I found this comment after a post by a Calvinist at this blog:
There are three books every born again child of God should read (1) the Bible (2) The Reign of Grace by Abraham Boothe (3) An Antidote to Armianism by Christopher Ness. There is no such thing as a “Reformed Christian” because you are a christian or a non christian and if you have not been led by the Holy Spirit to a belief in the doctrines of grace (which is a being raised from the dead, not a reformation) then you believe another gospel and you are anathama.
It is comforting but not true to believe that someone can believe in free ill [sic.] and be saved
Good stuff. First, read the Bible (refreshing). Second, read two Calvinist works so that you can be sufficiently brainwashed into ignoring what you just read in the Bible about God’s love for the world, desire for all to be saved, the possibility of apostasy from genuine faith, etc. Basically, all those pesky parts that blatantly contradict Calvinism.
Anyway, as long as you read those books “after” you read the Bible, you can avoid the heresy of believing in free will which would make it impossible to be saved (never mind that you have no choice about what you believe in the first place). Oh, and if God hasn’t caused you to embrace Calvinism, you are clearly not saved.
Of course, this is just one voice among many Calvinists and might be considered rather extreme. However, it should be noted that this is the first comment in the thread. One would expect that at least one Calvinist would set this fellow straight on his hyper Calvinism, but not a single one takes this hyper-Calvinist to task. It seems that Mr. Owen is really onto something (though I disagree with his claim in his initial article that the old time Calvinists were not as anti-Arminian as the YRR movement. That is hardly the case). It does seem that things are trending in this direction of “non-Calvinists aren’t Christians” among Calvinists. Hopefully, more Calvinists like Paul Owen will sound the alarm before this sort of extremism really does become the norm.