Impact: First Elder and Corporate Election

It is easy to learn the five points of Calvinism-TULIP-you can even memorize it due to the mnemonic device first used by Boettner. You can be its prime evangelist of and then  try to convert everybody to its tenets. It is also easy tod dismissed it and say that it is an error straight from hell -meant to portray and evil -and all-controlling God. That is the twin errors -Scylla and Charybdis-the devil and the deep blue sea of ancient myths. Hyper-Calvinism and Arminianism.

But it is not easy to act as the elect of God. See this:

12 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.14 Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. (Colossians 3:12-14)

or this:

.5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge,6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness,7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.(2 Peter 1:5-10)

To see God as He is-and to see ourselves-as lowly and impure as we are-that is true Calvinism-in fact it should not be called Calvinism. This is true biblical picture of what the real status of man in front of a Holy God.

So sometime in the late 1980’s- Ps Rey Domingo, Ed Puzon and I were overwhelmed with this greatness-and our sinfulness that we just cried all afternoon just outside of our church at BF Homes Christian Fellowship, Tirona St., BF Homes, Parañaque.

It is also through this experience that we are able to withstand the controversy that made us confront the prime candidate for eldership-and possible successor of Ps. Maas Vanderbilt at BFHCF-Ps Dick Mirpuri.

He is an erudite and clear speaker. Through him a lot of believers were saved and accepted the Lord. He also graduated from Asian Theological Seminary-with flying colors. With background from secular business-there is now way his pastorship will be derailed.

But he is an Arminian. believing in election based on the foreknowledge of faith of believers-and that election is merely corporate i.e. the church is the elect vehicle of those who wants to be saved.

So we (Ps Edwin and I ) blocked his nomination-In fact it almost infuriated Ps Maas that we are trying to. We have a close door meeting-but the issue was not resloved. SOme church members have some problems with his methods and rode onto to our issue-and so at the day of nomination for Elder position-Ps Maas did not mentioned his name.

dick mirpuri

We sort of win at that time -and have some reconciliation with Ps Dick later in life with Ps Dick (he was later ordained with the Methodist church, I think-and now related to CAMACOP-or the Alliance Church) but the local church did not remain as pure in doctrine as we wish to-but that is another story-and might not be under my watch. Someone else might tell the  story. But during then-true gospel of grace was protected and preserved.

I am just sad that we have to confront  him so that truth can be maintained.I was hoping he would see it himself. But that is the way it was. And yes you cannot put a good man down-he will try to find a way to be used by God again.


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