Tim Challies new blog post entitled, “Preaching the Gospel with TULIP’s Tricky ‘L’ in Mind” he answers well, the question of how do you preach in light of limited atonement. He begins his post with:
It’s a fair question for the Arminian to ask: How can you preach the free offer of the gospel when you believe in a limited atonement? How can you preach the “whosoever” of John 3:16 if you cannot be certain that Christ’s atonement was for every person? How can you say, “Turn to Christ and be saved all the ends of the earth” if Christ’s atoning sacrifice does not extend to all humanity?”
These are good questions that he answers well. So definitely check out his post here and I hope you find at as helpful as I did.
We are taking a look at the third letter in the acronym T.U.L.I.P. and the doctrine of Limited Atonement. In Part 1 I gave a defense of Limited Atonement from a more aerial or an overall theological view. In Part 2 I gave a theological defense of Limited Atonement that is grounded in history and logic. In Part 3 I looked at specific texts that provide evidence for a limited atonement. Today I want to take a look at five so-called “Problem Passages” for Calvinism. Continue reading “Calvinism: Limited Atonement “5 Problem Passages” – Part 4″
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.”
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?”