Calvinism: How to Preach in Light of Limited Atonement

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.

Calvinism: Limited Atonement “5 Problem Passages” – Part 4

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″

Calvinism: Limited Atonement – Part 3

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 this post I want to take a look at specific texts that provide evidence for a definite atonement.

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Calvinism: Limited Atonement – Part 2

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 this post I want to give one more theological defense, but one that is grounded in history and has stood the test of time.  Continue reading “Calvinism: Limited Atonement – Part 2”

Calvinism: Limited Atonement – Part 1

Now we move to the third and possibly the most controversial of the five points of Calvinism. Many Christians who believe in the doctrine of election would still deny this point. We are taking a look at the third letter in the acronym T.U.L.I.P. and the doctrine of Limited Atonement. I will spend the next few posts giving a defense of the doctrine. In this post I will specifically deal with the overall theological reasons to hold to Limited Atonement. The next few posts I will deal with the exegetical proofs where I’ll detail a number of passages supporting the doctrine. Then I will end with answering some of the objections to it, as well as dealing with so-called “problem passages.” Continue reading “Calvinism: Limited Atonement – Part 1”

Calvinism: Unconditional Election – Part 2

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.” 

 

Calvinism: Unconditional Election – Part 1

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?”

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Calvinism: Total Depravity

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”

Calvinism: Why Do Calvinists Follow a Man Instead of the Bible?

Part 1   Part 2

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?”

Calvinism: Does Man Have a Free Will?

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.”

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