Grace For All: The Arminian Dynamics of Salvation (Book Review)

John D. Wagner has produced  an updated and expanded version of "Grace Unlimited", originally edited by the late Clark H. Pinnock.  This updated version is called "Grace For All: The Arminian Dynamics of Salvation."  This newer version contains several new essays along with some changes and heavy editing of  a few essays that appeared in … Continue reading Grace For All: The Arminian Dynamics of Salvation (Book Review)

Great Quotes: Dr. Craig Keener

Many beliefs today are popular because they appeal to our weakness rather than because they are biblical. Such beliefs include spiritual justifications for materialism, theological exemptions from suffering tribulation, and even justifications for not sharing our faith with others. The idea that someone who professes conversion will share eternal life even if they do not … Continue reading Great Quotes: Dr. Craig Keener

The F.A.C.T.S. of Salvation vs. The T.U.L.I.P. of Calvinism

While Calvinists like to play with flowers (or MUPPETS?), Arminians prefer to deal with the FACTS.  For an excellent and detailed summary of what Arminians believe and why, be sure to check out The FACTS of Salvation: A summary of Arminian Theology/the Biblical Doctrines of Grace!! I just wanted to share some brief notes about … Continue reading The F.A.C.T.S. of Salvation vs. The T.U.L.I.P. of Calvinism

Is Philippians 1:6 A Good Proof Text For Eternal Security?

Matt O'Reilly takes a corporate view of the passage and concludes that Paul did not intend to teach individual eternal security in Philippians 1:6 The Question of Perseverance in Philippians 1:6 For a post I wrote a while back that takes a slightly different approach, but also concludes that Philippians 1:6 fails as  proof text … Continue reading Is Philippians 1:6 A Good Proof Text For Eternal Security?

An Important Admission on Salvation Assurance from Prominent Calvinist C. Michael Patton

Excerpt: It may surprise you to know that just about every contact I have had with people who are doubting their salvation are Calvinistic in their theology. In other words, they believe in unconditional election. These are the ones who believe in perseverance of the saints. These are the ones that believe that we cannot … Continue reading An Important Admission on Salvation Assurance from Prominent Calvinist C. Michael Patton

Does Believing Apostasy is Possible Lead to Insecurity, Lack of Assurance, and Anxiety?

Not if it is understood properly (Biblically).  Here are some short comments from a discussion on the topic: Visitor: Why should someone who has no more condemnation fear [falling away] on a regular basis? It makes no sense to me… Such a fear is a healthy concern so that such a person will remain in … Continue reading Does Believing Apostasy is Possible Lead to Insecurity, Lack of Assurance, and Anxiety?

Does Paul Teach Unconditional Eternal Security in Philippians 1:6?

Philippians 1:6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it in the day of Christ Jesus. Does this verse then teach that one who begins in saving faith will inevitably continue in that faith until the "day of Christ Jesus?"  The advocates of … Continue reading Does Paul Teach Unconditional Eternal Security in Philippians 1:6?

Does Paul Teach That the Gift of Salvation is Unconditionally Irrevocable in Romans 11:29?

Romans 6:23; 11:29 For the wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord….For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Many see here a strong assertion of unconditional eternal security based on the fact that “the gifts and calling of God are … Continue reading Does Paul Teach That the Gift of Salvation is Unconditionally Irrevocable in Romans 11:29?

Does “Eternal Life” in Passages like John 3:16 Imply That Apostasy is Impossible?

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Some emphasize the fact that eternal life is eternal. It is claimed that if we could forfeit salvation, eternal life would then cease to be eternal. This … Continue reading Does “Eternal Life” in Passages like John 3:16 Imply That Apostasy is Impossible?

Does 1 John 2:18-19 Support the Calvinist “Never Saved to Begin With” View of Apostasy?

1 John 2:18-19 Little children, it is the last hour and as you have heard that the Anti-Christ is coming, even now many anti-christs have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.  They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they … Continue reading Does 1 John 2:18-19 Support the Calvinist “Never Saved to Begin With” View of Apostasy?

Does Jesus Teach Unconditional Eternal Security in John 10:27-29?

Having examined the primary passages that teach apostasy we now examine the passages that the advocates of unconditional eternal security believe clearly support their doctrine: John 10:27-29 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them … Continue reading Does Jesus Teach Unconditional Eternal Security in John 10:27-29?

Debunking the False Faith View of the Hebrews Warning Passages

Below are some comments I made long ago in my perseverance series against the idea that the writer of Hebrews is addressing his warnings of falling away to those whose faith is not genuine, or describing those with non-genuine faith. My comments are followed by more recent comments by Scot McKnight against O’Brien’s false faith … Continue reading Debunking the False Faith View of the Hebrews Warning Passages