I’d like to share a story with you. I warn you it is tragic and has no happy ending. But it is important. Sadly, I’ve seen this story play out again and again, though with different details. And admittedly, this is a compilation of multiple stories with some dramatic license taken on my part. Names have been changed to protect the innocent (and keep from shaming the guilty). You probably know these people or some like them.
As we consider all of our fears about being accused of teaching Calvinism, we finally get to the other tip of the TULIP: Perseverance of the Saints. Since we all know saints need to persevere, I think few of us will get too worked up about talking about saints persevering. However, it is very easy to throw the baby out with the bathwater as we fear someone might think we are Calvinists. So, let’s examine the third alternative regarding this tenet as well. Keep reading to find out more.
Sorry it has been so long since my last post in this series. Lots of stuff going on over the past few weeks. But thanks for sticking with me as we examine why we don’t have to be so afraid of being accused of Calvinism just because we start talking about grace a lot more. Of course, there is a lot to be disappointed with in the tenet of Irresistible Grace. But just because we teach grace doesn’t mean we are teaching irresistible grace. Read on to find out more.
No doubt, in any way considering the idea of the atonement as limited is a frightening concept. I’m certain I don’t even like to speak in those terms. However, recognizing that not every one receives atonement, I must learn I don’t have to be afraid of ever teaching any concept of an atonement that is limited to certain people. However, the biblical concept of the limitations of atonement are not remotely the same as the Calvinistic concept of Limited Atonement. So, I still don’t want to be a Calvinist. Read on to find out why.
Many of my non-Calvinist friends fear election. I’m not talking about that thing that happens every four years in America. I fear those too. I’m talking about the doctrine of God choosing the saved. There is no need to fear this term. Paul and Peter didn’t. Paul used it in Romans 9:11 and Romans 11:28. Peter used it in II Peter 1:10. We can use it too. The problem is with how Calvinism defines this term and explains it. I believe in God’s election of the saved, but I still don’t want to be a Calvinist. Read on to find out why.
Yep, this is pretty much how I feel about running. Enjoy.
BTW: Taking a week off from the internet to focus on some family time. We’ll get back to my series on God’s grace and Calvinism after that.
Many of my non-Calvinist friends are afraid of depravity. But the Bible really does teach we are depraved. We shouldn’t be scared of that. Paul said it. It’s true. The problem is how Calvinism defines this depravity and explains it. I believe in my own depravity. But I still don’t want to be a Calvinist. Keep reading to find out why.
I know I haven’t been keeping this blog up for a while, so you may have forgotten that Friday is “Good Clean Fun” Friday. We’ll take a break from our Calvinism series to have some good clean fun as we go into the weekend. Surely, no matter what you think about Calvinism and Grace, you can see the humor in this. You’ll probably see a lot from these guys on Fridays around here.
By the way, this is what it is like in my house. I won’t tell you which guy is me and which ones are my kids.