God’s Sovereignty Is The Basis Of Evangelism

Have you ever considered on what basis Christians can evangelize the lost?  Now think about it a moment before you blurt out something like “because God tells us to”.  That is a true, God does indeed command us to evangelize but that does not address the basis for the evangelism.  So, what is the basis?

Alan Kurschner answers this question in this post over at Alpha & Omega Ministries.  He starts this way

God’s sovereign election is the only basis by which any believer has confidence to evangelize the lost. We do not know who the elect are in this lifetime, but what we do know with certainty is that there are elect out there.

All Christians, if they believe the Bible, must agree with this.  Read the rest of Alan’s post to see how he further explains this.  Let me know what you think.

Some Points to Consider When Examining Limited Atonement

I think I prefer the term Particular Redemption over Limited Atonement but the concept is the same.  In this article, Robertson lists several points in favor of limited atonement Roger Nicole made from chapter 5 of his book Our Sovereign Savior.  One of the best points is

The real issue is the design or intent of the Father when he sent his Son to die on the cross and purchase redemption for sinners.  Since all sinners do not get saved then there is either a limit in the effectiveness of the atonement or a limit in its intent.  Was God doing something to save all sinners and failed?  Or was God purchasing the salvation of the elect and succeeded?

I have heard this before.  I have used this myself.  I have yet to hear a reasonable response to this.  That does not mean that one does not exist but I have yet to encounter it.  Please read the list and leave a comment with your response to any one or all of them.

2 Peter 3:9 – Who does “all” refer to?

2 Peter 3:9   The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

Does 2 Peter 3:9 mean that God wants everyone to be saved?  Does all mean all all the time?  Can all ever mean something else?  Does this verse disprove the Doctrine of Election?  Lets see……..

This brief article, written by John Samson, seeks to explain this verse in context.  His explanation of this verse is the way I understand it too.  His conclusion is:

Rather than denying election, the verse, understood in its biblical context, is one of the strongest verses in favor of it.

Please take a moment to read the article to see how he comes to this conclusion.  Let me know what you think.

Do You Know My King?

Differences In How Calvinists And Arminians Interpret The Bible

Billy over at Classical Arminianism posted a great article today discussing how Calvinists and Arminians approach the interpretation of the Bible in different ways.  I agree completely with the points he makes.  Take a moment to read the post…it is worth it.

Differences Between Pelagians, semi-Pelagians, Arminians, Sub-lapsarians, and Supra-lapsarians

This article was posted over at the Society of Evangelical Arminians. The author uses an analogy to illustrate each. I am not sure if these are accurate and if they have any problems. I would be interested to see what you think of the analogies

IS GOD REALLY SOVEREIGN?

The question of God’s sovereignty is at the heart of all theology. The importance, or lack thereof, we place on it will influence every aspect of our theology. In most cases it seems that people make either God’s sovereignty or God’s love in the primary position of their theology. Calvinists will usually make God’s sovereignty primary while Arminians usually make God’s love primary.

Billy over at Classical Arminianism wrote a post answering this question. It is a good explanation of how classical Arminians look at the issue. I don’t agree with most of Billy’s conclusions but I respect his perspective and his passion for what he believes. I have no problem calling him a brother in Christ.

Read Billy’s post and let me know what you think.

Foundations: In the beginning…..

(Genesis 1:1) In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

This is the very first verse in the Bible. It is the foundation that the rest of the Bible builds upon. I have had the opportunity to teach this verse twice recently…once to my adult Sunday School class (from the Explore the Bible Sunday School curriculum) and once to my junior youth discipleship class (I have been teaching them through the Baptist Faith and Message). There is a great deal that we can take from this verse. I will list five in this post. You may have others. If so, feel free to share them.

  1. The beginning referred to in this verse is the beginning of our universe. Our universe had a beginning. That sounds like a no-brainer but there was a time when some people believed that our universe had existed eternally. Most scientists now understand that our universe had a definite beginning. For Christians, this has been a known fact for as long as we have had the Bible.

    • (Hebrews 1:10) And, “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands;

    • (John 1:2-3) (2) He was in the beginning with God. (3) All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
  2. At the beginning of our universe God already existed. In order for God to have created our universe then He would have had to have already existed. This is a simple logical argument.

    • (Revelation 22:13) I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

    • (Revelation 1:8) “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

    • (John 1:1-2) (1) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) He was in the beginning with God.
  3. God has always existed. Again, we will make a logical argument for this. The fact that something (anything) exists today means that something has always existed. Let me explain. If ever in all eternity past there was nothing, a complete void, then there would be nothing for eternity future. It is a basic natural law that something cannot come from nothing. Therefore, something must have existed (and will continue to exist) for all eternity. That something must have had the power to create other things. We, as Christians, believe that the something that has always existed is God.

  4. God is the Creator of all things. We are told in plain language that God created the Heavens and the Earth. This means everything.

    • (John 1:3) All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

    • (Psalms 102:25) Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.


  5. God is Sovereign over all His creation. To be sovereign means that God has the ability to define purpose and use for His creation. In other words, the Creator is always greater than the creation. God is creator and we are part of His creation. God’s sovereignty comes from His position of Creator

God’s Absolute Sovereignty

This article was posted over at Pulpit Magazine.  It was written by John MacArthur and discusses God’s sovereignty and human responsibility.  He makes the point that Scripture teaches both and briefly explains how this is possible.  It is worth the time to read it.

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