Ronnie W. Rogers

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Thanksgiving

By Ronnie W. Rogers / November 22, 2021 / Comments Off on Celebrate Thanksgiving with Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving, quite contrary to political correctness and revisionist historians, began as an act of faith and worship by the Pilgrims. The first Thanksgiving was held in the autumn of 1621 in Plymouth, and it was a celebration of God’s bountiful blessing, which the Pilgrims shared with the Indians. The Pilgrims’ lives had been characterized by…

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Some Thoughts on Thinking Christianly about COVID (1 Pet 2:5, 9; Rom 14)

By Ronnie W. Rogers / November 15, 2021 / Comments Off on Some Thoughts on Thinking Christianly about COVID (1 Pet 2:5, 9; Rom 14)

On Sunday, 11/14/21, I preached a message with the above title to help people in our church respond biblically to three areas related to Christians dealing with COVID. I pray these will prove helpful to you as we live for Christ today. I. How Christians can formulate a Religious exemption claim from the COVID mandate.II.…

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Calvinism and the Problem of Damnation and Hell

By Ronnie W. Rogers / November 8, 2021 / Comments Off on Calvinism and the Problem of Damnation and Hell

Calvinism’s exclusive doctrines position it in an untenable place when it comes to people spending eternity in hell. They offer various responses to allay the indefensible entailments of Calvinism that consign people to hell (the reprobate non-elect class). Here are a few: first, some say they deserve to be there. While that is true, it…

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Calvinists and Compatibilists Fail Again to Make Compatibilism Believable: The Hypothetical Otherwise Choice

By Ronnie W. Rogers / October 25, 2021 / Comments Off on Calvinists and Compatibilists Fail Again to Make Compatibilism Believable: The Hypothetical Otherwise Choice

Some compatibilists seek to temper compatibilism’s determinism by denying the principle of alternative possibilities (PAP) by various means, such as the proposed hypothetical otherwise choice known more technically as the hypothetical analytic.[1]Calvinists are prone to seek refuge in the hypothetical otherwise from the harsh unbiblical determinism entailed in compatibilism but it fails as all other…

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The Great Commission and Church Discipline

By Ronnie W. Rogers / October 24, 2021 / Comments Off on The Great Commission and Church Discipline

The Great Commission is talked about, promoted, and extolled, and rightly so.[1] The Great Commission is the mandate given by Jesus to the church (Matt 28:18-20). If someone preaches about reaching people with the gospel, everyone is rightly excited and supportive–even though some may not actually contribute more than an expected amen. When someone is…

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Compatibilists Fail to Make Compatibilism Believable: The Frankfurt Counterexamples

By Ronnie W. Rogers / October 11, 2021 / Comments Off on Compatibilists Fail to Make Compatibilism Believable: The Frankfurt Counterexamples

In considering this article, remember that Compatibilism is the perspective of Calvinism regarding moral freedom and libertarianism is the perspective of Extensivism (non-Calvinism). Many compatibilists argue that what is known as the Frankfurt counterexamples demonstrate the falsehood of the principle of alternative possibilities (PAP) associated with libertarian freedom–that a person, in at least some scenarios,…

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Critical Race Theory, Social Justice, BLM and Marxism: The Connection

By Ronnie W. Rogers / September 27, 2021 / Comments Off on Critical Race Theory, Social Justice, BLM and Marxism: The Connection

Here is the path to better understand the Marxist nature of these ideologies. Neo-Marxist Herbert Marcuse and Antonio Gramsci laid the foundation of what is known as cultural Marxism. Mike Gonzalez has written a book, The Plot to Change America: How Identity Politics is Dividing the Land of the Free. He is also a policy…

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Calvinist Richard Muller Fails to Diminish Calvinism’s Micro-Determinism

By Ronnie W. Rogers / September 13, 2021 / Comments Off on Calvinist Richard Muller Fails to Diminish Calvinism’s Micro-Determinism

To soften the determinism of Calvinism, Calvinists must decrease the unflinching determinism of compatibilism.[1] Richard Muller seeks to do so through what he calls synchronic contingency. He says synchronic contingency “means that for one moment of time, there is a true alternative for the state of affairs that actually occurs.”[2] However, it is important to…

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Calvinist Paul Helm Fails to Acquit God of Causing Evil

By Ronnie W. Rogers / August 30, 2021 / Comments Off on Calvinist Paul Helm Fails to Acquit God of Causing Evil

Closely related to Calvinism’s problem with the fall is its problem with the presence of evil (See my articles The Word “Permit” Is As Micro-Determined as Everything Else; D.A. Carson Fails to Absolve God of Causing Evil, and Calvinism Fails to Absolve God from Causing the Fall ). The reality of evil is very problematic…

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Calvinist D.A. Carson Fails to Acquit God of Causing Evil

By Ronnie W. Rogers / August 16, 2021 / Comments Off on Calvinist D.A. Carson Fails to Acquit God of Causing Evil

D.A. Carson says of his position regarding moral freedom, “In the realm of philosophical theology, this position is sometimes called compatibilism. It simply means that God’s unconditioned sovereignty and the responsibility of human beings are mutually compatible.”[1] Commenting on Carson’s practice of improperly defining compatibilism (as he has done here), philosopher Paul Gould says, “Notice,…

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