Does God Love All or Some? Comparing Biblical Extensivism and Calvinism’s Exclusivism

My most recent book “Does God Love All or Some?” includes thirty-four chapters that address Calvinist arguments such as libertarian freedom undermines God’s sovereignty, rejecting Calvinism requires a weak view of depravity, what about those who never hear the gospel? I show how we know God’s salvific love is Extensive, extends to every person, rather than limited to Calvinism’s exclusive group, the unconditionally elected. I establish how we know God gives every person an opportunity to be saved, and how human acts like prayer really can affect a person’s salvation, something which true Calvinism precludes. Continue reading →

The Paradox of Christmas

On Christmas, we give thanks and celebrate Christ humbling himself and being born a baby boy in order to die for the sins of the world (John 1:29). That is the greatest gift and message of Christmas; may Christ’s humility, which made the Christmas message possible, be seen in us.

“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who . . . humbled Himself” (Phil 2:5, 8).

He who had no beginning was born. Continue reading →

Why Christian Involvement in Politics is Essential to World Missions

Some say conservative Christians should not be involved in politics because it distracts from the gospel. We will offend some with our stand on issues or our support of candidates. Because of that, some will be unwilling to listen to the gospel. I do not believe this is reflective of the nature of Scripture, and I consider it a dangerous idea which can hinder the propagation of the truth and the gospel so long as our positions and character are reflective of Scripture. Continue reading →

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 religious persecution and loss of almost all worldly possessions. Many had died during the grueling voyage to the new land, and those that survived faced many more hardships that are so dramatically more treacherous than the difficulties faced by Americans today that we cannot quite grasp the gravity of it except romantically.

Yet, with bountiful food and the freedom to worship God, they gave thanks many times each day, but on this day in a most festive and worshipful way.

Let us not forget: Thanksgiving is an act of worship by God’s people. It is our thankfulness to Him for what He has done and does. Thus, from the vantage point of heaven, complaining must be a most sacrilegious act of self-absorption.

This Thanksgiving, celebrate it as an act of faith and worship, fulfilling the will of God. “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

How to Walk in Forgiveness without Undermining the Gospel

As Christians, we are to forgive those who trespass against us (Matt 6:12; 18:22; Mark 11:25-­26). Frequently, Christians say they are seeking to be forgiving as God is by forgiving someone who sinned against them, regardless of whether the person repents or is even remorseful for his sin. They may say, well, I just love them and forgive them as God does. But the question is, is that forgiveness flowing from God’s love? Continue reading →

Some Thoughts on Trump from a Once Reluctant Trumper

This election is between President Trump and Senator Biden. But it is much more. It is a choice between American Freedom and Marxian Socialism. The election surrounds non-negotiables: heterosexual marriage, normality of heterosexuality, creation of only male & female, sacredness of human life, religious freedom, and pro-private property (Ex 20:15,17). None of which find a home in the Democratic platform, Democrats’ unified sentiment, and the position of Joe Biden. To vote for someone who does not have a chance to win, not vote, or vote for Biden is a vote from which America may not recover. A little election history can be helpful. Continue reading →