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  • Why Reductionist Five-point TULIP Calvinism is Bankrupt

    Why Reductionist Five-point TULIP Calvinism is Bankrupt

    Five-point TULIP Calvinism was formulated in response to the 1610 five articles of the Remonstrants, who were followers of Jacob Arminius. At the time of its assembly, when the Synod of Dort formulated TULIP, the issue of counteracting the five articles was paramount to continuing ANY semblance of a Reformation. The soteriology of the 16th century Reformation in essence counteracted the great apostasy prophesied by Paul conceived by the late 1st and 2nd century Church Fathers. For 14 centuries men in popular religious institutions called ‘Christian’ had attempted to destroy the pristine apostolic gospel.

    Though the Synod of Dort scored a huge victory for gospel truth at the time of its occurrence, the pertinence of what was achieved is mostly ignored today. The rise of evangelicalism under the immensely popular teaching of Andrew Fuller mostly destroyed the practical impact of the synod of Dort. Though a tongue-in-cheek confession of the correctness of the 5 points still remains, for centuries Reformed Calvinists have shunned any doctrine of absolute, positive, double, and causative predestination of all events. In reality the Reformed churches hate such teachings. ...
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  • The Gospel is Not an Offer

    The Gospel is Not an Offer

    By Gery Schmidt: Is the gospel something to be offered to the unregenerate? A great many Christians believe so. It has long been maintained that Christ himself, or eternal life, is to be offered unto the lost for their acceptance or rejection. However, we are convinced that the very concept of the gospel being an offer made unto the unregenerate represents a departure from the Scriptures in at least the following four things: first, what the gospel is; secondly, the purpose or utility of the gospel; thirdly, the doctrine of total depravity; and fourthly, a proper understanding of God's justice.

    First, the notion that the gospel is an offer represents a misunderstanding and perversion of what the gospel is. The word gospel represents the greek word euaggelion, which literally means "good news." But what is the good news? Essentially, the good news is that Christ Jesus came into the world to save his people from their sins. (Mt. 1:21, Lk. 2:10,11; 1 Tim. 1:15) The very heart of the gospel is the person and work of Jesus Christ. And the gospel itself declares that the incarnation of the Son of God had a definite end in view, namely, the salvation of the elect, and none else. Yet the view that the gospel is an offer contravenes this Scriptural fact. Underlying the premise that the gospel ...
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  • Gottschalk of Orbais : 9th Century Predestinarian?

    Gottschalk of Orbais : 9th Century Predestinarian?

    I found some interesting quotes about Godescalc, a Saxon theologian of the 9th century (808-867?)

    From The Gottchalk Homepage
    Gottschalk of Orbais (also spelled Godescalc) was a medieval monk who taught that God’s predestination is twofold. Gottschalk believed that before ages the Creator predestined some men to salvation and others to hell. Reaction of his former abbot Rabanus Maurus and his metropolitan Hincmar of Reims started the 9th century predestination controversy, which was made even more acute by the intervention of John Scot Erigena. Though many defended Gottschalk’s thoroughly Augustinian theology (among others Lupus of Ferrières, Ratramnus of Corbie, Prudentius of Troyes and Florus of Lyons) Gottschalk was imprisoned at the monastery of Hautvilliers where he later died having several times refused to renounce his views.
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  • Mystery, Paradox, and the Free Offer of the Gospel

    Mystery, Paradox, and the Free Offer of the Gospel

    Recently, a friend referred me to a blog post written by R. Scott Clark entitled Hyper-Calvinism, Rationalism and Antipredestinarians. Here is the link (http://heidelblog.wordpress.com/2008...m-rationalism/ ) Throughout this blog Clark attempts to show how the free offer of the gospel is essential to sound doctrine and correct understand of true Calvinism. Those that hold to the free offer of the gospel basically say that salvation is offered to all men, even the reprobate. In Clark’s blog, he bashes those that reject the free offer of the gospel with weak arguments from every source but scripture. In this article I intend to examine some of the statements from Clark and explain why his view point and belief in the free offer of the Gospel and mystery is incorrect. ...
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  • The Rock of The Scriptures : Jesus Christ or Peter?

    The Rock of The Scriptures : Jesus Christ or Peter?

    All to often in Christian circles, the issue of Authority is raised as to WHO is the head of the Body of Christ. Is it Peter the Apostle along with the line of successive popes, as Rome contends from Augustine’s writings ? Or is it Jesus Christ, the God-Man and Savior, as the scriptures and Apostles of Christ attest to all true Christians who are able to believe ?

    To answer this, we must appeal to the final authority, which is the Word of God , the Holy Scriptures. 2 Ti.3:16-17 states....."All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."

