What about Those Who Never Hear the Gospel: The Old Testament

In Part 1 we looked at the argument that is supposed to demonstrate Extensivists (non-Calvinists) have their own form of election since, as they contend, God does not give everyone a chance to hear the gospel and be saved. We saw their argument fails to be convincing. Still to further clarify and amplify upon God’s salvific love for everyone, some of his salvific work in the Old Testament is worth considering. That is the focus  of Part 2. This will be followed by a look at what the New Testament says about this and then we will, in Part 4, look at the issue of Foreordination and Foreknowledge. Continue reading →

What about Those Who Never Hear the Gospel: Analyzing the Argument

This is the first article in a four-part series. In this article, I address the argument given by Calvinists against Extensivists’ (non-Calvinists) claim that God salvationally loves every person, and, therefore, every person can be saved. The second will address this challenge from the Old Testament. The third will address it from the New Testament, and the fourth and final article will address the question by considering the issue of foreknowledge and foreordination. I believe these articles will demonstrate that God does truly love, desire, and provision for every person to be saved; therefore, Calvinism and its exclusivist doctrines are wrong and unbiblical. Continue reading →

The End of Roe vs. Wade, Thanksgiving

Yes, there will continue to be pro-life battles to fight. But today, I celebrate the mightiest pro-life victory in half a century, made on June 24, 2022. President Trump will go down in history as the president God used to overturn Roe v. Wade, a day I will never forget!

Thank you, President Trump, for your courageous pro-life stand and never bowing to representatives in Congress who treasured killing innocent babies.

Thank you, Associate Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett, who made up the court’s majority in this watershed ruling. Alito writes in the majority opinion saying, “We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any provision therein.” Thank you, Justices, for reenthroning the US Constitution and the rule of law.[1]

Thank you, Attorney General Lynn Fitch of Mississippi and other pro-life leaders in Mississippi, for supporting Dobbs in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.[2]

Thank you to all who faithfully fought for the sanctity of life and the end of Roe v. Wade over the last half century. Thank you for speaking loudly, courageously, and for never giving up.

The praise of millions of babies in heaven who died because of the wicked hearts and hands of pro-abortionists is one of thanksgiving to you. The song of babies today and tomorrow will be one of thanks for your struggle for every baby’s life from now on.

Now let us prayerfully stand for the preborn in our states and end abortion!

 


[1] Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. voted for the Mississippi ban but voted against overturning Roe. He wrote, “Surely we should adhere closely to principles of judicial restraint here, where the broader path the Court chooses entails repudiating a constitutional right we have not only previously recognized, but also expressly reaffirmed applying the doctrine of stare decisis,” https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/who-voted-against-roe-v-wade-how-each-supreme-court-justice-ruled-on-overturning/2866182/  accessed 7/27/22.
[2] Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization banned most abortion operations after the first 15 weeks of pregnancy. It was prevented from being acted on in the state of Mississippi by the 1992 case of Casey v. Planned Parenthood, which prohibited states from banning abortion prior to viability. SCOTUS overturned this ruling with Roe.

 

Following Christ in the Practice of Church Discipline

If the SBC valued church discipline in the way that Christ does, I suggest we would not find ourselves in our current hour of distress. Moreover, if we do not begin to value and follow His commands on how to deal with unrepented of sin in the church, we shall never free ourselves from our present tribulation. Although sin, most certainly, needs to be dealt with at the entity level in which it is found, that does not replace the biblical teaching of local church discipline. To follow Christ, the local church must exercise New Testament church discipline. Continue reading →

If Only You Would Ask: Praying God’s Conditional Promises

Although prayer is central to the Christian life, and God promises that some things will turn out differently if we pray than if we do not, prayer does contain some confusing elements. I seek to help us overcome some of the morebuy-now-icon confusing elements that discourage us from praying as we should. The confusion arises from a deep sense of not understanding how prayer really can change me, other people, things, and events or outcomes in light of the biblical teachings like God’s sovereignty, praying “Your will be done,” predestination, and God’s eternal foreknowledge of every future event. So that we can pray in faith and confidence, I seek to answer questions that can seriously discourage passionate praying such as:

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Why I Am an Incrementalist/Eliminationist and Not an Abolitionist

“Vindicate the weak and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and destitute. Rescue the weak and needy; Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked” (Ps 82:34).[1]

Since every human life is made in the image of God and human life begins at conception, we should desire and seek to overturn the 1973 SCOTUS decision and its offspring that made abortion on demand a right protected by law. In all instances in which I speak of the elimination of abortion, I retain the exception of saving the mother’s life, which is an extreme rarity. I mention it only for clarity. Continue reading →

The SBC Waltzing into the Ballroom of Marxism: Why CRT and IN Are Not Neutral Analytical Tools

By now, most know that the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Birmingham, Georgia, in June 2019, passed Resolution 9 that promoted using critical race theory (CRT) and intersectionality (IN) as analytical tools. The premise to legitimize their use was to use them as analytical tools and thereby separate them from their Marxian origin, influence, and usage. To wit, being used as merely analytical tools, we could neutralize or possibly even Christianize them for good. The problem with the premise is that the leading critical race theorists refer to them as analytical tools, and Marxists refer to Marxism as an analytical tool. That is to say, seeing them as analytical tools does not ipso facto sanctify them. Continue reading →

Why I, as a Non-Calvinist, Support Tom Ascol for SBC President

As many know, I am adamantly against Calvinism’s soteriology and have written numerous articles and three books laying out my reasons. I am an Extensivist, which means I believe God’s salvational love extends to every person. Accordingly, he has provided salvation for every person, which they can receive by faith, something that he desires every person would do. Nevertheless, I heartily support Dr. Tom Ascol for President of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Continue reading →

God Demonstrates His Salvational Love for All through Israel

Frequently, it seems, we think of the New Testament as demonstrative of God’s salvific love for all and the Old Testament as demonstrative of God’s holiness. While the Old Testament does demonstrate God’s holiness, it also demonstrates his heart for all to come to know him as the one true God before it is everlastingly too late. (See my article, God Demonstrates His Salvific Love for All Through Pharaoh) Continue reading →

God Demonstrates His Salvational Love for All through Pharaoh

We can safely say, prior to the death of Christ on the cross, one was still saved by faith, and God was righteous to forgive one’s sin based upon the merits of the gospel that Christ would die for the sins of the world (even though one could not as yet hear and believe in the gospel proper). This forgiveness covers sins committed before and after his death on the cross (John 1:29; 1 John 2:2). This reminds us that the salvific work of Christ is ontologically necessary (will necessarily and certainly take place as we now know it did) for the salvation of anyone at any time, even though it may not be epistemologically necessary (one did not have to know in detail how and when as we now know and understand). Continue reading →