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John Calvin

John Calvin

“Among all those who have been born of women, there has not risen a greater than John Calvin; no age, before him ever produced his equal, and no age afterwards has seen his rival. In theology, he stands alone, shining like a bright fixed star, while other leaders and teachers can only circle round him, […]

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He loves me He loves me not

He loves me He loves me not

He loves me, He loves me not How can one be sure that God loves them? At some point in time, almost every Christian will be faced with the problem of assurance. They will question whether God loves them with their many sins. And like a teenage girl, they will pick up their Bibles and […]

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What is prevenient grace

What is prevenient grace

What is prevenient grace? “Prevenient grace” is a phrase used to describe the grace given by God that precedes the act of a sinner exercising saving faith in Jesus Christ. The term “prevenient” comes from the Latin and means “to come before.” By definition, every theological system which affirms the necessity of God”™s grace prior […]

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For Whom Did Jesus Die

For Whom Did Jesus Die

For whom, did Jesus die? Virtually every evangelical Christian will answer “for the whole world, all mankind without exception.” But is this what Scripture teaches? Let's first start by assuming that God actually did die for all mankind without exception and see the implications of the assumptions. Save or make salvation possible? Most people will […]

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The Sovereignty of God and Prayer

The Sovereignty of God and Prayer

The Sovereignty of God and Prayer By John Piper. ©2013 Desiring God Foundation. Website: desiringGod.org I am often asked, "If you believe God works all things according to the counsel of his will (Ephesians 1:11) and that his knowledge of all things past, present, and future is infallible, then what is the point of praying […]

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Election

Election

Election “Well can I remember the manner in which I learned the doctrines of grace in a single instant. Born, as all of us are by nature, an Arminian, I still believed the old things I had heard continually from the pulpit, and did not see the grace of God. When I was coming to […]

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Total Depravity

Total Depravity

“Every human being, until the moment of redemption, is under the domain of darkness and the dominion of sin. The unbeliever is wholly corrupted by the bondage of his fallen condition and utterly unable to free himself from it. Not surprisingly, the very notion of such absolute enslavement (a doctrine commonly known as 'total depravity' […]

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What We Believe About the Five Points of...

What We Believe About the Five Points of Calvinism

What We Believe About the Five Points of Calvinism This explanation, compiled by John Piper and the Council of Elders, represents the doctrinal position of Bethlehem Baptist Church. Preface Historical Information Total Depravity Irresistible Grace Limited Atonement Unconditional Election Perseverance of the Saints Concluding Testimonies A Final Appeal   1. Preface We love God. He is […]

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infralapsarianism supralapsarianism and ...

infralapsarianism supralapsarianism and sublapsarianism

what is infralapsarianism, supralapsarianism, and sublapsarianism? These three theological terms deal with God”™s predestination of certain individuals to be saved. The focus of infralapsarianism, supralapsarianism, and sublapsarianism is the order in which God determined things to happen. In what order did God create humanity, allow the fall, elect some to salvation, and provide salvation for […]

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What is Arminianism

What is Arminianism

What is Arminianism? Arminianism is a system of belief that attempts to explain the relationship between God”™s sovereignty and mankind”™s free will, especially in relation to salvation. Arminianism is named after Jacob Arminius (1560-1609), a Dutch theologian. While Calvinism emphasizes the sovereignty of God, Arminianism emphasizes the responsibility of man. If Arminianism is broken down […]

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