One of the many false charges against Calvinist is that we make men robots by proclaiming the sovereignty of God and free grace in salvation. The charge is unfair. The charge is baseless and might actually be reversed. Consider the evidence. The word “robot”, first used in 1923, comes from the Latin word “orbus” which… Continue reading Calvinist, Arminians, and Robots
Part I A Sermon Against Total Depravity In November, 2018, I was asked to review a sermon by an Independent Fundamentalist Baptist pastor in Florida who is emotionally hostile to that system of theology called Calvinism. I was willing to do so for two very good reasons. First, with Charles Spurgeon, I believe that the… Continue reading An Arminian Assaults Calvinism
The controversy over original sin, and free will, emerged in the early church because of a man named Pelagius (c. AD 360 -418). Pelagius opposed the doctrine of predestination advocated by Augustine of Hippo, and asserted the freedom of the will. A church council was called in AD 418 in Carthage to settle the dispute.… Continue reading Born to Sin
An event took place in 1618, just prior to the Pilgrim’s landing on the shores of New England having come across the ocean on the Mayflower. The Synod of Dordt (1618-1619), was held in order to settle controversy in the Dutch churches initiated by the rise of Arminianism, a system of theology based on the… Continue reading The Remonstrance
It is the understanding of Reformed theologians that only the elect will receive the benefits of the death of Christ. Arminians oppose the idea that the purpose of God in sending Christ to Calvary was not to definitely secure the salvation of those who are to be the heirs of salvation, but simply to make… Continue reading The Extent of the Atonement
The Doctrine of the Atonement addresses the question, “For whom did Christ die?” Two prominent positions are advocated. One position says that Christ died for all sins of all men. The Reformed position says that Christ died for all sins of the elect. Both positions agree on the value of the atonement of Christ. Both… Continue reading For Whom Did Christ Die?
When our Arminian friends appeal to a passage of Scripture in order to try to prove that the death of Jesus was a death for the whole of humanity and that God wishes everyone to be saved, they unwittingly go too far and teach Universalism, a doctrine which they vehemently deny. For example, it is… Continue reading The Arminian’s Danger of Teaching Universalism