A better understanding of the idea of power can aid us in understanding the love of God in partnership with his sovereignty. Leah Hartman shares what she learned about these dynamics in the context of her relationship with the man who would later become her husband.
What happens to those who have never heard the gospel? In today's article, Brian Shelton, a new expert on the scriptural basis for prevenient grace, explores how this Wesleyan theological theme might make a difference in the destiny of the unevangelized.
Some point to Romans 7 as the proof-text for the saint-sinner paradox, suggesting that if even the apostle Paul struggled with his unrelenting flesh, Christians must face defeat in certain areas of their Christian life. On the contrary, Ben Witherington suggests that ancient rhetoric illuminates the passage in a way that eliminates Paul as the subject of this passage and paints a more optimistic picture of God's sanctifying grace.
Beginning in the early days of the Methodist Revival, John Wesley’s position on predestination became a controversial issue. His friend and partner in ministry...
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Does Romans 9-11 teach Calvinist predestination? In this Seven Minute Seminary, Ben Witherington explains that Paul's aim is to refute the idea that God now favored the Romans, or Gentiles, rather than the Jews. In the process, he explains how the terms predestination, election, and salvation relate—or don't relate—to one another.
Jacob Arminius may well be one of the most misunderstood figures in Protestant theology. Despite the widespread influence of Arminius’ theology in many churches and denominations, many of both his supporters and his opponents grossly misunderstand Arminius and his thought. Taylor Brown reviews the book, Reconsidering Arminius: Beyond the Reformed and Wesleyan Divide.
"Now some Calvinists clearly understand the logic of their position, and do not shrink from this implication. Classic Calvinist theologian Arthur W. Pink wrote: 'when we say God is sovereign in the exercise of His love, we mean that He loves whom He chooses. God does not love everybody.'”
This lecture on C.S. Lewis and Calvinism was given by Jerry Walls at Azusa Pacific University on March 28, 2014. http://youtu.be/_eQKu3_9pgk
One of the most insidious tendencies is to see all of Scripture through the lens of Romans. This bias goes way back in history.