Arminian Charge: Calvinists have a Jihadist mentality regarding their devotion and proselytization of Calvinism.
Myth or Reality: There are instances where this may be true, and anyone familiar with the Calvinist debate knows exactly what is meant. A class of the younger and more aggressive Calvinists are known as “The Young, Restless and Reformed.” These are said to lack the grace, of themselves, that they espouse in their doctrines of God. Their detractors describe them as spiteful, pushy, aggressive, mean-spirited, cliquish, cultic and very sure of themselves, with confidence to the point of coming across as arrogant. Calvinists are indeed very proud of their Calvinism, but certainly not all Calvinists are this way. However, many who have left Calvinism, candidly admit that these descriptions are accurate in describing their former behavior as Calvinists. The source of the matter is that Calvinists believe that Calvinism is the Gospel behind the Gospel, and hence, as divine truth, necessary to both share, and to fight for. Making matters worse, there are many big names within historical Christianity which have strongly advocated Calvinism, and therefore, how can they be wrong? So for those seeking confirmation, counting heads will usually do it. Worse yet, since Calvinism has identified itself with the Protestant Reformation, with the moniker of “Reformed,” there is a sense of simply engaging the enemy, fighting against an insidious opposition, labeled as man-centered and liberal. At times, Calvinists are not only defending God’s sovereign honor, but also share a sense of being offended on His behalf. However, offense is the bait of Satan. It is the trick of the devil, which undergirds the rebellious “us vs. them” mentality.