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  • Augustine and Calvin?

    01/02/2016 8:32:06 AM PST · by Salvation · 24 replies ^ | 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 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 ^ | 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 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 · 19 replies ^ | 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
    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
    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...
  • Calvinism - Part II

    05/22/2010 3:53:48 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies · 248+ views
    Calvinism [Part II] Another way to define the Reformed theology would be to contrast its view of God's eternal decrees with that taken in the Catholic Church, notably by Jesuit authors such as Molina. To Calvin the ordinances of Deity seemed absolute, i.e. not in any way regardful of the creature's acts, which they predetermined either right or wrong; and thus reprobation -- the supreme issue between all parties -- followed upon God's unconditioned fiat, no account being had in the decree itself of man's merits or demerits. For God chose some to glory and others to shame everlasting...
  • Calvinism - Part I

    05/15/2010 5:07:33 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 35 replies · 422+ views
    Calvinism No better account of this remarkable (though now largely obsolete) system has been drawn out than Möhler's in his "Symbolism or Doctrinal Differences." The "Institutes of the Christian Religion," in which Calvin depicted his own mind, were never superseded by creed or formulary, though the writer subscribed, in 1540, at Worms to the Confession of Augsburg, i.e. the second revised edition. To take his bearings in theology we must remember that he succeeded Luther in point of time and was committed to a struggle with Zwingli's disciples at Zurich and elsewhere, known as Sacramentarians, but who tended more...
  • The Catholic Teaching on Predestination (Pete vs. Cornely and Johnny)

    05/13/2010 10:39:52 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 18 replies · 315+ views
    The Evangelization Station ^ | 2000 | CUF via The Evangelization Station
    The Catholic Teaching on Predestination ISSUE: How does the Catholic Church understand predestination? RESPONSE: Predestination is a term used to identify God’s plan of salvation, in which according to His own decree, He “accomplishes all things according to his will” (Eph. 1:11). God gives us the gift of salvation through grace and faith. In turn, we must use our free will to persevere in good works “prepared beforehand” by God Himself (Eph. 2:8-10; cf. Phil. 2:12, 13). DISCUSSION: There are two opposite and equally erroneous positions about predestination that have always been rejected in authentic Catholic teaching. The first is...
  • TIME names "New Calvinism" 3rd Most Powerful Idea Changing the World

    02/28/2010 8:30:39 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 1,288 replies · 6,947+ views
    TIME Magazine ^ | March 12, 2009 | David Van Biema
    John Calvin's 16th century reply to medieval Catholicism's buy-your-way-out-of-purgatory excesses is Evangelicalism's latest success story, complete with an utterly sovereign and micromanaging deity, sinful and puny humanity, and the combination's logical consequence, predestination: the belief that before time's dawn, God decided whom he would save (or not), unaffected by any subsequent human action or decision. Calvinism, cousin to the Reformation's other pillar, Lutheranism, is a bit less dour than its critics claim: it offers a rock-steady deity who orchestrates absolutely everything, including illness (or home foreclosure!), by a logic we may not understand but don't have to second-guess. Our satisfaction...
  • *VIDEO* If Calvinism is True, Why Evangelize?

    02/28/2010 3:40:57 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 32 replies · 739+ views
    "Some of the greatest evangelists in the history of the church have for the most part, been Calvinists."
  • Benjamin Morgan Palmer's "Thanksgiving Sermon"

    10/07/2009 1:55:48 AM PDT · by DoorGunner · 1 replies · 263+ views ^ | November 29, 1860 | Benjamin Morgan Palmer
    We know better than others that every attribute of their character fits them for dependence and servitude. By nature the most affectionate and loyal of all races beneath the sun, they are also the most helpless; and no calamity can befall them greater than the loss of that protection they enjoy under this patriarchal system. Indeed, the experiment has been grandly tried of precipitating them upon freedom which they know not how to enjoy; and the dismal results are before us in statistics that astonish the world. With the fairest portions of the earth in their possession and with the...
  • Chosen In Him: The Catholic Teaching on Predestination [Ecumenical]

