Spurgeon Atonement Illustration

This would win the wrath of many neo-liberals but I am sure that Piper would be glad to make room this Friday for the following quote I found on the pyromaniacs site from C.H. Spurgeon:Suppose," said I, "you had killed some one. You were a murderer; you were condemned to die, and you deserved it.""Faith," said he, "yes I should deserve it.""Well, her Majesty is very desirous of saving your life, and yet at the same time universal justice demands that someone should die on account of the deed … [Read more...]

T4G Statement – Article 8 – The Gospel of Grace

A long while ago I began a journey blogging through the Together for the Gospel Statement. I am sure that anyone who remotely remembers that I once did this would have been convinced that I would never get back to it. Today I surprised even myself by deciding that I really am determined to finish this. Perhaps ironically, their third conference—T4G 2010—has recently begun accepting bookings. What has happened to the last three and a bit years since this statement was penned? One thing is for … [Read more...]

Piper on Leading People Towards Reformed Theology

A few months back, Piper posted this excelent couple of paragraphs about the need to make GOD the central thing as we try to lead people to a shared understanding of theology. . . .a Reformed position mainly means, God is really big, really strong, really powerful, really knowledgeable, really wise, really great, really weighty, and he is going to be big in this service, and we're going to make a big deal out of God here. There are a lot of born-again Arminian people who like that. It's because … [Read more...]

Jonathan Edwards on Irresistible Grace

The shocking nature of the doctrine that God's grace is irresistible was hammered home to me by this quote. If this notion does not make you grateful to God that YOU should be so blessed by him, I don't know what will. . . .the Calvinistical notion of sovereign and arbitrary grace, whereby some, with the very same sincerity of endeavors and the same degree of endeavors and the same use of means, shall have the success which is denied others; and although all things are exactly equal in both … [Read more...]

Jonathan Edwards on Limited Atonement

There is none of the five points of calvinism that are associated with more confusion than the one commonly called Limited Atonment or particular atonement. The problem comes because we do not tend to understand exactly what Calvinists have historically meant by this point, nor do we understand the alternatives on either side. Logic can be very treacherous when it comes to doctrinal understanding. So, in the following quote from Edwards we will find him steering a middle ground between two … [Read more...]

Jonathan Edwards on Total Depravity

I am planning on sharing some short quotes from Jonathan Edwards on the five points of Calvinism. Here is the first on the "T" of the so-called "TULIP". He simply defines Total depravity: . . . the Calvinistic doctrine of the total depravity and corruption of man's nature, whereby his heart is wholly under the power of sin, and he is utterly unable, without the interposition of sovereign grace, savingly to love God, believe in Christ, or do anything that is truly good and acceptable in God's … [Read more...]

One Point Calvinism

According to J. I. Packer, Calvinism's five points really boil down to one significant claim that underlies all the others. My friend, Scott Thomas, shared this on the Acts 29 blog:"God saves sinners—and the force of this confession may not be weakened by disrupting the unity of the work of the Trinity, or by dividing the achievement of salvation between God and man and making the decisive part man’s own, or by soft-pedaling the sinner’s inability so as to allow him to share the praise of his sa … [Read more...]

SERMON – A Song Of Hope – Psalm 121

On the 24th of August, I preached a sermon at Jubilee during our summer series on some famous psalms. I took Psalm 121, which served as a starting point for me to share some of the most important planks of my personal doctrinal framework—a framework that has sustained me through hard times.As blogging around here at least begins to return to normal—if there is such a thing at adrianwarnock.com—I thought I'd share both the audio to download and a condensed version of the message below. You can als … [Read more...]

My Most Read Blog Post Of All Time – My Interview With Mark Driscoll

Today I can finally reveal that No. 1 on the list of most-read posts on this blog appeared on April 2, 2006, and was my interview with Mark Driscoll, the pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington.Thanks to my friends at Crossway, a free copy of Mark Driscoll's new book, Vintage Jesus, will be winging its way to Vince, who e-mailed the correct answer, Hugh, who blogged it, Terry B, who guessed wrong, and Craig who deserves a prize for persistence.Back in April 2006, I had only recently … [Read more...]

10th Most Read Post – I Don't Want Balance! I Want It All!

We have now arrived at the countdown of the top ten most popular posts of all time with readers of this blog. No. 10 appeared on July 19, 2007, and of all the posts I have written, this one is probably my own personal favorite. It is a rallying call to a kind of Christianity that is not ashamed to embrace the best from many different backgrounds. The last four words of the above title are not new to me, but they are certainly resonating with me at the moment — "I Want It All!" Why should I have t … [Read more...]


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