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Dear Dr. Nettles

July 13, 2017

By Dr. Leighton Flowers
Director of Apologetics and Student Evangelism for Texas Baptists

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared at Soteriology 101 and is used by permission.

Yesterday I wrote this article in response to a publication authored by Dr. Tom Nettles which called churches to “get a Calvinist Pastor.”  Today I received a response from Dr. Nettles in the comment section that I would like to interact with more fully here.  He begins by responding to one sentence from my article: Continue reading

Decoding Calvinism | Part Two

February 19, 2016

Ronnie Rogers | Pastor
Trinity Baptist Church, Norman, OK

Decoding Calvinism: Does Unconditional Election Include a Forced Change, a Freely Chosen Change, or Both?

Click HERE for Part One.

Fourth, in this next part he elaborates on this new power to choose “spiritual good,” i.e. exercise free choice to believe, but keep in mind that this ability, as he has sequenced, comes only after the forced “renovation.” He says, “In the exercise of this new power, men are able to co-operate with the Spirit of God, guiding and directing them; and they do this, and do it, not by constraint, but willingly,—being led, under the influence of the news concerning Christ, and the way of salvation which He has opened up to and impressed upon them, and the motives which these views suggest, to embrace Christ, and to choose that better part which shall never be taken away from them.” Therefore, once man’s nature has been changed in the forced renovation, then and only then, man is enabled to “co-operate with the Spirit of God.” Continue reading

Decoding Calvinism | Part One

February 17, 2016

Ronnie Rogers | Pastor
Trinity Baptist Church, Norman, OK

Decoding Calvinism: Does Unconditional Election Include a Forced Change, a Freely Chosen Change, or Both?

There are many examples of confusing language regarding man’s free exercise of faith in Calvinism. Lewis Sperry Chafer responds to Arminians’ rejection of the term “sovereign grace” and their charge that such coerces or annuls the human will by saying, “No step can be taken in the accomplishment of His sovereign purpose which will even tend to coerce the human volition. He does awaken the mind of man to spiritual sanity and brings before him the desirability of salvation through Christ. If by His power, God creates new visions of the reality of sin and of the blessedness of Christ as Savior and under this enlightenment men choose to be saved, their wills are not coerced nor are they deprived of the action of any part of their own beings. It is the unreasoned objection of Arminians that the human will is annulled by sovereign election.”[1] Continue reading

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