Reformed Tolerance
September 28, 2012, 5:33 pm
Filed under: Tolerant Calvinism

by Mark Mcculley

The same gospel preached in an “evangelical” church will most likely be preached in a Deformed Church.   That same gospel is, Jesus died for the elect alone, or Jesus died for nobody personally except to make an offer to everybody.

(What’s the difference?  In a Deformed church, you probably didn’t hear much about election, which sounds so private and all about you.    Instead, you probably heard more about  “the covenant” and the need to stay in the covenant by attending to the ordinary means of staying in after your birth automatically put you in  it (God’s choice not yours).   It is the same basic gospel either way; a general atonement which then depends on faith.)  

In the “evangelical” church you will hear how “faith is a condition”, while in the deformed church you will hear that regeneration is before faith.

(maybe you were regenerate when you were born or baptized?)   Continue reading

Are We Dogmatic or In Doubt?
July 17, 2012, 4:09 pm
Filed under: Assurance, Dogmatism, Doubt, Tolerant Calvinism

by Scott Price

Are we dogmatic about the gospel or are we in doubt? Are we hot, cold, or lukewarm? Are we sure about the truth and have burned our bridges with false religion or do we want to “cover all the bases” by “leaving our options opened”?

 Consider the following excerpt from a letter, one of many, I wrote to this person who believed in a universal atonement:

“The Christ I love is the One you hate. The christ you love is the one I hate. We do not have two different views of the same God, I have a different God than you. He is precious to me and you despise Him. The christ that died for all and most are in Hell, I despise. As a matter of fact I spit on his grave because that is where a failed christ would still be (Romans 4:25). The bridges of false religion in my life have been burned down and cannot or will not be rebuilt. It would be like going back into the burning building I just came out of. ” Continue reading

Are Some Christians Not “Gospel Wakeful”?
July 17, 2012, 4:05 pm
Filed under: Gospel, Tolerant Calvinism

by Mark Mcculley

I Corinthians 5:20—“we implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”

As ambassadors FOR Christ, we command all who hear, “’be ye reconciled”.  Even though II Cor 5 is addressed to Christians only, the message taken by Christians to the lost is not for the elect only.  The “be ye reconciled” is for those who have not yet been already justified.

Some “high Calvinists” don’t have a category for lost elect people.   They would tell you that you were never lost, but that you only didn’t know you were already saved. Continue reading

Burning Bridges
July 17, 2012, 3:38 pm
Filed under: Ivory Towerism, Self righteousness, Tolerant Calvinism

by Scott Price

“But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe unto the saving of the soul.” Hebrews 10:39

When a person is given spiritual life and is converted to the truth of the gospel he has a great change of mind. Things he used to hold dear to himself such as his religious seniority and his boasting of those years of service are not looked upon as something to be cherished but rather to be thrown out forever. Paul called his religious service before conversion “dung” (Phil 3:8).

We should not view our conversion as coming into a higher knowledge of doctrine, in that we are just a little smarter than the person who still holds to his self righteous works but we should have the biblical view that we were serving idols and now we are serving God for the first time. This means those you worshiped with in the false gospel are STILL serving idols and are lost, dead in trespasses and sins, needing to be evangelized. Continue reading

Cain the Tolerant (1 John)
April 3, 2012, 1:20 pm
Filed under: Tolerant Calvinism

written by David Bishop

1 John 1:5-10   This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.  If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.   If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

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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

Perfect Knowledge or Tolerant Calvinism
February 29, 2012, 12:44 pm
Filed under: Arminianism, Tolerant Calvinism

written by David Bishop

The argument looks like this:

A Christian is someone who believes that the guilt for his sins is no longer charged to him, because it was charged to Christ at the cross.  Believing then that his sins were atoned for, he agrees with God that the righteousness which Christ obtained has been charged to his account and that it will alone save him at the last day.  Therefore, whoever agrees with this, no matter what they might believe, is a brother in Christ. Continue reading