The following articles are related to the topic of CALVINISM

Three Quick Points from 1 Timothy 2:4

In his first letter to Timothy, Paul urges that prayer be made on behalf of all men -particularly rulers -to the end that we may have a peaceful existence conducive to the Christian life. The apostle contends that this is acceptable in God's sight, "who would have all men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth" ... read more »

1 Peter 1:1-2 – Foreknowledge

In the salutation of his first letter, Peter wrote: "Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the elect. . . according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 1:1,2). Note that the epistle is addressed to "the elect." The Bible theme of election ... read more »

1 Corinthians 3:15 – Saved through Fire

Augustine - and after him John Calvin - taught the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints, i.e., the notion that a child of God can never so sin as to be finally lost. One of the passages that is supposed to support this notion is 1 Corinthians 3:15. There Paul says: "If any man's work shall be burned, he ... read more »

Is Faith the Gift of Ephesians 2:8?

"A friend says that salvation is solely of God's 'sovereign grace,' and that not even 'faith' is essential for justification. He argues that believing is not something that we do of our own accord; instead, it is a 'gift' from God. He cites Ephesians 2:8 as proof that faith is a 'gift.' Would you comment on this?" With all due ... read more »

Does Free Agency Nullify Personal Responsibility?

"According to Christian teaching, we are supposed to have 'free agency' here on earth. But the God in the Old Testament destroyed people who did not keep His laws. It is not free agency when you are killed for living the way you want." So wrote one of our critics recently.The very manner in which the comment was framed, however, ... read more »

The Holy Spirit “Illumination” Theory: A Critical Review

There is a doctrine, quite common in the denominational community, that is making its presence increasingly felt among the people of God. It is the notion that the Christian has the promise of a direct "illumination of the Holy Spirit" in interpreting the text of the Bible. The theory suggests that the Scriptures, as they presently stand, are incapable of ... read more »

The Doctrine of “Determinism” — What Is It?

"Determinism" is a term widely used in philosophical and religious circles with varying connotations, depending upon the convictions of those employing the expression. This article will focus upon two of these theories. Atheistic Determinism A general definition of "determinism" contends that: "[A]ll events whatsoever are to be understood as the necessary outcome of certain causes and so may be regarded ... read more »

The Hope of Our Salvation

In describing the metaphorical armor with which the Christian is to fortify himself, one of the items listed by Paul is the "helmet of salvation" (Ephesians 6:17). The term "helmet" is derived from a compound Greek term conveying the idea of "around the head." The imagery appears to be borrowed from Isaiah 59:17, where it is applied to Jehovah, a ... read more »

What Does It Mean To Be a Born Again Christian?

Nicodemus, a Pharisee and leader of the Hebrew people, once sought a night time interview with Jesus. He had been impressed with the Lord, hence declared: "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him" (Jn. 3:2). Christ never acknowledged the compliment. Rather, ... read more »

A Simple Study of the Word “Must”

God has communicated somewhat of himself abstractly through the created order of things (Psalm 19:1). He has made his will known concretely by means of words. Christ rebuked the Jews for ignoring the logical connection between Moses' "writings" and his own "words" (John 5:46-47). He declared that his "words are spirit, and are life" (John 6:63). Paul affirmed that the ... read more »