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I am around a lot of people from the Churches of Christ/Christian Church and a major point of debate is the role of baptism. It is my understanding that salvation occurs at the point of repentance/faith, but my Church of Christ friends are adamant that it is at the point of baptism someone actually receives forgiveness of sin.
Being a relative youth, I was wondering what the thoughts on the issue were of some more experienced than myself. In my church there seems to be a unanimous answer...
It appears all Calvinists posting of this board belief in Closed Theism. God is Omniscient, with Omniscient meaning God knows everything imaginable. Therefore God knows the future. And God's knowledge is perfect, He does not have a mistaken or inaccurate knowledge of the future. Foreknowledge presupposes the future is certain. Therefore the view of Omniscience requires that everything is predetermined, and this view is called exhaustive determinism.
God is not the indirect cause of...
IF the Bible, specifically the Gospel, is the power of God unto salavation...
IF "faith comes by hearing, hearing of the Bible"
HOW can a person biblically speaking consider themselves being a hyper Calvinist?
if by that term, means God saves his own, no need to evangelise/have missions?
What's the difference? Where does error end and heresy begin?
For instance, when the Early Church had to decide whether Gentiles must follow Jewish ceremonial Law, were the Jews in "error" or were they "heretics"?
I keep seeing the word heresy bandied about, but honestly there is very little we discuss that amounts to true heresy as *I* understand the word.
So lets define the word down a little shall we?
God has set eternity (immortality) in the hearts of all men. If men will always choose their greatest desire, how can there be a greater desire than what God has set in your heart, and according to the principle of compatibilism, how can man choose contrary to such a desire?
In another thread, JesusFan told of a Pentecostal preacher who is attending his church, and worries about some of his ideas on healing, etc., infiltrating the church. He also worries that he may try to join the church.
I asked if the Pentecostal preacher sought membership, would his church require rebaptism. He said no, if he had been baptized as an adult.
How would you have answered the question?
Would you accept a Pentecostal baptism in your Baptist Church?
What about a Mormon...
I've notice lately that many of the posts by non-cals on BB has trended toward Open Theism with some saying that God doesn't know all things, others implying that things happen over which God has no control, etc.
Jacob Arminius and John Wesley would turn over in their graves if they heard some of the things being said around here.
I think some folks are just so rabidly anti-calvinist that they'll embrace any argument that seems to counter it, no matter how irrational. Very sad.
"To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God, but those who are outside get everything in parables, 12*so that WHILE SEEING, THEY MAY SEE AND NOT PERCEIVE, AND WHILE HEARING, THEY MAY HEAR AND NOT UNDERSTAND, OTHERWISE THEY MIGHT RETURN AND BE FORGIVEN." (Cross reference Luke 8; Matt. 13)
Notice that this passage tells us that Jesus used parables so that certain Jews wouldn't believe and be forgiven. But why?
If Calvinists assumption, that men are born unable to believe in...