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Discussion in 'Calvinism & Arminianism Debate' started by AustinC, Sep 28, 2021.

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  1. 1689Dave

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    “There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.” Romans 3:11 (KJV 1900)
     
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    The Holy Spirit is the comforter not savior. The Holy spirit convicts, convinces, us of Jesus Christ who saves us

     
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    The sayings of a fool in PS 14. This is not true the same fool said there is no God.
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    Well, I don't claim to be right, but though I agree with 99% of what you're saying, to me if mankind did not have the ability to either choose or refuse when called, he would be like all other animal species, living by instinct only. (I obviously don't believe that choosing Christ when called is in any way paying towards what Christ did to save us because of or sins). The act of repenting and submitting does not make our salvation 99.99% grace and 0.01% a payment for our choice - it's still 100% grace and 0% our works. It's grace that can only come to us through faith, but not grace because of faith. It's grace only because of Christ's sacrifice and the price He paid for our redemption. All His work, none of ours.

    But I'm also fully, totally and completely aware of the fact that not only do I not know everything, I know hardly anything, so I really wouldn't be the person to "prove" Calvinism to be a little off or very off, or anything else. For example I believe (as I've already said) that God does call many who reject His calling because, as Jesus said, they loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil - but is that all mankind? What about those in centuries gone by in remote parts of the world (or parts that used to be remote) who never even heard the gospel? What about those who know about the gospel but have grown up in countries where "the whole world" "knows" that "Christianity isn't true"? (I say that in quotation marks because I have in mind Muslims, unsaved Jews, etc, and what they believe).

    There are too many questions I can't answer.
     
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    Let's not quote anything out of context. It's Romans 3:11-18. These are quotes from the Old Testament. What is the context of those quotes? If we examine those quotes in their Old Testament context, we can rightly interpret what Paul is trying to say. We are compelled to assume that Paul is not quoting out of context, but expects his readers to understand the context of his Old Testament references.

    We can ask ourselves, is that the interpretive procedure that Calvinist apologists utilized before quoting Romans 3:11 in isolation? What do you think?

    These are quotes from Psalms 14 and 53 and Isaiah 59:1-17. If you read them, you discover that they're not talking about unbelievers but rather people of God who have become faithless to the point where they can no longer see God in evidence, so that as in Psalm 14:1, it says literally "No God". As a result, they (that is all Israelites who fall away to this extent) persecute the poor and devour the generation of the righteous (Psalm 14). The presences of the righteous in this context tells us the the "none" is not talking about them, and thus the inference that "none" is referring to all humanity is incorrect. Just read Isaiah 59:1-17. The people who are doing this are Israelites, the chosen people of God. They are not gentiles. Paul makes the point that gentiles are not different in their capacity to sink to this level, where they no longer see God in evidence, and so take advantage of people thinking there will be no consequences to them in pursuing their desires. The "none" refers to all the people who fall into this category described in (Psalm 14:1).

    It's our duty as Bible students to know the context of Paul's references in the Old Testament. If we don't do that, we will misinterpret what he's saying.
     
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    Yes. We agree on the above. I never said the Holy Spirit saved us - but Christ is not bodily present in the world now, so His Holy Spirit does the work, just as He promised, when He was still bodily present with His disciples, when He promised to send the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit calls us, witnesses to us regarding Christ in us (who is in us through His Holy Spirit), sanctifies us, guides us, teaches us through enlightening our understanding of the written Word, comforts us, exhorts us, convicts us of sin, and keeps us.
    Christ existed before the foundation of the world. God the Father chose His elect in Christ (His elect who are in Christ) before we even came into existence. To me that's just Biblical.

    I'm not sure what you mean when you say (quote) "I do not believe this choosing is being elect as the Jews are" (unquote) but if you mean what I think you might mean, then I choose for now to stay far away from the subject, if it's OK :)

    As far as babies are concerned (I saw that subject was on your mind in your post to someone else), no one who has not broken a law, has broken a law. So I believe that babies are:-

    1. Innocent of sin until they sin (which only comes later). No one is a sinner until he has sinned.

    2. All babies are born alive physically, but dead spiritually because death came to all mankind through Adam, and so as the child grows older, sooner or later the child will sin. We are all born with that sin-principle in us, which is why we all die - because death comes through sin. It's the wages of sin.

    3. I believe that the following is what happens to children who die before they have reached the age of accountability:

    Matthew 19
    14 But Jesus said, Allow the little children to come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of Heaven.

    I believe in a God who is love.
     
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    I point you to Romans 9.

    It is the passage that changed this former free will Arminian's mind. It takes massive mental gymnastics to get around what Paul tells us. So, I just accepted what is said and thus accept that God shows particular mercy to those he chooses and he does not show mercy to the rest. It is a mystery we give to God, yet Paul taught it by inspiration of God so we cannot just ignore it and teach what we would like God to do from our perspective.
     
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    Yes, I can see where you're going with it. I've read Romans 9 through 11 many times, and I honestly don't believe it supports Calvin's idea about Predestination and what Predestination is. Romans 9 is packed with (for want of a better word), nuance, and very easy to misinterpret or to use for all sorts of (conflicting) doctrinal positions. Esau and Jacob .. well Esau sold his birthright, and God knew beforehand this is what Esau would do, so does Paul's statement mean that Esau had no hand in it?

