The Price of Admission

How great is God’s love? Even as I write this, I’m drawn to a particular hymn and the precious words thereof:

“To God be the glory, great things He hath done;

So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,

Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,

And opened the life gate that all may go in.”

What is the price of admission to eternity? Who paid it? As our look at the contrast between Calvinism and Arminianism continues this week, we will specifically consider who he paid it for…

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A Chosen Few vs. the Choices of a Few

You know, this topic here, this debate into which I have wadded, is not an easy one. It’s full of sore issues and harsh realities and no small amount of hostility. Even so, there is merit – I believe – in digging in, in really trying to see what the Scriptures are trying to reveal to us. As we continue along, you will see that the extent – indeed, even the very existence – of will power is again at the forefront…

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The debate between Calvinism and Arminianism is one that impacts (to the extent they take it seriously) an individual’s personal theology, and – by extension – how they subsequently minister to those around them. One’s stock in either of these positions, either wholly or otherwise some combination of the two, effects their understanding of human nature, the origin of evil, the will of God, the will of man, the condition of salvation, and the authority of the Scriptures. Though many are unaware of the debate itself, in reality it’s kind of a big deal…

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A Quiet Debate

Many, many churchgoers are happily unaware of a particularly troubling philosophical struggle that has rippled behind the scenes for several centuries. Though the average congregational member isn’t engaged in this debate, the weight of the arguments on both sides hold dramatic implications for how our churches view the lost, how believers view their salvation, and how we all view our great God. The battle concerns nothing less than our individual relationship with God and how we are saved… Continue reading “A Quiet Debate”

Waiting on the Bridegroom, Part 10

The foolish demanded the oil of their sisters, but what do we see instead?

Verses 9 – 10 read:

“But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

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