About Me

CalvinInsigniaI was born with the blessing of Christian parents, and to have been born in an area of 100+ Churches. However, of the 100+ Churches, there might have been one small Reformed Baptist Church, and a (conservative) PCUSA Church (no PCA, OPC, etc in this area). My parents attended Assembly of God and Baptist Churches, and brought me along. I enjoyed Sunday School, and was involved with a Royal Rangers group, Church plays, Parade floats, etc. I “accepted” or acknowledged Christ as Savior at the age of 8 and baptized a couple months or so later.

Over a course of years I grew further and further apart from my commitment to Christ. I had very little knowledge of sin and it’s effects at the age of 8, of what it really felt like to know the depths of being a stone cold sinner. As a teenager I stopped going to Church, I did my own thing, although during that time, I would confess to believe in God (and leave it at that), I no longer humbled myself to or acknowledged His authority over my life.

Many years later, many sins later, at the age of 20, I had reached rock bottom. I knew I needed to change, and I knew I couldn’t do it by myself. I cried out to God, asked Him to forgive, acknowledged I couldn’t change on my own, and asked Him to change me. To make a long story short, God did change me. The difference was like night and day.

Three years later, I attended a local college. I was dead set against “once saved always saved” theology. I had never even heard of John Calvin until I attended college. I really enjoyed the Bible related classes, but I needed to get some of the required courses out of the way. So I hesitantly decided to take an introductory Philosophy course. Going into it, I thought it would be very challenging to my faith, and I would not enjoy it. As it turned out through that course I really gained an appreciation for philosophy in the academic sense, especially in discovering (maybe because it was taught from a Christian perspective) it to be the handmaiden of biblical theology, and useful in not only understanding other worldviews, but defending the Christian worldview. As it turned out, the Philosophy course was one of my favorites. After a couple of years at the college I was having an extremely difficult time with some things and I dropped out.

Up to this point, I had attended a number of different Churches, Church of God for a couple years, a non-denominational Pentecostal Church for several years, attended at the college chapel numerous times, and visited a host of other Churches. For whatever reasons I have always struggled with “connecting” with believers in an organized atmosphere.

Anyway, I started to interact with people online through messageboards like CARM (Christian Apologetics Research Ministry), Theologyweb, and Christian Forums. I had spent years, praying, reading the Scriptures, studying the Scriptures and extra-biblical materials. I used the Christian based messageboards to learn, grow, and challenge my beliefs, even at the cost of being wrong. I resolved if what I believed is true, it shall stand up to the most rigid scrutiny, even the highest criticisms. I knew the challenge would require me to do much studying but that’s the cost of growing. With the cost of growing came pains. I was an adamant defender of Arminianism and my primary methodology of defending the faith was the classical (rational) approach, with some evidential and fideism sprinkled in the mix.

Over the coarse of a year or two, God opened my eyes to problems in my approach to defending the faith. These problems (another long discussion) were creating doubts, and had me considering agnosticism. I seriously started considering the possibility that I had been interpreting the Scriptures through the wrong lens, the wrong system, the wrong presuppositions. Thanks to recommendations and encouragement from the Lord, I began to listen to Dr. Van Til and shortly thereafter Dr. Bahnsen. I prayed about it, and after serious consideration and pouring over the Scriptures, I came to embrace Calvinism, Reformed theology. This was a major major change, and did not come without fear and much struggle, but I could do no other, for God had opened my eyes to truths that were before mine eyes for many years. That’s the short version of my story, if you spent the time to read this, thank you and God bless!

P.S. I would love to read your stories.

13 Responses to “About Me”

  1. SLIMJIM August 19, 2011 at 8:07 pm #

    Praise God with your testimony!

    • Mike August 20, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

      Hi Jim, I seem to see you all over the place – not a complaint BTW!

      Yes, a great Testimony! Praise God.

      • SLIMJIM August 20, 2012 at 11:27 pm #

        Thanks…we must be frequenting the same place online?

  2. Troy Lynch October 22, 2011 at 10:00 pm #

    I have only just come across your site. Thank you so much for the hard work you have put into sorting out the legalities of Van Til’s works, with P&R, and then scanning so many of them and making them available.

