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Since this is the hot topic of the century, I thought I would ask why those who have come to understand the doctrines of grace to be biblical doctrines, what was it that opened your eyes?
What got me thinking about these areas of doctrine was the controversy. I spent time reading both sides of the argument and frankly was frustated by it. I decided to stop listening to debates and arguments and turned to the Lord and asked His help.
I prayed that as I read through the Bible, if it...
IF one holds to that model of applied grace/salvation...
WHERE would they get the full assurance of their salvation as being eternal with/from the Lord?
IF you had to choose between these 2 examples...
Assuming that one at least believes in TULIP, if not "full blown" Calvinism...
Would you chose to attend a Church like a Preysbeterian/reformed Church that held.taught calvinism, or else attend a Baptist Church that was stong in major doctrines, taught them as "baptist" but pastor/board was more in lin with 'Armenian/free Will?"
When the Bible states thast Jesus has come "in the flesh"...
What 'type" of flesh does it refer too?
identical to ours, sinless, or?
And does this mean that Virgin Birth MUST be held to as a Christian, cannot be "set aside?"
Do you expect your members with young children to use it or is it optional depending on the preference of the parents?
What about children's church?
At what age are children welcome in your sanctuary during a regular preaching service?
I'm finding that quite a few young mothers that I speak with don't feel that their children are welcome in "big' church and even heard a horror story this week where a mother with a baby who dared to make a little noise was summarily given a card...
Calvinists contend that man cannot believe until he is regenerated, or given a new heart. They cite Ezekiel 36:26. But what about this passage?
30 “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways,” says the Lord GOD. “Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin. 31 Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die,...
Calvinists often misrepresent Arminians objections to their views. (which I'm sure is common on both sides)
The mistake they make is assuming that Arminians must be objecting to their soteriology for one of these reasons:
1. Arminians don't know their bibles
2. Arminians are not willing to accept what their bible teaches
3. Arminians are too stupid to understand what their bible teaches
4. Armininans think God owes everyone salvation and they think the Calvinistic view of God is...