For many years I was curious as to why a person reared as a conservative Calvinist, would become a theological Arminian. For those who are not familiar with those terms, a Calvinist is a Christian influenced by the teaching of the French religious theologian, John Calvin (July 10, 1509 – May 27, 1564), one of… Continue reading God’s Free Love and Free Grace, Not Free Will
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
“Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.” (1 Cor. 12:3) Understanding spiritual truths is significant because a part of modern day Christian faith and practice is to get… Continue reading An Authentic Confession of Faith
When considering the Biblical doctrine of election, attention is immediately turned to the subject of free will. What is meant by free will? There are two extreme positions. One is that man is capable of doing whatever he wants. “What the mind of man can conceive, the will of man can achieve.” The other extreme… Continue reading What is Free Will?
While there are many definitions of free will, the Humanist view is the most common understanding of free will in society, and within the church. Free will is defined as the ability of an individual to make choices spontaneously. The choices that are made are not conditioned, or determined, by any prior prejudice, inclination, or… Continue reading Freedom of the Will
Normally, there are seven “I Am” passages that are listed. But there should be eight. I Am the Bread of Life. “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst” (John 6:35). I Am the Light… Continue reading The Eighth “I Am”
The United States Supreme Court has been busy over the last two weeks, handing down a number of important decisions. During that time span, the justices have unanimously agreed on 12 of 16 decisions. It is good to see the justices—both left and right, on occasion—can look at our founding document and agree that there are… Continue reading When Calvinists and Arminians Disagree