by Ronnie Rogers
3. Limited Atonement: Christ’s death is of infinite value, but He died salvifically only for the unconditionally elect.
Calvinism understands limited atonement to mean that Christ’s death did not in any eternally meaningful way pay for the sins of the non-elect. Thus, there is not even the remotest possibility of even one of the unconditionally non-elect experiencing salvation in spite of such opportunity being so lucidly and compellingly commanded and presented in the simple call of the gospel for everyone to repent and believe; correspondingly, this point, along with the aforementioned points, gives rise to the need for and creation of the extra-biblical “good faith offer.” Continue reading
by Ronnie Rogers
Before you make the TULIP your flower of choice, consider it in full bloom.
TULIP is used acronymically to succinctly point out the major emphases of Calvinism. I well understand that the use of the TULIP does not fully illustrate the depth and breadth of Calvinism. I do understand that some believe the acronym has outlived its usefulness. However, it still enjoys ubiquitous usage among Calvinists and non-Calvinists alike. I find this to be particularly true among those seeking to explain Calvinism to people who may demonstrate some interest in understanding Calvinism, or as a simple tool to convince young people of its biblical and systematic cogency. I am not considering this acronym in order to either portray Calvinism simplistically or inaccurately. Rather, I use it in the manner described by Roger Nicole when he said, “the five points provide a classic framework which is quite well adapted for the expression of certain distinguishing emphases of Calvinism.” Continue reading
by Walker Moore
Today, I’ve been sitting at my computer and thinking. But I’m not good at sitting. I want to be out and about, interacting with people. And I’m really not good at thinking. Do you know how hard it is and how much energy it takes? It’s probably a good thing I’m sitting while I’m thinking. After using all that energy to think, I don’t have any left to stand up.
Right now, I’m sitting here thinking about this column. For years, I’ve called it “Rite of Passage Parenting,” but in reality it should be called, “What Walker’s Thinking as he Sits in Front of His Computer.” But no one would read a column with that title. Maybe I should call it “Walker’s Ramblings.” That would be a more accurate label. Continue reading
by Johnathan Pritchett
Here’s how it works:
DallasNews.com posts a story about how CBS sports writer Gregg Doyel is attacking Dr. Robert Jeffress (pastor FBC Dallas) again in his latest article regarding NBA player Jason Collins announcing to the world that he is a homosexual. Sure enough, the entire story DallasNews.com ran on Doyel versus Jeffress is based on a toss away line that Doyel launched at Jeffress, which was a mere throwback to the article that basically made this sports writer famous when he launched a tirade at NFL quarterback and outspoken Christian Tim Tebow regarding his planned appearance to speak at FBC Dallas. Now, what is important here is that the toss away line aimed at Jeffress was at the very end of his recent article regarding Collins, and yet, DallasNews.com, and others, have written entire stories focusing on Doyel criticizing Jeffress, FBC Dallas, and their views. Continue reading