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    Middle Knowledge... A Practical Understanding!

    This video helped me to understand the Philosophical god of Middle Knowledge... Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. - Psalm 139:16 Who wrote the “book”?
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    Foreknowledge: How Does God Know?

    One aspect of God’s omniscience is his knowledge of the future. In Scripture God is presented as knowing what will happen. Not just selectively but exhaustively God knows all that will be. In Isaiah 46:8-10 God presents his knowledge of the future as proof of his deity: “I am God, and there is...
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    Sin Nature... Like A Rock!

    Natural mans sin nature can be compared to a rocks intrinsic weight... A rock naturally falls downward due to its intrinsic weight and the gravity of the world. If you put rock in your hand, and close your fingers around it, you can force rock to go in any direction you want it to! No other...
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    DesiringGod (John Piper) answers TomFL!

    This is John Pipers direct answer to TomFL’s accusation against Calvinism... “Norman Geisler ( and TomFL) says that ‘the unmistakable logical conclusion for the extreme Calvinist [is that] both Lucifer and Adam sinned because God gave them the desire to sin’ (Chosen But Free, 36). I (Norman...
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    How Charles H. Spurgeon Became A Calvinist At Age 16

    I enjoy testimonies that glorify God and wanted to share this one in particular. Enjoy... He had not always believed these things. Spurgeon recounts his discovery of these truths at the age of 16: Born, as all of us are by nature, an Arminian, I still believed the old things I had heard...
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    Did You Save Yourself?

    Thinking outside the box (part 2) What did Jesus actually accomplish on the cross? Did Jesus actually accomplish something definite for anyone in particular, or did he only make something available, then leave it up to them to accomplish the rest? I ask because it seams if Jesus's life...
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    How I Became A Calvinist!

    Before I became reformed, or knew anything about it, I was going to Faith Independent Baptist Church (FIBC), while listening to John Piper at the same time. I was in discipleship at FIBC once a week and after a while I started noticing small differences in their theology. As time went on the...
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    Catch 22 Provisionist style

    Anyone can point to a verse where one receives/believes Christ and say see there they did receive/believe! also Anyone can point to a verse where one rejects/does not believe Christ and say see there they did reject/not believe! And Anyone can assume the reason behind why one...
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    Philippians 2:12-13... What does it mean?

    Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. - 2 Timothy 2:7 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you...
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    What Is Romans 9 Really About?

    The context of Romans 9 is Romans 8! If you separate them you will have a partial truth and come to a wrong conclusion. Rom 9 is an explanation for why the word of God has not failed even though God’s chosen people, Israel, as a whole, are not turning to Christ and being saved. The sovereignty...
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    Does Gods Meticulous Determination, Of All Things, Make God Evil?

    The reason I’m sharing this particular exchange is because it includes assumptions and arguments that are typical and that show up in Calvinist forums like this one with increasing frequency. Some people simply cannot conceive of God being absolutely sovereign so they attempt to argue against...
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    Why Does Anyone Believe Foolishness?

    For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the foolishness of what we preach to save those who believe. - 1 Corinthians 1:21 We want biblical evidence of why people believe the Gospel instead of rejecting it! Also... We want biblical...
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    How To Turn Faith Into A Work!

    What is work... work NOUN works (plural noun) activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result. a task or tasks to be undertaken; something a person or thing has to do. something done or made. VERB works (third person present)...
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    Did God Initially Create Adam With A Sin Nature?

    Thinking outside the box (Part 1) I know this is an odd question, and your knee-jerk reaction is to answer with an emphatic NO... but consider this... Does God have the natural “ability” to sin? Was Adam made in the image of God? Where did Adams “ability” to sin come from? Did God make Adam...
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    Did God Create God When He Created Man?

    Two questions... Is God dependent on something outside of himself in order to function properly and adequately... or... is God independently sufficient in-and-of-himself apart from anything outside of himself? Is Man dependent on something outside of himself in order to function properly and...
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    Does Philemon 1:14 Prove Mans Will Is Free... From God?

    Any consistent theologian who uses the term "freedom" usually is referring to the fact that while God sovereignly ordains all that comes to pass, yet man's "free choice" (voluntary) is compatible with God's sovereign decree. In other words the will is free from external coercion but not free...
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    Closer look at Soft Libertarian-ism

    I thought this might shed some light on some very important factors of Soft Libertarian-ism! Enjoy... How does moral accountability work with soft libertarian-ism? Some people say that you can't be blamed for doing wrong if you are unable to do good, and you can't be praised for doing good if...
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    What is Compatibilism?

    Compatibilism is the belief that God's predetermination is "compatible" with voluntary choice. In light of Scripture, human choices are believed to be exercised voluntarily but the desires and circumstances that bring about these choices that occur through divine determinism (see Acts 2:23 &...
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    The Unexplained Gap In The Soft Libertarian-ism Model

    “Choose in a libertarian sense” What does this mean? It is never explained anywhere! There is no explanation of the actual process of the final “choosing” at all! The Final Choice Gap Theory In this model only the “limits... are decided by his character” but not the final “choice” landed...
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    Non-Calvinists Believe Jesus Only Save Those Who Save Themselves First?

    Do you believe that “Saving Faith” is the one part of salvation that is produced by man alone and that it is not a gift of God? If you believe Jesus accomplishes the exact same for ALL, and nothing more, this would mean that people, who end up in heaven, are not there because of what Jesus...
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