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  • Is It Fitting for Calvinists to Adopt the Theology of a Man, and One Who Murdered Servetus?

    08/19/2018 12:48:40 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 87 replies
    Ligonier Ministries ^ | May 2009 | R.C. Sproul
    As my friend Doug Phillips has pointed out, this year has brought, in the providence of God, a strange confluence of anniversaries. The two men who have had the greatest impact on these United States may well be, on the one hand, Charles Darwin, and on the other John Calvin. Darwin was born two hundred years ago this year, Calvin five hundred years ago. Our perspective on each of these men will serve as a potent bell-weather for our perspectives on a whole host of issues. In the culture wars most of our enemies will celebrate the birth of Darwin...
  • Do most Calvinists really know what Calvin taught about predestination?

    05/26/2018 7:00:33 AM PDT · by tiredofallofit · 174 replies
    Running Away From My Church Blog ^ | 5/25/2018 | Robert Messner
    Well I finally got around to it – I am reading through some of the Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin. I say “some” because the complete work spans more than 1500 pages and deals with some of the most weighty and complex theological issues known to mankind. I have chosen for now to plod my way through the most controversial aspects of Calvin’s writings; the topics of predestination and election. Most of my friends who call themselves Calvinists are eager to disassociate themselves from the doctrine of “double predestination”. They state that God has predestined some to...
  • What Is Molinism? (As Opposed to Calvinism and Arminianism)

    05/17/2018 8:55:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/17/2018 | By Brian G. Chilton
    When it comes to theology, many issues are not discussed among most ordinary Christians. For instance, few people will speak of the aseity of God on most Sunday mornings. However, when it comes to the issue of divine sovereignty and human freedom, the first theological question I get asked as a minister is; Are you a Calvinist or an Arminian? My answer muddies the waters for most because I respond by saying, "I am neither a Calvinist nor an Arminian." "What?" they reply. "You have to be one or the other." I say, "Not necessarily. I am a Molinist." The...
  • Does Calvinism Offer a Basis for the Assurance of Salvation?

    04/11/2018 8:47:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/11/2018 | Randal Rauser
    Calvinism affirms a doctrine known as the perseverance of the saints according to which the truly regenerated disciple will persist in faith. In the words of the seventeenth-century Puritan William Secker, "Though Christians be not kept altogether from falling, yet they are kept from falling altogether."Calvinists insist that perseverance of the saints is a scriptural doctrine. As Paul says in Philippians 1:6: "he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."In addition, Calvinists have also often argued that perseverance has a clear pastoral advantage in that it grounds our...
  • Are Protestants Together?

    02/03/2018 6:09:12 AM PST · by tiredofallofit · 123 replies
    Running Away From My Church Blog ^ | 2/2/2018 | Robert Messner
    Some time ago, I read the short book Are We Together? A Protestant Analyzes Catholicism written by the late Reformed preacher R.C. Sproul. It was a good read; I thought that Sproul treated this controversy with a degree of fairness and accuracy that was not present in other books that I have read on this subject. He basically laid the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Westminster Confession side-by-side as he worked through the major differences. Sure, there were some snarky comments here and there but I overlooked these since it was clear that the book was being targeted...
  • From Puritan Zionism to a Christmassy Hanukkah for Jerusalem

    12/23/2017 11:57:37 AM PST · by Olympiad Fisherman · 7 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 12/23/2017 | Mark Musser
    What is the relationship between Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas? Much more than most might appreciate .....
  • What Does the Phrase 'Dead in Sin" Mean? (On Ephesians 2 & the "faith vs. works" question)

    06/04/2017 4:37:48 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 25 replies
    Monergism.com ^ | John Hendryx
    "And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins" - Ephesians 2:1 "Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)" - Ephesians 2:5 "And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses" - Colossians 2:13 What does the phrase 'dead in sin" mean? What does it mean to be spiritual dead? And how did these simple concepts become so convoluted? Arminian or synergistic arguments against the Calvinist interpretation 'dead in sin' usually...
  • Does Jimmy Carter along with Josh Duggar (Both Baptists) Have Eternal Security (OSAS)?

