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Why I Am Not A Calvinist – Romans 5:12

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned– (Romans 5:12; NRSV) Somehow this is a passage used as a proof text for Calvin's doctrine of total hereditary depravity. Romans 5:12 argues against total hereditary depravity. Unfortunately, many choose not see the plain teaching of the text. The apostle Paul points out that sin was introduced to the world because of Adam's sin.…

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Why I Am Not A Calvinist – Ezekiel 18:20

So I thought I would write some posts on reasons I am not a Calvinist or an Arminian. I will first work against the notion that every person is born in sin, sin that has been transferred from our parents all the way back to Adam's sin. Formally, this is called Total Hereditary Depravity. Ezekiel 18:20 The person who sins is the one who will die. A son won’t suffer punishment for the father’s iniquity, and a father won’t suffer…

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Theologically I Don’t Know What I Am

I read the other Bible blogs on a daily basis. I have enjoyed some of the theological discussions concerning Calvinism and Arminianism. However, I have found myself in "no man's land." As I read through the tenets of Calvinism, I know I am not a Calvinist. The tenets of Arminianism are also non biblical, so I know I am not Arminian. I guess I will have to settle for being just a Christian. I am not bothered by the lack…

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HCSB Revisions of Ephesians 1

One change that I do not like from the HCSB revision is found in Ephesians 1. Ephesians 1:7 (HCSB) 7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace Ephesians 1:7 (HCSB) 7 We have -redemption in Him through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace Ephesians 1:11 (HCSB) 11 In Him we were also made His inheritance, predestined according to the…

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If You Are Christ’s (Galatians 3:26-29)

Continuing our examination of the theme of the letter to the Galatians, I want to turn our attention to Galatians 3:26-29. 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. 27 As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.…

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Perfected By The Flesh (Galatians 3:3)

Are you so foolish?Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected bythe flesh? (Galatians 3:3; ESV) Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now going to be made complete by the flesh? (Galatians 3:3; HCSB) Continuing our studying on the message of Galatians, I believe Galatians 3:3 provides further evidence that the problem is not Jews versus Gentiles, Moses' law versus Christ's law, or salvation by works versus salvation by faith. All of the…

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The Spoken English New Testament (SENT)

I have noted previously my love for various English translations of the scriptures. I love trying out new translations and I believe the more translations we have, the more likely we will capture the original words and meaning of the Greek and Hebrew manuscripts. In the mail today came SENT, the Spoken English New Testament by J. Webb Mealy. Purpose I like the explanation given for this new translation, SENT: In ancient times reading aloud was actually the standard way…

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What Did Paul Tear Down? (Galatians 2:18)

For if I rebuild what I tore down, I prove myself to be a transgressor. (Galatians 2:18; ESV) As I continue to write about the central message of Galatians, I would encourage readers to make sure you have read my previous posts here and here so that you are up to speed. What was Paul tearing down in his ministry for Jesus Christ? Would it really be a safe statement to declare that the apostle Paul was tearing down the…

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Jesus Did Not Die In Your Place

I wrote about the problem of penal substitution as the answer for how Christ's death forgives our sins in previous posts here and here. I just came across a great summary of the problem of "Jesus dying in your place" at the blog, Exploring Our Matrix. James McGrath writes: Another key focus in the Sunday school class was on what theologians call the "penal substitution" view of atonement. It is problematic for a number of reasons, not least of which…

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Gordon D. Fee on Galatians

I was thumbing through an religious books catalog this morning and happened to catch that noted scholar Gordon D. Fee also has a different outlook on the message of Galatians. Here is the excerpt from the back of Fee's commentary on Galatians: At issue throughout the letter is not the question, "How are people saved?" (to use contemporary language) but whether people who are already "saved" also need to practice specific aspects of the Jewish law. The concern, then, lies…

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