Yesterday I began reading Dr. Sonny Hernandez’ latest book ‘High Calvinism: A Consistent Approach to Defend and Declare God’s Sovereignty.’ Frankly I couldn’t put it down, but I had to, because I had prior commitments. Thankfully I finished it today.
There are many things certain about Dr. Sonny Hernandez. One of them is the masculinity crisis within Americas Christendom has not affected him. And there is no greasy grace, or sloppy agapé coming from him.
Within this masterpiece, Hernandez covers the following chapters – topics.
- In Defense of Theological Determinism: A Review of Gordon Clark’s Defense of God’s Free, Immutable, Discriminative, and Eternal Decree.
- Arminianism: A Cheap Grace, Gospel-less Heresy.
- The Well-Meant Offer Subterfuge: A Cogent Review of Engelsma’s Polemic, “Hyper-Calvinism & the Call of the Gospel.”
- Gratuitous Justification—Excluding Works!: An Exegetical Overview of Rom. 3 (23-26) & Historical Observation by Calvin.
- Moderate Calvinism: Apostate Movement that Defends Semi-Pelagianism.
- New Calvinism: The Bastardization of the Reformed Faith.
I am not going to write a review every on chapter. But with a Biblical love, Hernandez tells some hard truths, and some of those ‘truth pills’ will be difficult for some to swallow.
His rebuke of Arminianism by calling it “heresy” was convicting to me. Why? Because admittedly I have been quiet about this issue (and silence can become consent). Though Hernandez did not mention Romans 12:18, I believe I have been tipping my Theological scale too far upon verse 18, “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” All the while failing to balance back to verse 9, “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.”
For a man to think that they have a ‘free will’ to save themselves, is not only “heresy;” it is blasphemy.
Because of Hernandez calling Arminianism “heresy,” sadly on social media, some professing Christians have taken Hernandez out of context. But when you read his book in its entirety, how can you come to any other conclusion; other than ‘Arminianism is in fact heresy.’ The Lord saved me from a ‘false conversion’ under Arminianism. How dare I hold back in speaking more against it?
Hernandez gives a logical defense to rightfully and theologically call Arminianism “heresy.” He advised Arminianism “is not a language from heaven. It is a lie from hell.”
As I continued reading through these chapters, the Lord continually convicted me, reassured me, discipled me, and exhorted me. Similar to Charles H. Spurgeon, Hernandez’s scholarly writings are quote worthy.
Fast-forwarding through these intense chapters. Hernandez does not have an unbalanced anti-Armenian axe to grind. He also exposes the dangers of “hyper Calvinism,” and the “New Calvinism,” also known as the “Young and Restless Reformed Movement.” I agree, as both this new Calvinism, and hyper Calvinism perhaps are as bad as Arminianism. He warns of the alcohol abuse amongst many ‘reformers.’ He also shares his experiences of their ad hominem attacks against him. Their only recourse is to wrongfully call men like Hernandez a “legalist,” a “pharisee,” “unloving,” and/or “divisive.” This chapter was providential in nature to me. Just today a Facebook friend wrongfully accused me of committing “slander” against The Gospel Coalition, because I called-out some of their false teachers, and that some within have affirmed homosexuality.
Hernandez also calls-out some well-known reformed pastors, and I concur with his charges against them.
Though my simple review of this book falls miserably short of a much greater work. Nonetheless this book doesn’t stop here. Dr. Theodore Zachariades wrote the Appendix on “Double Predestination: It Is Not What You May Think. Answering Ridiculous Charges That This Makes God a Monster.“
Having said all that, this Theological treatise is a MUST READ, and can be purchased through Amazon here.