7 Signs That You’re a Cage-Stage Calvinist

Tim Challies | 3/25/2019 | Staff
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Calvinism is a beautiful thing—when we Calvinists don’t ruin it.

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For too long Calvinism has been linked to arrogant, fiery, and argumentative Calvinists who seem like the only cure for their cruelty is time in a steel cage. Diagnosis? A Cage-Stage Calvinist.

A Cage-Stage Calvinist is someone who has learned TULIP—the five points of Calvinism—and goes on a relational rampage. They attack, bludgeon, and judge their brothers and sisters in Christ who don’t line up with TULIP as they do.

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And, of course, a Cage Stage Calvinist doesn’t think they are one. I know, because I was one. Still am, sometimes. Don’t assume this post addresses other Calvinists—it might be for you.

Real Calvinism doesn’t need a cage. Real Calvinism is a Humble Calvinism. A heart-grasp of the doctrines of grace will humble us before the Lord and before one another. When the doctrines of grace hit our hearts, we will bear fruit that smells like our Savior who is gentle and humble in heart.

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Cage-Stage Calvinism happens when the doctrines of grace have clogged up our minds but have never made it to our hearts. It displays itself in a variety of symptoms. If you have any of these seven symptoms, call on your Great Physician right away.

The first sign of a Cage-Stage Calvinist is an Obsessive Calvinism Disorder—when Calvinism is all you think about; all you read about; all you want to talk about. This version of OCD can be detected by these diagnostic questions:

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Do you mainly read the Bible looking for verses that smell like TULIP, or, do you read to enjoy God himself?

Do you know more verses for TULIP than you know about prayer, fasting, and good works?

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Are you chronically listening for Calvinism when you hear the proclamation of God’s word?

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