Tag Archive | Calvinism

If God starts it–He WILL finish it!

I have always heard that if you are going to teach something, you should teach what you are passionate about. I am passionate—more like adamant—about the eternal security of the believer. Or as Steve Lawson would say, “I’m not just dogmatic–I am bulldogmatic” about this subject. I am absolutely convinced that if a person is […]

One Elected to Salvation, Others Elected to Reprobation

God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved–1st Timothy 2:3-4 Arminians use the above verse as a proof-text for their erroneous belief that God tries to save everybody and gives people the same chance to go to Heaven. They pluck this verse off the page, slap it down, and say, “Ha!! See!! God […]

Important Article Regarding Mark Cahill

Recently, CARM published an article regarding evangelist Mark Cahill. This article was authored by my friend and mentor, Tony Miano, who has had direct interaction with Mr. Cahill. The article was written as a public rebuke of Mr. Cahill’s uncharitable and derogatory treatment of Christians who believe in the Doctrines of Grace. Mr. Cahill has […]

Prevenient Grace and Semi-Pelagianism

Considering the recent dust up in my church group (we southern Baptists ain’t – yet – a denomination), documented here and rightly rebutted here, it may be beneficial to review the theological presuppositions at work in both camps. The snippet below is from page 5 of a 15 page document entitled “Prevenient Grace and Semi-Pelagian” […]

BACON . . . the new TULIP.

We often hear how the church has been feminized and thus, we are told that this is partially the reason why men simply won’t darken the doors of church. Well, a flower depicting the Doctrines of Grace will no longer do. We need something more manly. Something like . . . bacon!

A quiz for Arminians.

I found the following quiz for Arminians at Chosen by Grace Alone via Bob Hanks’ blog. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Eph. 1:11 …[W]ho [God] worketh all things after the counsel of His will. Q. If God works all things after the counsel of His will, how much does He work to the will of you, me, Satan, etc.? […]

Sermon of the week: “Audacious Grace” by Akash Sant Singh.

Does God’s lavish, unexplainable grace offend you? Does it bother you that His grace can be extended to a wretch such as a serial killer, or is it only good for you? I am happy to present another powerful and convicting message by Akash Sant Singh as your sermon of the week: God’s Audacious Grace.

For Whom Did Christ Die? The Simple Logic of Limited Atonement

Did Christ Die for All Men? Or Did He Die for Only Some Men? “The simple logic of  Limited Atonement or particular redemption” At some point in our Christian walk we must ask ourselves this vital question: “Who did Christ die for?” A huge portion of our theology is wrapped up in this little question, […]

Angry Arminians.

For the past several weeks I’ve been addressing my concerns about behavioral and interpersonal interaction among Christians and the inevitable negative affects this ungracious conduct breeds. I’ve addressed issues such as the hypocrisy of Christians (found here), caustic Calvinists (found here), and the cannibalism of “elite” Christian bloggers devouring their perceived lower class counterparts (found […]

Sermon of the week: “Biblical Nonconformity” by Robert Briggs.

Your sermon of the week is the three-part message, Biblical Nonconformity, by Robert Briggs.  Biblical Nonconformity Part 1 (Introduction) Biblical Nonconformity Part 2 Biblical Nonconformity Part 3 (Source of our Strength)

Caustic Calvinists.

In the recent past I’ve attempted to address some of the concerns I’ve had with those who use defending the faith as a conduit to unleash a torrent of scathing attacks in harsh-toned debates and disagreements with those whom they’re in disagreement with.  I posted two such admonitions this past year: One was a sermon on […]

Sermon of the week: “The Gospel Revolution in Work” by Akash Sant Singh.

As a follow-up to last week’s two-part message on Christian work ethic by Brian Borgman (found here), DefCon is pleased to present another two-part message on this same subject by Akash Sant Singh entitled The Gospel Revolution in Work. This is a great message that every Christian should listen to whether they work in the […]

Sermon of the week: “The Christian Work Ethic” by Brian Borgman.

For the next two weeks DefCon will be bringing you sermons on the subject of Christian work ethic and how the gospel plays out in our vocations.Whether you work outside the home, from home, are a homemaker, a boss, an employee, a student, a husband, a wife, or a child, the next two weeks are […]

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Those who sweat in worldly pursuits are commonly cold in godly pursuits. – William Jenkyn 1613–1685

Paul Washer answers a young man’s question about election.

