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
Part I A Sermon Against Total Depravity In November, 2018, I was asked to review a sermon by an Independent Fundamentalist Baptist pastor in Florida who is emotionally hostile to that system of theology called Calvinism. I was willing to do so for two very good reasons. First, with Charles Spurgeon, I believe that the … Continue reading An Arminian Assaults Calvinism
In discussing the doctrines of divine grace, also known as Calvinism, one of the most frustrating facets is that many people simply do not understand what is being said, even when some think they do. It is not uncommon to hear someone assert that they have spent several days, or even several weeks looking at … Continue reading Many Do Not Understand Calvinism
The Doctrine of the Atonement addresses the question, “For whom did Christ die?” Two prominent positions are advocated. One position says that Christ died for all sins of all men. The Reformed position says that Christ died for all sins of the elect. Both positions agree on the value of the atonement of Christ. Both … Continue reading For Whom Did Christ Die?
A 2013 statement on the tensions that exist between Calvinism and Arminianism from an Advisory Committee within the Southern Baptist Convention was written to create discussion within the local church. In summary, what the statement concedes is that real differences do exist. What the statement hopes to achieve is a spirit of tolerance whereby the … Continue reading The Blessing of Being a Peace Maker
Of all the positions set forth by those who embrace the doctrines of grace, perhaps none is more objectionable to a devout Arminian than the concept of a definite redemption. More time, more emotion, and more energy is spent trying to discredit the biblical idea that Christ specifically came only to save “His people from … Continue reading Theological Consistency In the Atonement Debate
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