Focus

”Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God“ (2 John 9). Notice John does not say, “Anyone who doesn’t believe in a literal seven day creation does not have God.” He does not say, “Anyone who doesn’t believe in post-millenial eschatology does not have God.” (And…

Predestined Controversy: Epilogue

Originally, I planned to write two posts about predestination (Part 1, Part 2).  I guess you could say I predetermined this.  Then I changed my mind  😉 Romans 8:33 says “Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect?  God is the One who justifies.”  How strange it seems to imagine election or predestination occurring apart…

Predestined Controversy (Part 2)

In my last post, I asked readers to respond to John Calvin’s comments on predestination.  So far, there have been no comments.  Maybe this is a subject people don’t want to touch with a 10-foot pole!  If there are any brave souls out there, feel free to comment on this post or the last one.  I…

Predestined Controversy

I have been reading John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion…for about a year.  It’s an enormous, exhaustive work of theology.  Ironically, Calvin laments that he has a love of brevity and is unable to expound on religious matters as thoroughly as his forebears.  If Calvin hadn’t loved brevity, I shudder to think of how much…