Check out this reflective and insightful review of Austin Fischer's book, Young, Restless And No Longer Reformed. John Frye (also a former Calvinist) presents a short and thought provoking summary of the problems inherent in Calvinism that Austin highlights in his book. John Frye, Review of *Young Restless and No Longer Reformed* Related Posts: Glen Shellrude, … Continue reading An Insightful Review of Austin Fischer’s New Book on Leaving Calvinism
Great Follow-up Comments by David Martinez on the Recent Conversation Between James White and Austin Fischer
You can read the post at SEA here. David does a fine job exposing White's spurious debate tactics. James White has truly made an art out of poisoning the well as Martinez well points out (See post below for more evidence). And again, we see the tired old assumption that one cannot possibly disagree with … Continue reading Great Follow-up Comments by David Martinez on the Recent Conversation Between James White and Austin Fischer
Is God Like a Black Hole in Calvinism? Ex-Calvinist Austin Fischer Responds to John Piper
Austin Fischer Responds to John Piper About Leaving Calvinism I think Mr. Fischer makes a valid point about how Piper's claims do seem to plainly paint God in a way that seems at odds with Scripture and seems to threaten His aseity. Here are a few other posts that make similar observations: Dr. Thomas McCall … Continue reading Is God Like a Black Hole in Calvinism? Ex-Calvinist Austin Fischer Responds to John Piper
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
The Calvinist Non-Answer Highlighted: What if my Children are Not Elect?
(See Updated material at bottom) Someone named Tim Kimberley wrote a post at Credo House asking, “What if my Children are not Elect?” The post is a response to an inquirer who is struggling with the horrific implications of Calvinist determinism with regards to the predetermined destiny of his or her children. Kimberley offers an answer, … Continue reading The Calvinist Non-Answer Highlighted: What if my Children are Not Elect?
Big Trouble in Little Geneva: Good Series Exposing the Major Theological Problems Inherent in John Piper’s Calvinist Theodicy
Be sure to check out Matt's concise and devastating critique of Calvinist Theodicy as expressed by John Piper. Make sure you have a look at the comments after the posts as well. A Critique of John Piper's Theodicy: Purposing Evil for the Purpose of Good? Part 1 A Critique of John Piper's Theodicy: Is God … Continue reading Big Trouble in Little Geneva: Good Series Exposing the Major Theological Problems Inherent in John Piper’s Calvinist Theodicy
John Piper on God Ordaining All Sin And Evil Part 1: An Arminian Response to Piper’s First “Question”
John Piper preached a sermon on God’s sovereign control over all things. In this sermon, Piper highly praises the works of Jonathan Edwards and relies heavily on his accounting of sovereignty to explain how God can decree and ordain all evil in this world, and yet not be rightly called the author of all sin and … Continue reading John Piper on God Ordaining All Sin And Evil Part 1: An Arminian Response to Piper’s First “Question”
Preach Reprobation and Preach it Hard!
As I noted in my previous post, according to Jesus, far more will be lost than saved (Matt. 7:13, 14). In Calvinism this can only mean that God has reprobated from eternity far more than He has elected to save. According to Calvinism, God's reprobation of most of humanity is "for His glory". From this … Continue reading Preach Reprobation and Preach it Hard!
Does Erwin Lutzer Offer False Hope to Calvinist Parents?
I hope to do a few posts on Erwin Lutzer’s book, The Doctrines That Divide: A Fresh Look at the Historic Doctrines That Separate Christians. One might expect that such a book would look to lessen division and ease tension between Christians, but it seems that Lutzer’s purpose is more to present certain divisive doctrines … Continue reading Does Erwin Lutzer Offer False Hope to Calvinist Parents?
Paul Washer’s – “Doctrine” of Election: An Arminian Critique
I have been frequently referred to Paul Washer’s video discussion, “Doctrine” of Election. I found the video transcript and decided it would be beneficial to interact with this apparently influential accounting of Calvinist election. The sections of the transcript are marked by block quotes with my comments in between. A copy of the transcript can … Continue reading Paul Washer’s – “Doctrine” of Election: An Arminian Critique
How Can God’s Glory be “Diminished” in Calvinism?
Calvinist John Mac Arthur in his article, Why Every Calvinist Should be a PreMillennialist, writes: It is impossible to fully understand biblical teaching about the end times apart from understanding the future of Israel, the future of ethnic Jews in God’s plan. And if you don’t get Israel right, then your eschatology is confused and you … Continue reading How Can God’s Glory be “Diminished” in Calvinism?
Some New Must Read Articles at SEA (Abasciano and McCall)
SEA has been diligently providing its readers with excellent Arminian resources. Recently Dr. Brian Abasciano's newest theological article on corporate election was made available. Here is the write-up from SEA [Introducing Dr. Brian Abasciano's "Clearing Up Misconceptions About Corporate Election"]: SEA is excited to announce the addition to our site of Dr. Brian Abasciano’s recently published article … Continue reading Some New Must Read Articles at SEA (Abasciano and McCall)
Jack Cottrell’s Critique of Bruce Ware’s Infralapsarian Calvinism
SEA has linked to a few PDF s of Jack Cottrell’s various responses to others from the Perspectives on Election: Five Views book. Cottrell argues for the Classical Arminian view of individual conditional election based on foreseen faith. He sees many of the election passages in Scripture as corporate but only as corporate election to … Continue reading Jack Cottrell’s Critique of Bruce Ware’s Infralapsarian Calvinism
More on the Psychology of Calvinism
Billy Birch has written an excellent post on why certain Calvinists might tend to act the way that they do towards non-Calvinists. It is also a gentle and necessary reminder to us all to conduct ourselves with grace, compassion, and respect when discussing these controversial topics. Thanks Billy!
Synergism as a Model for God’s Glory
Several common accusations we hear from Calvinists are that a Synergistic view of faith (as opposed to regeneration) 'robs God of the glory.' "It's man-centered," they say, "and gives man room to boast in saving himself!" But does such logic really stand up to scripture? Let's take a look at another important aspect of salvation: sanctification. … Continue reading Synergism as a Model for God’s Glory
What Brings The Most Glory to God Part 2: John Wesley
The following excerpt is from John Wesley's Predestination Calmly Considered: 48. Your objection, proposed in another form, is this: "It is not so much for the glory of God, to save man as a free agent, I put into a capacity of either concurring with, or resisting, his grace; as to save him in the … Continue reading What Brings The Most Glory to God Part 2: John Wesley