The following articles are related to the topic of CALVINISM

Was Paul’s Theology Consistent on “Conversion”?

J. Carl Laney is a Professor of Biblical Literature at Western Conservative Baptist Seminary in Portland, Oregon. Laney is a respected scholar but in some serious particulars his theology is flawed. For example in his book, Answers to Tough Questions From Every Book in the Bible, he raises the issue of whether baptism is essential to salvation. In response to ... read more »

The Drawing Power of God

Jesus had fed a great multitude (likely significantly more than ten thousand souls - cf. John 6:10b) with only five small barley cakes and two fish, on the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee. The crowd was awed tremendously by this "sign," perceiving the Lord to be "the prophet" they had long anticipated (cf. Deuteronomy 18:15-17). They wanted to ... read more »

What Is Faith in Christ?

One of the most elemental aspects of the Christian system is that of "faith." The writer of Hebrews classifies faith as one of those "first principles" that ought to be understood by the most immature student. And yet, many seem not to grasp the significance of this magnificent quality. The Necessity of Faith It is difficult to fathom how one ... read more »

Original Sin and a Misapplied Passage

The doctrine of original sin-the notion that one is born into this world hereditarily totally depraved-is widely believed in the religious world. For example, the Augsburg Confession of Faith (1530), Lutheranism's creed, asserted: [A]ll men, born according to nature, are born with sin, that is, without the fear of God, without confidence towards God and with concupiscence, and that this ... read more »

Did Isaiah Prophesy the Virgin Birth of Christ?

"Does Isaiah 7:14 contain a prophecy of the virgin birth of Jesus Christ? Some suggest that Isaiah's statement refers to a 'young woman' (not necessarily a 'virgin') of his day, who would conceive and give birth to a child, and that this event would be a sign to Hezekiah. It is then further said that Matthew took that text and ... read more »

Adam Clarke & Albert Barnes: Scholars from the Past

Occasionally in these weekly articles I like to depart from the "heavier" subjects and take one of those inviting side-trails that explore interesting facts of history. This week we have a "human interest" piece concerning two renowned Bible commentators. Adam Clarke (1762-1832) Adam Clarke was the most famous commentator the Methodist Church ever produced. As a child he was judged ... read more »

Faith-Based Bathing — A Friendly Review

Christianity Today is probably the most popular journal in the protestant religious community. The magazine was founded by Billy Graham in 1956, and more than 100,000 copies of the journal are distributed each month. At times the magazine has some very good articles; on other occasions, it seriously is at variance with the Scriptures. The periodical has a regular feature ... read more »

The Extended-Sabbath Argument and Darwinism

People who are intimidated by the claims of modern "scientism" are ever looking for biblical loopholes by which they may force the Genesis record of the creation events into the mold of evolutionary chronology. Evolutionists begrudgingly concede that without a sufficient span of time, there is no chance that macro-evolution (the development of all living organisms from a single, original ... read more »

Does 1 Cor. 3:15 Support the Doctrine of “Eternal Security”?

"A friend has appealed to 1 Corinthians 3:15 to support the idea that a Christian can never fall from God's grace eternally. He may sin, and then suffer the 'fire' of a temporal consequence, but his soul cannot be lost. Would you comment on this passage?" The larger context of the passage you cite is as follows: "According to the ... read more »

Does “Free Will” Grant a License to Sin?

A frustrated libertine writes: "We are supposed to have free agency here on earth, but the God who is presented in the Old Testament destroyed people who did not keep his laws. How can it be said that we have 'free agency' when people are killed for living the way they choose to live?" This question reflects a serious misunderstanding ... read more »