I am starting this thread because several have said that Calvinism kills missions and evangelism. Histoically this simply is not true. Today this simply is not true. It is ture that hyper-calvinists do not see the need for missions/evangelism, however they are a small sector of the theological universe. Calvinists in general are very evangelistic. We can see from the testimony of history that most early missionary efforts were more or less the work of Calvinists. Names like Carey and Judson come to mind, unfortunalty history is often not told as the way it was, but the way others wish it to be, so men like the aforementioned (we could add Spurgeon for sake of discussion) are often not seen as the Cavlnists they really were. In early America the majority of Baptist Church planting efforts were done by Calvinistic Baptists. The First Baptist Church of Providence, RI is a classic example. Under the leadership of pastor James Manning, this church started many others across NE. Stanley Lemons rights in The First Bapitst Church in America: "It is ironic that most of the old [Amrminian] Baptist Churches of New England were feeble in their outreach. They believed in general atonment, that salvation was possible for all people; but they tended to look inward. On the other hand the expansion of Baptist in the eighteenth century arose through the Calvinist or Particular Baptist and came as a consequence of the fervor of the Great Awakening." One may disgaree with the theology of the early American Baptists and that was prevelent during the Great Awakening, but they should not deny the obvious truth the Calvinists are in fact fervently evangelistic and missions minded.