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  • Augustine and Calvin?

    01/02/2016 8:32:06 AM PST · by Salvation · 24 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 12-30-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Msgr. Charles Pope 12/30/2015 Augustine and Calvin? Q. I know that St. Augustine wrote about predestination, and that John Calvin wrote about double predestination. Can you explain what they both taught and what the Church says about it? What are some things to think about as we reconcile free will with God’s omniscience? Graham, via e-mail A. Predestination is a proper biblical concept which indicates that God chose us and called us before we were ever made to be His own. It does not deny that we freely chose Him, but it does insist that He first chose us,...
  • Predestination: Should We Even Talk About It?

    03/20/2014 7:47:22 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 82 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | March 20, 2014 | Daniel Hyde
    Full Title: Predestination: Should We Even Talk About It? Is the doctrine of predestination an obstacle to the usefulness of preaching? I’d like to begin a series on—get ready—predestination. Yes, I said that word. I know this is not the most popular topic to bring up among polite company; in fact, it’s downright divisive, isn’t it? In the fifth century, Augustine recounted in his letters that some said, “The doctrine of predestination is an obstacle to the usefulness of preaching.” And who wants an obstacle? In the sixteenth century, John Calvin had to go out of his way to state...
  • Did Jesus Die for All or for Only the Elect? Two Theologians Debate

    01/26/2014 7:24:03 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/26/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    For whom did Jesus die? For the sins of the entire humanity or only for the elect? This was the topic of a live debate between Messianic Jewish apologist Dr. Michael L. Brown and Alpha and Omega Ministries Director Dr. James White on RevelationTV.com Friday evening. The issue boils down to what the intention of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit was in Christ going to the cross, said White, who heads the Phoenix, Ariz.-based evangelical Reformed Christian apologetics organization, as the debate began Friday at 9 p.m. EST. "Jesus' death on the cross was a covenantal death,"...
  • The Divine Office: The Elect

    01/22/2014 9:56:14 AM PST · by Catholic Examiner · 9 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 1/22/14 | Joseph Speranzella
    By an utterly free and mysterious decree of his own wisdom and goodness, the eternal Father created the whole world. His plan was to dignify men with a participation in his own divine life. When in Adam men had fallen, he did not abandon them, but ceaselessly offered them help to salvation, in anticipation of Christ the Redeemer, ‘who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature’. All the elect, before time began, the Father ‘foreknew and predestined to become conformed to the image of his Son, that he should be the firstborn among many brethren’.
  • John Calvin and the American Founding

    07/04/2013 6:28:51 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 41 replies
    Worldview Times ^ | Reed R. Heustis, Jr., Esq.
    The commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the birth of the great Geneva Protestant Reformer, John Calvin, took place this past July 10, 2009. Without question, Calvin was a giant among men used by God to rediscover and expound on biblical truth that long had been forgotten and rejected by Rome. His influence on all spheres of life is immeasurable, and today, his understanding of theology is making a huge comeback within certain quarters of the Christian community. However, what Americans do not realize immediately is that the birth of the American republic is steeped in Calvinist presuppositions, and perhaps...
  • Election—its Defenses and Evidences (Spurgeon)

    06/22/2013 1:57:32 AM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 2 replies
    Election—its Defenses and Evidences (No. 2920) A SERMON PUBLISHED ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 1905. DELIVERED BY C. H. SPURGEON, AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON, IN THE YEAR 1862. "Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God. For our Gospel came not unto you in word only, but also inpower, and in the Holy Spirit, and in much assurance... And you became followers of us, and of the Lord having received the word in much affliction, withjoy of the Holy Spirit." 1 Thessalonians 1:4-6. AT the very announcement of the text, some will be ready to say, "Why preach upon so profound...
  • Predestination and Calling

    06/12/2013 12:51:20 AM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 14 replies
    The Spurgeon Archive ^ | March 6th 1859 | C. H. Spurgeon
    Predestination and Calling Delivered on Sabbath Morning, March 6th, 1859, by the REV. C. H. Spurgeon at the Music Hall, Royal Surrey Gardens. "Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called."—Romans 8:30 HE GREAT BOOK OF GOD'S DECREES is fast closed against the curiosity of man. Vain man would be wise; he would break the seven seals thereof, and read the mysteries of eternity. But this cannot be; the time has not yet come when the book shall be opened, and even then the seals shall not be broken by mortal hand, but it shall be said, "The lion...
  • Kirk Commission (Church of Scotland) publishes civil partnership liturgy

    04/24/2013 1:18:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Christian News ^ | April 23, 2013
    The report sets out liturgy for a civil partnership blessing, along with the traditional view of marriage. A report for the Church of Scotland on same-sex relationships has suggested an order of service for a civil partnership blessing.The liturgy contains ideas for scripture readings, including passages about David and Jonathan, and Ruth and Naomi. The report by the special Theological Commission, which was appointed in 2011, also presents the traditional view of marriage as between a man and a woman.Opinion The Church of Scotland said the report described the breadth of theological opinion that existed and did not represent...
  • A photo response to those who say God loves everyone and has a wonderful plan for their lives...

