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...]

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...]

Theres no such thing as "Free Will"

JOLLYBLOGGER has continued his series on Calvinism, which I am tagging along with by saying "We Calvinists affirm that man has a free will. ". He then goes on to circumscribe the limits that our will is put under in the rest of the post. So which is it David, are our wills "totally free" or do they rather have limited freedom?I believe that there is no such thing as a totally free will except God's, and I am very greatful to God for that. I do believe in a circumscribed human vollition … [Read more...]

T – Total Depravity (Five Points of Calvinism, Part 1)

HAve decided to tag along with JOLLYBLOGGER in his new series on the five points of Calvinism often known by the acronymn TULIP. He has done a couple of introductory posts and then begins with the following quote "The effect of the fall upon man is that sin has extended to every part of his personality -- his thinking, his emotions, and his will. Not necessarily that he is intensely sinful, but that sin has extended to his entire being. The unregenerate (unsaved) man is dead in his sins (Romans … [Read more...]

"Has God ever healed you?" and thoughts on my return

A blog is like a friend. Neglect it for a while, and you feel embarrassed mildly on your return. In my case the embarrassment is increased by a sense of having terribly failed the Christian community by breaking the unbroken chain of Christian Carnivals.I still cant get the carnival up as now the hundreds of emails I havent read have crashed my email program! Hopefully this string of computer issues is now almost over. I still dont have ASDL back up and running however. Imagine my surprise … [Read more...]

What would C H SPurgeon have made of charismatics?

Spurgeon is one of my heroes of the faith. He was probably the greatest English speaking preacher ever. If you don't have it already Ages software do a fantastic deal on a disk containing all of Spurgeons sermons for a ridiculously low price!Anyway back to our question- what would he have made of the charismatics ERIC HAYDEN replied by quoting a sermon entitled 'Receiving the Holy Ghost #1790 Vol 30, Year 1884, pg. 386, (Acts 19:2) and it is clear that the answer is not entirely … [Read more...]

Cessationists and hearing the voice of God

Jollyblogger has replied to my post with another on the will of God: Towards the end of an interesting and long post which also does a great job of listing other material on blogs on the subject he states"That's a long winded response and story. My guess is that Adrian and I are extremely close on this. I think the crux of the matter is 'what place does the subjective play in discerning the will of God?' We both agree that it plays a role, any differences we have is probably over degree. I … [Read more...]