• Free will: "Whether free will exists, what it is and the implications of whether it exists or not are some of the longest-running debates of philosophy and religion." This is well-stated from Wikipedia. A search on "free will" brings all kinds of philosophical debates, opinions and definitions. For our purposes, we simply want to examine [more]

    Categories: Bible Concepts, Reformed/CalvinismTags: , , , , , , Last Updated: October 5th, 2021
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  • Pastor Robert Morris says that your belief determines your behavior. From a sermon recorded in 2018: "Your belief determines your behavior. So there are people that say they believe in Jesus, but they've never lived for him. Please hear me. I don't think [they] really believe. I really don't. Because when you believe, the [more]

    Categories: Obedience, Reformed/CalvinismTags: , , , , Last Updated: July 30th, 2021
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  • The inward call versus the outward call. Many today distinguish these as two different types of Godly or heavenly 'callings'. Dividing the spiritual callings found in scripture between an 'inward call' and an 'outward call' is perpetuated at least in part by teachings credited to John Calvin. "Calvinism", or more currently labeled Reformed or [more]

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  • What Christian's believe and how they have come to understand what the Bible teaches isn't always shaped purely by scripture. The Ancient Greek influence of Gnosticism has had a profound and enduring effect on Christian thought. Indeed, that may be the case in needing to ask the question, "For whom did Christ die?" This question [more]

    Categories: Jesus the Son, Reformed/Calvinism, SalvationTags: , , , , , Last Updated: July 21st, 2021
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  • God's irresistible grace, also referred to as the 'effectual call' in the Westminster Confession of Faith. It is probably better known as "irresistible grace" as it represents the "I" in "TULIP" - a broader collection of doctrines ascribed to John Calvin (even though he existed long before the acronym). This doctrine of irresistible grace [more]

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  • It is such an important question. Can we lose our salvation? Or said another way: Can God's grace be rejected? Can someone actually squander, neglect, or even return as it were their free gift from God? There is a prevailing thought about this question among the Christian community. For example, a popular answer to [more]

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  • Does the Bible have anything to say about an individual's age of accountability to God? Does a person reach a point in their lifetime when they are responsible for their sin and require reconciliation to God? Some might say, "No." In fact, this answer was given to a similar question on another website "The Bible [more]

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  • Original sin is not actually in the Bible per se, but it is an interpretation of what the Bible teaches. It's a doctrine typically credited to Augustine of Hippo (334-430), but he credits Irenaeus of Lyon, Bishop of Lyon (130-202). While the doctrine of original sin has taken many shapes over the centuries, [more]

    Categories: Catholicism, Reformed/Calvinism, Religious DoctrineTags: , , , Last Updated: October 18th, 2021
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