Sorry it has been so long since my last post in this series. Lots of stuff going on over the past few weeks. But thanks for sticking with me as we examine why we don’t have to be so afraid of being accused of Calvinism just because we start talking about grace a lot more. Of course, there is a lot to be disappointed with in the tenet of Irresistible Grace. But just because we teach grace doesn’t mean we are teaching irresistible grace. Read on to find out more.
No doubt, in any way considering the idea of the atonement as limited is a frightening concept. I’m certain I don’t even like to speak in those terms. However, recognizing that not every one receives atonement, I must learn I don’t have to be afraid of ever teaching any concept of an atonement that is limited to certain people. However, the biblical concept of the limitations of atonement are not remotely the same as the Calvinistic concept of Limited Atonement. So, I still don’t want to be a Calvinist. Read on to find out why.
Many of my non-Calvinist friends fear election. I’m not talking about that thing that happens every four years in America. I fear those too. I’m talking about the doctrine of God choosing the saved. There is no need to fear this term. Paul and Peter didn’t. Paul used it in Romans 9:11 and Romans 11:28. Peter used it in II Peter 1:10. We can use it too. The problem is with how Calvinism defines this term and explains it. I believe in God’s election of the saved, but I still don’t want to be a Calvinist. Read on to find out why.
Many of my non-Calvinist friends are afraid of depravity. But the Bible really does teach we are depraved. We shouldn’t be scared of that. Paul said it. It’s true. The problem is how Calvinism defines this depravity and explains it. I believe in my own depravity. But I still don’t want to be a Calvinist. Keep reading to find out why.
Yes, it’s true. We really can rely completely on and hope fully in God’s grace without becoming Calvinists. Calvinists don’t own the grace of God, and we non-Calvinists don’t have to fear it either. The first point we need to examine is how to rely on God’s sovereignty and magnify God’s glory without becoming a Calvinist.
To hear religious people argue today, you might think we only had two options. 1) Believe we are not really saved by grace. Or 2) Be a Calvinist. But like so many perceived choices, this is a false dilemma. There are actually more possibilities.