    I was at the start of scanning A Survey of Christian Epistemology, thinking that I might check whether the CD containing Van Til’s works might be offered by someone at a reasonable price, and I came across a link to your site.

    Van Til is so important. I completed a PhD in Austrian economics, using Van Til’s position as the base from which to critique the Austrians’ position. If you know anything about economics, you will know that they are, at least from Mises’s point of view, rationalists. They begin with presuppositional truths, so-called, and then argue for economic propositions. Even though mainstream economics pretend they are empirical and only deal with facts, though no one is purely empirical and treats only “facts”, one only has to look at the present state of statist intervention in the US and Europe to witness how atrocious is modern economics and policy.

    Anyway, I look forward to coming back to your site and benefitting from your hard work. The key with Van Til, I figure, is to make it palatable for the average Christian and non-Christian and, as an evangelistic tool, make each party epistemologically self conscious.

    Cheers
    Troy Lynch
    Melbourne, Australia

    • calvinist4life November 8, 2011 at 2:12 am #

      Thank you Troy for visiting the site and taking the time to make a few comments. I imagine you’ve heard of him, but Van Tillian Gary North is a widely published noteworthy author with an emphasis on Biblical economics. Here is a link to his site: http://www.garynorth.com just in case you’ve not heard of him, and here is a link to many of his books which he makes available for free: http://www.garynorth.com/freebooks/sidefrm2.htm I doubt he is the first, but he is the only person I’ve known to write and publish economic commentaries based on books of the Bible. One of the difficulties of dealing with economics and the Scriptures, is the absolute necessity of keeping separate the Gospel from economics, so that we do not fall into the comfortable trap of presupposing a “health and wealth” gospel that so many people stumble into. This reminds me, I need to get around to reading Wayne Grudem’s “Business for the Glory of God” little book.

  3. Prayson Daniel June 15, 2012 at 1:23 am #

    Your story is my story + a wonderful lady, now my wife, whom God used to bring me back to himself. Thank you so much

    • calvinist4life September 5, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

      Thank you for the encouragement brother Daniel. 🙂

  4. Mike August 20, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    Good work on putting this site together – thanks.

    • calvinist4life September 5, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

      Thank you for the encouragement brother Mike. 🙂

  5. Victor September 5, 2013 at 5:08 am #

    I have just downloaded each book of Van Tin’s on your website except for those which I already possessed.

    I feel it is imperative that I should express my deep gratitude for the laborious process of posting the works of Cornelius Van Til. Your generosity is breathtaking indeed.

    Despite the fact that it is sometimes rather difficult for me to comprehend Van Til, given my minimal knowledge about philosophy acquired during the 12th grade (I graduated from high school in May), it is an outstanding pleasure to read the marvelous books of a truly Christian philosopher, whose presuppositions are thoroughly biblical and from whom I attempt to learn as much as my current understanding will allow. I pray to God that He magnify my comprehension in order that I will continue to grow as a Christian.

    I will begin studying psychology in October at college and, needless to say, psychology today is deeply infected with anti-theistic thought. Van Til is definitely going to be a huge support for me against all this anti-theism, God willing.

    Thank you a lot for having posted a wide range of Van Til’s books. I look forward to additional books supposing, of course, there are still others to be added.

    God bless!

  6. douglasdouma April 24, 2015 at 11:39 pm #

    I’m looking for a copy of this item listed in your Van Til bibliography:

    “Common Grace.” In Proceedings of the Calvinistic Philosophy Club, edited by Edward Heerema. Autumn, 1941.

    I’m aware that there were later published versions, but I’m looking explicitly for this. If you happen to have it, could you please email me: douglasdouma@yahoo.com

    Thanks,

    -Doug

    • calvinist4life April 28, 2015 at 10:03 pm #

      Sorry Doug, I do not have it, thank you for asking, God bless.

  7. Y Arquimides Saucedo March 24, 2016 at 2:32 pm #

    I enjoyed reading your testimony. I am new to word press, and have been posting my theological writings since January. I am open to any suggestions that may advance God’s work. God bless.

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