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Besides calling for tar, feathers, and pitchforks, what would happen if a Calvinist preached on the Gospel from your pulpit this coming Lord's day? What would you expect to hear? A diatribe on Reformed soteriology? I think most of my Synergist brethren on this board would be surprised. Charles Spurgeon said of the Gospel:
"On Christ, and what he has done, my soul hangs for time and eternity. And if your soul also hangs there, it will be saved as surely as mine shall be. And if you are lost...
In light of the recent threads on which eschatological calendar is correct it would do us all good to realize that no matter which calendar you are believing in...every saint who has gone before us left in their final exodus from this corrupt body at the appointed time...you know...these guys;
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again,...
It is a given that God loved fallen mankind in this way, He gave His one of a kind Son so that everyone believing into Him would not perish but have eternal life.
But was this love unconditional, or did God require the fallen to "believe into Him" in order to receive salvation? So "salvation love" is not unconditional but conditional.
Therefore God's love provided the means of salvation to fallen mankind.
Then, for everyone believing into Him, God provides spiritual rebirth, with those...
I thought this was a great Blog post by William Mounce.
"I came across a blog post the other day that said the NIV translators deliberately mistranslate. While this is not my normal blog topic, I thought I would chime in. As I was the NT Chair of the ESV for ten years and am currently on the CBT, I have quite a lot of experience in translation committees.
I can say quite honestly that I have never seen a translator "mistranslate" any verse in the Bible based on his or her beliefs. When a...
"In the last decade, membership in the Christian Reformed Church has dropped more than 13 percent. Synod 2017 discussed this trend and encouraged churches and denominational staff to make church renewal a priority."
Renewal Called For in the Face of Membership Decline
This is just one of several sources you would find doing a quick Google search.
In my observation, I have noticed a trend, the more Calvinist the doctrines are, the greater the decline. However, admittedly this is riddled...
9. (Biblical Theology, Old and New Testaments, by Geerhardus Vos (c)1948 Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Tenth Printing, page 79 and The Pauline Eschatology, by Geerhardus Vos, (c) 1979 Baker Book House, page 88.)
"The elective principle, abolished as to nationality, continues in force as to individuals. And even with respect to national privilege, while temporarily abolished now that its purpose has been fulfilled, there still remains reserved for the future a certain...
this is a quote from the SBC Faith and Message. (Southern Baptist Convention > The Baptist Faith and Message)
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord....
Ken Ham, President, CEO, and Founder of Answers in Genesis tweeted this morning an older article about why do atheists care? Now that has always puzzled me, and I am not sure about the answer. Ken Ham notes that atheists opposed him every step of the way on both the Creation Museum and the replica of Noah's Ark-- both in Kentucky, as you know. Why do they care? Explain it to me, please.
He concludes, "So why do these who so aggressively oppose Christianity care? They care because they...
I am currently conducting research for a new novel about the afterlife. I would like many of my characters to be Christians from different denominations (including non-denominational).
To create respectful and accurate representations of Christianity, I would like to interview people whose faith background is similar to the characters I am creating. Interviews are conducted over the phone and usually last 1 - 2 hours. If you live in the Central Valley or San Francisco Bay area...
Here you can state your position and discuss the doctrines you hold to, but you must do so without posting any proof text.
Why are you a Baptist?
Why are you a Catholic?
Why are you a SDA?
Why are you none of the above?
Why do you believe or not believe in Faith Alone?
Why do you believe or not believe in OSAS?
How do you witness for the Gospel?
What is your definition of the Gospel?
Etc, Etc, Etc,
No Scripture quotes, only a Conversation. You may refer to what you believe the...