Category: Calvinism

Perseverance or Preservation?

By Rev. Bill Harrell, Senior Pastor, Abilene Baptist Church, Martinez, Georgia. A native of Tifton, Georgia, Rev. Harrell came to Abilene in January of 1981. He is married to the former Carolyn Gibbs, also of Tifton. They have three daughters. Recently, while in a discussion about the pervasive influence of Calvinism in our Southern Baptist Zion, […]

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Calvinism is Heretical: A Plea for Unity?

By Dr. Brad Reynolds Vice President for Academic Services Truett-McConnell College Were I to make the statement “Calvinism is heretical” and then claim “Traditionalists and Calvinists need to work toward unity and cooperation in the Southern Baptist Convention,” my Calvinist brethren could rightly question my sincerity concerning unity and cooperation. There are certainly some non-Calvinists […]

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The Lamb’s Book of Life:
Who’s In and Who’s Out?
By Ronnie Rogers – Part 4 of 4

Read Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 John MacArthur says that the book contains the names of all “those chosen for salvation.” As a Calvinist, this means that God unconditionally elected them to salvation, and they will receive the internal efficacious call, irresistible grace, resulting in regeneration followed by an inevitable free choice […]

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The Lamb’s Book of Life:
Who’s In and Who’s Out?
By Ronnie Rogers – Part 3 of 4

Read Part 1 | Part 2 Why the double-talk? As mentioned on several occasions throughout the book, within Calvinism there is a problem of what I call double-talk. By the use of this term, I am not implying immoral or clandestine trickery. Nor am I suggesting conspiratorial deceit. I must admit that upon reflection on […]

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The Lamb’s Book of Life:
Who’s In and Who’s Out?
By Ronnie Rogers – Part 2 of 4

Read Part 1 What does the text not say? Neither (13:8) nor any other references to the book state the deciding factor of how names came to be in the book. Calvinists treat the passage as though it does state the determining factor, which is God’s determination to elect some to salvation, and therefore record […]

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