Is the simple gospel really calvinism?

Ales Rarus has now made himself really clear. I can understand what he is saying, but struggle to recognise it as Biblical. You see, Ales seems to have understood instinctively what many an Arminian has tried to deny- if we accept that man really has a totally free will, that gives man some of the credit for his salvation and also makes it insecure. I am not happy with that concept.His points are logical, but I beg to disagree with what he goes onto say:-"# God gave man free will so that we … [Read more...]

Joel Edwards of the Evangelical Alliance comments further on the Steve Chalke debate

In a letter from the heart Joel Edwards says of Steve Chalke-Firstly, I am not convinced that Steve really has answered the plethora of key biblical texts dealing with the relationship between wrath, judgement and punishment. (Isaiah 53:1-11 and Romans 5:8-11 and the book of Hebrews for starters.) Apart from the concept of punishment, what can it possibly mean to say "the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,"? (Isa 53:5) These passages simply cannot be waved away by an emphasis on … [Read more...]

Its all about you Jesus……calvinism and worship

Well, this Christmas the carnival of the reformation has asked us to post about the centrality of Christ the "sola christus". This is a request I am only too happy to comply with and helps bring a number of threads together that I have been posting on lately.The last thing I posted was a link to our series on the book of acts Any good bible student knows of course that this book should really be called the acts of Jesus as Luke introduces it in such a way as to make clear he believes that … [Read more...]

Calvinism- "so what" – how can I be sure I am saved?

One thing is for sure Calvinists don't have the exclusive on doubt about their salvation. An Arminian might well believe he could loose his salvation and therefore worry about how to be sure he didn't. A Calvinist might worry that he never had it in the first place!In this next series of posts I intend to look at reasons for assurance of salvation- What makes someone a Christian? How can I know I am saved? Can I know I am saved? There are several aspects to this, and I will post on a … [Read more...]

Laying down a gauntlet……Calling all arminians

Dont ask me why I feel like laying down this gauntlet, but I would love to here significant dissent out there. You know who you are pssing through thinking "thats not right". You see I want to move onto answering the question "so what" about all this doctrine and I will soon, but it bothers me that in all my arminian readers not one of them has really taken direct issue with any of my defininitions of the TULIP. Is that because I have been called close to both hypercalvinistic and arminian … [Read more...]

P – Perseverance of the Saints (Five points of Calvinism, part 5)

Many people represent this point of Calvinism as "once saved always saved", or that you cannot loose your salvation. Now of course, if by salvation you mean walking forward at a crusade LOADS of people seem to loose that. But, by now, you should realise that Calvinists do not believe that a superficial "decision for Christ" is what constitutes a Christian. If being born again is something done to you, how can you be unborn? Really this doctrine was always taken to mean that true Christians will … [Read more...]

I – Irresistable grace (Five Points of Calvinism, Part 4)

Here we are coming almost to the coup de grace of these five points. I g you have understood all of the others and can accept them then this will be as sweet to you as reaching the very sight of the top of the mountain you are climbing. It is not quite the peak for the believer, as that comes in the last point.Of course, if you find that the system makes you angry at the thought that your will may not be entirely free then this point may make your blood boil. But perhaps more than any of … [Read more...]

Synchronised blogging

In a startling new development in my longstanding tag-blogging relationship with Jollyblogger, he and I have posted on the same subject within a minute of each other!!! Admittadly the posts were both part of a series, but it is somewhat amusing to me that without planning it we were quite this synchronised.L - Limited atonement (Five Points of Calvinism, Part 3) Dr Adrian Warnock's UK Blog Nov 30 19:34 Before we can ask what is "limited atonment" in todays' climate of doubt regarding our … [Read more...]

L – Limited atonement (Five Points of Calvinism, Part 3)

Before we can ask what is "limited atonment" in todays' climate of doubt regarding our theories of the atonement, including accusing people like me of propounding a theory of cosmic child abuse we need to start by defining the very idea of the atonement before moving to whether it is limited or not.The atonement is simply another word for Christs death, bit it is a word that links his death to the removal of sin in the way that has been classically understood- the removal of sin. The penal … [Read more...]

U – Unconditional Election (Five Points of Calvinism, Part 2)

I hope David will forgive me but I am going to be very naughty and jump ahead of him on my uninvited tagging allong on his TULIP series. I will not do as good a job of explaining this as he will, but we do seem to spark off each other quite well. Consider this a primer for the masterly post he will no doubt put up fairly soon.I have been speaking quite a lot about "free will" lately and that leads nicely to this subject. My point about the limits to our will is really important to understand … [Read more...]