TULIP(S): Why I Believe in a Sovereign Decree

Recently, I was talking to some brothers in Christ about Calvinism. Through our conversations it was clear that their primary rejection of Calvinism as they know it was due to the concept of what we Calvinists call God’s decree. In other words, they had some basic understanding of how, in Calvinism, God has decided what happens in history, and given all the evil and suffering … Continue reading TULIP(S): Why I Believe in a Sovereign Decree

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Why I Believe in Perseverance of the Saints

Perseverance of the Saints This is the final post of the T.U.L.I.P. series. The final letter stands for Perseverance of the Saints (PS). Sometimes referred to as Eternal Security, PS teaches that a person who has genuinely been saved cannot lose that salvation. Those who are saved have eternal life; it is not something they still may not receive. This doctrine is very much a … Continue reading Why I Believe in Perseverance of the Saints

Why I Believe in Irresistible Grace

The next stop in our TULIP series is the “I” of TULIP, Irresistible Grace. The general concept of this doctrine essentially is that when God desires someone to be saved, He will save them. Although God has an elect people, a people who are elected before the foundations of the earth, the elect are not born believing, justified Christians. They are elect, but they are … Continue reading Why I Believe in Irresistible Grace

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Why I Believe In Limited Atonement

This is the third blog in my T.U.L.I.P. series. I am only briefly skimming the very controversial and complicated doctrines of the reformed acronym. My intention is that they would serve as an introduction, not that they would be the presentations to end all debates. However, I do believe the doctrines expressed in the acronym are thoroughly and clearly biblical, and would like to lay … Continue reading Why I Believe In Limited Atonement

Why I Believe in Unconditional Election

I have always been extremely hesitant to write about my Reformed theology. Not because of any persecution complex or victim-hood mentality, but I am hesitant because I serve an assembly of the Lord which has many people, staff included, who are not Calvinists. I never want my brothers and sisters in the Lord, within the local assembly I too am a member of to feel … Continue reading Why I Believe in Unconditional Election

Teeth Brushing and Bug Stomping

As Christians, we must not favor philosophical over Biblical exegesis. Typically during in-house debates with fellow Christian brothers I try to not make my arguments philosophical in nature, but exegetical. I want to ground theology in what Scripture reveals. Recently a presenter made a philosophical argument against an eternal decree by claiming that a decree before time forces one to accept “difficulty in making prayers … Continue reading Teeth Brushing and Bug Stomping