    But I have to go now so won't be able to continue today with this thread, but will catch up again as soon as I can tomorrow.

    God bless and thank you for the patience.
     
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    The hatred comes from your keyboard.
    No one asked you to be like me.
    I offer help to those who want it. You do not want it.
    That is no skin off my nose.
    Several people who start out not believing as I do, now not only believe it, but can teach me things about it as we should be doing.
    Many have offered you help, you refuse.
    Look at some of your posts, tell me which ones are designed to be helpful?I might not have seen those posts.
    You do not understand the fall into sin and death.
    Your responses on that are totally unbiblical.
    What do you want me to do? Give you a cookie, and say nice try?
    If you were a novice trying to learn each Cal here would help.
    You come on and attempt to get in everyone's face and call names.
    People are patient with sincere people.
    Take a break from this topic, try and post as a Christian would. Try and help someone else.

    I do not speak for all who love the doctrines of grace, however from what I see....no Cal reading what you offer can see anything to build on.They can speak up and tell me if I am wrong.
    Try posting on other topics for awhile.
     
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    It is not mine, but the teaching is God"s. The link I offered is from John Brown of Haddington.
    He was a poor man, but I am told he worked his way up, and learned greek on His own,
    He is considered a great theologian.
    You disparage him, and God who gifted him for Kingdom service.
     
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    Oh boy....bible 101.
     
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    I have never read Calvin's commentary on it. I consider the text alone and there is no other conclusion I can make without making things up to deny God's Sovereign right to chose to whom he will and won't extend mercy.
     
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    I'd suggest tyat you take your own advice.
    MB
     
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    All sinned in Adam.rom3:23.....at one point in time, the fall.

    We sin by experience later on, but all are guilty because Adam sinned.
     
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    Are those on this board that argue in favor of the reformed Calvinist doctrine of election unto salvation and state that those those who are not convinced have no understanding even though they (the non-Calvinists) are trusting in the cross of Christ, are those (the Calvinists on BB) themselves members of the this special elect class? If they are, how do they know this?

    Are those on this board that are trusting in Christ (as per John 1:12) but believe in unlimited atonement and/or allow for some free will in accepting Christ, are those condemned to everlasting hell with the unbelievers?

    Is belief in TULIP a condition for salvation?

    Is denial of some or all of TULIP by an individual now declared disqualified for salvation regardless of how much that person believes and confesses Christ Crucified?
     
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    Austin you wrote:

    >>Second, you misunderstand the term "God is not a respecter of men." This means God is not impressed with any human being bases upon their self-righteousness. This means that God's choice is a mystery to us.<<

    I do have to question your assertion that God’s choice is a mystery, that is just the Calvinist way of avoiding the question. God has been quite clear as to the requirements for salvation, it is Faith in His son. Joh 3:16-18 Paul even shows us the steps that bring that about Rom 10:14-15. And if you were not sure about why someone would be open to the gospel message well the Holy Spirit is the answer Jon 16:8-9.

    So you see God has made in abundantly clear in scripture both the way and the means of salvation.

    Rom 3:21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets,

    Rom 3:22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference;

    Rom 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

    Rom 3:24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

    Rom 3:25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,

    Rom 3:26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

    So here we see Justification explained. What can we know by these verses?

    1] It is apart form the Law

    2] It is through faith in Christ Jesus

    3] It is for all men

    4] It is by the grace of God

    5] It was accomplished at great cost to God

    It has often been said “Salvation is free, but it is not cheap” The cost to God for our salvation can be summed up in three words: propitiation, redemption, and blood. My salvation cost me nothing, but it cost God the life of His son, Christ Jesus.

    God has provided the way and the means we just have to accept it.
     
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    I looked in my bible and this is what I find when God judged Adam:
    Gen 3:17 Then to Adam He said, "Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it': "Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life.
    Gen 3:18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field.
    Gen 3:19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return."

    Don't see any mention that we all sinned in Adam, that must be in your special Calvinist bible. And would you mind quoting Rom 3:23 from that bible. This is what I have it must be different from yours
    Rom 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

    Now I agree that we all sin and we will be judged for our sin but you have to read into scripture to get what you are saying as it is not in the bible.
    We are not held responsible for the sins of others, each person will be judged for their own actions good or bad.

    Eze_18:20 The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.
     
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    Think about what you just wrote here dave. You life is determined and yet you are not sinless. Does that mean that your version of God really can't control what you say and do?
     
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    So you believe that you are responsible for the sin of Adam and everyone in your line of ancestry back to Adam. Show me that in scripture please.

    Here is one that says we do not
    Eze_18:20 The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.

    We all sin because we are all spiritually separated for God. God admonished Adam not to eat from the tree and even told him what the consequence would be if he did.

    Gen 2:17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."

    Did Adam die physically, no but he did die spiritually. The relationship between him and God was broken. So your comment of all having to be born sinless is just a strawman argument.
     
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    Question for you, did you do the work that would be required to make the multi post or do you just do a copy paste? I a copy paste then please give the author and link.
     
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