LYNCHBURG, VA - Ergun Caner, president of Liberty Theological Seminary, stunned the evangelical world yesterday by proposing a "new and improved" version of Martin Luther's 95 Theses.
According to Caner, "On October 31st, 1517, Martin Luther protested against the abuses of the Roman Catholic Church in Europe. In the spirit of Luther, I today protest against the abuses of Calvinism in America."
What are these "new and improved" theses? TBNN has read through Dr. Caner's list, and we have listed below those we think are the most significant:
1) When our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, said "Repent," He desired for the whole world to freely turn to Him.
5) John Piper, Al Mohler, and Mark Dever do not have the power to force Calvinism on evangelical churches in this country.
24) It must therefore be the case that the major part of the people (Calvinists) are deceived by those leaders proclaiming the sovereignty of God over salvation.
37) Any true Christian whatsoever has the right to reject God whenever he chooses.
53) Those are enemies of Christ who forbid the notion that God desires that all people everywhere be saved.
65) Therefore the treasures of the gospel are nets which are spread out everywhere for all men.
71) Let him be anathema and accursed who denies a general atonement of Christ.
92) Away, then, with those prophets who say to Christ's people, "God's grace is irresistible."
Caner concluded by saying, "May these new and improved theses lead to a new Reformation in this country. May we gain a greater view of the love and mercy of God through a more biblical view of the grace of God."
After the speech, one rebellious Liberty student was overhead asking Dr. Caner why he thought Martin Luther wrote his famous work On the Bondage of the Will. Caner responded, "Nobody, not even me, is right about everything."
Later in the day, at a meeting of the Liberty Arminian Defense Club (LADC), Caner announced that on Wednesday, Reformation Day, he will sticky-tack his document to the front door of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. What does he hope to accomplish? "We need to confront this heresy at its front door!"
When told of Caner's plan, Mark Dever responded, "The Calvinator is one tough guy. We'll have to trust in the sovereignty of God to stop him."