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The only thing of my very own to which I can contribute to my own redemption is the sin from which I need to be redeemed. – William Temple 1628 – 1699

Sermon of the week: “Dangers of Calvinism – The Danger of Pride” by John Scheffer.

Someone was finally bold enough to address one of the greatest causes for people to reject the Doctrines of Grace: proud, combative, and caustic Calvinists. John Scheffer boldly goes where few will dare in his candid message Dangers of Calvinism: The Danger of Pride.

Tell me what you REALLY think about God’s sovereignty.

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“The doctrine of justification itself, as preached by an Arminian, is nothing but the doctrine of salvation by works.” -Charles Spurgeon 1834 – 1892

“Can we warn about a ravening wolf spiritually while simultaneously throwing an arm around him?”

That’s a fantastic question from a fantastic article recently posted by Worldview Weekend entitled: Rick Warren’s Infiltration of the Reformed Faith This is a must-read for everyone who’s concerned with what’s been happening lately in Reformed circles. Here’s a quote from the article to whet your whistle: “Rick Warren desires credibility and influence more than […]

John Piper, Rick Warren redux.

A few years ago those who observed that John Piper was heading down a bad road when he began validating Mark Driscoll were all but crucified by those who thought the ones raising the concern were jumping to conclusions. But then the next shoe dropped: Piper invited Rick Warren to speak at last year’s Desiring […]

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The basic principle of Calvinism is the sovereignty of God. – L. Boettner 1901 – 1990

Sermon of the week: “Predestination and Infants” by Brian Borgman.

Brian Borgman delves into the controversial subject of what happens when infants die, in your sermon of the week entitled Predestination and Infants.

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To say that God the Father has purposed the salvation of all mankind, that God the Son died with the express intention of saving the whole human race, and that God the Holy Spirit is now seeking to win the world to Christ; when, as a matter of common observation, it is apparent that the […]

Sermon of the week: “The Doctrine of Salvation – Justification” by Brian Borgman.

Your sermon of the week is a great message on justification by Brian Borgman. This sermon also contains the Are You a Roman Catholic or Christian quiz that was featured on DefCon two days ago. I recommend that before you download/stream this two-part sermon, that you take the quiz first. For those who took the […]

“Chuck Smith, Calvary Chapel, and their Ignorance Fest on Calvinism.”

As a follow-up to Brother Michael’s previous post on Chuck Smith (found here), I’m presenting an audio clip of a critique that James White did in response to an audio clip of Chuck Smith and other Calvary Chapel speakers in which they attacked the Doctrines of Grace, equated Calvinists to cultists, and even opposed God’s […]

Chuck Smith on predestination.

WARNING!!! This is an example of BAD theology.  Believe at your own peril… “…you could go to the race tracks with this kind of knowledge (God’s foreknowledge). Imagine what you could do, having foreknowledge knowing every horse what he was going to do in that race and you would go to the race track with […]

Sermon of the week: Semper Reformanda – “Children in Worship” by Brian Borgman.

Your sermon of the week is Semper Reformanda: Children in Worship by Brian Borgman. This message is from a 1996 church service when the church decided that they would no longer dismiss the children and separate them from their parents during the main worship service. This is a very enlightening sermon as Borgman makes the […]

Sermon of the week: “The Grace of God’s Law – God’s Law in the Life of the Saints” by Brian Borgman.

We have finally reached the end of Brian Borgman’s thirteen-part series  entitled Introduction to the Reformed Faith. The Grace of God’s Law – God’s Law in the Life of the Saints is the concluding installment of this great series on the Doctrines of Grace that we began in October 2009. I hope it has been […]

Sermon of the week: “The Assurance of Grace – Assurance in the Life of the Saints” by Brian Borgman.

Another fantastic sermon! Your sermon of the week is The Assurance of Grace – Assurance in the Life of the Saints by Brian Borgman. This is one that will not sit well with Roman Catholics and anyone else who rejects the idea of assurance. This is part twelve of a thirteen-part series on the Doctrines […]