Friday, February 11, 2011

List of Notable Calvinists who are also Continuationists

I've listed them according to (my subjective sense of) their status as being well known in the Christian community.

Andrew Murray
Some may not consider Andrew Murray a continuationist because it's not clear that his belief in Divine Healing also included a belief in the continuation of the charismatic gifts. Also, even though he was a member of the Dutch Reformed Church, some (like myself) question whether he actually held to Unconditional Election. Some of his statements sometimes seem to indicated that he held to Conditional Election (see for example some of his statements in his book Abide In Christ). Murray's books on prayer are beloved by most everyone in the Evangelical Church and beyond. His most famous book and cherished book is With Christ in the School of Prayer which is freely available on many Christian websites like. It is read by Christians of all strips including Calvinists, Arminians, Lutherans, and Catholics etc.

Here are some basic links online materials related to Andrew Murray

Wikipedia Entry

relevant online books:
Divine Healing (or here)

Links to books by Andrew Murray freely online at various websites:

John Piper
For most Evangelicals, John Piper needs no introduction. His teaching is either loved or hated by his fellow Evangelicals. Most love it (even if they may  not agree with either his Calvinism and/or his continuationism).
Piper's most famous book is Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist (freely online HERE). Most Christians who have read it say it's Life Changing.

main website:

Desiring God's page on Spiritual Gifts

Wayne Grudem
Best known for his book Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine, Dr. Grudem is well respected in the Evangelical community. Dr. Grudem is an associate of John Piper. His Systematic Theology is hailed by Christians the world round. From Calvinists like J.I. Packer to charismatics like Jack Hayford.

Phoenix Seminary Bio

Online Audio Lessons

Wikipedia Entry

Amazon Books Page

Link to my "Blog Lessons by Wayne Grudem" 

Link to my Blog "Dr. Wayne Grudem Resources on the Charismatic Gifts"

Sam Storms
Sam Storms is another associate of John Piper. Many Calvinists have praised and recommend his book Chosen for Life: The Case for Divine Election, but shy away from his continuationism. He has been the speaker of many conferences where John Piper also spoke.

main website:

Sam Storms' Articles on Divine Healing 

Matt Slick
 Known for internet apologetics, Matt Slick has a website "Calvinist Corner" where he has an assortment of articles demonstrating that many of the Calvinistic Covenanters moved in the gifts of the Spirit.

main websites:

Vincent Cheung
 Because he holds to a modified form of Clarkian presuppositionalism, Cheung is a controversial figure (just like other Clarkians). Clarkians hold to Scripturalism along with their method of apologetics called Axiomatic (also known as "Dogmatic", or "Deductive", or "Rational") Presuppositionalism (which entails empirical skepticism). His views on Calvinism are considered by some to be hyper-Calvinistic or strongly leaning toward it.

main website:

My Blog on Vincent Cheung regarding the topic of Divine Healing and the Supernatural (includes Three Books on Divine Healing)

James K. A. Smith
 Not as well known as John Piper, Smith is nevertheless a professor of philosophy at Calvin College. He has written a number of books including:
- Letters to a Young Calvinist: An Invitation to the Reformed Tradition
- Thinking in Tongues: Pentecostal Contributions to Christian Philosophy

fors clavigera (James K.A. Smith's Blog)

Blog Entry at Evangelical Philosophical Society Concerning Smith's Works

Interview of James K.A. Smith

J. Rodman Williams
(Now Suspect as a true Calvinist. I doubt he actually held to Unconditional Election)

Wikipedia Entry

main website:

Regent University Bio

Regent University Obituary

A.J. Gordon
According to Scott M. Gibson's book A.J. Gordon: American Premillennialist
 Gordon's adoption of premillennialism, embrace of revivalism, practice of healing, and espousal of the second work of the Holy Spirit are not doctrines of strict Calvinism. Yet, he did not turn from the teaching of total depravity and unconditional election. But, like many New England preachers who preceded him, Gordon demonstrated a willingness to accommodate outside influences. He was an heir to the alliance between Calvinism and the revivalism of the late 1700s and the 1800s. In his acceptance of the validity of experience, he simply reclothed the old Calvinist teachings in a new rhetoric of sentiment. Another possible factor for the moderation of Gordon's traditional Calvinism was that many Baptists had been appreciably affected by the influence of democratic thought. Yet, Gordon was a Calvinist in that he remained in the mainstream of historic Baptist thought and practice. However, his Calvinism was certainly not mainstream, but moderate. [page 78, bold added by me].
Here's a LINK to some of Gordon's works including The Ministry of Healing.

Johanes Lilik Susanto
 Not well known, Susanto wrote the following dissertation in defense of  Calvinistic continuationism using the life and ministries of Smith Wigglesworth an John G. Lake as examples and models of modern charismatic manifestations .

Doctoral Thesis

Here's a link to my blog Recommended Resources on Divine Healing 

Other people have made lists of non-cessationists Calvinists, but I'm not sure how accurate their lists are. Here are some examples:

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