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Why Can't We All Be Calvinists?

How many times have you heard someone say when it comes to a discussion about differences in churches and denominations, “Why can’t we all just be Christians?” I would like to ask, “Why can’t we all just be Calvinists?”

R. B. Kuiper, 1886-1966, Christian Reformed and Orthodox Presbyterian pastor, professor, and author, was a proclaimer and defender of the Reformed Faith. He wrote several books, one of which is still widely used today, The Glorious Body of Christ, on the Church. Two other helpful books he wrote, which are out of print, are, As To Being Reformed (1926) and To Be or Not to Be Reformed (1959). As To Being Reformed was “an appeal to the members of the Reformed Church in America and the Christian Reformed Church to continue soundly Reformed or to become more so.” He was concerned about the imminent peril in which the American Calvinists were and are of losing our “precious Reformed heritage, and the supreme importance of holding it fast.” To Be or Not to Be Reformed, written much later, was a second plea to maintain the Reformed heritage.