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  • The Parable of the Drowning Man

    10/18/2006 11:28:07 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 15 replies · 341+ views
    Reformation Theology ^ | March 14, 2006 | J.W. Hendryx
    Dear Friends: Perhaps you have run into an earnest Christian, that when opposing the biblical teaching of the "bondage of the will", "salvation by grace alone" and "election" will use the common salvation analogy which likens the unsaved to a helpless drowning man. That a loving God gives us free choice while drowning whether we will reach out and take His hand to be saved or not. That only an 'evil' God, they say, would leave or not attempt to save people who are drowning in a lake. "How could a loving God be so cruel just to leave them...
  • Luther and Erasmus: The Controversy Concerning the Bondage of the Will

    01/01/2006 4:48:03 PM PST · by HarleyD · 12,905 replies · 69,188+ views
    Protestant Reformed Theological Journal ^ | April 1999 | Garrett J. Eriks
    Introduction At the time of the Reformation, many hoped Martin Luther and Erasmus could unite against the errors of the Roman Catholic Church. Luther himself was tempted to unite with Erasmus because Erasmus was a great Renaissance scholar who studied the classics and the Greek New Testament. Examining the Roman Catholic Church, Erasmus was infuriated with the abuses in the Roman Catholic Church, especially those of the clergy. These abuses are vividly described in the satire of his book, The Praise of Folly. Erasmus called for reform in the Roman Catholic Church. Erasmus could have been a great help to...
  • Selections from Bondage of the Will: Luther says God actively ordains EVERYTHING

    08/15/2002 6:42:02 PM PDT · by rwfromkansas · 2 replies · 150+ views
    (iii) Of the importance of knowing what power free will has It is not irreligious, idle, or superfluous, but in the highest degree wholesome and necessary, for a Christian to know whether or not his will has anything to do in matters pertaining to salvation. Indeed, let me tell you, this is the hinge on which our discussion turns, the crucial issue between us; our aim is, simply, to investigate what ability free will has, in what respect it is the subject of Divine action and how it stands related to the grace of God. If we know nothing of...