From Arminian to Calvinist

  When I was Arminian in my theology, one thing that convinced me of the Arminian position on the doctrine of election, was the concept of corporate election. I studied it and wrote about it for years. It was a central focus of my writing. Ironically, it was this same corporate election that eventually led Read More …

Arminian CE vs. Calvinist CE (OT Pattern) — [4 of 4]

  Four, Arminian Corporate Election (CE) falls short in its understanding of the connection between Old Testament Israel and New Testament Israel, which results in an erroneous position on CE.   First let me say that I am a strong proponent of Fulfillment Theology, which is a central teaching of Covenant Theology and New Covenant Read More …

Arminian CE vs. Calvinist CE (Christ as the Group) — [3 of 4]

  Three, Arminian Corporate Election (CE) has the erroneous idea that Christ Himself is the group.   In close association with the previous flaw (part 2), Arminian CE teaches that Jesus is essentially the group Himself — as the corporate Head of the group. But this cannot be, since the group is the Church, and Read More …

Arminian CE vs. Calvinist CE (Christ’s Twofold Election) — [2 of 4]

  Two: Arminian Corporate Election (CE) fails to factor-in the two-fold election of Christ, which disallows the idea that we can share in His election.   Arminian CE describes election in a manner that only takes in one aspect of Christ’s election. While it acknowledges that Jesus was chosen to be both the Corporate Head Read More …

Arminian CE vs. Calvinist CE (Corp & Indiv) — [1 of 4]

  Four Major Flaws of Arminian Corporate Election (CE)   I have a lot of respect for the Arminian view of CE. It presents a scholarly and fairly plausible interpretation of the doctrine of election. There are certain aspects to that position that I agree with. I think it has the right basic idea, but Read More …

Arminian Corporate Election vs. Calvinist CE — [Introduction]

  Introduction   Union and Identification vs. Actual Sovereign Choice   Corporate Election (CE) is normally associated with Arminian theology. However, it can be argued that CE is fundamentally a Calvinist position on the doctrine of election — which I shall do in this study. Central debate: Is election merely one of union and identification? Read More …

Christ Died for the Church — [His Elect Bride]

  All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version (slightly updated) unless otherwise noted.   Introduction For whom did Jesus actually die? Was it every person who enters the world? Or was it for a specific people? The extent of Christ’s atonement is much debated among Christians. Jesus either died for everyone, or Read More …