I have been earnestly commanded to believe and confess this, and then also to die in this faith. I have no doubt that he bore the sin of St. Peter, St. Paul, and other saints; these were pious people, O that I were like St. Peter or St. I say this, not to commend Calvinism in any way, but to commend the grace of God which often over-rules to the salvation of souls. A most interesting example of this is with Calvin himself, who though he did not explicitly teach a limited atonement, certainly opened the door for this error with his theology for his successors.
I testify also and declare, that I suppliantly beg of Him, that He may be pleased so to wash and purify me in the blood which my Sovereign Redeemer has shed for the sins of the human race, that under His shadow I may be able to stand at the judgment-seat.
I hope you can understand my heart in this matter. I myself was once a Calvinist, and even advanced above many of my fellows in Calvinism. I read Calvinist books, studied at a Calvinist seminary, and commended Calvinism to my congregation. I was convinced that it was the truest expression of Biblical Christianity.
But God was gracious to show me that I was wrong. So I fight against Carlstadt, Zwingli, and others, because I would rather have them live than die and come to naught.
Stuart,Just a tip for next time. Assertions are not arguments. Exegete, exegete, exegeteUntil then…nobody is going to take you seriously. What exegesis do you exactly need when the truth is staring you in the face?
Stuart,Listen closely…. Exegete scripture. Not list passages, Not name early church fathersExegesis. Proper and thorough. All else is smoke, mirrors and blusterbob. Otherwise, the smoke and mirrors are clearly coming from your computer, not mine. How about we start with John ?
Is there an inaccuracy in my exegesis of Acts ? If not…then does not this support Calvinism? This is a basic exegesis of Acts Do you see an error specifically? If not, then Acts clearly is in support of Calvinism. All kinds of machinations are used to get around the fact that Acts says that when the Gentiles being preached to heard the word of God, those that were appointed believed.
It comes in a few flavors, the most common are: 1. They appointed themselves or disposed themselves 2. Their believe is what caused the appointment. Is it possible, given the grammar, syntax, and overall theme of the word, that these are viable options? I think not…read on:. Here is the verse: Acts When the Gentiles heard this, they began to rejoice and praise the word of the Lord, and all who had been appointed for eternal life believed. This hearing is what started the action that follows.
Does this align with scripture? So the meaning is simply all those who either did something, or had something done to them are being spoken about.
This is the group whom the Holy Spirit is speaking of. Paul and Barnabas were appointed to go and settle a debate, the church was the agent of the appointment, and Paul and Barnabas were the recipients of the action. This is the definition of the perfect tense:. What do we see about their belief? Here is what that means:. In the indicative mood, the aorist usually denotes past time, while an aorist participle usually refers to antecedent time with respect to the main verb.
It is the mood of assertion, where the writer portrays something as actual as opposed to possible or contingent on intention. In that whole paragraph did you deal with any scripture at all? Deal with that instead of attacks and assertions. Again…you will be taken more seriously if you do.
PS: did you get a chance to study my Acts exegesis? Are there errors that you can specifically point to that refute it? If not…should your understanding be subject to the word of God in this? You see, if a person truly holds to the false teaching of limited atonement, then he really cannot be a Christian at all.
The reason for this is that to be saved faith must be able to say that Christ died for MY sins, and faith must necessarily get this knowledge from the Word of God Rom. So if you do not believe that Christ died for all men, then how do you Robert know with full assurance that He died for you? You and I must each come to know with certainty that Jesus Christ died for our sins.
The universal atonement of Christ is the only Scriptural warrant to allow us in the door. Take that truth away, and you have nothing. God graces faith to those who believe that Christ covered their sins with His death.
If Christ died for the sins of everyone, then why does anyone perish? If He only died for some, then how do I know that I am part of that some? I am left with only my own subjective experience to make that discernment.
That is truly a sandy foundation, as I may well misinterpret my own experience, or the devil may trick me into thinking one way or another about it. But if Christ died for all as the Scriptures and the history of the church really do plainly affirm then all is very clear.
God gave me the ability to believe, therefore I know that Christ died for Me. Maybe I am not understanding your reasoning or question to me. Grace and Peace…ABClay. I had just barely browsed it in email. Longer than some of my friends who tend to write much.
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In the future, please be more focused with less text please. Anyways, Robert has answered you well from the beginning. On Christ.. How do you know the moment you have the slightest doubt that you can rely on your free-will faith decision that you are in Christ?