God’s will is obscured by ungratefulness!

Christians (and many who give great evidence of not being Christians) often opine about knowing the will of God, as if God is hiding it from people. However, it is our ungrateful hearts rather than God that conceals His desires for us.

Any follower of Jesus who truly wants to know the will of God can. It begins by giving thanks.

“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus,” 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

The following are responses to comments posted by a blogger on 9/19/2013 on the SBCToday blog, http://sbctoday.com/2013/09/17/rev-ronnie-rogers-responds/ in response to an article entitled “Is Libertarian Free Will Eternal?” This one gets a little deep. The blogger is a knowledgeable Calvinist, and very forthright about Calvinism’s determinism. His comments about my post are emboldened.

You said, “It’s hard to believe that Pastor Rogers’ comments are being celebrated as so definitive. Here is one example of his mistaken logic:”

Then you quote me saying, “Whether one is a Calvinist or not, God being omniscient, He has always known who the elect were, and for anyone to deny that God always knew who would be saved seems beyond the pale of orthodoxy.”

Again, the essence of Calvinism is not the affirmation that God knows who will be saved (the elect), but rather that He unconditionally chose some to salvation and did everything necessary to predetermine that these unconditionally elect would freely choose to believe.”

The following statement is apparently your example of my faulty logic, “While affirming God’s infallible omniscience he denies that God has determined from eternity who is elected.” Read the rest of this entry »

I have led churches to practice church discipline for thirty years now, and I do not see that the need is any less today than in years past.

Church discipline can be understood as the biblical attitude and actions of the local church that enable her to preserve her submission to the head of the church in holiness, fellowship, testimony, mission and doctrinal purity, with the purpose of maintaining a conducive atmosphere for following Christ and experiencing His presence and power. Church discipline includes the following purposes: redemption, correction, protection, purification and justice. On a practical level, I would further distinguish between non-formal and formal discipline. Non-formal includes all aspects of the biblical teaching and practical application of church discipline up to public involvement of the full church body in either seeking repentance of the sinning brother or sister or removal from fellowship. Read the rest of this entry »

I have refrained from responding to some Calvinist’s  misrepresentations of my book, Reflections of a Disenchanted Calvinist because I do not have the time, they do not actually pose a serious challenge to my position, and their demeanor affords little evidence that it would be fruitful. On one occasion I did, below is the response that I wrote to a young Calvinist who offered a critique of my book. Unfortunately, he believed he understood substantially more about Calvinism proper, and my engagement of it than he did. Read the rest of this entry »

We should not come to Scripture to find a verse that seems to support an idea drawn from the wisdom of the world, but labor in the Word of God to build Christ’s church with the wisdom of God. At times, someone will quip that he is only interested in going to heaven and is not looking for rewards. However, it will be a tragically sad day for a Christian to stand before His Lord Jesus with no rewards for faithfully obeying Christ’s Word, using the gifts he has been given, or sacrificing in even the smallest of ways to help build that for which Christ gave His life.

“But each man must be careful how he builds on it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward” 1 Corinthians 3:10b-14.

Thank you for your willing and unselfish sacrifice for my undeserved freedom of religion in America!

It seems to me that most Americans, including many Baptists, are either unaware or have forgotten the extraordinary role that Baptists played in securing religious liberty in America. Many Americans who are aware seek to minimize Christianity’s role in general and Baptist’s role in particular. Then there are those whose lack of acknowledgement and appreciation sometimes manifests itself in admonishments to pastors, particularly Baptist pastors, against speaking out or being involved in politics. Some of these chastisements come from Baptist pews and pulpits. Let me mention one historical example of Baptist influence. Read the rest of this entry »

Some believe that prayer is seeking to pray what God has already determined for you, but the Scripture is clear that while God has predetermined many things, He sovereignly chose to predetermine not to predetermine everything, but to incorporate the prayers of His people into the outcome.

“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).

Below is a Calvinist’s response to something I wrote regarding Libertarian free will. First is his response, which is followed by mine. Then each time I say, “you said” I am quoting him, which is followed by my response.

Pastor Rogers writes, “The two views of free will are Compatible and Libertarian.” This understates the issue. The issue is the degree to which a person is free to choose. Read the rest of this entry »

Anyone can rebuke a Christian for his or her sin, but it takes a mature spiritual Christian to give godly rebuke with a heart for restoration. A true heart for the restoration of a brother includes a willingness to be intimately involved in the process and a keen awareness of one’s own propensity to be overtaken by sin.

“Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted” (Galatians 6:1).

This is another response from the previous blogger. This is the last response to my article “Do the ‘Doctrines of Grace’ Affect Evangelism?” published on SBCToday 4/6/2014. The article is published here on my blog May 26, 2014 as well.

You said, “It seems that most of the comments are in a reaction to how I can believe that God unconditional elects some individuals (and not others) yet also genuinely desires salvation for all people. This isn’t exegetical schizophrenia or inconsistent with Calvinism. What is not ok, is to say that my view is not consistent with Calvinism, when it has been a consistent view of some Calvinist throughout church history.” Read the rest of this entry »