    03/18/2013 12:23:39 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 85 replies
    The Bible ^ | Paul the Apostle
    Romans 9:15-24 15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. 17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. 18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom...
  • What We All Deserve

    02/02/2012 7:45:35 PM PST · by WXRGina · 78 replies
    American Clarion ^ | February 2, 2012 | Gina Miller
    The other day I was talking to Kipp Greggory, our morning talk show host, during whose program this radio blog broadcast airs. We do not see each other very often, but when we do, it’s a fast-paced gab fest! He brought up a point of aggravation to him that amazed me, because it is something that bothers my husband and me, as well, and I have not heard anyone else make the point. It is the profusion of advertising that appeals to the prevalent sense of entitlement that infects many people in our society today. You have heard the ads...
  • How the Peace of Jerusalem Will Be Established

    How the Peace of Jerusalem Will Be Established As of late, we have seen the world led by the United States seeking to strip from Israel it present day borders and bullying them into a forced agreement with those who absolutely abhor them and seek their utter destruction. Sadly, America (who is governed at the moment by the progressive Left) has always been Israel’s strongest ally but at present has forsaken Israel and thrown them under the Middle East Islamic bus. With an anti-Israeli Europe and now a current anti-Israeli U.S. administration, Israel’s back is totally up against the wall...
  • All Men Saved

    01/21/2011 2:42:59 PM PST · by wmfights · 175 replies
    The Calvinist Corner ^ | March 26, 1992 | Matt Slick
    Predestination is the doctrine that God alone is the One who chooses who is saved, that He ordains the means, the time, and the circumstances of salvation and that without His predestination, no one would ever be saved. In part this is because human nature is so completely corrupted by sin that no person is capable of choosing God unless God first regenerates that person. But any Bible student will soon discover there are verses which say God wants all men to be saved. For example, "This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be...
  • Unconditional election (a Tiptoe through TULIP)

    01/07/2011 2:48:56 AM PST · by Cronos · 21 replies
    CIN.org ^ | 12/07/2010 | James Akin
    Unconditional election The doctrine of unconditional election means God does not base his choice (election) of certain individuals on anything other than his own good will [13]. God chooses whomever he pleases and passes over the rest. The ones God chooses will desire to come to him, will accept his offer of salvation, and will do so precisely because he has chosen them. To show that God positively chooses, rather than merely foresees, those who will come to him, Calvinists cite passages such as Romans 9:15-18, which says, "[The Lord] says to Moses, 'I will have mercy on whom I...
  • God's Purpose...Romans 8

    01/06/2011 12:33:34 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 3 replies
    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. 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.(Romans 8:29-30)We have looked at the tremendously comforting promise of God, that He will make “all things to work together for good to those who love Him and are the called according to His purpose”. All too often this amazing promise is half quoted in an almost glib way,...
  • Praise God for 5 point Calvinism

    11/21/2010 7:43:56 PM PST · by bibletruth · 151 replies
    Any good Calvinism site | 2010 | bibletruth
    Praise God for 5 point Calvinism Jesus Christ affirms TULIP in the Scriptures. Hey, Catholics, these are all in your Old Testament Scriptures (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John).
  • Predestination... or doctrine of Beelzebub

    09/08/2010 10:35:01 PM PDT · by bibletruth · 50 replies
    2010 | bibletruth
    Predestination...is it Biblical... or is it a doctrine of Beelzebub (devil)
  • Resistance to Predestination, Analogy #1: The King of Asteroid #325

    08/25/2010 6:08:56 PM PDT · by grassboots.org · 19 replies
    www.caffeinatedthoughts.com ^ | July 14, 2010 | David Shedlock
    In a delightful and widely acclaimed French novella, written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, a space traveler called “The Little Prince” visits an imaginary asteroid or planet named #325. The “king” of this domain has a very unusual view of his kingly powers as illustrated by this paragraph: “The little prince looked everywhere to find a place to sit down; but the entire planet was crammed and obstructed by the king's magnificent ermine robe. So he remained standing upright, and, since he was tired, he yawned. "It is contrary to etiquette to yawn in the presence of a king," the monarch...
  • Calvinism - Part IV

    06/04/2010 9:51:48 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 15 replies · 220+ views
    CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA ^ | 1908 | WILLIAM BARRY
    Calvinism [Part IV of IV] Two important practical consequences may be drawn from this entire view: first, that conversion takes place in a moment -- and so all evangelical Protestants believe; and, second, that baptism ought not to be administered to infants, seeing they cannot have the faith which justifies. This latter inference produced the sect of Anabaptists against whom Calvin thunders as he does, against other "frenzied" persons, in vehement tones. Infant baptism was admitted, but its value, as that of every ordinance, varied with the predestination to life or to death of the recipient. To Calvinists the...
  • How John Calvin Made me a Catholic

    06/04/2010 5:43:13 AM PDT · by markomalley · 432 replies · 2,199+ views
    Called to Communion ^ | 6/1/2010 | Bryan Cross
    This is a guest post by Dr. David Anders. David and his wife completed their undergraduate degrees at Wheaton College in 1992. He subsequently earned an M.A. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1995, and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 2002, in Reformation history and historical theology.  He was received into the Catholic Church in 2003. He will be on EWTN Live on June 23rd, 7:00 pm Central (8 EST), and may be discussing some of the material from this article.Portrait of Young John Calvin Unknown Flemish artist Espace Ami Lullin of the Bibliothèque de GenèveI once...
  • Calvinism - Part III

    05/29/2010 3:42:23 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies · 163+ views
    CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA ^ | 1908 | WILLIAM BARRY
    Calvinism [Part III] We come on these lines to the famous distinction which separates the true Church that of the predestined, from the seeming or visible, where all baptized persons meet. This falls in with Calvin's whole theory, but is never to be mistaken for the view held by Roman authorities, that some may pertain to the soul of the Church who are not members of its body. Always pursuing his idea, the absolute predestinarian finds among Christians, all of whom have heard the Gospel and received the sacraments, only a few entitled to life everlasting. These obtain the...