Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Phil Anselmo Dishing Out Some Good Common Grace

I unabashedly confess that I am an inveterate metalhead (I do love jazz and classical, too, y'know. LOL), and Pantera ranks high up there among my esteemed metal bands.

In this 7-part video series, Phil Anselmo, frontman of Pantera, talks to a group of college students (taking up Music, I believe), and spews out some fine words. No, it's not the Gospel, but it is good common grace. Check it out:


  1. The doctrine of "common grace" is not reformed. It's actually a compromise with Arminianism.

    In my younger days I was into heavy metal "rock and roll". I still like rock occasionally but it seems like the older I get the less interested I am in which class of music I identify with.

    Basically, this guy is the poster child for rebellion against God and what it is to be reprobate.

    He apparently has no fear of God whatsoever.

    The first use of the Law shows we're all "miserable" sinners.

    For more on common grace see:

    Is Common Grace Reformed? Pamphlets and Articles

    I don't think Kurt Cobane is resting in peace:)

  2. Bro,

    What do you make of this?

  3. "I don't think Kurt Cobane is resting in peace:)"

    Haha, true enough.

  4. I'm not so sure I would say this fellow is the one "dishing out" the common grace. Certainly God is raining down abundant favor upon him, as evidenced by the fact that he continues to breathe and experience life. I'll admit I only listened to the first installment. It was interesting and educational, to say the least! :)

    As to whether the doctrine of Common Grace is truly Reformed or a compromise with Arminianism, I'd let men like R.C. Sproul, R. Scott Clark, John Frame, Abraham Kuyper, Louis Berkhof, and Herman Bavinck answer that question. For a Calvinist who has let his theology get lopsided, the doctrine of Common Grace would be an important and needed compromise with the Bible. As I'm sure you're aware.


  5. Bro, when I say that Anselmo was "dishing out common grace," what I meant was that he was speaking forth words that had a semblance of wisdom to them, not of the special revelation kind, but that which is privy to both the regenerate and unregenerate. Calvin believed in "common grace" as evidenced by that link I posted in my last comment.

    "For a Calvinist who has let his theology get lopsided, the doctrine of Common Grace would be an important and needed compromise with the Bible. As I'm sure you're aware." -> What does this mean?


  7. Oh, I get it. Yes, God dishes out grace through many different vessels. Even me, sometimes!

    My comment was meant to be clever but probably wasn't clear enough. I was trying to say that embracing commmon grace can be a result of being influenced by Scripture rather than compromising with a competing system of theology. Common grace creates a paradox for us as Calvinists, but it's a Biblical one. And I know this is not new to you since you are well read and informed, and have not been seduced by rationalism.

  8. Derek, agreed 100%!

    You've always been kind to this Underdog. :-D

  9. We are kindred spirits . . . thanks to our Savior.


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