God, Creation, and the Presence of 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 Israel (Gen 7:1, 15:6, 18:19), to Israel (Lev 11:44, 19:2, 20:7), in the gospels (Matt 3:2; 5:6, 20, 48; 6:33; 11:20), and to the church (Eph 5:3–9; 1 Pet 1:15–16). Calvinists unwaveringly claim to believe this as much as Extensivists do.[1] However, their commitment to decretal theology and compatible freedom of mankind with its resultant micro-determinism, upon closer scrutiny, does seem to eviscerate such obvious teachings of Scripture.[2] Continue reading →

Donors Call For An Investigation Into The Firing Of Dr. Paige Patterson

Twenty-six large financial supporters have sent a letter to SWBTS Board Chairman Mr. Ueckert and the Executive Committee. The letter records charges of several errors, including lack of biblical moral dignity, legal infractions, and Bylaw breaches that were made by the Board, particularly Chairman Ueckert and the Executive Committee.  The letter calls for an investigation into the board’s actions regarding Dr. Paige Patterson.

This letter is an important read, which provides an essential perspective regarding the actions of the Trustees under the leadership of Mr. Ueckert. Here is the link to the actual letter.

To see other important actual documents regarding allegations and actions by SWBTS trustees and my perspective regarding Dr. Patterson, see my article, Dr. Paige Patterson: Things you need to Know.

Did Jesus Really Believe in Unconditional Election and Irresistible Grace for some?

I just concluded a six-week series on John 12:27-50 entitled The Dynamic of the Gospel Encounter. This passage gives extraordinary insight into what actually transpires when the gospel is shared. In this series, I contrast the perspective of Calvinism and Extensivism. That is to say, does the passage teach that God unconditionally elected some to salvation, or does it teach that He designed His plan of redemption to comprehend the unconditional offer of salvation to everyone while making the reception of the benefits of the gospel conditioned upon grace-enabled faith? Continue reading →

Homosexuality: Know the facts

Since the Supreme Court decision to legalize homosexual marriage, no one can escape being affected by this sweeping decision. Citizens must realize what has and is going to continue to happen. As I mentioned in a previous article, the loss of religious liberty may very well prove to be one of the great , if not the greatest, losses to American Citizens.

This article in the Weekly Standard is well worth your time. It is informative, alarming, and I believe foreboding.

A Response to bloggers on SBC Today

As noted earlier, SBC Today published an interview with me regarding my book, Reflections of a Disenchanted Calvinist, as well as a four part series on my chapter entitled “The Lamb’s Book of Life: who’s in and who’s out?

As you can imagine, there were many responses. The editor of SBC Today has been kind enough to allow me to respond to several bloggers comments that I think need a word of clarification or correction.

The site indicates that my responses will be published Saturday July, 27 2012.

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