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 »
Following are two more responses 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, “Also, most Calvinist would agree that God desires all people to be saved. Therefore, a Calvinist preacher can also stand before a crowd and say that God desires all to be saved.” In one of your later responses, you say, “I believe a person can hold to double-predestination (I prefer to use terms elect and reprobate) and still believe that God desires all to be saved.”
My dear brother, although you may believe this, it is impossible to reconcile that with the essence of Calvinism. Faced with the teaching of Scripture, which is consistent with what you have said, and the irreconcilability of such (and other similar biblical truths) with consistent Calvinism, is precisely why I eventually abandoned Calvinism. If you truly believe God desires all to be saved, then I pray you will seriously look at freeing yourself from the label Calvinist. Read the rest of this entry »
Following is a response to my article “Do the ‘Doctrines of Grace’ Affect Evangelism?” published on SBCToday 4/6/2014. I published the same article on this blog 5/26/14.
Thanks for your interaction with my article, which begins, “Some Calvinist’s aver that ideas like limited atonement, unconditional election, and selective regeneration really make no difference in the nature of the evangelistic endeavor.” I then quote a well-known Calvinist who says exactly this and then expound on this.
You said, “This is a very common straw-man argument made by the anti-Reformed crowd…and has been refuted time and time again.” Read the rest of this entry »
Some Calvinist’s aver that ideas like limited atonement, unconditional election, and selective regeneration really make no difference in the nature of the evangelistic endeavor, i.e. these are tertiary or irrelevant to the proclamation of the gospel. To wit, God being secretly pleased to withhold salvation from a vast proportion of the humanity that He created does not affect the nature of propagating the gospel. Read the rest of this entry »