In our school, you didn’t get a paddling but “swats,” the number determined by the nature of the crime. The greater the crime, the more swats you got. The procedure was always the same: you bent over, grabbed your ankles and the appropriate number of swats would be applied. In all my years of elementary school, I can count on one hand the number of students who actually got a swat. The fear of the paddle alone straightened most of us out.
Sometimes it is argued that God has decreed everything. He has irresistibly determined who goes to Heaven and who goes to Hell. Therefore, each person bears only a secondary responsibility for His own destination. However, among other things, this totally ignores the responsibility every person has been given for how they respond to the gracious offer of God in Christ.
Do you pray and then act surprised when God answers? We oftentimes act like we really don’t expect God to answer our prayers.
Some Calvinists are attempting to impose Calvinism on Christian organizations that have traditionally been neutral with regard to Calvinism and Arminianism and have included both. They are often doing this under the guise of warding off open theism.
We don’t want to talk past each other! This is a common phrase heard when Calvinists and non-Calvinists discuss their differences. Yet, it almost always happens. One of the primary reasons for this is that many non-Calvinists come to the table already under the impression that their Calvinist brothers do not believe that man is free in any sense. Calvinists constantly speak as though their system allows for free will perfectly well. Is this true? Yes and no.