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04 May 2018

F. Leroy Forlines on Faith as a Gift of God

Faith is not some substance that exists outside of us that is to be given to us. It is an experience that must take place within us. That is the only way we can have faith. Faith is a gift in the sense that God gives to us the aid that is necessary, without which we could not exercise faith. It is not a gift in the sense that it is not an exercise of our own personality.
—F. Leroy Forlines, Classical Arminianism: A Theology of Salvation, ed. J. Matthew Pinson (Nashville, TN: Randall House, 2011), p. 258

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01 April 2018

John 13.35: A Hyper-Calvinistic Paraphrase

J. D. Gallé | Sunday, 1 April 2018 

‘In this shall everyone know that you are authentic, unconditionally elected disciples of mine: if you are faithful in cherishing, relentlessly promulgating, and hailing the theological and soteriological splendours of subscribing to uniquely Reformational, Calvinistic, Zwinglian doctrines (especially in highly questionable or wholly inappropriate contexts), and casting off as evil the name of those pretending to be my disciples who adhere to anything that doctrinally reeks of Arminian, non-Calvinistic, or free-will theistic thought.’ (Jn 13.35)

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26 March 2018

Forsake and Follow

Whatever sins you might be holding on to, now is the time to forsake them and follow the Lord Jesus Christ.

15 March 2018

The Principled, Authentic Christian

J. D. Gallé | Thursday, 15 March 2018

        The principled, authentic Christian abstains from worldly, secular music. S/he eschews sporting events, the cinema (i.e. the movie theatre), pubs, and the consumption of alcoholic drinks. S/he is not adorned with jewellery and/or immodest, ostentatious attire. Lastly, s/he avoids chewing gum in congregational settings amongst fellow believers.

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12 January 2018

The Theological Implications of Calvinism’s Conception of Doubt

J. D. Gallé | Friday, 12 January 2018

        The weakness of Greg Morse’s article, ‘Does Your Doubt Dishonor God? What No One Says about Weak Faith’ (4 Jan. 2018),[1] is that the author holds many false assumptions, all (or nearly all) of which are Calvinistic in nature. The following declaration, taken from Desiring God’s statement of faith, underlies the theological understanding of Morse’s essay and serves as the foundation of Calvinistic theology in general:

We believe that God, from all eternity, in order to display the full extent of His glory for the eternal and ever-increasing enjoyment of all who love Him, did, by the most wise and holy counsel of His will, freely and unchangeably ordain and foreknow whatever comes to pass. (‘God’s Eternal Purpose and Election’, 3.1)[2]
        Taking the above affirmation into account, the basic implications concerning faith and doubt in Calvinistic thought are as follows:
  • whether a person is devoid of faith (i.e. an unbeliever), believing in God, or ever will come to believe in God and the good news of Jesus Christ, is a matter of divine foreordination;
  • at any given moment of time, the relative strength or weakness of a particular believer’s faith in God, God’s promises, and Jesus Christ his Son, is a matter of divine foreordination;
  • if a person fails to persevere in the faith, this merely demonstrates that s/he was a ‘false believer’ all along. One can only fully and finally fall (i.e. apostatise) from a spurious profession of faith.
        In summary, Calvinism maintains that the actual possession of faith and its degree of strength or weakness in the individual believer are attributable solely to God’s eternal decree. If a believer is presently harbouring grave doubts regarding God and his trustworthiness, s/he is doubting in exact accordance with God’s secret, immutable, inscrutable, eternal decree.

Notes
        1. <https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/does-your-doubt-dishonor-god>
        2. See ‘Desiring God: An Affirmation of Faith’ (6 Oct. 2004): <https://www.desiringgod.org/affirmation-of-faith>.


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