    Jesus Christ our Lord stated in the Gospel of John 5:39.."Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." And after our Lord’s resurrection, on the road to Emmaus, speaking to Cleopas, Luke’s Gospel states in 24:27, "And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself." ...
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  • The Augustinian Captivity of the Reformed Church

    The Augustinian Captivity of the Reformed Church

    It is always interesting when I converse with reformed protestants that live in my community. Although they would say they disagree with most teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, they hold up and lend credence to Augustine of Hippo as if he was some great Protestant reformer. How naive they have become! Have they even considered what Augustine believed to be true? Have they ever done any research? When I state to them that Augustine never believed or taught the Pauline doctrine of Justification by Grace Alone, through Faith Alone, in the Imputed merits of Christ Alone, they recoil and tell me, “My reverend pastor never said what you are saying” They also tell me that “R.C. Sproul, J.I. Packer, and many other reformed scholars speak very highly of Augustine”

    These types of statements from the Laos are proof that they have been misled and deceived from those (Clergy) they have been conditioned (from baby sprinkling or Baptism and indoctrination in their church) to trust and follow. This new wave of Protestant cult obedience to their Clergy makes Roman prelates proud of them, for they are no different than their whore mother church. ...
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  • The Vengeful God

    The Vengeful God

    God is jealous, and Jehovah revenges; Jehovah revenges and is a possessor of wrath. Jehovah takes vengeance against His foes, and He keeps wrath against His enemies. -Nahum 1:2
    It is always interesting when we compare the God of the bible to the god professed by most of Christendom. In most Christian churches across the world, God is shown to be only a God of love, mercy, grace, and peace. This is emphasized so much that for someone to even hint at a possibility of God having wrath, anger, jealously, and vengeance is to be marginalized and ridiculed among many of the churches today. To mention these attributes of God brings stigma to those of us who seek to follow and worship God in all His perfect attributes. To blatantly ignore certain attributes of God is in effect creating your own god within your mind who is more acceptable than the God revealed through the Scriptures. It is my belief that when people and churches diminish God’s attributes such as his wrath, anger, vengeance, and hate, it will lead them into doctrinal error. This is very noticeable in the doctrines of election and reprobation, where many years of denying certain attributes of God has resulted in churches which emphasis a universal love of God and free will within man directly contradictory to scripture. While ultimately this denial of some of God’s attributes is due to most of these individuals and churches being unregenerate it is still important for us to examine the scriptures that speak to these often overlooked and forgotten aspects of God’s nature. If we truly want to follow and worship God then we need to not ignore part of who He is and in effect create a God of our own imagination. ...
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  • Acts 13 and How to Preach the Gospel

    Acts 13 and How to Preach the Gospel

    One day, as I was walking by a group of "Christians" that were in my neighborhood, one man in the group came up to me and yelled, “Jesus loves you” and shook my hand. This group was on their way to some sort of prayer meeting at a nearby house and embolden by their numbers they felt it was necessary to confront random strangers with their pseudo-evangelism statements and techniques. Given that I know the neighbor they were going to is of the Charismatic persuasion and commonly uses trickery and manipulation to convince people into following Jesus I wasn’t too surprised by their actions. They are very hard at work spreading their false gospel of works and becoming very bold in how many souls they have personally led to Christ. It amazes me how ignorant of the bible and the true gospel these “Christians” truly are.

    Acts 13 is a perfect example of true gospel preaching. In verses 16-41 Paul clearly lays out the Gospel in all its glory.

    Of this man's offspring God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, as he promised. Before his coming, John had proclaimed a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. And as John was finishing his course, he said, 'What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. No, but behold, after me one is coming, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.' "Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to us has been sent the message of this salvation. For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because they did not recognize him nor understand the utterances of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him. And though they found in him no guilt worthy of death,
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  • Romans 3:10-31 Exposition

    Romans 3:10-31 Exposition

    Romans 3:10-18 as it is written: "None is righteous, no, not one; - 11 no one understands; no one seeks for God. - 12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one." - 13 "Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive." "The venom of asps is under their lips." - 14 "Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness." - 15 "Their feet are swift to shed blood; - 16 in their paths are ruin and misery, - 17 and the way of peace they have not known." - 18 "There is no fear of God before their eyes."


