What kind of Christian are you? Did Jesus die for everyone, or just for the believer? Did you yield to God’s Spirit, or were you simply chosen? What about depravity, are people incapable of receiving “the things of God”, as it’s written. Why isn’t everybody saved (or are they?), are people unsaved because they’ve resisted God’s grace, or because God’s withheld faith and Their saving grace? No debate highlights our differences so great as when Arminians debate Calvinists, however, in my experience, Calvinists are involved in an awful lot of doubletalk on the subject, to so great an extent that most people, Calvinists included, don’t know what Calvinism actually is, they don’t get how sincere believers differ on the subject. Some notable Calvinists include Jeff Durbin, Dr. James White and John Piper, two of which I’m actually reading from right now. But where do you fall on the subject? What explains Calvinism best would be the famous acronym T.U.L.I.P.
People freely do evil, Calvinism teaches, yet, how’s that so when God’s an irresistible God, couldn’t He have determined man to do (and prefer to do) good if He’s an irresistible God? Yet, isn’t that to compromise man’s freedom to pick, choose and love God with an authentic, freely given love? I can’t make people love me, but, could God make me love Him? How can God be an irresistible God if people are lost, wouldn’t such an idea imply God didn’t want their rescue in the first place? Now, I’ve long listened to one of the leading defenders of Calvinism from out of the States (Dr. James White), and they haven’t done so well a job at explaining Calvinism as the scholar in the upcoming video has. Dr. Jerry Walls, who’s described as the leading critic of Calvinism, does so fair a job of introducing the uninitiated to Calvinism, that I wanted to share it here. Where do you land on the debate? I’d advise believers to break each of the letters down and see how strong each feel in light of Scripture as we go. Is the tulip going to wilt, or are believers in human freewill setting up a man centred, false gospel?
― T. C. M