The critique that in Reformed theology there is no free will is a great misunderstanding. Chapter IX of the Westminster Confession of Faith is entitled “Of Free Will”. Usually this misunderstanding is based off a different definition or lack of understanding of how free will/freedom is defined in Reformed theology. Therefore in the beginning we … Continue reading Free Choice in Reformed Theology
When we discuss Calvinism and the question of “free will” comes about, it is helpful to break things down for the sake of clarity. It may be helpful to start with human action and move backwards to consider what determines a person’s action. The point of this post is to demonstrate what the root of … Continue reading The Root of Free Will
In Dogmatics Vol 1., p 98 Vos answers the question, “At what points is the doctrine of predestination or election related to the rest of Reformed doctrine as a whole?” In other words “What other areas in Reformed theology are connected or impacted from the doctrine of predestination?” Vos answers with five points: God’s Sovereignty, … Continue reading Vos: What Points of Reformed Theology are Related to the Doctrine of Predestination?
It has been asked about the doctrine of Total Depravity, “If we are totally depraved, then how did we come to know of this estate of sin and misery?” Beza, in his works discussing the question “For what ends the Holy Spirit use the preaching of the Law?” is helpful here. Citing John 9:41, (Jesus … Continue reading We Know of Our Depravity by the Preaching of the Law
"Ah! sir, the Lord must have loved me before I was born, or else He would not have seen anything in me to love afterwards." I am sure it is true in my case; I believe the doctrine of election, because I am quite certain that, if God had not chosen me, I should never … Continue reading Quick Thought: Spurgeon and Why God Chose
Reading through John Frame's Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Christian Belief. I was reading through his section on Human Responsibility and Freedom. In this section he has a section that critiques libertarianism. He has 15 points which I think are helpful. He begins with R.K. McGregor Wright's definition of libertarianism (No Place for Sovereignty pp 43-44) : … Continue reading John Frame: Critique of Libertarianism
Ambrose (lived 340-397) was an archbishop. He was considered one of the doctors of the Church because of his wisdom in dealing with issues of the Church. Calvin, writes concerning Ambrose in his “A Treatise of the Eternal Predestination of God”. Ambrose summarizes why all men don’t come to Christ, because God does not effectually … Continue reading Why Don’t All Come to Repentance and Faith in Christ?