Reformed theology emphasizes that our entire salvation is due to God’s faithfulness, not ours. Yet precisely because this is true, we want to be faithful.
Regardless of what individuals teach, our confessions teach that human beings are never forced to believe or do anything against their will.
I would add one myth that would top all of these five myths; in fact, this is way more popular than all myths about Reformed Christianity. What is this myth?
What would you do if you were in their shoes? (Notice, it’s not, “What would Jesus do?”)
“Revival itself is a confusing metaphor for spiritual life. It suggests someone who was alive, died, and is now brought back to life. How helpful can it be to use this image with reference to a person who is not regenerate?”
So if Christ died for those who are now and will be in hell, what becomes of Christâ€™s death on the cross for him: Useless! Makes no sense! Infinitely unfair to our Suffering Servant!
A study on 2 Peter 3:9. Like a just human judge, God does not delight in sentencing the wicked to eternal punishment, but because he is holy, he is at the same time pleased that his righteousness is satisfied.
“Apart from election, no one will be saved because we are all totally depraved. Election compels evangelism. Election leads to holiness. Rejecting particular redemption leads to a confusion among the Persons of the Trinity in the work of salvation.” — Dr. Joel R. Beeke
The current discussion in this blog about the recent PCUSA General Assembly has led to some other threads of thought, including the Westminster Standards and early Presbyterianism in the Philippines, especially with regards to the founding of the Iglesia Evangelica Unida de Cristo (Unida Evangelical Church).
The first time I talked to a Christian friend about the doctrine of “limited” atonement, the reaction was immediate shock and indignation: “That’s so wrong!” “That can’t be true!” Out of the notable “five points of Calvinism,” two usually generate heated conversations: “unconditional election” and “limited atonement.” Both doctrines evoke images of a whimsical divine puppetmaster who amuses himself by toying with his created beings.