If one ascribes to Calvinist thinking, even unknowingly, saying that one ascribes to Calvinist thought is not a dirty word or untrue. it is simply a descriptor. I have been correctly called a Campbellite, though I know little of Alexander Campbell’s teaching. If my eschatology seems to agree with Isaac Newtons, I might rightly be describes as Newtonian. It’s not a dirty word, but a descriptor of characteristic of thought. Campbell was one of the fathers of the Restoration Movement that my church came from. Some people have been described as being Orwellian in philosophy, as in they have similar philosophy or outlook as George Orwell and may not have a clue as to who he is."If one ascribes to Calvinist thinking, even unknowingly, saying that one ascribes to Calvinist thought is not a dirty word or untrue. it is simply a descriptor."
People tend to migrate TO various false doctrines because of several reasons like erroneous teaching, biased bible translations etc. and Yes absolutely biased Bible translations exist across the spectrum. The airwaves and print is swarming with error. Yes God did reveal truth, but man has bastardized it to a large degree and clung to the bastardized error as undoubtedly God’s truth. Which is why we debate and why going back to the original language in important word or phrase studies is SO important. God’s word wasn’t designed to give a different measages to different people.
That is your opinion and I beg to disagree.
It is my opinion that it is unfair and disrespectful to label a person by a label which he does not know or knows little about. If you call me a calvinist for example, because you think my belief is calvinistic, it may be meaningful to you, but not to me. More so, that you find calvinistic teaching as false. I find myself wondering why I have to be sort of identified with Calvin and unfairly burdened to find out who he is and what he actually teach, just so I can find meaning and reason why the label. But I won't waste time on that, and rather spend my time studying Jesus Christ instead.
I heard people say that there are many false teachings in our day. And that is why, the believer (Christian) must test the spirits. He can't really trust anyone, except the Holy Spirit. So, I depend only on the Holy Spirit.
We all think that what we believe is the truth, yet we Christians find ourselves believing differently on some doctrines. And that is the reality that we Christians face. So, since the truth is all that important to the Christian, and as truth drives the Christian to search for it, that we reason and debate. And I think that is just how it is, but I think such is healthy and good for it is I think one way of testing the spirits. But the moment that some start to hate the other, slander, disrespect, and do other evil things against the other, then it do harm more than good.