    07/13/2008 1:18:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies · 572+ views
    Issue: How does the Catholic Church understand predestination? Response: Predestination is a term used to identify God’s plan of salvation, in which according to His own decree, He “accomplishes all things according to his will” (Eph. 1:11). God gives us the gift of salvation through grace and faith. In turn, we must use our free will to persevere in good works “prepared beforehand” by God Himself (Eph. 2:8-10; cf. Phil. 2:12, 13). Discussion: There are two opposite and equally erroneous positions about predestination that have always been rejected in authentic Catholic teaching. The first is that of the Pelagians.[1] Pelagius taught that...
  • Predestination vs. Free Will

    07/26/2007 8:40:59 AM PDT · by Sopater · 29 replies · 1,075+ views
    Christian Worldview Network ^ | 07/25/2007 | Chuck Missler
    "The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever..." - Deuteronomy 29:29 From the beginning of time, thinkers have puzzled over the paradox of fate vs. free will, or predestination vs. free choice. In theological terms, this leads to the struggle between Calvinism and Arminianism. As we explore this paradox, we find that examining the fruit of each position reveals that the River of Life seems to flow between these two extremes, and that once again, truth involves a careful balance. At the heart of the...
  • Modern Predestination - The dangerous notion that misconduct is genetic

    02/08/2007 4:09:57 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies · 462+ views
    City Journal ^ | 6 February 2007 | Theodore Dalrymple
    How do bad ideas spread and enter the general stock of received wisdom? One culprit is sloppy or uncritical newspaper reporting. For example, a recent small item on the front page of the Sunday Times, the largest-selling serious Sunday newspaper in Britain, insinuated something both false and dangerous to believe. The headline ran: WANT A FIGHT? SCIENTISTS SAY IT’S ALL IN YOUR GENES. The story begins: “Scientists have discovered an answer to one of the most intractable squabbles in family life—argumentative children are born and not made.” According to the article, new research has found antisocial traits to be inherited...

    11/13/2006 11:01:10 PM PST · by Dr. Eckleburg · 836 replies · 5,135+ views
    If salvation is all of grace -- if God is God and he has chosen us for salvation even though we did nothing to deserve it -- then we ought to live by the grace we have received. Of course, some of you will look at that and say to yourselves, “Yeah, I really need to do better at living by grace. I’ve really been a failure there. I hope God will forgive me again.” If that’s you, you still don’t get it. Go back and re-read the last seventeen pages and (if you’re a believer) remember that you’re one...
  • Fine Young Calvinists

    11/13/2006 9:41:43 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 33 replies · 614+ views
    get ^ | 10.14.06 | Paul Mathers
    A seminary student tells this story about the first day of a class. The professor was the well known Reformed theologian and Presbyterian pastor R.C. Sproul. Sproul stormed into class on the first day, slammed his Bible on the desk and said, "You are all very very bad and God is very very mad!" I plan on telling that to my children before they go to sleep every night. There's a movement growing in young protestants in America over the past decade or so. It's called Calvinism and there are pastors around who would kill all the babies of this...
  • What Did Luther Believe About Predestination? – His Final Word on the Subject

    11/02/2006 7:17:13 AM PST · by xzins · 70 replies · 1,009+ views
    What Did Luther Believe About Predestination? – His Final Word on the Subject Luther Addresses the Problems that Occur When Christians Misunderstand Predestination But it pleases me to take from this passage the opportunity to discuss doubt, God, and the will of God; for I hear that here and there among the nobles and persons of importance vicious statements are being spread abroad concerning predestination or God’s foreknowledge. For this is what they say: “If I am predestined, I shall be saved, whether I do good or evil. If I am not predestined, I shall be condemned regardless of my...
  • The Importance of Predestination

