Jacob I Loved Esau I Hated

Rom 9:10 And not only so, but also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, Rom 9:11 though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of  him who calls— Rom 9:12 she was … Continue reading Jacob I Loved Esau I Hated

Another Reformed Look at the Incarnation

In discussions against Calvinism it appears that little is remembered about the reasons for a Reformed anthropology. Part of this can also be seen in the Reformed understanding of the person and work of Jesus. Christ’s work is directly related to who he is. This Christmas we focus often on the birth of Christ and … Continue reading Another Reformed Look at the Incarnation

Is Calvinism Cosmic Determinism? Part 8

In this last post, I end the discussion of proving the doctrine of inability. We can prove the doctrine of the inability of man is by discussing the work of regeneration. This is not a work where man is able to regenerate himself. This is not a work where man can make a decision to … Continue reading Is Calvinism Cosmic Determinism? Part 8

Is Calvinism Cosmic Determinism? Part 7

This post discusses briefly Reformed anthropology. Reformed anthropology is a critical part of understanding Free Will. Reformed anthropology is derived from the Scriptures that makes it clear that the unregenerate man’s state is one of spiritual blindness, darkness or death: “They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the … Continue reading Is Calvinism Cosmic Determinism? Part 7

Is Calvinism Cosmic Determinism? Part 6

What is meant by liberty? Hodge, “By liberty we mean the inalienable prerogative of the human soul of exercising volition as it pleases. In this sense man is as free now as before the fall.” Understand an important point what something has changed in the Fall but it wasn’t freedom or agency. It was ability. … Continue reading Is Calvinism Cosmic Determinism? Part 6

Is Calvinism Cosmic Determinism? Part 5

Reformed theology in contrasts with Romanism has always maintained that Adam in his created state was made righteous. Holy. He was able not to sin and able to sin. He was not created glorified. He was created able to obey or disobey. He was created liable and susceptible to external temptation. While Adam was created … Continue reading Is Calvinism Cosmic Determinism? Part 5

Is Calvinism Cosmic Determinism? Part 4

In the last 3 posts we have discussed WCF 9.1 and what it meant when it said that humanity must act in accordance with their nature and desire. In the last three posts I have discussed how humanity is responsible for their own actions because those actions belong to them and come from within them. … Continue reading Is Calvinism Cosmic Determinism? Part 4