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[Blog writer's note: A proud Calvinist is an oxymoron; yet The Reformed faith in particular seems to draw people who have a lot of head knowledge and yet little if any of true saving conversion. These same people are not only proud, but often self-righteousness and unloving to the core. Jesus says we shall know them by their love, and Apostle Paul says without love we have nothing. I believe Calvinistic doctrine is true biblical Christianity, but the intellectualism of Calvinism also seems to draw people with a mental assent to the truth, an intellectual, reason based faith that is not saving or converting faith. Let us pray we are not found wanting on that great day of Judgement.]
If I choose Him as my portion, it is because he has first chosen me. If I love him, it is because he has first loved me. If my heart is given to him, it is because he loved me and gave himself for me. If I am united to him, it is because he drew me with the bands of a man, with the cords of love, in fulfillment of his own most precious word: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.” Many reject this blessed truth. The pride of man cannot bear this humiliating doctrine, so subversive of human merit. But what are its genuine effects? It humbles the sinner, it exalts the Savior, and promotes holiness. That doctrine must be true, which places Christ on his throne, and the creature in the dust; which opposes the evil of sin, and delights in holiness!
–Thomas Reade “Christian Meditations: Or, the Believer’s Companion in Solitude”