Saturday, October 2, 2010

Mark Cahill, Friend or Foe of Reformed Theology?

"The Lost Cause Ministries has long considered Mark Cahill to be a brother-in-arms in evangelism. We have linked to his ministry on our website, recommended and given away his books, recommended his ministry in “Evangelism in the New Testament” and had him as the speaker for our first Texas Revival Series meeting. His zeal and love for the Lord has been an encouragement to us. He has blessed our ministry with his books and teachings on evangelism.

However, it came to our attention this past week that Mark believes some pretty radical things about those who hold to Reformed Theology..."

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chickenetti said...

You are republishing this, yet all of my searches show that Mark Cahill has not publicly answered to the accusations yet. Would it not be wiser to wait until both parties have had their say?

Philip@ReformedVoices said...

Hi Chickenetti, Mark has had email communication (posted here with other evangelistic ministries where he does clarify his views that those holding to the doctrines of Grace are believing in a different God and Jesus than him.

Robert Warren said...

In the link, Mr. Cahill is quoted using the classic partial citation of Joshua 24:15 presumably in an effort to prove a doctrine of autonomous human free will. Here is the single verse in whole:

And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Jos 24:15). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

Just within the single verse, one can see that Joshua isn't giving the people of Israel the choice between the LORD and other gods, he's giving them the choice between the gods that Abraham's ancestors (indeed Abram, too) worshiped and the gods that the Canaanites worship. In fact, in Verse 19, Joshua says:

But Joshua said to the people, “You are not able to serve the LORD, for he is a holy God. He is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions or your sins.

The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Jos 24:19). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

It looks like Joshua is trying to convey to the people of Israel that it isn't in their inherent ability to serve and fear the LORD.

Joshua 24 is a covenant renewal passage. In Verse 14, Joshua commands the people to fear and serve the LORD; it isn't a choice offered, it is a command.

Just 5 minutes of simple context work reveals the true message of the passage. Why is this so difficult?

I don't know much about Mr. Cahill. I did a quick review of his web site and I didn't find any real outward polemics against Reformed Theology. On his About page, he has a gallery of pictures of himself; I wonder if I'm the only one who finds that a little odd. But, I won't hold it against him that he went to Auburn ;)