Christ — The Authority of All

  As creator, God and King, all things are subject to Christ. We live in a world where Christianity is hated—because they hate Jesus, and all that He stands for. They hate the authority that He is recognized for by His followers. They hate the idea that He is their authority too. All over the Read More …

Sovereign Election in the Words of Jesus

  If there’s a doctrine that makes Christians uncomfortable and don’t like talking about, I think at the top of the list would have to be the doctrine of election. However, we can’t just ignore it, because to do so is to ignore the teachings of Christ. I believe the Bible teaches Sovereign Election. This Read More …

The Election of Christ’s Sheep — [John 10]

  In John 10 Jesus reveals who He died for and who He calls to salvation. It confirms Sovereign Election and Particular Redemption.   Note: It would be helpful for you to also read my Commentary on John 10.   (John 10:14-16) – 14 I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and 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 …

“God’s Purpose of Election” — [Commentary on Romans 9]

  All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted. (slightly updated)   Introduction Romans 9 is one of the central passages of the New Testament in understanding the doctrine of election. Paul’s discussion really begins in chapter 8, and more specifically, Romans 8:28-39. Those verses serve as an introduction to Read More …

Examples of Unconditional Sovereign Election

  Introduction How are we to understand the doctrine of election? Does God look down the corridor of time to see who will receive Christ as Lord and Savior, and then choose those individuals for salvation (as many Christians believe)? Or does God know and predestine certain individuals before they’re born? In the first case, Read More …

The Gospel is Hidden to Everyone Who is Perishing

  Introduction In regard to the doctrine of election unto salvation, there’s two different views of understanding:   Election based on faith (Arminian): God chooses to save anyone who decides to receive Christ as Lord and Savior. Christ died for every individual who comes into the world, and that salvation is available to everyone who Read More …

Divine Appointments Point to Divine Election

  Introduction   There are two positions regarding salvation and the doctrine of election:   Personal, Free Will – The belief that Christ died for all and that salvation is available to all. This is known as unlimited atonement, or atonement for all. Election is understood as either individual or corporate. In individual election, God Read More …

God Must Empower the Gospel Message

  Introduction Have you ever wondered why one person responds to the gospel message in faith, while another rejects it? What’s the difference? Why does one see the gospel of Jesus Christ as the truth, while another sees it as a fictitious story? Why does one see the wisdom of receiving Christ as Lord and Read More …

Questions About the Sovereignty of God

  One thing you will not hear me talk much about is the sovereignty of God, and how He carries out His will in this world, and in the universe. This is a subject that is much debated among Christians. However, I’ve discovered that a lot of the discussion focuses on things we can’t possibly Read More …