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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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' […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What is predestination

What is predestination

What is predestination? Romans 8:29-30 tells us, “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.” Ephesians 1:5 and 11 […]

Monergism vs synergism

Monergism vs synergism

Monergism vs. synergism This topic has been hotly debated within the church for centuries. It is not exaggerating to say that this debate concerns the very heart of the gospel itself. First, let us define the two terms. When we talk about monergism vs. synergism, theologically speaking, we”™re talking about who brings about our salvation. […]

What is common grace

What is common grace

What is common grace? The doctrine of common grace pertains to the sovereign grace of God bestowed upon all of mankind regardless of their election. In other words, God has always bestowed His graciousness on all people in all parts of the earth at all time. Although the doctrine of common grace has always been […]