I am not one who likes to criticize Leighton Flowers for having such a narrow apologetic focus. Dr. Flowers’ ministry is dedicated entirely to refuting Calvinism, and this irritates many of his opponents, most notably, Dr. James White. While many take issue with Flower’s myopic apologetic, I do not. I believe that the wealth of access we have to information today is making the “jack-of-all-trades” … Continue reading Can Calvinists Have Assurance of Salvation?
Introduction Dr. Tim Stratton is very fond of a lengthy logical proof which attempts to both disprove Irresistible Grace, as well as prove Molinism. He calls this ten step refutation the “Omni Argument” due to the fact that He argues the traditional “omni” attributes of God (omnipotence, omniscience, and omnibenevolence) work against the Calvinist system. Here I will interact with the argument (The quotations are … Continue reading Answering Tim Stratton’s Ten Step Refutation of Irresistible Grace
As I have been reading through Chrysostom’s Homilies on Ephesians, I stumbled upon three very interesting quotations from his first sermon. Sola Fide? That you may not then, when you hear that He has chosen us, imagine that faith alone is sufficient, he proceeds to add life and conduct. To this end, says he, has He chosen us, and on this condition, that we should … Continue reading Three Interesting Quotations from Chrysostom
There is a very popular Roman Catholic apologist who runs a Youtube channel called “How to be Christian” (HTBC) which I so affectionately refer to as “How to be Papist.” HTBC made a video on justification in Romans 4 which I found contained very poor argumentation, so I made a response video. To my great surprise, HTBC saw it and commented with some questions. I … Continue reading “How to be Christian” Called Me Out!
The Power of Psalmody I have recently repented of the sin of not singing Psalms. I have been in control of the music at two separate churches and have never led the people of God in singing Psalms. I have started to bring them into our regular worship set lists at church. They have benefited our congregation in more ways than one. One of the … Continue reading “Replacement Theology” and Psalm Singing
This world is beautiful but badly broken. St. Paul said that it groans, but I love it even in its groaning. I love this round stage where we act out the tragedies and the comedies of history. I love it with all of its villains and petty liars and self-righteous pompers. I love the ants and the laughter of wide-eyed children encountering their first butterfly. … Continue reading H.P. Lovecraft, the Postmillenialist?
Contrary to the claims of many like Brian Zahnd that Substitionary Atonement (AKA Penal Substitution) is absent from the church fathers, the great Athanasius (298-373) shows very early evidence of Substitutionary Atonement (SA) in his great work “On the Incarnation.” I will provide a small sample of some of his quotations affirming his understanding of the doctrine (all citations come from my Kindle version, the … Continue reading Athanasius and Substitutionary Atonement
Leighton Flowers is dogmatic that his soteriological approach (which he refers to as “Provisionism”) cannot rightly be identified with the ancient heresy known as semi-Pelagianism (from here on out I will refer to it as one word, Semipelagianism). It has become common for those of us who disagree with him to level that accusation, and I would like to briefly explain why, in my estimation, … Continue reading Are “Provisionists” Semi-Pelagians?
Introduction In Greg Boyd’s brief commentary on 1 Samuel 15:11 he espouses his Openness reading of “divine repentance” or “divine regret.” From his perspective as an Open Theist, we must read God’s regret with common sense, assuming it means the same thing that it would mean for any person to regret a decision. Here is Boyd in his own words, Common sense would suggest that … Continue reading Open-Theism’s Most Unwise God
Introduction A friend of mine sent me a shocking Buzzfeed article. The article was a compilation of 17 reasons why young people today don’t want to have children. At first I was going to provide commentary on each quotation, but upon closer examination every reason was essentially exactly the same. Follow the link to see for yourself. They are different words which all boil down … Continue reading Secularism Hates Your Children