Romans 9 is an interesting and often difficult passage. I’m going to very briefly sketch the way I am inclined to read it, particularly to note the way I don’t think it supports the Calvinistic doctrine of unconditional election, but rather undermines it. Contextual setup: Paul has been defending his Gospel of justification by the faithfulness … Continue reading "Romans 9 in 500 Words or Less"
When I originally ran into Calvinism, limited atonement was the most frightening doctrine to me, and it almost sounded heretical. Even when I was a Calvinist, I originally and in the end found it awfully stretchy in relation to what Scripture actually says, and for that reason I was quite happy to abandon it when the … Continue reading "The Bible, Limited Atonement, the Church, and the World"
Election begins and ends with Jesus Christ. As Barth has said, Jesus is both the electing God (Col. 2:9) and elected Man (Luke 9:35). He is the origin of creation (John 1:1-3) and its goal (Eph. 1:9-10). Anything else we say about election must trace back to this source, to the election of Jesus Christ as the one … Continue reading "6 Theses on Election"
If you’ve followed some of my posts about Evangelical Calvinism, you might have to wonder what exactly makes it deserve the label “Calvinism.” After all, we reject the defining U, L, and I of TULIP. Without the meaty bulk of the Calvinist system, what substance is left for the title “Calvinist?” Without getting into too much detail either theologically or … Continue reading "What’s So Calvinist about Evangelical Calvinism?"
This is post 3 of 3 in the series “In Christ, Out of Christ? Two Views on “Losing” Salvation in Christological Perspective” [For the second of these two essays, I will be arguing a defense of eternal security, after having written in opposition, again from a union with Christ perspective. You readers can judge between … Continue reading "In Christ, Out of Christ? For Eternal Security, from a Union with Christ Perspective"
This is post 2 of 3 in the series “In Christ, Out of Christ? Two Views on “Losing” Salvation in Christological Perspective” [For the first of my two “union with Christ”-focused eternal security essays, I will argue that salvation can be lost. In the next post I will argue that it cannot, and leave you … Continue reading "In Christ, Out of Christ? Against Eternal Security, from a Union with Christ Perspective"
This is post 1 of 3 in the series “In Christ, Out of Christ? Two Views on “Losing” Salvation in Christological Perspective” The question of whether or not people can “lose” their salvation, to the extent that this language even makes sense, has been traditionally controversial. In the time in between the completion of the … Continue reading "In Christ, Out of Christ? Two Essays on “Losing” Salvation"
If you’re not familiar with the term ordo salutis, it is Latin and means “order of salvation,” and is basically a framework for laying out the different parts and events of salvation in order. There are two common views on the ordo salutis, a Calvinistic one and an Arminian one. Here’s the a short version of the most common layout, … Continue reading "An Evangelical Calvinist Ordo Salutis"
I used to think of grace a lot like a chemical. Basically, God had this “thing” called grace. In fact, He didn’t just have one kind of this grace thing, but several. There was “sanctifying grace,” “justifying grace,” and other variants. Regenerating grace, for example, was basically something that the Holy Spirit pours out on … Continue reading "Just Say “No” to Chemical Grace"
I really am a rare breed when it comes to the debate over Calvinism/election/predestination/sovereignty. There are a lot of studied Calvinists who were once unlearned (and often non-professing, de facto) Arminians. Likewise, there are enough ex-Calvinists (who are now usually Arminians, Catholics, or unbelievers) who never knew the system well, and still repeat common misunderstandings and misconceptions about what … Continue reading "2 Biblical Issues I Think Calvinism Gets Wrong"