Calvinism/Extensivism

Why Some Theological Non-Calvinists Identify as Calvinists

By Ronnie W. Rogers / October 14, 2019 / Comments Off on Why Some Theological Non-Calvinists Identify as Calvinists

While many don the designation Calvinist because they have endeavored to learn all aspects of Calvinism and are thereby convinced that it provides the most cogent, comprehensive, and consistent grid through which to understand Scripture, others adopt the label less nobly. Of this latter kind, it seems to me many assume the title Calvinist because…

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God’s Essential Omniscience Does Not Require Calvinism’s Determinism

By Ronnie W. Rogers / September 30, 2019 / Comments Off on God’s Essential Omniscience Does Not Require Calvinism’s Determinism

In both Calvinism and Extensivism, God knows all that could happen, and all that will happen.[1] The difference is in how he knows. According to Calvinism, his knowledge of what could and will happen is based upon his micro-determination.[2] Another way of saying God knows what could happen is God knows what he could determine…

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Did God Create Some People for Wrath? Well No! Romans 9:19-23

By Ronnie W. Rogers / August 19, 2019 / Comments Off on Did God Create Some People for Wrath? Well No! Romans 9:19-23

Romans 9:22-23 is often cited to demonstrate God’s sovereign choice in creating some people for eternal destruction so that he might demonstrate his wrath while making other people to be recipients of his eternal mercy. This understanding highlights God’s eternal, unconditional election. This way, God could put his wrath and mercy on display, which otherwise…

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Did God Hardening Pharaoh Damn Him? Well No! Romans 9:17-18

By Ronnie W. Rogers / July 1, 2019 / Comments Off on Did God Hardening Pharaoh Damn Him? Well No! Romans 9:17-18

As mentioned in my previous article on Jacob and Esau (Rom 9:10-13), Calvinists use Romans chapters 9-11 as the undeniable evidence of Calvinistic soteriology, defending both unconditional election and reprobation. Regarding chapter 9, B.B. Warfield says, “It is safe to say that language cannot be chosen better adapted to teach Predestination at its height.”[1] As…

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Does God Hate Esau? Well No! Romans 9:6-16

By Ronnie W. Rogers / June 4, 2019 / Comments Off on Does God Hate Esau? Well No! Romans 9:6-16

Calvinists use Romans chapters 9-11 as the undeniable evidence of Calvinistic soteriology, defending both unconditional election and reprobation. A.W. Pink says, “Romans 9 contains the fullest setting forth of the doctrine of Reprobation.”[1] John Piper says that Jacob and Esau “were appointed for their respected destinies before they were born.”[2] In response, to give the…

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My Interview About: Does God Love All or Some?

By Ronnie W. Rogers / May 28, 2019 / Comments Off on My Interview About: Does God Love All or Some?

If you would like to listen to my interview with Leighton Flowers about my new book, “Does God Love All or Some?”, here is the link to the podcast on Soteriology 101. The interview is entitled, “Calvinistic Pastor of Thirty Years Recants Calvinism”.  

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Calvinism Is of God and Extensivism (non-Calvinism) Is of Man: Really?

By Ronnie W. Rogers / December 10, 2018 / Comments Off on Calvinism Is of God and Extensivism (non-Calvinism) Is of Man: Really?

Although I do not accept Calvinism as reflective of God or his plan of salvation as depicted in Scripture, I do maintain the following. Whether God chose to save man according to the teachings of Calvinism or Extensivism, salvation is all by grace. I further believe he could have chosen either way; since, in either…

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Calvinism Diminishes God

By Ronnie W. Rogers / October 15, 2018 / Comments Off on Calvinism Diminishes God

Calvinism’s endeavor to exalt God by emphasizing compatibilism, unconditional election, and monergism actually diminishes God.[1] One simply cannot diminish the work of the Creator without diminishing its Creator, which Calvinism does by strapping man with compatibilism, whereby man was created to inevitably sin and be totally passive prior to regeneration.

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God, Creation, and Sin: Calvinism’s Dilemma

By Ronnie W. Rogers / August 20, 2018 / Comments Off on God, Creation, and Sin: Calvinism’s Dilemma

The Bible is clear that God loves righteousness and holiness, abhors sin, and desires his creation to choose righteousness and holiness. This is evident prior to the fall (Gen 2:17), immediately subsequent to the fall as seen in his swift judgment upon sin (Gen 3:14-24); the repeated calls for holiness prior to his covenant with…

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Can Human Acts like Prayers and Childrearing Really Affect Someone’s Salvation?

By Ronnie W. Rogers / August 7, 2018 / Comments Off on Can Human Acts like Prayers and Childrearing Really Affect Someone’s Salvation?

Both Calvinists and Extensivists (non-Calvinists) speak as though things such as prayers, trials, miracles, preaching, testimonies, child rearing, education, and other influences play a vital part in salvation; these, along with a host of other influences may be categorized as events. It seems as though we all really mean these kinds of events play a…

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