Work Like an Arminian, Sleep Like a Calvinist?
It was the topic of Ask Pastor John episode 143, and it became the most played episode we released in the last two weeks.
The slogan, “work like an Arminian, sleep like a Calvinist,” initially may sound humorous, but it’s also unhelpful, says Pastor John.
The reason I don’t like saying, “work like an Arminian, sleep like a Calvinist,” is because I think it’s misleading. . . . It is historically false to imply that Calvinism produced less work than others. The Protestant work ethic was begotten by the Reformed vision of reality, and it built the modern world we know. So my preference would be a slogan like this: “Work like a Calvinist, play like a Calvinist, sleep like a Calvinist — out-produce, out-play, out-dream everyone by trusting in your sovereign God.”
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