    06/04/2015 2:31:32 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 145 replies
    6/4/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Jimmy Carter severed his ties with the Southern Baptist Convention, but apparently is still a Baptist (Maranatha Baptist Church). Josh Duggar and the Duggar family are Independent Baptist. Some will say that neither of them go to the right Baptist church or the correct one and thus neither of them are truly Baptist, just as some Methodists will say that other Methodists don't go to the right Methodist church and thus truly aren't Methodist. Some Jewish people may say that other Jews, (although quite orthodox in their beliefs) aren't quite Orthodox enough and thus aren't truly Jewish when it comes...
  • How To Offend a Room Full of Calvinists [Calvinist Caucus]

    01/28/2015 8:24:41 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 110 replies
    Challies.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Tim Challies
    Do you want to know how to make a Calvinist angry? Do you want to know how to offend a whole room full of them? Just bring up the old line about Reformed theology being incompatible with evangelism. We have all heard it, we have all read it, we have all rejected it. It’s the word on the street, though, that Calvinists make poor evangelists. Many people are firmly convinced that there is a deep-rooted flaw embedded within Reformed theology that undermines evangelistic fervor. Most blame it on predestination. After all, if God has already chosen who will be saved,...
  • To Anti-Semitic Christians, Israel is an Usurper

    01/07/2015 11:59:32 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 55 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 1/05/2015 | Giulio Meotti
    The Presbyterian Church USA is considering banning the word “Israel” from its prayers. That anti-Semitic resolution was meant to “distinguish between the biblical terms that refer to the ancient land of Israel and the modern political State of Israel". It has happened before. In his war against the Jews, Adolf Hitler instructed Christian theologians to rewrite the Bible, in a bid to remove all mention of the Jews. Their barbaric spirit is living on in the Palestinolatry of these liberal Christians...
  • The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 3 [Limited Atonement]

    08/03/2014 2:21:44 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 16 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | May 24, 2014 | Tim Staples
    The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 3 In my last two blog posts, we examined the first two of the “five points” of Calvinism popularly known by the acronym, TULIP, which represents 1. Total Depravity 2. Unconditional Election 3. Limited Atonement 4. Irresistible Grace 5. Perseverance of the Saints (“once saved, always saved”). In this post, we will tackle the third point:Limited AtonementNo Christian that I know of would deny that some doctrines are more or less clear than others in Scripture. When it comes to the atonement of Christ, the Scriptures are most clear: Jesus Christ died on the...
  • The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 2 [Unconditional Election]

    07/06/2014 3:44:34 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 17 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | May 19, 2014 | Tim Staples
    The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 2 In my last post, I began a series of critiques of John Calvin’s famous “five points,” most often referred to using the acronym, TULIP, which represents Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistibility of Grace, and The Perseverance of the Saints (“once saved, always saved”). In this installment, we’ll deal with Unconditional Election.Calvin’s idea of Unconditional Election simply means that God “elected” certain men for salvation and others for damnation from all eternity, rooted in texts of Scripture, as we will see below, like Romans 9:10-12:And not only so, but also when Rebecca had conceived...
  • Disappearing Act: Presbyterians Embrace Leftist Politics, Shun Reformed Roots

    07/03/2014 6:28:21 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 46 replies
    Breakpoint ^ | 7-3-14 | Stan Guthrie
    Over the last two decades, more than three-fourths of Iraq’s Christians have fled the country, driven out by a combination of Muslim fanaticism and economic and social collapse. Iraq, however, isn’t the only place to experience a mass Christian exodus in recent years. Look at the Presbyterian Church (USA), the 10th largest denomination in this country. But you’d better look fast. The PC(USA), which is the nation’s largest Presbyterian denomination (at least for now), is driving out members through its own brand of leftist fanaticism. From a high of more than 4 million members back in 1965, the Louisville-based PC(USA)...
  • Presbyterian Church USA Defeats Motion to Care for Babies Born Alive After Abortion

    06/24/2014 1:57:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 52 replies
    Life News ^ | June 23, 2014 | Steven Ertelt
    The Presbyterian Church USA has voted to endorse Kermit Gosnell. Delegates meeting in Detroit at the 221st General Assembly of the 1.8 million–member Presbyterian Church (USA) voted down a measure that would have the church endorse care for babies born alive after abortions.From World Magazine: Also Thursday, 78 percent of the PCUSA General Assembly struck down a resolution condemning the killing of babies born alive during abortions, as occurred with notorious abortionist Kermit Gosnell. Initiated by the South Alabama presbytery, it called for inclusion of pro-life Presbyterians and an investigation into doctrinal and financial support of abortion. Dissenters cited pro-abortion...
  • Presbyterians [PC(USA)] Become the Silly Church; A dying mainline church speeds its decline.

