In my last post ‘Two Face the Gospel’ we looked at the two different gospels coming from scripture. One gospel says our salvation is by grace only and has nothing to do with our behavior, before or after conversion. The other side of this two faced gospel is the opposite extreme. It says that our behavior after being saved does matter. This side of the Two Face Gospel says if we do not obey God we will not be saved. These two opposing doctrines, each presented as the truth of the gospel, are completely supported by scripture. Continue reading
In Christianity there are diffently two faces of the gospel presented to the lost. And both of these personifications are at opposite extremes of the gospel, as if the gospel has more than one truth found in it. On one had we have those who present grace and only grace as the guarantee of eternal life. They profess that our behavior after being born again has nothing to do with our salvation. Consequently, the logic is one can live as they want and still go to heaven. Of course the champion of this is personified by Christ. On the other hand we have those who present works as a prerequisite on top of grace in order to be saved. The Law, give by Moses, is the one everyone thinks of when it comes to having to do works in order to be saved. Both of these views can find no agreement with each other, as if there is two completely different gospels found in scripture. The result is two versions of Christianity embodied in one gospel. Let’s call this embodiment what it is, let’s call it “Two Face”. Continue reading
American Christianity claims to embrace the truth of the gospel found in the written word of God. It claims to walk in the light and teachings of the scriptures and boast of a love of the scripture and the author of the scriptures. However, it is been my experience that Christians only love certain verses of scripture that support their doctrine of liking. They do not embrace the whole counsel of God as they claim.
The word of God clearly teaches that though Jesus Christ we have forgiveness of sin. This I can agree with my Christian brothers on. But scripture also teaches that being justified by the blood of Christ we must live in the newness of the life in the Spirit or we have not been transformed by the Spirit. This is where my Christian brothers and I part company.
They do not want to understand the following truths found in our scriptures. Continue reading
Being a blogger, I like to go to other Christian blogs and check out what they are saying. As in the church so is the World Wide Web. The church loves to talk about the grace of God, which is good. We all have to start with the grace of God in order to be born of the Spirit. What I find troubling is the kind of grace that the church is advocating.
The bloggers following the church say grace is grace sufficient to save everyone who calls on the name of the Lord. They actually teach that Christians can not be like Christ. That we really never do become new creations in Christ Jesus. Instead they teach, that we still living in the flesh according to the sin nature, are covered by the grace of God, and for this reason we need to have passion to please God because we can never walk perfectly before the Lord.
I have tried to get others to discus scripture that says differently but I can not get anyone to talk of those verses. They will tell me to get saved, that I am spiritually blind therefore can not understand the truths of scriptures. I get references on good books to study, get told to go study this chapter or that chapter in the Bible, yet no one of them will address the verses I put forth. 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
Many people (Calvinist AKA Reform Theology) use Romans 8:29-30 as an anchor to the doctrine of Limited Atonement (Christ only died for those who will be saved) and the doctrine of Election (Only those who are selected by God will be saved). They contend that God foreknew who would be His because He in His sovereignty chose who was to be His elect and who were not. Put another way, those who are going to heaven and those who are going to hell and this based completely on God’s sovereign will and not on man’s free will.
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