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

Excerpt from “The Person of Christ”
April 11, 2012, 10:52 am
Filed under: Irresistible Grace, Limited Atonement

written by Donald Macleod 

The agony in the garden is indeed one of the great foundations of His compassion because there He plumbed the depths of our emotional weakness, but nowhere is it more important than here to distinguish between the Lord suffering with us and the Lord suffering for us. What He faced in Gethsemane we shall never face; and we shall never face it precisely because He faced it, offering His body as the place where God should effect the condemnation of sin (Rom. 8:3). Gethsemane is as unique as Calvary exactly because, as much as the cross, it belongs not to church history but to salvation history. Continue reading

Cannot or Will Not, Which is the Cause?
February 15, 2012, 12:27 pm
Filed under: Double Predestination, Irresistible Grace, Total Depravity

written by Scott Price

No one can come to Me unless the Father who has sent Me draw him, and I will raise him up at the last day” John 6:44 (MKJV)

“You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life. And they are the ones witnessing of Me, and you will not come to Me that you might have life” John 5:39-40 (MKJV)

Always in the context of the gospel we see at least three basic heads of doctrine; Who God is and what He Requires, Who Man is and how he fails to meet those requirements and who Christ is and how He is the only Way of salvation. As Man is dealt with he is seen to be totally depraved, which has affected him in many different ways. He is first affected legally and then spiritually. God put all men without exception in a representative, Adam. When Adam sinned in the garden so did everyone else he represented (everybody) and God legally charged it to his or her account. Not only are we born with the sin Adam, we also have his sin nature so that spiritually or morally we are perverted from birth. We cannot think properly about God. Our ways are not His, because we are “dead” in sins, unable and unwilling to seek after God, understand Him or do anything good in His sight because there is none by nature who is in the state of perfect righteousness. Continue reading