    06/23/2014 6:39:22 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 39 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 6.21.14 | Mark Tooley
    At one point during this this week’s General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the hundreds of delegates, known as commissioners, gleefully bounced scores of red balloons in the air. At another point, they collectively broke into dance, confirming that most Protestants, especially if they’re old, white and Anglo, don’t look so great wiggling around. (Here’s a video, for mature viewers only.) Mainline Protestantism, at least in its official curia, has been liberal for nearly 100 years. But for most of that century it was a thoughtful, dignified liberalism that still roughly adhered to historic Christianity’s moral architecture, even if...
  • The PCUSA On Guns

    06/23/2014 7:54:08 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    captainsjournal.com ^ | 6/22/2014 | Herschel Smith
    Presbyterian Church (USA) on guns: Among other things, the Assembly’s action calls for: formation of support, healing and advocacy groups for those who have experienced gun violence in their families; opposition to legislation that exempts gun manufacturers and marketers from legal liability and/or financial accountability for the medical and security costs of predictable gun misuse and availability to criminals, the unstable, and the self-destructive; opposition to “stand your ground” and other legislation that may entitle gun owners to shoot before taking alternative measures (such as relying on law enforcement and/or other de-escalation techniques) in perceived defense of persons or property;...
  • The Coming Collapse of the PC(USA)

    06/22/2014 1:42:44 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 23 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 6-22-14 | Jeff Gising
    In terms of giving insight into the current battles raging within the PC (USA) and the exodus of evangelical churches, the report is quite helpful. Consider the following statement: “only followers of Jesus Christ can be saved.” Among pastors, 45% disagreed or strongly disagreed. 41% agreed or strongly agreed. Among our clergy, there is a clearly demonstrable variance about a fundamental tenet of Christian belief that is central to the mission of the church—the proclamation of the Gospel. The Presbyterian Church (USA) recently released the findings of its “Religious and Demographic Profile of Presbyterians 2011” (the report). More than 6,000...
  • U.S. Presbyterian Church to shed investments in Israel protest

    06/21/2014 6:02:47 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 13 replies
    courant.com ^ | June 21, 2014 | Eric M. Johnson
    A deeply-divided gathering of U.S. Presbyterian Church elders and ministers narrowly voted on Friday to divest the religious group's holdings in three American companies it says have ties to Jewish settlements in occupied Palestinian Territories. As a result of the vote the church will divest holdings worth roughly $21 million in Caterpillar Inc., Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola Solutions. "We as a church cannot profit from the destruction of homes and lives," said Reverend Gradye Parsons in a statement about the decision at its meeting in Detroit. "We continue to invest in many businesses involved in peaceful pursuits in Israel." Members of...
  • An OPC Pastor Enters the Catholic Church

    06/21/2014 1:28:22 AM PDT · by Al Hitan · 128 replies
    Called to Communion ^ | Feb 7th, 2012 | Jason Stewart
    Let me begin this conclusion by ending at the beginning: My wife Cindy and I entered into full communion with the Catholic Church because we came to see that this Church is the Church established by Jesus Christ. We came to this realization in large measure by spending time in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, reading other positive presentations of Catholic teaching, and speaking with flesh and blood Catholics in all walks of life and vocations. The many misconceptions we had about what Catholics believed were cleared away as we dug deeply into the teaching resources of the Catholic...
  • Presbyterian Church approves same-sex marriage

    06/20/2014 2:02:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | June 20, 2014
    The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), one of the United States’ leading Protestant denominations, has voted to allow its pastors to perform “any such marriage they believe the Holy Spirit calls then to perform, where legal by state law.” The motion, which passed by a 61%-39% margin, takes effect immediately. By a 71%-29% margin, the assembly also recommended that the church’s Book of Order be amended to describe marriage as a “unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman.” This change will go into effect when it approved by the majority of the church’s presbyteries....