The following articles are related to the topic of CALVINISM

JUSTIFICATION: By Faith or Works?

Is justification from sin by faith or works? Does it result from neither, one as opposed to the other, or both? One would expect that such a fundamental question could be answered clearly and confidently, with a united declaration, by those who profess a devout regard for the testimony of the Scriptures. Sadly, such is not the case. The more ... read more »

Does the Operation of the Spirit Precede Faith?

"Do John 1:11-13 and John 8:47 teach that a person must have a direct operation of the Holy Spirit in order to believe the gospel?" Two things must be borne in mind in addressing any controversial passage: One must determine the meaning of a verse by looking at the immediate context.No interpretation can be placed upon a difficult passage that ... read more »

A Message from John

One of the most thrilling passages in John's first epistle is found in chapter 2, verses 1-2. The text reads as follows: "My little children, these things write I unto you that you may not sin.And if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: and he is the propitiation for our sins; and ... read more »

Isn’t Christ the Author of “Our” Faith?

"In a previous article ("Is Faith the Gift of Ephesians 2:8?"), involving a discussion of Ephesians 2:8, you argued that faith is not a 'gift' resulting from God's sovereignty.Instead, you contended that faith is man's responsibility.He develops faith as a result of the evidence that God has provided.If your position is true, how do you explain the statement that we ... read more »

Why Did Paul Say, “Let God Be True...”?

"What does the passage mean, 'let God be found true, but every man a liar' (Romans 3:4)?" In the first two chapters of his letter to the Roman saints, Paul has discussed the spiritual plight of both the Gentiles (chapter 1), and the Jews (chapter 2). Both segments of humanity, he argued, had serious spiritual problems, and were accountable to ... read more »

A Simple Study of the Particle “If”

Some of the most profound truths come in small word packages. One of these little packages, of merely two letters, is the term "if." Grammatically speaking, "if" is identified as a conditional particle. That is, it mentions conditions or circumstances upon which certain consequences follow. "If" has a great variety of applications; they may involve blessings, punishments, opportunities, etc. "If" ... read more »

What Is A Cappella Music?

One of our readers recently wrote asking that we explain what is meant when it is stated that churches of Christ use only a cappella music. This is an excellent question and we are happy to respond. The phrase a cappella derives from a Latin expression which, by way of Italian, means "in the style of the church," or "as ... read more »

The Word-tenses of Salvation

When many people hear the term "salvation," they immediately think of something that occurred in their past. Many Protestants believe that salvation was received the instant they expressed a genuine faith in Christ as their personal Savior, and that it never can be forfeited. As we shall notice, these ideas are not accurate. Let us consider several passages that speak ... read more »

Stranger? Or Family and Friend?

"So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God" (Ephesians 2:19). The foregoing are words that Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus, a congregation with which he worked for three years (Acts 20:31). Some nineteen centuries before the birth of Jesus, Jehovah selected Abraham ... read more »

David’s Prophecy Regarding Judas

In that period following the ascension of Jesus back to heaven, yet before the day of Pentecost arrived ten days later (cf. Acts 1:3), Peter explained to the 120 brethren assembled in an upper room (Acts 1:13, 15) that a new apostle must be chosen to take Judas' place (Acts 1:15ff). The inspired speaker made his point by combining quotations ... read more »