    The apostle Paul quotes from several different passages from Scripture including: Psalm 14, Psalm 53, Psalm 5, Psalm 140, Psalm 10, Isaiah 59:7-8, and Psalm 36:1. Paul’s main point in quoting all these passages is to emphasis the point of that no person ever has been righteous in the sight of God and this has been shown from many scriptures throughout the Old Testament. Paul is clearly showing how all men in and of themselves are never righteous and deserve the wrath of God. Righteousness can not be found within men and has never been found coming from man. Everything that proceeds from man’s nature is evil and against God. These verses are a clear indictment against the human race, whom stand completely guilty before the righteous God. ...
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  • Dispensationalism's Inability To Understand The Nature of The New Covenant

    Dispensationalism's Inability To Understand The Nature of The New Covenant

    Dispensationalism is the dominate belief for most groups that profess to be Christians. Dispensationalism is clearly an abhorrent heresy which has caused many unregenerate people to become fanatical Zionist who place the nation of Israel on a special pedestal. Defending the nation of Israel has become just as important to most dispensationals as the preaching of their false gospel. Given that the vast majority of dispensationalists believe they are in the end times, and that Armageddon is any day now, it is important to examine Dispensationalism based on the scriptures. In studying this topic one of the key things that I notice over and over again is the inability for dispensationalist to understand the nature of the church, the body of Christ and the new covenant. Maybe God hasn’t revealed the truth to them yet, and if that’s the case then maybe they aren’t truly elect (Matt. 11:25,27). Let’s look at some scripture and see what is says. ...
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  • Called to Preach?

    Called to Preach?

    Do you think you are called to preach? Do you know a zealous man who thinks he is? So what is “this calling” of which we hear often spoken? All throughout the evangellyfish churchianity world, young men get this burning in their bosom that they are “called to preach.” My question for all those that think they are called is this… “PREACH WHAT!?”

    What exactly are these men called to preach? They think they are called to join the preaching profession that is! They think they are called to have a bunch of people pay them a salary for life for simply getting up every Sunday and spewing filth from their pulpits. What’s amazing is that the deceived keep shelling out thousands of dollars to listen to trash. After all, if they can help contribute to the salvation of souls, maybe they too will be rewarded for their efforts in heaven. They cannot escape the self-righteous works mentality. ...
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  • The Eternal God

    The Eternal God


    Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! Amen and Amen. Psalm 41:13


    Introduction

    The concept that God is eternal is widely known and professed by most Christians today. However, it seems that in reality most people who claim that God is eternal do not truly understand the many implications this has on understanding Christian doctrine and practice. It is essential that we have a clear picture of the eternal God and how God in eternity works. It is very easy for our human minds to begin to see God ONLY acting within the constraints of time. This will inevitably lead into error within doctrine and result in a God who is less that God. It is important to affirm that God does indeed work within time and is constantly doing many things everyday. The best instance of God working within time is the whole incarnation of Christ on Earth. ...
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  • Seven Post Reformation Heresies

    Seven Post Reformation Heresies

    Listen to Bob Higby's audio series on seven post reformation heresies starting with evangelical fullerism and ending with future apostasies. ...
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  • Exposition of James 2:14-26

    Exposition of James 2:14-26

    In James 2:14-26 the author talks about faith and works. There are several possible interpretations that should be considered.

    1. James is talking about demonstrating faith by works before God. (The Catholic interpretation, here is an example http://www.catholicintl.com/epologet...er-answers.htm )
    2. James is talking about demonstrating faith by works before Man. (The Protestant interpretation, here’s an example http://www.opc.org/new_horizons/NH05/02a.html )
    3. James is talking about demonstrating faith by works before both man and God. (I haven’t met any that hold to this yet)


    Catholic apologists’ exegesis of James 2 is why they hold to faith plus works for justification before God. However, I completely disagree with Catholicism and many of their doctrines; they are clearly against the Gospel of grace.

    Protestants in order to hold on to the pure Gospel have to hold that James is talking about faith before men. The text just doesn’t support this view. So the only option for those of us who love the Gospel of grace is to perform and utilize poor interpretation methods or reject James as scripture. I’d rather stay consistence in my interpretation and reject James than have to make Paul and James seem to agree. ...
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  • Exposition of Revelation 22:18-19

    Exposition of Revelation 22:18-19

    Chris from TestAllThings uses the following verse to show that adding or taking away from the 66 book protestant canon is wrong.
    I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book. (Revelation 22:18-19)
    Let’s look closely at this verse and determine the context and meaning of the word “book” that is used in the above passage. The main question one should have when they read this passage is what book is being referred to. Is it as Chris says the 66 book protestant canon? Can this interpretation be valid? We shall see.



    The driving context of this passage goes all the way back to Chapter 1 of Revelation where the apostle John is in the Sprit on the Lord’s day and hears God say, ...
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  • Reality Check

    Reality Check

    From the current dialogue and responses from some who participate on this website, there seems to be quite an objection to the Eternal Justification view, with all it’s natural soteriological implications.

