That which regards the actions of men as caused directly by outward circumstances and occasions, under the same great law of necessity which governs the movements of all material agents. The first is not true because we are simply conscious of our possessing the power to determine our own action. External may effect our decisions … Continue reading Is Calvinism Cosmic Determinism? Part 2
Are we robots, chess pieces, puppets on a string? Is that what Reformed theology teaches? I have had more than a few discussions of “free will” with non-Calvinists. And perhaps the first observation I’ve made is that the attack on Calvinism usually has two problems. It doesn’t interact with our confessions. It is usually a … Continue reading Is Calvinism Cosmic Determinism? Part 1
I have been corresponding with a member of an Eastern Orthodox Church (EOC) for awhile. His last assertion was that Orange (529) condemned double-predestination. Then he supplied a list of quotes from early 1st century Fathers speaking about free will. The list ranged from Clement of Rome (good source) to the Epistle of Barnabas (bad … Continue reading Are Quotes from the Church Fathers Valid Arguments Against Calvinism?
This is a popular text that I believe is a great starting point in the discussion of God's effectual work. It is in the Gospel of John 6:44. I was talking about this verse with someone last night. And I pointed to this verse to help this person understand why I held the view that … Continue reading No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. – Jesus
Michael S. Horton Before the average believer today learns what Reformed theology (i.e., Calvinism) actually is, he first usually has to learn what it’s not. Often, detractors define Reformed theology not according to what it actually teaches, but according to where they think its logic naturally leads. Even more tragically, some hyper-Calvinists have followed the … Continue reading Reformed Theology vs Hyper-Calvinism
Prov 21:1 The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will. Prov 19:21 Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand. Prov 20:24 A man’s steps are from the LORD; how … Continue reading Sovereignty Verses
Many have heard or seen TULIP written or used by in Calvinist discussions. Dr. Clark gives the historical context of what brought TULIP into the discussion. Everyone knows the acronym TULIP, but not everyone knows where this acronym comes from. The Canons of Dordt are among the most famous but unread deliverances of any Reformed Synod. … Continue reading Canons of Dordt by R. Scott Clark