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."