Monthly Archives For January 2009

I John 15:18; A Devotional

, posted by Martin Glynn

We’ve come to the conclusion of the letter. John doesn’t end with an exhorting paragraph, or a final doctrinal conclusion. Instead, he concludes with a list of loosely connected aphorisms, and by pointing to the assurance we are to have that we are saved, and can resist temptation. I shall deal with each of these in turn.

I John 15:18: We fully know that everyone being born of God sins not, but the one born of God keeps watch over Him, and the oppressor cannot touch Him. -MGV

There is so much meat in this passage if one goes to the Greek. It is truly a powerful statement, and I’ve attempted to tease out some of the subtleties that are lost in most translations in the translation above. Let me point of few of them out quickly before I get to the meaning of the text.

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Friday Files: Wesley’s Predestination Calmly Considered

, posted by Godismyjudge

John Wesley had the rare gift of bringing the Calvinist/Arminian debate from the head to the heart. In Predestination Calmly Considered, Wesley first examines the idea of upholding unconditional election while rejecting reprobation and then…

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C.S. Lewis: Calvinist or Classical Arminian?

, posted by Kevin Jackson

Please lcik on the link to view Zach Dawes, “C. S. Lewis: Calvinist or Classical Arminian?” In this essay, Rev. Zach Dawes argues that the theology of C.S. Lewis was essentially Arminian. Dawes also maintains a blog,…

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Calminians?

, posted by Martin Glynn

I have heard many attempt to say that they are searching for a middle ground between Arminianism and Calvinism. The impetus of this is peace. They see the issue as too divisive, and they believe that by finding a middle ground, they can end the need for conflict.

Though I highly respect the sentiment, ultimately such a project will fail. There can be no middle ground between Calvinism and Arminianism. Why?

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The Farmer, the Boys, and the Pond

, posted by Kevin Jackson

In his book “Chosen but Free“, Dr. Norman Geisler* gives an illustration that vividly explains the problem with the Calvinistic teaching of Limited Atonement. Here is a paraphrase of the story: There was a farmer…

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The Early Church and Calvinism

, posted by Ben Henshaw

This is a detailed study of Calvinism in light of the earliest Christian writers (Ante-Nicene Church Fathers). It demonstrates that the primary features of Calvinism were not taught by the Ante-Nicene Fathers but were actually considered heretical by these early Christian writers (often connected to various forms of gnosticism). Numerous quotes from these Ante-Nicene writers are provided for the reader to carefully consider.

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Tim Warner, “Eternal Security?”

, posted by Ben Henshaw

This article primarily looks at the history of the doctrine: http://www.pfrs.org/osas/index.html. Caveat on the author: Tim Warner has set a general date for Christ’s return, which is a biblically unsound practice. Yet that does not necessarily…

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I John 5:16-17; A Devotional

, posted by Martin Glynn

If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life–to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that. All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that does not lead to death. -ESV

I like the ESV translation of this a lot. The big thing is in the beginning of verse 16, with ask and give, it keeps it in the future tense, and, most importantly, keeps the word ask instead of changing it to pray. The verb there is aiteo which is the same verb that has been used in the previous verses promising that we will be given anything which we ask of God. This is clearly intended to be an example of this promise.

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Tim Warner, “Sealed by the Spirit”

, posted by Ben Henshaw

This article examines the use of passages like Eph. 4:30 as a defense for eternal security: http://www.pfrs.org/osas/osas06.html. Caveat on the author: Tim Warner has set a general date for Christ’s return, which is a biblically unsound practice….

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Tim Warner, “Apostasy and the Book of Hebrews”

, posted by Ben Henshaw

Please click on the link below to view the article: http://www.pfrs.org/osas/osas07.html. Caveat on the author: Tim Warner has set a general date for Christ’s return, which is a biblically unsound practice. Yet that does not necessarily mean…

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Friday Files: McKnight on the Hebrew Warning Passages

, posted by Godismyjudge

Scot McKnight’s article “The warning passages of Hebrews: A formal analysis and Theological Conclusions” reviews the warnings of apostasy in Hebrews 2:1-4, 3:7-4:13, 5:11-6:12, 10:19-39 and 12:1-29. McKnight identifies four alternative interpretations of the warning…

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What Does God “Fore-love” According to Calvinism?

, posted by Ben Henshaw

Many Arminians see God’s election of individuals as based on God’s foreknowledge of faith. They see that primary election passages make reference to foreknowledge and even suggest that election is based on foreknowledge. They also…

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The Savior of All Men (1 Tim. 4:10)

, posted by Ben Henshaw

This article seems to be written from a moderate Calvinist (4-point) position but still does a nice job showing that a proper exegesis of 1 Tim. 4:10 teaches unlimited atonement. Click on link below to…

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Supralapsarianism and the Sovereignty of God

, posted by WilliamBirch

Supralapsarianism is the teaching that before God decreed to create human beings He first planned to elect and to reprobate. Millard J. Erickson gives the ordered decrees within supralapsarianism as: 1) God decreed to save…

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