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- Date: May 11, 2020 at 9:20:27 AM EDT
- Dear Pastor Begg,
- As you would already know,
you admirably refute infant baptism and you employ musical instruments
in worship in your church. I AM GLAD!!! But what is baffling
and confusing to me is that you also glowingly promote and endorse
John Calvin. But Calvin burned people at the stake for opposing
infant baptism and declared that use of musical instruments in
worship is an abomination. Did you know that? This brings me
to the following questions:
- 1. Why would any kind of Baptist not
totally reject John Calvin and have no association with even
his name who burned people at the stake for opposing infant baptism?
This is what you and I would look like were John Calvin to get
his hands on us:
- 2. As you know, The Netherlands is where
Reformed Theology TULIP originated then spread throughout
Europe, Africa, and America. But of the billions of tulips sold
from there every year, wasn't there at least one wise among them
to inform them to inform them that a tulip has only 3 petals
and to this day no one has exposed this?
- 3. Conrad Mbewe a black leading pastor
in Zambia is championing Calvinism taking over Africa. But Calvinism
is responsible for Apartheid white supremacy Dutch Reformed Church
in Africa and corrupting Curse of Ham racism plague, resulting
in the death of 21,000 Blacks that also infected America my country
such as Calvinist Presbyterian Pastor Robert Lewis Dabney who
stated: "colored men . . . should not be ordained to the
full work of the gospel ministry, simply because they belong
to the negro race."
1.5 million died in the Civil War,
almost destroyed our country. So what would Dabney say to Moses
whose second wife was a Black woman from Ethiopia (Cushite)?
- Better yet, what would and should have
Moses done to Dabney? I can tell you what the Lord did to Miriam,
effectively saying them "so you don't like Black, let see
how you like white with Leprosy for judgment seven days!"
(Number 12:10) At least Aaron repented, Dabney never did! Had
Abraham Kuyper, Dabney and a host of Calvinists done what Philip
did by cozying up in the Black Ethiopian's chariot for his first
church service, we might have avoided Hamite theology path of
destruction, and The Third Reich Holocaust since Calvin was vehemently
antisemitic. Can you explain this? So shouldn't we be fleeing
Calvin, not embracing him?
- 4. Calvin banned and condemned the use
of musical instruments in worship, calling it an abomination.
So why do so many Reformed, and all other Baptist Denominations
and so many other denominations, use musical instruments in worship
in defiance of John Calvin? This was punishable according to
Calvin, so I also wonder what would happen to you and all of
the musicians in your church, and me as a guitarist who has ministered
in concert in 43 States? (see my website below).
But what does Calvin say about the Psalms?
"Nowhere is the method of praising God delivered more
fully; or are we stimulated more powerful to render him this
office of godliness...sounds of string instruments...and song
in four parts do not in the least suit the majesty of the Church,
and only greatly displease God" John Calvin
Another quote from Douglas Bond, citing Calvin:
"John Calvin urged that "all human inventions in worship
be removed and driven from us, which God himself justly abominates."
Far from aping the world, Christian men ought to stand against
the impulse to reinvent worship so it looks and sounds like the
"Musical instruments in celebrating the praises of God
would be no more suitable than the burning of incense, the lighting
of lamps and the restoration of other shadows of the Law. The
Papists therefore have foolishly borrowed this as well as many
other things from the Jews." John Calvin
- 5. I note that you conduct Certified
Biblical Counseling at or through your church in which people
would pay fees for spiritual/soul counseling both directly as
well as through Fieldstone Counseling posted on your church website.
But John Calvin said this about Simony:
"I maintain that, in the Papacy in the present day, scarcely
one benefice in a hundred is conferred without simony, as the
ancients have defined it." John Calvin (Calv. in Art. 8:21)
- 6. Calvin committed the sin of the Leaven
of Herod in Ecclesiastical Ordinances and Consistory. He
claimed to be against merging church and state, but, de facto,
that is precisely what he did. Have you exposed this, or will
- Will you run these
questions by your congregation?
- I look forward to your responses!!
- Thank you.
- Kindest regards in Christ,
- James Sundquist
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