Did Stephen Believe the Spirit was Resistable?
September 22, 2012, 3:13 pm
Filed under: Arminianism, Free will, Irresistible Grace

Let’s read some Scripture:

Acts 6:8-15

“And Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and signs among the people.

But some men from what was called the Synagogue of the Freedmen, including both Cyrenians and Alexandrians, and some from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and argued with Stephen.

10 But they were unable to cope with the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.

11 Then they secretly induced men to say, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God.”

12 And they stirred up the people, the elders and the scribes, and they came up to him and dragged him away and brought him before the Council.

13 They put forward false witnesses who said, “This man incessantly speaks against this holy place and the Law;

14 for we have heard him say that this Nazarene, Jesus, will destroy this place and alter the customs which Moses handed down to us.”

15 And fixing their gaze on him, all who were sitting in the Council saw his face like the face of an angel. Continue reading

J I Packer Thinks He Is More Prudent Than God

written by Mark McCulley

When J. I Packer claims that election is not part of the gospel message (“Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God”), he relegates the doctrine of election to the “hidden God” who we need not know.  Besides the God who has already elected a sinner in Christ or not, there is a false god offering Christ to sinners. Continue reading

Free Offer or Free Will?
March 7, 2012, 11:38 am
Filed under: Free Offer, Free will

written by David Bishop

Minutes of the Fifteenth General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 1948:

“There is in God a benevolent lovingkindness towards the repentance and salvation of even those whom he has not decreed to save.  This pleasure, will, desire is expressed in the universal call to repentance. The full and free offer of the gospel is a grace bestowed upon all.  Such grace is necessarily a manifestation of love or lovingkindness in the heart of God, and this lovingkindness is revealed to be of a character or kind that is correspondent with the grace bestowed.  The grace offered is nothing less than salvation in its richness and fulness. The love or lovingkindness that lies back of that offer is not anything less; it is the will to salvation.   In other words, it is Christ in all the glory of his person and in all the perfection of his finished work whom God offers in the gospel.  The loving and benevolent will that is the source of that offer and that grounds, it veracity and reality is the will to the possession of Christ and the enjoyment of the salvation that resides in him.” Continue reading

Ravi Zacharias’ Anthropocentric Gospel
February 15, 2012, 12:32 pm
Filed under: Free will, Ravi Zacharias

written by Christopher Macfarlane

Ravi Zacharias is a professing Christian apologist who has written such books as, Jesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims of the Christian Message, Beyond Opinion, and Who Made God?: And Answers to Over 100 Other Tough Questions of Faith (co-authored with Dr. Norman Geisler). He is also the head of RZIM: Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, whose mission statement is:

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