    10/24/2006 1:17:55 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 102 replies · 905+ views
    ReformationTheology ^ | October 24, 2006 | John Samson
    [This editorial is found in Peace and Truth, the magazine of the Sovereign Grace Union, written by John Brentnall -] In an age when the fear of man threatens to 'dumb down' our testimony to God's truth, it is well worth while to remind ourselves that the foundation doctrine of predestination is to be publicly preached, whether men hear or forbear. On this point let us heed the Word of God and the witness of some of His choicest servants. 1. God forbids us to tamper with His revealed will in the slightest way. "Ye shall not add unto...
  • FOREKNOWLEDGE: There's More Than Meets God's Eye

    10/16/2006 6:57:55 AM PDT · by HarleyD · 16 replies · 333+ views
    Red Mills Baptist Church ^ | Unknown | Rev. James M. Harrison
    "You don't believe in predestination, do you?!" Everyone who openly holds to the doctrines of grace has at one time or another heard this question asked in near hysterical tones. The very question itself implies that predestination is a doctrine dreamed up by some evil disciple of John Calvin, sitting alone in his ivory tower, devising ways of making God appear to be mean and unloving. The reality is that anyone who bows to the authority of the NT believes in predestination, whether they be Arminian or Calvinistic in their theology. The word is, after all, one which is used...
  • LETTING GOD BE GOD Week 2 The Supremacy of God Over History

    10/01/2006 11:39:28 PM PDT · by Dr. Eckleburg · 10 replies · 297+ views
    St. Louis Center for Christian Study ^ | October 1, 2006 | Greg Johnson
    A few years ago, a Christian company in Florida began marketing “Jesus the Doll,” a doll the makers claim will “help children discover Jesus.” For $29.95, the doll promises to “provide solace for the elderly and the infirm, for those in recovery programs, and those in emotional duress.” The real Lord is just too ethereal. “It’s hard to hug air,” the company notes. They planned to follow this doll with the release of “God the Doll,” a two-foot rag-doll with white hair and a long beard, completely machine washable, of course. Is this the God in whom we trust? I...
  • St. Irenaeus on Free Will (Adversus Haereses IV,37)

    09/26/2006 3:48:44 PM PDT · by annalex · 51 replies · 1,567+ views
    The Catholic Encyclopedia ^ | AD 150-202 | St. Irenaeus
    Adversus Haereses (Book IV, Chapter 37) Men are possessed of free will, and endowed with the faculty of making a choice. It is not true, therefore, that some are by nature good, and others bad. 1. This expression [of our Lord], "How often would I have gathered thy children together, and thou wouldest not," set forth the ancient law of human liberty, because God made man a free [agent] from the beginning, possessing his own power, even as he does his own soul, to obey the behests (ad utendum sententia) of God voluntarily, and not by compulsion of God. For...

    09/24/2006 3:59:37 PM PDT · by Dr. Eckleburg · 3,670 replies · 21,873+ views
    At the time of the American Revolution, almost every Christian denomination in America affirmed the Reformed doctrine of predestination. Christians believed that God alone was to be credited with their salvation—even their cooperation with God’s grace was brought about by God’s grace. God had chosen some for eternal life and not others, and only God knew his reasons for the selection. Baptists, Anglicans, Congregationalists, Dutch Reformed, and (of course) Presbyterians—all stood solidly upon this biblical teaching. One thing, however, was sure—God didn’t choose us because he knew we would believe. Rather, we believed because God chose us. God was God,...
  • Some Thoughts on Predestination by Benjamin B. Warfield (1851-1921)

    09/23/2006 2:10:39 AM PDT · by alpha-8-25-02 · 21 replies · 371+ views
    A great man of the last generation began the preface of a splendid little book he was writing on this subject, with the words: "Happy would it be for the church of Christ and for the world, if Christian ministers and Christian people could be content to be disciples-learners." He meant to intimate that if only we were all willing to sit simply at the feet of the inspired writers and take them at their word, we should have no difficulties with Predestination. The difficulties we feel with regard to Predestination are not derived from the Word. The Word is...
  • Does God So Love the World? (John MacArthur)

