What if someone else had to write your resume? Who would you pick to write it? What if I told you I was going to have a stranger write yours? Secretly, someone would watch you for a week, a month, a year; then based on what they saw, THEY would write your resume. How would you like that?
Carefully, he stares at the man before him. With a look of disappointment and disdain, he studies this all too familiar subject. That face. I know I’ve seen it before. But where? I feel as though I’ve always known him, and yet there is a great distortion. There is something I cannot place, but I beg of God to know.
In this final article, I will relate some reasons why I believe that Calvinism’s TULIP doctrine is NOT supported in scripture. Let me again list the Five Points as defined by Calvinism:
A preacher once jokingly said that he was going to write a book and entitle it The Top 10 Most Humble Men in the World, and How I Trained the Other Nine. Later he said he would write a sequel How I Obtained Humility. I think that’s hilarious, don’t you? Unfortunately, this kind of false humility is very much a reality in the lives of Christian men everywhere
Continue: A Biblical Journey in Personal Discipleship, features fourteen lessons that cover key Bible doctrines and personal applications. Continue is perfect for helping a new Christian become grounded in God's Word and develop a growing walk with Christ. Each lesson includes a straightforward outline with thorough support Scriptures and is written so anyone can easily teach. Additionally, each week includes daily devotions to encourage the new Christian to develop the habit of getting into God's Word.
In my first article, I discussed the definitions of the Five Points of Calvinism in the acronym “TULIP.” I shared with you that as I journeyed down the path of this religious philosophy, the Holy Spirit began to convict my heart toward the truth and away from the error of Calvinism. The following are some examples of what the Lord revealed to me and used to raise questions within me.
It should be no surprise that the world around us is contrary in every aspect to the things of God. What God seeks to establish in the heart of man, the lost world opposes with the highest disdain and what the world esteems in the flesh, God sees as an abomination in light of His Spirit.
Calvinism is one of the more controversial religious philosophies of our time. It has been debated more than any other religious topic since the Reformation. And now, after infecting all the various Protestant denominations, Calvinism is creeping into independent, fundamental, KJV only, Bible-believing churches. This is of grave concern to me.
I hope you’ve made time over the past week or so to prayerfully evaluate needed areas of growth in your life and set some goals for this New Year. Setting goals, however, is the easy part; living them out in day-sized pieces over the coming year is the challenge.