

  • Garet: I agree that sovereign grace would have to work if someone were truly regenerated hearing Finney! Even where the pure truth is preached, sovereign grace alone works saving faith!

    By Blogger CB in Ca, at 6:46 PM  

  • I think to be fair to Finney we have to understand the cultural aspects of the times and places he was preaching.

    Most of those he preached to had had some form of Christian teaching and knew the basics about Christ and Finney was calling them to stop backsliding.

    Certainly when you read about his conversion there is no doubt he was genuinely converted, also as Finney did not plant churches we have to ask where did those people go to fellowship afterwards and who pastored them?

    From what I know the towns he held revivals in were organized by the various pastors of the town, and the new converts were left to the pastors to continue to feed.

    Yes some time later he did start a bible school, but when you talk of the sheer numbers who professed and got involved with their local church we have to acknowledge that they were genuine.

    By Blogger Craig Bennett, at 3:00 AM  

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