    08/01/2005 8:16:45 PM PDT · by buckeyesrule · 970 replies · 6,907+ views ^ | July 21, 2005 | John MacArthur
    Does God So Love the World? by: John MacArthur Love is the best known but least understood of all God's attributes. Almost everyone who believes in God these days sees Him as a God of love. I have even met agnostics who are quite certain that if God exists, He must be benevolent, compassionate, and loving. All those things are infinitely true about God, of course, but not in the way most people think. Because of the influence of modern liberal theology, many suppose that God's love and goodness ultimately nullify His righteousness, justice, and holy wrath. They envision God...
  • Denise Coke Arrested on Cocaine Charges

    05/05/2005 2:30:05 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 89 replies · 1,054+ views
    Yahoo news ^ | 5/6/05
    ROSEVILLE, Mich. - A woman identified by authorities as Denise Coke was arrested after a drug-sniffing dog discovered 33 pounds of cocaine in her vehicle. Roseville police acting on a tip gave Michigan State Police the description of a vehicle allegedly containing drugs. Coke, 25, of Detroit was arrested after being pulled over for speeding Tuesday night on Interstate 696. Coke was arraigned Wednesday on a charge of possession with intent to deliver more than 1,000 grams of cocaine, punishable by up to life in prison upon conviction. A judge set her bond at $1 million. Roseville Police Chief Richard...

    02/10/2005 6:27:02 PM PST · by Quix · 6 replies · 1,381+ views
    A Glimpse Ahead Timothy Snodgrass The Impossible Will Come Alive In 2005 01/28/05 In January of 2004, as we began to intercede for the New Year the Holy Spirit gave us the prophetic slogan, "The Seas will Roar in 2004". This year we were given a new slogan, "The Impossible will come Alive in 2005". As the veil of darkness begins to come down over nations and regions, along with great shakings will come great breakthroughs; signs, wonders, healings and a spectacular release of miracles in impossible circumstances. This year, although we are ultimately poised to gain much ground, there...
  • Why Did God Save Me? - R.C. Sproul

    02/08/2005 5:46:04 AM PST · by ksen · 108 replies · 1,130+ views ^ | R.C. Sproul
    Why Did God Save Me?by R.C. Sproul -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Why did God save me? I know of no more difficult a theological question to deal with than this one. I've been studying theology for many years, and I still can't come up with any exhaustive reason to explain why God would save me, or anyone else for that matter. Some people give a very simple answer to this question. They say that God saved you because you put your trust and faith in Christ when you answered the summons of the gospel. On the surface that's certainly a legitimate answer because...
  • Week 6-Predestination-Trust in God for Perseverance (A Study)

    01/19/2005 8:09:20 AM PST · by HarleyD · 2 replies · 147+ views
    Christian Studies ^ | Unknown | Greg Johnson
    One major debate within Christian circles is the question of whether or not a Christian can lose his or her salvation. Arminians argue that true believers can sin so much that they lose their faith and perish. Some Christians respond by arguing that once a person professes faith in Jesus, he is eternally secure in his salvation and—even if he commits complete apostasy (“falls away”) and vocally rejects Jesus Christ—will still go to heaven, for “once saved, always saved.” In light of the biblical doctrine of predestination, how should we understand the security we have under God’s care? There have...
  • Week 5-Predestination-Foreknowledge and Double Predestination

    01/18/2005 11:00:27 AM PST · by HarleyD · 5 replies · 177+ views
    Christian Studies ^ | Unknown | Greg Johnson
    Foreknowledge Some object to the concept of predestination by arguing that God predestines the elect because he knows in advance that they will come to Christ by their own free will. As seen in the previous lesson, however, that notion is blatantly unbiblical. No one has the ability to even cooperate with God’s grace. Several biblical passages, however, do speak of God’s “foreknowledge.” While God certainly knows the future (he determines it!), the biblical concept of foreknowledge is something different. The term is used, not of knowing events, but of knowing people. God tells us that he knew us before...
  • Week 4-Predestination-Our Part and God’s Part in Conversion (A Study)

