Category Archives: Election

God Is Not Fair: Reflecting on Patrick Mead’s Latest

Too good not to pass along. In a previous post, Patrick posed a common problem with how we understand God — We have used Gregory Boyd’s opening illustration in “God at War” of the mutilation and death of the beautiful … Continue reading

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Election: John 6:44 and the Passover, Part 3

John 12:32 But there’s more to it. You see, Jesus wasn’t trying to prove or disprove Calvin. He was speaking about something else entirely. To see it, we next return to — (John 12:32)  “But I, when I am lifted … Continue reading

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Election: John 6:44 and the Passover, Part 2

“Draw” And so, we come to John 6:44. (John 6:44)  “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.” Now, Jesus doesn’t suddenly change the … Continue reading

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Election: John 6:44 and the Passover, Part 1

Prevenient grace One of the standard proof texts for prevenient grace is — (John 6:44 ESV) No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. … Continue reading

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Election: “Those he called,” Part 2 (Paul)

Paul’s use of “called” So let’s take a fresh look at Paul’s use of “called,” which is surely informed by the prophetic use of the word. (Rom 1:5-6 NASB) through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about … Continue reading

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Election: “Those he called”

Paul frequently refers to Christians as being “called.” What does it mean? “Called” sounds so much like “invited.” Is that the meaning? Well, many have been invited and not responded! I mean, how many have heard the gospel message and … Continue reading

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Election: Further Conclusions

I keep thinking that I’m done with Election, but I never quite get there. I’ll try to keep this brief. To expand a bit on the previous post regarding Election, the Piper view of the perseverance of the saints, to … Continue reading

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Election: The Problem with Perseverance of the Saints, Part III

I just want to add this final note. If the Reformed/Calvinist view teaches, as Piper and many others teach, that someone who appears saved and later “falls away” was never really saved and if the Calvinist believes that those who … Continue reading

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Election: The Problem with Perseverance of the Saints, Part 2

Here’s how I’ve got it figured. I think Hebrews provides the solution. After all, Hebrews contains many of the great verses promising Christians confidence and security, but Hebrews also contains many of the direst warnings against falling away. Clearly, the … Continue reading

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Election: The Problem with Perseverance of the Saints, Part 1

A very long time ago — back when I had hair and was skinny — all the way back to high school that is — I had a date with a good Baptist girl. (I, of course, didn’t not let … Continue reading

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