The following articles are related to the topic of CALVINISM

Did Christ Literally Bear Our Sins on the Cross?

Some scholars allege that when Jesus died he literally bore our sins in his body on the cross. Others believe that Christ only bore the penalty for sin. Which view represents the truth of the matter? A number of prominent sectarian theologians contend that as the Lord languished upon the cross, he literally bore our sins in his body, so ... read more »

The Bible Doctrine of Sanctification

The Greek terms that are rendered into English by "sanctification," "holy," and "saints" convey important biblical truths. Unfortunately, in the world of "Christendom" many erroneous ideas have grown up around these expressions. Some interpret "sanctified" as the equivalent of "saved." Practically speaking, the saved and the sanctified represent the same class of people, but the terms have different points of ... read more »

Justified by Faith

The text is thrilling beyond the human tongue to express: Being therefore justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ; through whom also we have had our access by faith into this grace wherein we stand; and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God (Romans 5:1-2). The Exegesis Bible passages brim with inspired ... read more »

The Restoration of First-Century Christianity

When Martin Luther visited Rome in the fall of 1510, he was appalled by the spiritual laxity he observed-even in the priesthood. His dissatisfaction with the Catholic Church would eventually lead to his challenge of that system, which was culminated when he nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the door of the cathedral in Wittenberg, Germany on October 31, 1517. But ... read more »

A Breathtaking View of the Love of Christ

Some among the saints in Corinth declared, "There is no resurrection of the dead" (1 Corinthians 15:12). Thus Paul, perhaps in answer to questions concerning this (cf. 7:1), addressed himself to that problem in 1 Corinthians chapter fifteen. This great narrative contains the following sections: - proof of the resurrection of Christ (vv. 1-11); - the Lord's resurrection as the ... read more »

Is the Church a Reed or a Pillar?

Jesus once asked regarding John the Baptizer: "What went ye out into the wilderness to behold? a reed shaken with the wind?" (Matthew 11:7). A reed is a symbol of instability; it pictures that which yields to other forces. On the other hand, Paul described the church as the "pillar and ground of the truth" (1 Timothy 3:15). The imagery ... read more »

What Is Baptismal Regeneration?

Is the doctrine of "baptismal regeneration" scriptural? In order to answer such a question, one first must define precisely what he means by that designation. Exactly what is "baptismal regeneration"? The phrase connotes different things to different people. For some, the expression is merely a bit of inflammatory rhetoric designed to intimidate those who affirm that baptism is a part ... read more »

The Assault upon Mark 16:16

A group of disgruntled defectors from the faith has initiated a subversive electronic magazine mislabeled, Grace Centered Magazine.The names associated with this nefarious effort read like a "Who's Who" of apostates within the "change agent" movement. Recently, a writer, who chose to remain anonymous (cf. Gal. 2:4 - "false brothers secretly brought in," ESV), published an article in GCM titled, ... read more »

Reductio Ad Absurdum – The Consequences of an Argument

Jesus Christ was the master Teacher, and he employed a wide variety of didactic skills.One format the Lord occasionally used is known as ad hominem, a Latin expression meaning, "to the man."This line of argument is not designed to establish positive truth; rather, it is a form of refutation whereby the inconsistency of error is exposed.Sometimes the inconsistency is so ... read more »

The Land Where God Is Not

They meant it as a hateful insult. It turns out to be a thrilling truth. During the personal ministry of Jesus, as the leaders of the Jewish community (e.g., the Pharisees and the scribes) became increasingly perceptive as to the nature of the Lord's teaching, they concocted various malicious rumors in their attempts to negate his gracious influence. Some charged ... read more »