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Once Saved Always Saved? “BOLOGNA!”, I say:

{This article is a bit lengthy, but I hope not without benefit to the reader.}

There is one question that has been asked by 99.9999999% of professing Christians at some point in their life – “How do I know I’m saved?”. And there are multiple ways we have attempted to answer this question in a biblically comforting way.  Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Calvinism & Arminianism:

My friend, Heather, is a God-chaser. Although we don’t always come to the same conclusions on miniscule matters her blog (Growup318.com) is a source of encouragement and enjoyment.

She has structured the month or March to contain a series of guest posts and has graciously given me the opportunity to take part in that. (you can read it here).

The subject I address concerns a much heated topic in the church today (especially in America). A topic as hot as it was in the 1500’s. I bet you can’t guess what it is!  =]

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2011 in Calvinism/Arminianism

 

Semper Reformanda

Many are probably familiar with the 5 Solas of the Reformation: Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide, Solus Christus, Sola Gratia, and Soli Deo Gloria (Scripture alone, Faith alone, Christ alone, Grace alone, To the glory of God alone), especially the “Reformed” folk; but there is another reformation cry that is often overlooked, and if acknowledged, mostly just paid lip service – Semper Reformanda (always reforming). One of my friends has said many times that he has no problem with the Reformed camp other than the “ed”. They’ve read men of the reformation, men God has greatly used by the way, and have found their set of doctrine. They hold to it and call themselves “Reformed”. And herein lies the problem. They have ceased reforming. It’s as if they have attained the status of “REFORMED” and now need to progress no further. But this is the very spirit that was opposed to the reformation they claim to support.

And lest there be any reading this who would like to draw your dagger and take a stab at those “heretical Calvinists” (by the way, not all reformed men were/are Calvinists) let me say that you have done the same thing. We think we’ve got all of Christianity figured out. We treat the Bible like an instruction manual for putting a bookshelf together instead of seeing that Christianity is a relationship with Jesus Christ – Truth incarnate. (I’ve mentioned that in a previous post, so I won’t go into it again here.)

It’s an important cry for the church to proclaim with our lips and all our heart, for if we are not truly Semper Reformanda, then we don’t really come to Scripture to let it shape us. Rather we come to it to try to support our already correct doctrinal stances. When we cease to be Semper Reformanda we cease to be sola Scriptura and when Scripture alone is out the window Christianity follows it. We are to always approach the Scriptures with humility, yet the not hold to Semper Reformanda is to approach the Scriptures with arrogance and an unteachable spirit.

So, to those who call themselves reformed, and to those who abhor the title I ask – are you Semper Reformanda, or do you have Jesus all figured out?

 

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By THIS shall all men know…

The thing that Jesus said would boldly declare to the world that we are His disciples is not the fighting we have among ourselves over petty issues such as Bible translation and musical style, nor is it by separating over the finer points of one’s definition of election. Rather, our LORD said that the defining factor that the world will see and know that we are followers of Jesus is the love that we have one for another.

Johnny Hunt has some encouraging words, in my opinion, and I would like to share them with you. There are two issues he mentions and I intend to address the second one on this coming Monday. The one I want to emphasize today is one that has been on my mind lately – Calvinism vs. Arminianism/non-Calvinism. Can we still be friends, and work together in kingdom work? And if we can, should we? Of, Must we continue to argue over election? I believe that the answer to questions 1 and 2 is “yes”, and the answer to 3 is “No”. Not saying we cant have our discussions among each other and lovingly listen to the other side, being willing to change if convinced by Scripture; but to name the opposing view “heretical”, I’m just not sure that’s warranted.
What say you?


 

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