Apostasy

Irresistible Blondie

, posted by SEA

Here’s a little theological humor in the form of a cartoon that can be related to the Calvinist doctrine of irresistible grace.

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Steve Witzki, Early Christian Writers on Apostasy

, posted by SEA

In the attached article, Steve Witzki surveys the thought of the early church on the topic of apostasy, concluding: “It seems rather apparent that the Ante-Nicene Fathers believed that a Christian could sever their saving…

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Monergism Versus Synergism: Beware, Kobayashi Maru Ahead!

, posted by John Kebbel

Monergism and Synergism are extra-Biblical terms coined to encapsulate Bible truth. They fail. God’s dichotomy is Works and Faith, not Monergism and Synergism. Works are bad; faith is good. Faith in Jesus is something humans do (with prevenient grace courtesy of the Holy Spirit); saving these believing humans is something God does.

Arminians are sucker punched by Calvinists when they allow themselves to ignore Works Versus Faith and engage Calvinists on the battlefield of Monergism Versus Synergism. This becomes clearer when we look at the abortion debate.

Those who are pro-abortion do not call themselves Pro-Abortion; they call themselves Pro-Choice. They have reframed the debate to be about women’s rights. They are now able to paint their opponents as Neanderthal chauvinists grumbling about women receiving equal pay and having equal rights. That’s not your agenda at all. You’re a Foetusphile unscrupulously caricatured as a misogynist.

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MONERGISM: BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE ME A DIME?

, posted by John Kebbel

“God doesn’t need me to round up the Elect. But He gives me the unspeakable privilege of participating in this work of redemption.” R. C. Sproul, Amazing Grace (DVD)

Arminians must be asleep at the wheel. I’ve not seen the primary problem of monergism explored and discussed anywhere. The primary problem with monergism is that, in this time of crushing unemployment, monergism puts so many people out of work. I took a film crew through Bible Land, interviewing various people thrown out of their jobs by this doctrine.

In Corinth, I interviewed two laid-off teachers, Paul and Apollos. In a muted tone, Paul shared with us, “I used to have a good job planting, My buddy Apollos had a good job watering. We trusted God for the increase and things were good. (I Cor 3:6) Then this guy Calvin comes along and stirs things up. Now we learn it’s all God. We weren’t accomplishing anything.”

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Predestination Second

, posted by SEA

This article is written by Howard A. Snyder. Although not a member of SEA, this entry typifies the Arminian view on predestination.

PREDESTINATION SECOND—LOVE FIRST!

Have this clearly in mind: Salvation is not based on predestination. Rather, predestination is based on salvation.

Many people get mixed up at this point. Some Christians see predestination as the key to salvation. We are saved (if we are) because of an irrevocable decision or “decree” that the Sovereign God made before the world began.

But what does the Bible say? Not that we are saved because of an eternal decree of God. That is warped way of understanding predestination.

Rather, we are saved by God’s gracious provision of salvation for all. We are fully convinced that Jesus Christ “died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them” (2 Cor. 5:15).

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A New Book on Justification and Some Questions about Calvinism and Heavenly Rewards

, posted by drwayman

A New Calvinist Book on Justification Perplexes

by Roger E. Olson, Ph.D.

I have been asked to review Justification: A Guide for the Perplexed by Reformed theologian Alan J. Spence (T&TClark, 2012). Spence is a United Reformed Church pastor in the U.K.

I was asked to review it for The Evangelical Quarterly whose editor is I. Howard Marshall. I like the EQ partly because it has over the years published many excellent articles friendly to Arminianism.

I won’t repeat all my points about Spence’s book here. You’ll have to wait and read my complete review which I just submitted to the book review editor yesterday. I don’t know when it will be published.

However, I do want to mention some problematic points that I see in the book. I invite others who have read it, even Spence himself, should he see this review or the EQ one to respond.

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Does 1 John 2:18-19 Support the Calvinist “Never Saved to Begin With” View of Apostasy?

, posted by Ben Henshaw

1 John 2:18-19

Little children, it is the last hour and as you have heard that the Anti-Christ is coming, even now many anti-christs have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be manifest, that none of them were of us.

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A Response to an A/C “Primer” from A&O ministries

, posted by Martin Glynn

I was going to write a second post on corporate election, but I am postponing it to look at something which Alan Kurschner has recently put out on Dr. James White’s blog. He calls it a primer though it is more like propaganda. A primer for a debate should lay out both positions simply in the way in which the respective parties would approve. SEA has attempted to do just that with our own primer. However, Kurschner has absolutely failed in this regard. Indeed, I would suspect that this is simply supposed to poison the well for anyone new to the debate. So I am going to examine this primer to see how it really holds up to scrutiny:

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