We are continuing our look at the second letter in the acronym T.U.L.I.P. and the doctrine of Unconditional Election. In Part 1 we answered with the prescience view, or the view that says God looks down the corridor of time and based on His knowledge of the individual’s future faith, on the basis chooses or elects them. In Part 2 I want to make the case for the necessity of Unconditional Election and its centrality to the gospel itself.
A verse that is at the heart of the doctrine of grace is Psalm 115:3, “Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.” In the western modern world we kick against everything that this verse teaches. We deep down do not want a God that does whatever He pleases, we in our sinful wants, desire a god made in our own image that does whatever we please. We do not like the idea of God choosing some and not others. We deem it unfair and wrong, even evil, for God to do such a thing. Yet, the scriptures are clear, God “does all that he pleases.”
From a Bible-believing Christian perspective it’s strange to me that so many deny unconditional election. God’s sovereign choosing of individuals is all over the Bible. The Old Covenant begins with God choosing Abraham to be the father of many nations. God chooses Israel over Egypt, Jacob and not Esau, He chooses David over Saul, He chooses the 11 apostles and not Judas. God’s election throughout the Bible is a story of God choosing the least likely.
Some of you may still be struggling with this & saying to yourself… “this isn’t the God I know.” Lovingly I want you to hear this. If that is not the God you know, then the God you worship is not the God of the bible but a god of your own making.
Inside you, this may stir up anger in your heart. Because God’s choosing of you is absolutely devastating to your own pride. I say this because this echoes the Scriptures.
1 Corinthians 1:28-31, “28 God chose what is low and despised in the world…29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
We are continuing our look at the Doctrines of Grace, commonly referred to as Calvinism. Today we are specifically looking at the second letter of the T.U.L.I.P. acronym, U, which stands for Unconditional Election. The first question that we have to ask before we deal with anything else is, “What is Unconditional Election?”
Continue reading “Calvinism: Unconditional Election – Part 1”
We are in the 5th installment of our look at Calvinism. We’ve look at some common questions & misconceptions like “Since God is Sovereign, Should We Evangelize the Lost?”, “Does Man Have a Free Will?”, and “Why Do Calvinists Follow a Man Instead of the Bible?” as well as a short look at the beginnings of Calvinism. Today I want to begin to look at the common acronym of T.U.L.I.P. that has its beginnings in Canons of Dordt. In short T.U.L.I.P. stands for Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace & the Perseverance of the Saints. We start with Total Depravity. Continue reading “Calvinism: Total Depravity”
Many people don’t have an accurate understanding of the origins of Calvinism. Many will say that it’s origin is with John Calvin and it’s solely man-made philosophy. This has already been answered in previous posts. Continue reading “Calvinism: What’s the History?”
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Today I want to address the often asked question, why do Calvinists follow a man (John Calvin) instead of the bible? This question is extremely important for evangelicals who believe in Sola Scriptura or Scripture Alone. If the scriptures are authoritative and sufficient why do we need to follow a man when we have the bible? Continue reading “Calvinism: Why Do Calvinists Follow a Man Instead of the Bible?”
This is the second part of our series on Calvinism, where we are beginning with addressing some of the misconceptions that accompany the system of theology. In the first part of our series we dealt with the misconception that Calvinism hinders biblical evangelism. Today we are going to address the misconception that “Calvinism denies that we as humans have free will and are nothing more than robots.”
Continue reading “Calvinism: Does Man Have a Free Will?”
Today, I begin a study in the doctrines of grace, or commonly known by many as the 5 points of Calvinism. Calvinism is a belief that encapsulates an understanding of soteriology (doctrine of salvation). Sadly, Calvinism is often completely misunderstood by many within Christianity that do not hold to its beliefs. It’s often caricatured by a host of statements that sound good on the surface to many Christians, but are quickly shown to be untrue.
One of the most common misconceptions about Calvinism is: “Since God’s sovereign over our salvation and elects those who will be saved, there’s no need to evangelize the lost.” Continue reading “Calvinism: Since God is Sovereign, Should We Evangelize the Lost?”
In the last few weeks there has been much said about race relations in our country. I recently preached a sermon entitled, “The Gospel & Racial Reconciliation.”
Some highlights are: Continue reading “The Gospel & Racial Reconciliation”
I recently wrote a post entitled, “Confronting Racism and Racial Injustice” that answers a much larger question than I’ll be dealing with here. Hopefully, it will give you some insight into my heart and mind as you read this. I want to address the issue of the Confederate flag and how a Christian should respond. Continue reading “The Confederate Flag and the Christian”
I don’t normally write or speak in church on these types of issues. However, with the sad and horrible events that have happened in the past months culminating in the shooting of 9 African-Americans. In a place that was chosen obviously because it was an extremely significant Church that has been a beacon for over a hundred years in the battle for racial justice. All of this, plus add to my frustration of the constant irritating and racist posts I see on social media regularly, I felt the need to speak up. In no way do I think I’ll answer every objection or question, but hopefully this will help some. Let me start with my own story. Continue reading “Confronting Racism & Racial Injustice”