Anonymous asked: what are your thoughts on reformed theology?
Reformed theology is also known as Calvinism. It started in the Reformed period by an intelligent theologian named John Calvin. Basically, he took pastors in that time period and fed them new ideas based on the Bible and surrounding Biblical truths. Now, where it gets iffy is that it’s ideas that may be backed up by the Word, but are not straight from the Word, nor from God Himself. It’s just corrupted ideas that nowadays are being exploded in the churches. There’s churches out there that won’t openly say they’re Calvinists, but you can tell by their arguments with Word-driven christians. That’s why it’s fundamental to be rooted to God’s Word and voice.
I don’t recommend this to anyone.
Well, That’s my two cents on it.
God bless ya buddy! =]
Anonymous asked: Hi, I've read your previous posts about Calvinism, may I ask about the Presbyterianism denomination and whether are they adhering to the Calvinism theology or is there any difference between the beliefs of the Presbyterian Church and Calvinism? By the way you guys are a huge blessing not just to me but to many people around too :) Thank you and God bless!
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Presbyterianism is a system of church governance and Calvinism is a system of church doctrine. The origins of the Presbyterian churches were in Calvinism, which is no longer emphasized in some contemporary branches.
Presbyterian churches also believe in the Catholic Church and in worshiping it’s Saints.
God should be the only one that we worship. [Luke 4.8].
lovehimaboveall asked: I have been struggling with this for the past month. I have spoken to many Calvinists and such. They always reffer to psalm 5:5 The arrogant cannot stand in your presence; you hate all who do wrong. Vs John 3:16 for God so loved the world. My heart keeps going back and forth. Please help me understand this if you can.
God is holy and righteous. He is pure and has nothing to do with evil. But He also loves us and that is why:For God so greatly loved and dear prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so the whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. (John 3:16 AMP)
Think of it this way: A mother loves her child dearly, but when they do wrong, she hates what they did, not the child. She corrects them and hopefully they learned the lesson and won’t do it again. If they do it again consequences are bigger. God greaves when He sees us do these wrong things because He knows the consequences. Just like that mother who teaches their child that stealing is wrong, she knows the consequences that could occur if they continue.It could lead to lifetime imprisonment to the electric chair.
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [do not offend or vex or sadden Him], by Whom you were sealed (marked, branded as God’s own, secured) for the day of redemption (of final deliverance through Christ from evil and the consequences of sin). (Ephesians 4:30 AMP)The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination and intention of all human thinking was only evil continually. And the Lord regretted that He had made man on the earth, He was grieved at heart. (Genesis 6:5, 6 AMP)
God loves you and it offends Him to purposely disobey Him.
God bless :)
embrace-ur-happiness asked: Hey! Just read your last post and I was wondering ...what is Calvinism??
Calvinism / Reformed Christianity is a type (for lack of better word in mind right now) of theology [theological stance, system of thinking]. It exists in both what they call four-part, and five-part, which is about the theological stances they have including:
Perseverance of the Saints
This is also known by the acronym, TULIP.
eightless asked: What do you think of calvinism? Do you agree with any of the five points of calvinism? I personally don't understand how so many people agree with calvinist doctrines like unconditional election and limited atonement, they just seem so unbiblical
I agree with total depravity, but not in the way reformed theology teaches.
But yes, it’s quite unbiblical. Do they love the Lord? Sure. They’re just in error. Just pray for them to get a revelation of truth.
We have other posts which you can refer to bearhugsforjesus.tumblr.com/tagged/calvinism
Anonymous asked: What are your thoughts on Calvinism and Arminianism?
Calvinism, though gaining recent popularity, is not biblical and comes from a misunderstanding of scriptures. Calvinist teachings generally follow TULIP, which I’ll talk about further down in my response. There is also four-point Calvinism which I’ll also discuss.
One of the biggest problems I have with reformed teaching is the improper teaching of the sovereignty of God. They stress that God is sovereign in all things. They say that everything that happens is God’s will. This isn’t biblical. For time’s sake and to limit the length of this reply I’ll provide a link to a great article against sovereign in the form that has been becoming popular. http://www.awmi.net/extra/article/sovereignty_god
The doctrine of Total Depravity I’ll accept, to an extent. It is that man is born into sin due to the fall of man back in Genesis and is unable to follow God other than through salvation.
Unconditional Election, the U in TULIP, is really bad. It’s actually heresy in my book. They believe God has chosen to extend mercy to those he has chosen to have mercy on and has chosen to withhold mercy from others. The ones who he has not chosen receive the “just wrath” for their sins against God. If this were true then Christ did not die for all but for some. This is absolutely false. 1 Peter 3:18 says he died for the just and the unjust. 1 Timothy 2:4-6 says of Jesus [emphasis mine] “who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,” John 1:29 “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” 2 Peter 3:9 says God wants all to come to repentance, not be destroyed.
This connects to the I in TULIP, which is irresistible grace, which says that those who God has chosen to have mercy on can not resist his grace.
Last is P, preservation of the saints. This belief exists outside of Calvinism as well which means that someone who has come to faith in Jesus Christ will be in faith until the end and that if one falls away they never came to faith to begin with.
That’s mostly the Calvinist/reformed theology.
Arminianism and Calvinism are similar when it comes to total depravity before salvation, the Catholic church rejects this saying that the will of man is wounded but man is not totally depraved.
As earlier explained Arminianists believe Christ died for all. This payment for sin completely satisfies God’s justice and is received by grace through faith, not of works (but unto good works, note mine).
Jesus poured out grace for all and we have a free will to accept it or not. We can resist God’s grace.
Election, what Calvinists believe to be God deciding who he will show mercy to, is actually God’s decision and purpose to save all who come to faith in Christ. Ephesians 1:4 says he chose us in Christ. We are in Christ when we receive Christ as Lord. Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us, and our sins are no longer imputed to us, 2 Cor 5:21 says that Christ died that we become righteous in his righteousness.
Last, eternal security is conditional upon faith in Christ.