    01/17/2005 7:21:40 AM PST · by HarleyD · 104+ views
    Christian Studies ^ | Unknown | Greg Johnson
    A “Free” Will in Bondage to Sin We all realize that human beings have wills—we have the capacity to make decisions. The glitch is this: Human beings can choose to do whatever they desire. Yet our desires are rarely under our control! If this is what is meant by free will, then the Bible assumes that we have it. God commands us to be perfect, and we have wills and therefore may choose either to obey or to disobey. But given the choice, does the fallen, sinful human have the moral and spiritual ability to incline his heart toward God?...
  • Week 3 – Predestination-Letting God be God The Supremacy of God in God’s Heart (A Study)

    01/16/2005 2:49:09 AM PST · by HarleyD · 14 replies · 227+ views
    Christian Studies ^ | Unknown | Greg Johnson
    THE TRIAL DEFENDANT: God OCCUPATION: Maker, ruler, judge of heavens and earth ADDRESS: Everywhere, particularly “the heavens” CHARGE: Being selfish THE EVIDENCE: 1. Hell, Fires of. Billions will suffer there, and the Defendant says he will do it to “display his wrath.” 2. Intolerance of non-Christian religions. He calls them idolatry and says he will punish them. 3. Intolerance of numerous behaviors that people enjoy. 4. Insistence that people focus all attention on Defendant all the time. Intolerant of those who do otherwise. 5. Multiple unexpected outbursts of anger. a. Nadab & Abihu, whom Defendant burned with fire while they...
  • Week 1&2-Predestination-Letting God Be God (A Study)

    01/15/2005 2:45:31 AM PST · by HarleyD · 270 replies · 2,008+ views
    Christian Studies ^ | Unknown | Greg Johnson
    Week 1-Introduction-All Christians Believe In Predestination At the time of the American Revolution, almost every Christian denomination in America affirmed the Reformed doctrine of predestination. Christians believed that God alone was to be credited with their salvation—even their cooperation with God’s grace was brought about by God’s grace. God had chosen some for eternal life and not others, and only God knew his reasons for the selection. Baptists, Anglicans, Congregationalists, Dutch Reformed, and (of course) Presbyterians—all stood solidly upon this biblical teaching. One thing, however, was sure—God didn’t choose us because he knew we would believe. Rather, we believed because...

    01/13/2005 8:23:15 AM PST · by xzins · 36 replies · 441+ views
    The Works of Arminius ^ | Jacob Arminius
    a:hover {color:#660000;} WORKS OF ARMINIUS - ON PREDESTINATION PREVIOUS SECTION - NEXT SECTION - HELP I. ON PREDESTINATION The first and most important article in religion on which I have to offer my views, and which for many years past has engaged my attention, is the Predestination of God, that is, the Election of men to salvation, and the Reprobation of them to destruction. Commencing with this article, I will first explain what is taught concerning it, both in discourses and writings, by certain persons in our Churches, and in the University of Leyden. I will afterwards declare my own...
  • Did the Saviour Pay the Penalty for our Sins Prior to the Cross?

    12/14/2004 4:35:20 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 19 replies · 334+ views
    Middletown Bible Church ^ | 12/12/04 | Middletown Bible Church
    Did the Saviour Pay the Penalty for our Sins Prior to the Cross?   "Who His own self bore our sins in His own body ON THE TREE"                     (1 Peter 2:24). A common teaching of Reformed men is that the Lord's death on the cross was not the only place where sin's penalty was paid. They also connect the payment of this penalty with our Lord's sufferings apart from and prior to Calvary's cross. They often point to the Lord's sufferings in the Garden of Gethsemane as being a time when the Lord Jesus was suffering as the Divine...

    09/03/2004 8:11:53 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies · 1,132+ views
    MAD TV | unknown
    Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger - Bryan Callen Jesus Christ - David Herman Wise Man #1 - Phil LaMarr On the screen we see a clear night sky filled with stars, one in particular being very large and bright. TV Announcer: Unto this world, a child is born. Camera pans down onto a small village. We see that the date is December 25, 0000. There is a strange kind of lighting is zapping around in between two small buildings. Suddenly the light forms a large silver sphere. A naked man hunching over appears and the sphere disappears. The man stands, and we...