Category: Doctrines of Grace

What is Calvinism?

It is very odd how difficult it seems for some persons to understand just what Calvinism is. And yet the matter itself presents no difficulty whatever. It is capable of being put into a single sentence; and that, on level to every religious man's comprehension. For Calvinism is just religion in its purity. We have only, therefore, to conceive of religion in its purity, and that is Calvinism. In what attitude of mind and heart does ...


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What is Calvinism?

It is very odd how difficult it seems for some persons to understand just what Calvinism is. And yet the matter itself presents no difficulty whatever. It is capable of being put into a single sentence; and that, on level to every religious man's comprehension. For Calvinism is just religion in its purity. We have only, therefore, to conceive of religion in its purity, and that is Calvinism. In what attitude of mind and heart does ...


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What is “Reformed”? An Overview of the Five Solas and Calvinism.

Basically "Reformed" comes straight from the time of Martin Luther and the reformation, formally beginning in the controversy on justification and the authority of the church. Remember that the two issues dealt with back then was (1) How man is to be made right before God, and (2) What is the authority of the church that binds the conscience of the Christian. To make the long story short, Luther and the reformers labored to "re-form" the church ...


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What is “Reformed”? An Overview of the Five Solas and Calvinism.

Basically "Reformed" comes straight from the time of Martin Luther and the reformation, formally beginning in the controversy on justification and the authority of the church. Remember that the two issues dealt with back then was (1) How man is to be made right before God, and (2) What is the authority of the church that binds the conscience of the Christian. To make the long story short, Luther and the reformers labored to "re-form" the church ...


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Evangelicalism Stands or Falls with Calvinism

'The world should realize with increased clearness that Evangelicalism stands or falls with Calvinism.' ((B. B. Warfield, quoted in Arthur C. Custance, The Sovereignty of Grace (Phillipsburg, N.J.: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1979), 83-84.)) The great princeton theologian Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield wrote those words a century ago. At the time, Calvinism still had a major influence on evangelicalism, helping to define its theology, shape its spirituality, and clarify its mission. That is no longer as true as ...


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Evangelicalism Stands or Falls with Calvinism

'The world should realize with increased clearness that Evangelicalism stands or falls with Calvinism.' ((B. B. Warfield, quoted in Arthur C. Custance, The Sovereignty of Grace (Phillipsburg, N.J.: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1979), 83-84.)) The great princeton theologian Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield wrote those words a century ago. At the time, Calvinism still had a major influence on evangelicalism, helping to define its theology, shape its spirituality, and clarify its mission. That is no longer as true as ...


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Thou Hatest All Workers of Iniquity, Not Just Iniquity

If it be true that God loves every member of the human family, then why did our Lord tell His disciples “He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father…If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him.” (John 14:21, 23)? Why say “he that loveth Me shall be loved of My ...


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Thou Hatest All Workers of Iniquity, Not Just Iniquity

If it be true that God loves every member of the human family, then why did our Lord tell His disciples “He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father…If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him.” (John 14:21, 23)? Why say “he that loveth Me shall be loved of My ...


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He is Not a Weak Beggar, He is a Powerful Savior

The Gospel of Calvinism as was just described is not: "Well, maybe God doesn't love you." You see the apostolic proclamation was "repent and believe." It wasn't "this is what God has done for you." Maybe the problem here is that we're judging the Gospel by our emotions and experiences rather than by the infallible, unchanging, inspired Word of God. I've heard no response to John 6, Ephesians 1, Romans 8 and 9, 1 Timothy 2. I've heard ...


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He is Not a Weak Beggar, He is a Powerful Savior

The Gospel of Calvinism as was just described is not: "Well, maybe God doesn't love you." You see the apostolic proclamation was "repent and believe." It wasn't "this is what God has done for you." Maybe the problem here is that we're judging the Gospel by our emotions and experiences rather than by the infallible, unchanging, inspired Word of God. I've heard no response to John 6, Ephesians 1, Romans 8 and 9, 1 Timothy 2. I've heard ...


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God Hates the Sinner And Hates the Sin

One of the most popular beliefs of the day is that God loves everybody, and the very fact that it is so popular with all classes ought to be enough to arouse the suspicious of those who are subject to the Word of Truth. God’s love toward all His creatures is the fundamental and favorite tenet of Universalists, Unitarians, Theosophists, Christian Scientists, Spiritualists, Russellites, etc. No matter how a man may live—in open defiance of Heaven, ...


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God Hates the Sinner And Hates the Sin

One of the most popular beliefs of the day is that God loves everybody, and the very fact that it is so popular with all classes ought to be enough to arouse the suspicious of those who are subject to the Word of Truth. God’s love toward all His creatures is the fundamental and favorite tenet of Universalists, Unitarians, Theosophists, Christian Scientists, Spiritualists, Russellites, etc. No matter how a man may live—in open defiance of Heaven, ...


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I Know Whom I Have Believed

I know not why God’s wondrous grace To me He hath made known, Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love Redeemed me for His own. But I know Whom I have believed, And am persuaded that He is able To keep that which I’ve committed Unto Him against that day. I know not how this saving faith To me He did impart, Nor how believing in His Word Wrought peace within my heart. I know not how the Spirit moves, Convincing us of sin, Revealing Jesus through the Word, Creating faith ...


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I Know Whom I Have Believed

I know not why God’s wondrous grace To me He hath made known, Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love Redeemed me for His own. But I know Whom I have believed, And am persuaded that He is able To keep that which I’ve committed Unto Him against that day. I know not how this saving faith To me He did impart, Nor how believing in His Word Wrought peace within my heart. I know not how the Spirit moves, Convincing us of sin, Revealing Jesus through the Word, Creating faith ...


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A Debtor to Mercy Alone!

A Debtor to Mercy Alone A debtor to mercy alone, Of covenant mercy I sing; Nor fear, with thy righteousness on, My person and off'ring to bring. The terrors of law and of God With me can have nothing to do; My Saviour's obedience and blood Hide all my transgressions from view. The work which his goodness began, The arm of his strength will complete; His promise is Yea and Amen, And never was forfeited yet. Things future, nor things that are now, Nor all things below or above, Can ...


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A Debtor to Mercy Alone!

A Debtor to Mercy Alone A debtor to mercy alone, Of covenant mercy I sing; Nor fear, with thy righteousness on, My person and off'ring to bring. The terrors of law and of God With me can have nothing to do; My Saviour's obedience and blood Hide all my transgressions from view. The work which his goodness began, The arm of his strength will complete; His promise is Yea and Amen, And never was forfeited yet. Things future, nor things that are now, Nor all things below or above, Can ...


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All Glory of Our Salvation to Him it is Due!

When you were thus dead in trespasses and sins, he quickened, or made you alive. You lay, some of you a longer, and some a shorter time in the wretched state, which has been described, like the dry bones which the Prophet saw in the valley of vision, and there you had lain till now, had not sovereign grace interposed. But he, who had from the beginning chosen you to salvation, through sanctification of the Spirit, and ...


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All Glory of Our Salvation to Him it is Due!

When you were thus dead in trespasses and sins, he quickened, or made you alive. You lay, some of you a longer, and some a shorter time in the wretched state, which has been described, like the dry bones which the Prophet saw in the valley of vision, and there you had lain till now, had not sovereign grace interposed. But he, who had from the beginning chosen you to salvation, through sanctification of the Spirit, and ...


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