Category Archives for Calvinism

Enhancing Communication between Calvinists and Extensivists

April 7, 2017

By Ronnie Rogers, Pastor
Trinity Baptist Church Norman, Ok

Understanding and speaking consistently about the different views of Calvinists and Extensivists regarding man’s moral freedom is essential to a thorough and correct understanding of the Scripture and any meaningful discussion or evaluation of Calvinism in light of Scripture.[1] This is because our view of man’s moral nature and ability to choose is at the heart of virtually every discussion related to the Scripture. This includes our view of God, his person, work, and ways. Continue reading

Free Will In A Response Driven World

April 4, 2017

By Dr. Bob Hadley, Pastor
Westside Baptist Church Daytona Beach, FL

I am not a proponent of any discussion concerning the subject, “free-will.” The term itself is vague and ambiguous in and of itself. The whole idea that men are “free” to will what they choose, is in and of itself a losing argument even outside the field of theology. A man cannot of his own accord, choose to fly. He cannot step off a 20 story rooftop and “will” to land safely on the ground. He will land. Continue reading

Calvinists Say Blame and Honor Determined Man

March 8, 2017

By: Ronnie W. Rogers, Pastor
Trinity baptist Church, Norman, OK

The determinism of Calvinism is best understood as micro-determinism because it is not limited to the area of salvation (including reprobation). Well-known moderate Calvinist Millard Erickson, in contrasting Calvinism and Arminianism, says of Calvinism, “Calvinists believe that God’s plan is logically prior and that human decisions and actions are a consequence. With respect to the particular matter of the acceptance or rejection of salvation, God in his plan has chosen that some shall believe and thus receive the offer of eternal life. He foreknows what will happen because he has decided what is to happen. This is true with respect to all other human decisions and actions as well. God is not dependent on what humans decide. It is not the case, then, that God determines that, at times, what humans will do will happen, nor does he choose to eternal life those who he foresees will believe. Rather, God’s decision has rendered it certain that every individual will act in a particular way. (italics added) Continue reading