What is Reformed Theology?

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…

Spurgeon on being “legally dead”

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,…

Was Anyone Saved at the Cross

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…

The God Who Desires That Everyone Be Saved

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…

Three Reasons I’m a Calvinist

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…

Perseverance of the Saints

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,…