Friday, September 19, 2014

#Calvinism / #Arminianism Lecture 4-2 - Challenges to Total Depravity




In January 2014, Bible teacher Steve Gregg delivered a series of nine lectures that thoroughly cover the differences between the Calvinist and non-Calvinist positions. This is the second part of the fourth lecture, "Challenges to Total Depravity."
Read detailed notes on Steve Gregg's teaching on this subject at http://www.digitalministries.us/steve_gregg/text/crombie_sovereignty.pdf 



Friday, September 5, 2014

#Calvinism / #Arminianism Lecture 4-1 - Challenges to Total Depravity


In January 2014, Bible teacher Steve Gregg delivered a series of nine lectures that thoroughly cover the differences between the Calvinist and non-Calvinist positions. This is the first part of the fourth lecture, "Challenges to Total Depravity."

Total Depravity and Inability


Calvinist view: Man is too corrupt to even respond to God's overtures and to repent or believe



Genesis 6:5   

And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  




Jeremiah 13:23

Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil. 



Jeremiah 17:9   

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? 



John 6:44, 65

 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him....Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. 



John 8:44

 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 



John 15:5

He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 



Romans  3:10-12

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:  There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 



Romans  7:18

For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 



Romans  8:7-8

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.



I Corinthians 2:14

 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.



Ephesians  2:1

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins



Ephesians  4:17-19

This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.  
Non-Calvinist view: Repentance and faith are an option for any man, upon God's  prior  urging, to choose



Deuteronomy 30:19

I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live



Joshua 24:15

And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell



Proverbs 1:29

For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD



Isaiah 7:15-16

Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good. For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings. 



Isaiah 56:4-5

For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. 


 

Matthew 11:28-29

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 



Acts 2:40

And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. 



Acts 17:30

And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent



Romans 1:20-21

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse; Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.   

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A Defense of the 5 Points of Calvinism - #Arminianism / #Calvinism Lecture 3 - Steve Gregg




In January 2014, Bible teacher Steve Gregg delivered a series of nine lectures that thoroughly cover the differences between the Calvinist and non-Calvinist positions. "A Defense of the Five points of Calvinism" is the third lecture in that series.

Today Calvinism is known by an acronym: T.U.L.I.P.

    Total Depravity (also known as Total Inability and Original Sin)
    Unconditional Election
    Limited Atonement (also known as Particular Atonement)
    Irresistible Grace
    Perseverance of the Saints (also known as Once Saved Always Saved)

These five categories do not comprise Calvinism in totality. They simply represent some of its main points.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Calvinism Lecture 2, part 2 - Questions Raised Calvin / Augustine / Westminster Confession - Steve Gregg

Calvinism Lecture 2, part 2 - The Sovereignty of God in Scripture

Questions raised by the classical approach of Augustine/Calvin/Westminster Confession

1. If there is only One Will in the universe, how can man be held responsible?
2. Is God's will always done? If sowhy does He frequently complain?
3. Is God the author of sin? If so, why does He object to it?
4. Does prayer really affect anything?
5. Why are evangelism and, especially persuasion necessary?
6. Why do actual events not always conform to God's stated will?
7. Does this model of God's sovereignty have any biblical basis?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

#Calvinism Lecture 2, part 1 - The #Sovereignty of #God in Scripture - Steve Gregg


God's Sovereignty and Man's Salvation - Lecture 2, Part 1

About 400 AD, Augustine of Hippo attempted to syncretize Scripture with the fatalistic philosophy of Manicheanism. Augustine's blending of Pagan and Christian doctrines became the prevailing doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. Augustine is considered by some to be the Father of Roman Catholicism.

Eleven hundred years later, John Calvin broke from some aspects of the Roman Church, but not from Augustine's teachings on God's sovereignty and man's salvation. Calvin's teachings sprang from Augustine's, and what was previously known as Augustinianism has subsequently become popularly known as Calvinism.

Ever since Augustine, a debate has continued between his followers and those who hold to the pre-Augustine Biblical doctrine that God created humanity with real free will and, consequently, actual individual responsibility. 

In January 2014, Bible teacher Steve Gregg delivered a series of nine lectures that thoroughly cover the differences between the Calvinist and non-Calvinist positions. This is the first part of the second lecture, "The Sovereignty of God in Scripture."

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Distinctives of #Calvinism & Non Calvinism (#Arminianism) - Steve Gregg


This is a brand new 2014 version of Steve Gregg's series titled 

God's Sovereignty & Man's Salvation


About 400 AD, Augustine of Hippo attempted to syncretize Scripture with the fatalistic philosophy of Manicheanism. Augustine's blending of Pagan and Christian doctrines became the prevailing doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. Augustine is considered by some to be the Father of Roman Catholicism. Eleven hundred years after Augustine, John Calvin broke from some aspects of the Roman Church, but not from Augustine's teachings on God's sovereignty and man's salvation. Calvin's teachings sprang from Augustine's, and what was previously known as Augustinianism has subsequently become popularly known as Calvinism. Ever since Augustine, a debate has continued between his followers and those who hold to the pre-Augustine Biblical doctrine that God created humanity with real free will and, consequently, actual individual responsibility. In January 2014, Bible teacher Steve Gregg delivered a series of nine lectures that thoroughly cover the differences between the Calvinist and non-Calvinist positions. These are the video recordings of that important lecture series.

Steve's old lecture outlines and a student's detailed notes can be found at http://digitalministries.us/page9.html