Apologetics Archives

Disarming Arminian’s Trinity of Proof Text

Scriptures: Matthew 23:37; 1 Timothy 2:4; & 2 Peter 3:9

Introduction:

There are many today who strongly disagree with Calvinism, also identified as the Doctrines of Grace and even more commonly known by the acronym T.U.L.I.P. In most cases, those who oppose Calvinism simply do not have an accurate understanding of what it entails. However, others vehemently reject it and deem it unbiblical; some go so far as to label it a “doctrine of demons” or outright “heresy.” In reality it is the most efficient, thorough, biblically based, systematic theology ever developed. It is unrelentingly Scriptural all throughout.

At the core of the issue is the unwavering dedication Calvinist’s have to the absolute sovereignty of God. Directly connected to God’s sovereignty is the issue of predestination, or election, and it is here where the line in the sand is often drawn.
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Small Town Judge

Small Town Judge

The Good Person test revealed our guilty condition before God. In John 14:6, Jesus discloses He is the only solution for our situation and the only way to the Father. The following analogy will clarify why Jesus’ payment for our sins was necessary and why it makes Him the only way for mankind to be saved.

Imagine you live in a very small town where there is only one judge, who is also your father. He is an ethical judge who always enforces the law. You are his favorite child. You help family and friends whenever they need it, get top grades in college, hold down a good job to support your young family and give to charity. Then one night you go out with friends and drink too much. On your way home you’re arrested for DUI and reckless driving. In one instant you are in big trouble with the law.
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God’s Limited Unlimited Love

Introduction:
As Reformed believers we must admit that on the surface God’s universal love is difficult to reconcile with the belief in election. And we find election to be true and confirmed, and rather indisputably, from the beginning of the Bible to the end.

The Elect:
The greatest expression of God’s love toward sin-saturated mankind is evident in the fact that He applies a unique kind of love on undeserving sinners and elected them for salvation even before the foundation of the world had been laid. There is clearly a sense in which God’s love for His people is a distinct, special, definite love determined clearly to save them no matter what the cost. And the cost was great.
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Who Did Jesus Claim to Be?

Who Did Jesus Claim to Be?

Back on page 13 and 14 were listed a number of contradictory beliefs for Jesus identity. Now we will look at who Jesus Himself claimed to be in the Bible:

  1. Jesus Claimed to be God

In the Old Testament God calls Himself “I Am” in Exodus 3:14. In the NT Jesus uses the same name in John 8:58-59; the Jews realized what He was saying and picked up rocks to stone Him because they knew He was claiming to be God.

God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Say this to the people of Israel”, “I AM has sent me to you.” Exodus 3:14.
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Can God Hate People?

Introduction:
I have a good friend and we debate our theologies on occasion. Recently, she made a claim that in order for one to be a true Calvinist they would have to believe God does not love everybody. In fact, she seemed to imply that God would have to even hate those whom He does not choose for salvation. As a “true” Calvinist myself, I disagree with her assessment and wrote a brief article basically explaining why and how those in Reformed theological circles can indeed believe God does love all people.

However, there are many Calvinists that actually do hold the position she presented, so I thought I’d play “devil’s advocate” and present a case from that view as well. How are they able to believe God hates people? How can they claim He has the ability to hate any of His creation? If God is love, then how can He possibly hate anyone, or anything for that matter?
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Truth, Faith and why all roads cannot lead to heaven

Truth

Is Truth Important to You?

• If you were dying of a deadly but curable disease, would you want the right medication to survive?

• Would you want to know the truth about the risks before investing your life savings?

• Do you want your family and friends to tell you the truth once in a while, or all of the time?

• If you were charged with a murder you did not commit, would you want the truth to come out?

If you want truth in these areas, it appears that truth really is important to you. So what’s on the other side of death? If God exists and your destination after physical death is based on the choices you make in this life, would the truth about eternity be important?
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