    These objections however stem from how one determines reality. There are two basic foundational views. Of course there are off shoots and extremes to each of these two views, however to keep it simple for now, I will only discuss the two basics.

    Objectivism vs. Subjectivism

    The Objective View -A Short Definition

    Objectivism, or metaphysical objectivism, is the view that there is a reality or realm of objects and facts existing wholly independent of the mind. Stronger versions of this claim might hold that there is only one correct description of this reality; they may or may not hold that we have any knowledge of it. If it is true (and I believe it is) that reality is independent of the mind, the reality of objectivism is thus inclusive of objects which one may not know about and are not the intended objects of mental acts. ...
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  • Dispelling the Stink About Submersion

    Dispelling the Stink About Submersion

    I can't believe how much preachers continue to lie to us in spite of abundant evidence of the truth! "Ritual immersion among the Essenes" is parroted as evidence that the New Testament commands a believer to have the entire body submerged in a 'watery grave' Well,

    1. As all who read here know by now, none of the Dead Sea Scroll community documents were written by Essenes (in spite of the bad theology in some)!

    2. The baptisms described in the community rule document were CLEARLY administered by aspersion and not submersion:
    And when his flesh is sprinkled with purifying water and sanctified by cleansing water, it shall be made clean by the humble submission of his soul to all the precepts of God. 1QSIII9 (Geza Vermes translation)
    It is true that many (though not all) baptisms occurred with a portion of the body IMMERSED in 'cleansing' water, however, even in such instances the water applied to the remainder of the body was administered by aspersion (the 'sprinkling' with purifying water). This practice continued until at least the second century A.D. The Didache describes a similar administration: ...
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  • The Tragedy of Early Dispensationalism

    The Tragedy of Early Dispensationalism

    The original teaching of 'christianese' dispensationalism is not to be found in 19th century prophetic speculation regarding two separate peoples of God. Instead, it is clearly rooted in the Way of the first century that professed belief in the Lord Jesus Christ. The original eleven apostles did not at first interpret the words of Christ regarding the destruction of Jerusalem to mean that prophecies of future glory for physical Israel were ended. They did not perceive OT prophecies of latter-day salvation as strictly fulfilled in the gospel bringing experiential salvation to the nations. They were fully aware that their ministry was to extend beyond the borders of Judea and Samaria (Mt. 28:19), however, at the same time they fully expected a literal fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy regarding Jerusalem as the centerpiece of the renewed kingdom.
    John 16:12-14 (KJV):
    12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
    13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
    14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
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  • James Exposed

    James Exposed

    "And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more of grace: otherwise work is no more work". - Romans 11.6
    Brothers and sisters in Christ,.........It is with sincere desire to present this body of work to the audience of this forum. Again I will attempt to show how the Grace of justification is antithetical to ALL works. There can never be a synthesis of these two ideas. Any addition to Grace or a synthesis of Law and Gospel (Grace), would render Paul’s doctrine of Justification null and void. Many religious churchman however, have taught the synthesis, making faith and works one cohesive unit, along with rendering good works,( the fruit of faith), as a ground, basis, and proof of justification. If good works can be seen (by men) as a bonafide proof of Justification, then we must ask two basic questions. 1. What is the numerical quantity of good works that would prove an individual to be Justified? 2. What degree of substantive quality must these good works possess? ...
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  • The Ideal Christian Forum and the EKKLESIA

    The Ideal Christian Forum and the EKKLESIA

    Most online forums that profess Christian belief are controlled by some established system of traditional dogma: either a ‘conservative’ confessional tradition with the doctrines of men added to the gospel or else devotion to liberal skepticism. The Predestinarian Network is committed to avoiding either of these extremes damned by God. We aspire to defending the pristine apostolic gospel and all of its implications, throwing out all the garbage of traditional conservative and liberal dogma as the Lord enables us. But how does an online community faithful to the apostolic gospel approximate the New Testament teaching on the EKKLESIA or New Covenant community of Jesus Christ?

    The book of Ephesians is the New Testament guide to what the EKKLESIA is as approved and created by our sovereign God. It is the community of elect saints only. The current Federal Vision heresy would have us turn to snippets of 1 Corinthians, Galatians, or Hebrews to define the EKKLESIA, since there are scriptures in those books which can be misused to define the Christian community as a mixture of elect and non-elect. But there can be no question as to what the true congregation of Christ is according to Paul’s definition of it in the entire book of Ephesians: the EKKLESIA consists of the elect of God only (1:22,23 is the culmination of the whole argument based on predestination). ...
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