Reformed theology is one expression of historic Christianity. Dead theologians like John Calvin, Martin Luther, John Owen, Jonathan Edwards, and Charles Spurgeon represent this stream of evangelicalism. Modern day theologians and pastors like John Piper, D.A. Carson, Wayne Grudem, R.C. Sproul, Tim Keller, and J.I. Packer fall into this tradition as well. In his book Bloodlines, John Piper writes how he loves the legacy of Reformed theology: I speak of love for this legacy the way I speak of loving a cherished photo of my wife. I say, “I love that picture.” You won’t surprise me if you point out, “But that’s not your wife, that’s … Continue reading What is Reformed Theology?
Spurgeon explains what it means to be legally dead before God (from a sermon on John 5:40, “You refuse to come to me that you may have life”). No being needs to go after life if he has life in himself. The text speaks very strongly when it says, “Ye will not come unto me, that ye might have life.” Though it saith it not in words, yet it doth in effect affirm that men need a life more than they have themselves. My hearers, we are all dead unless we have been begotten unto a lively hope. First, we … Continue reading Spurgeon on being “legally dead”
A guest post by Jordan Esmay Below is a link to an article written by James White. James White is a leading Protestant Christian apologist. His ministries website is here. A friend of mine who is not explicitly Reformed in his theology read it and said it was the first time he had thought about the issues discussed like Mr. White presented them. Was Anyone Saved at the Cross? by James White Continue reading Was Anyone Saved at the Cross
In 1 Timothy 2:4, Paul writes that “[God]…desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” God wants everyone to glorify and enjoy him forever. This is why we pray for people. However, our prayers are rooted in God’s desire for people to be saved, not our faith or our fervency in prayer. We must say at this point that not everyone is in fact saved. Because of this, we have three possibilities to consider about God: We have a God who has actually has two wills in that he desires all to be … Continue reading The God Who Desires That Everyone Be Saved
In Christianity there are a lot of perspectives/traditions that people draw from to formulate their theological doctrines. For the longest time, I was the average Classical Arminian Evangelical American Christian (long name, huh?). As I’ve learned more Scripture and how to interpret, God has settled me into the Reformed theological tradition. Otherwise known to most people as Calvinism. I define Calvinism (or Reformed theology) as that perspective which holds to the five Solas of the Reformation, the the five doctrines of grace (TULIP), and adheres to the Westminster Confession or Heidelberg Catechism. With that, here are three reasons I’m a Calvinist: I want Jesus Christ to get all … Continue reading Three Reasons I’m a Calvinist
Part 5 in a 5 part series. View series intro and index. We are now at the last doctrine in the TULIP acronym: Perseverance of the Saints. If everything that has been written before this is true, that we are totally depraved, we are unconditionally elected apart from any works, that Christ atoned for a particular people, and that the Holy Spirit overcomes all resistance in order to call certain people to himself, then it holds that no one whom God elects will be lost. They will persevere. Perhaps a better name for this doctrine would be “Preservation of the Savior, Perseverance … Continue reading Perseverance of the Saints