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.
Folks who like to critique the Bible love to point out contradictions. Even those who believe the Bible is God’s Word sometimes struggle with passages they fear contradict. I recently recognized something about one of the more famous questions regarding possible contradiction in the New Testament: Romans 4 vs. James 2. I want to share this to provoke some thought and hopefully some constructive discussion.
Special thanks to my good friend Clay Gentry. While in Columbia, TN, last week he invited me to participate in a video interview discussing the power and glory of God’s grace. It is a lengthy discussion, but we covered quite a bit of ground. I hope it is beneficial to you and helps you grow in God’s grace and stand firm in it. You can find the discussion here.
Forgiveness changes things. In my previous post, I explained the struggle I have with even wanting forgiveness. Now that I recognize the great blessing of forgiveness, it has changed my relationship with God. It has changed my religion. It has changed my spirituality. It has changed why I do what I do for the Lord. Let me explain. [Read more…] about I’m Forgiven! Now What?