I grew up in the faith being told to read the Word of God for myself. That by doing this I would grow in my faith and understanding of the truths of scripture. But ironically what is plainly written isn’t enough for some in the Christian faith. Now I am told by some individuals that I can not trust what I plainly see written in the scripture. That somehow I have not grown up in the faith, unless I believe what is not written in the text I have come to put my faith in. Continue reading
In my circles I know a lady that is aware I do not believe that scripture teaches the Calvinist doctrine. To be honest I don’t think she is a full Calvinist either, but this person puts her faith in the once saved, always saved doctrine. She said something along the lines, I just put my hope in what Jesus said in the book of John, He lost none that were given Him. So when Jesus says in John …those that thou gavest me I have kept , and none of them is lost… was He speaking of those person who have and will put their trust in Him as savior? Or was Jesus speaking about something else? Continue reading
Recently a pillar of one of the local churches where I live was arrested for incest involving his two daughters. A year before this came out of the closet, I along with two other men had a conversation with this man about salvation. The explosion that took place during this conversation was witnessed by everyone, since I was in a local place (not church) of believers. Continue reading
It has come to my attention that there are Christians on Facebook that are advocating that we, as believers, need to be content with God’s will to have Hussien Obama as our President. They actually advocate that because the man is in office that God wants him there and therefore his actions in office are the will of God!
So are we to take the Calvinist (Reform Theology) view of things, that man has no free will and God decides everything before time began. That men are only actors who have to live out what God has already set in stone as far as their decisions and outcomes. Therefore, it is God’s will that Obama is in office and all of his liberal, progressive, communist ideologies are what God wills? Are we to give praise to God for the man the we have in office and give thanks that he is continually attacking the founding principles and documents of this country, because it is God’s will? Continue reading
In my last post “Resetting the table of Predestination” We went through scripture to see if there was any other way to understand Romans 8:29-31. These few verses are used by the Calvinist to anchor their doctrines of Predestination (God before time began foreknew and chose only some to be saved), Election (God calls only those whom He predestined) and Limited Atonement (God only justified those whom He foreknew and predestined to be saved). Of Course the jest of this is… to hell with the rest of mankind.
Calvinist would argue it is not God rejecting the unelected, it is the unelected not having any desire to know God. Sounds good on the surface but they also have a doctrine that teaches no man can no God because man is absolutely reprobate and can not know God, of course without God revealing Himself to reprobate mankind. So their soft spoken answer to God predestinating part of mankind to hell by saying these do not want to know God, does not get God off the hook for the Calvinist. According to the doctrine of Calvinism, if those unelected do not want to know God, it is God’s fault that He did not reveal Himself to the unelected. Remember according to Calvinist man has no free will, not even free will to seek God without God’s active participation in it. Continue reading
So the doctrine goes like this. Those whom God foreknew in His sovereign election, He predestines to be conformed in the image of His Son. Not only this, those He predestined, God calls them to be saved. Naturally those He calls He will justify with the blood of Christ. Those He has chosen and justified He will glorify when He comes.
Rom 8:29-31 KJV For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. (30) Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. (31) What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Many try to grapple with this verse when they find the doctrine of limited atonement and the doctrine of Election not only offensive, but in contradiction to the rest of what they read in scripture. But yet these verses seem to say what the Calvinist say it says. Is there any other way to look at these verses under the light of other scripture so it does not contradict what so many people believe scripture teaches about free will and Christ dying for all mankind? I would like to propose a fresh look at these verses and reset the table Calvinist have laid before us. Continue reading
What gospel are we as believers accountable to? Are we accountable to a gospel that teaches we, as those on the narrow path, are forever in God’s grace and are bound to forever be in the presence of Christ? Which is not a teaching of Christ, for Christ Himself said that not all who have left the wide path will find themselves going through the narrow gate. In fact, Christ tells those on the narrow path to make every effort to make it through the narrow gate. Of course the words “strive” or “make every effort” will throw many into confusions or fits, because our salvation is not of any effort of our own.
Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
Now I am with those who say our salvation has nothing to with us. But only in this sense, God has done what we could not do to provide a way of salvation for mankind. Continue reading