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From tracing the origins of the calvinist-arminian divide, I'm seeing one of the key root issues is the calvinist doctrine of predestined reprobation/condemnation of non-elect man. Without this, a case can be made for the reconciliation of calvinism and arminianism - and if single predestination is shown to be logically and scripturally consistent, i'm presuming both camps should be happy to embrace it without any reluctance.
I'd like to think I'm familiar with most of the common arguments...
I must confess: I am considering purchasing my first "premium " Bible.
I have never owned a premium Bible, and this is the very first time I've thought to do so.
I also must say I know absolutely nothing about what's out there, which companies publish them, etc.
Therefore, in an effort to save myself a lot of time (and possible grief and/or regret), I thought I might as well ask for your feedback and/or advice here on the message board.
I'm assuming many of you have a great deal of...
If it were true that faith is a gift from God, and one cannot lose their faith, then how is it that free will could destroy said faith in Christ?
Now the statement "Free will destroys faith in Christ" implies:
1. That one has faith in Christ
2. but loses it to do a belief in free will.
Does this mean that those who believe that faith is a direct gift from God also believe that free will of man is pore powerful than the gift God gave?
Those things do not line up.
I offer for your consideration a sermon by Dr. Chad Causey that I found thought provoking ...
(start at 42:40 for the sermon, I can’t get the link to start anywhere but the beginning of the service)
Free will means all people have partial salvation. And all they must do is provide what’s needed to complete it. So different groups fill in the blanks with different levels of obedience to complete the task. They are half saved having free will. And fully saved by choosing to obey.
But it always results in people trusting in themselves for salvation. God only opening heaven’s doors to those who complete the task.
But this destroys faith in Christ as savior. Free will is a walk by sight...
“Tithemi” has three basic meanings, to set something somewhere; (2)to change the status of someone for a purpose; and (3) to present or set forth an idea or account, such as set forth the gospel.
The first basic meaning is to put, place, set, or lay something somewhere. This meaning is by far the most common meaning found in scripture.
The second basic meaning, to change the status of someone for a purpose, either by designating a person for a task or office, or by establishing needed...
So I know this is probably not a shocking title and that it's probably common to see a post like this. However, I've been struggling for some years over my possible loss of salvation. You may have seen my posts in the past. I'll link them below for those who would be interested. They may give a more robust explanation of what has happened.
Has my sin killed me spiritually? Loss of salvation
What to do when you are beyond repentance?
The short of it is as follows:
I became a believer around...
I use a lot of wix and webnode, generally for my poetic and gaming hobbies...but was considering starting one for theology-related concepts.
I don't feel tremendously spiritually equipped, but I do read my Bible, and my hope in this is that people would kindly correct where I am erring in study, or support a concept or thought maybe they had not considered. Perhaps there are others like me, who really desire to serve Christ but struggle to understand doctrine...a place I am definitely at in...
This thread is not a "current events" political discussion, nor is it meant to be upon the rhetoric of the current political issues.
Typically there are basic internal naratives that drive every person: that which is conservative, that which is liberal, that which is libertarian, and that which is moderate (independent) of either.
Some (such as myself) certainly attempt to be independent (somewhat libertarian) from any side, who do attempt to listen to the arguments from each side, and...