Saturday, July 14, 2007

You Might Be ...

I found this in the current issue of Modern Reformation:
You might be a Pelagian if:
  1. When thinking of salvation you draw on the old Smith Barney commercial (i.e., "We get to heaven the old fashioned way.... We earn it!")
  2. You think "Amazing Grace" refers to someone's girlfriend.
  3. You think the whole fuss about original sin is just sinfully wrong-headed.
  4. Simply hearing the name Augustine makes you break out in a rash.
  5. You think "propitiation" is something that happens to your heart when you over-exert yourself.
  6. The Beatles song which goes, "one two three four five six seven, all good children go to heaven" is in a continuous loop inside your head.
  7. Your last name happens to be Pelagius.
  8. You think the lines from Invictus "I am the master of my fate, the captain of my soul" are found in the book of Proverbs.
  9. You think "self esteem" is the most crucial component of sanctification.
  10. To the question, "What is your only comfort in life and death?" you answer by saying, "That I am my own, and have been taught to be nice."


Anonymous said...

Never heard of this - Pelagian? Is this the start of several related posts? Something that you've heard a lot about? Or just a random thing you found? Just curious...sad to think people might find their "hope" in those kind of thoughts. What a world... ~J in the UK

jwd said...

Basically a "random" thing I found. Pelagianism is often equated with Arminianism because they both deny Calvinist doctrines of predestination and irresistible grace. However, Pelagianism goes farther than Arminianism by denying original sin, total depravity, substitutionary atonement, and salvation through faith alone. (See Arminianism vs. Pelagianism.)

Anonymous said...

Wow. Okay, thanks for that. I'll look at some of that when I've got a few minutes sometime. Those are quite hefty things to be denying, eh? All I know for sure is that I have plenty of original sins, am totally depraved, needed some substitutionary atonement, and am most certainly saved through faith alone (did I mention that was by grace, too?)! God is good....J/UK