Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we bessech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Can the Unconverted Elect Respond to the Gospel Call with Confidence?

Here's another example of the brilliant arguments against Calvinism that Arminians endorse:
"Without realizing it, the Calvinist is finally saying that repentance and faith (as the gift of God in the salvation “package”) are being offered to all who will repent and believe, when in fact none can do so. This reduces to pure tautology and is no offer at all. (Grace, Faith, Free Will, pp. 117, 118, emphasis his)"

But this is really strange because the Calvinist does realize that no one can believe. That's why without irresistible grace no one actually does believe.  (John 6:44, 65; John 3:3-8). And since Calvinism does not "offer" salvation to the reprobate, I fail to see how this constitutes a tautology. God's purposes are always accomplished through His appointed means and even the Arminian allegedly believes in the preaching of the Gospel to all indiscriminately.   (Matthew 22:14).
The article is arguing against a straw man since consistent Calvinism does not teach that salvation is offered. No, Calvinism distinguishes between the general call of the Gospel and the effectual call.  And non sequiturs abound as well:

"If not all who hear can respond to the gospel, as the Calvinist insists, then only those given repentance and faith can do so. In consequence, no person who hears the gospel can do so with any confidence that he can respond."

This does not follow since the Calvinist position is that God keeps His promises to save those who are given the grace to believe. The person who believes responds precisely because God works faith in his heart in the first place:

NKJ Proverbs 21:1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes. (Pro 21:1 NKJ)

If the person has no confidence that he can respond and in fact does not respond, that person is placing himself in the reprobate camp by default. He is without excuse according to Romans 1:18-32. A person who does respond can be confident that God always keeps His promises to save those who believe:

9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame."
12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.
13 For "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved." (Rom 10:9-13 NKJ)

The text does not express contingency. It does not say that whoever believes might or could possibly be saved. That's the Arminian view! No, it says they "shall be saved." What part of shall be saved does the Arminian not understand?

Here's the link to the Arminian page in question:

Does the Gospel According to Calvinism Offer Salvation to Anyone At All?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Gordon H. Clark: Quote of the Day: Combat Semi-Arminianism

"It seems to me that a great many objections to specific Christian doctrines, objections to the propitiatory atonement or the Incarnation, arise from a non-Christian view of God's nature. The modernists object to a vicarious sacrifice because they do n
ot think God is that sort of a person. Theirs is not the God of the early Christians. And my sincere conviction is that if we are to retain the Satisfactio, if we are to promulgate a consistent Christianity, we must, among other things, reject and combat the semi-arminianism prevailing in so-called Calvinistic churches, and return to predestination, the perseverance of the saints, the ninth chapter of Romans, and Paul's best interpreter, John Calvin."

Dr. Gordon H. Clark. ESSAYS ON ETHICS AND POLITICS. John Robbins, editor. (Jefferson: Trinity Foundation, 1992). P. 48.

This article also appears in the Trinity Review and you can read the full article online at:

Determinism and Responsibility

You can purchase the paperback edition of Essays on Ethics and Politics at the Trinity Foundation:   Essays on Ethics and Politics.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Richard Gaffin, Jr.: Promoter of Faith Plus Works

For anyone willing to investigate, you can listen to Dr. Richard Gaffin, Jr.'s lectures on union with Christ for free at Monergism.com. Dr. Gaffin is a proponent of the Federal Vision within the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and openly denies that sanctification is the logical result of justification. Instead, Dr. Gaffin says that justification and sanctification are united together through the doctrine of union with Christ and that no one will be saved apart from both faith and good works.  Gaffin also openly states that salvation is corporate and that no one can be saved apart from church membership. You can hear him state his heretical views clearly at the end of lecture 1 here at the Monergism.com website:

The Mystery of Union with Christ

You can read articles about Gaffin's conflation of justification with sanctification at the Trinity Foundation site here:

Richard Gaffin's New Perspective on Paul

See also:  The Gaffin Question

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