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Calvinism

Calvinism or Calvinist

Calvinism is named after John Calvin. It was first used by a Lutheran theologian in 1552 and followers tody are called Calvinist.  Calvinism have five doctrinal points in their beliefs represented by TULIP.  This acronym summarizes the Calvinist beliefs, particularly around their five points: "Total depravity", which means all people by their own faculties are morally unable to choose to follow God.  "Unconditional election" asserts that God has chosen from eternity those whom he will bring to himself not based on their free choice. "Limited atonement", this implies that only the sins of the elect were atoned for by Jesus's death.  "Irresistible grace", asserts that the saving grace of God is effectually applied to those whom he has determined to save (that is, the elect).  "Perseverance of the saints"  asserts that since God is sovereign and his will cannot be frustrated by humans or anything else, those whom God has called into communion with himself will continue in faith until the end. Right Divison is the answer to all of these points and rejects everyone of them.  Wayne takes us through key scriptures that refute what these points are claiming.  Right Division of scripture from an Acts 28 perspective refutes everyone of these five points.

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June 30th, 2019
Genesis - Part 18

The lesson on June 30, 2019 was part 18 of the "Genesis" study.  Wayne announced that we will be traveling the next three weeks for his summer break from his teaching responsibilities at University and left us with a lesson focused on the eternal life we have in resurrection.  Eternal life was given at the tree of Life in the Garden of Eden and the opposite of eternal life is perish.  We learned about how there is a voice in Greek and that is has three tenses.  An aorist tense which is a secondary tense, and accordingly, in the indicative mood it indicates passive action, there is active or future tense and middle.  Active is reflected in this statement "I hit the ball". Passive tense is reflected in this statement "I was hit by the ball".  The middle tense is where the subject may or may not be affected by the action.  There are two specific times when you know the middle tense is used and those are "Aorist and Future".  We looked at the term "ἀπόλλυμι" and where it is used in the aorist and future tense which was about 26 places. One of those places was in John 3:15-16 that describes perish, being the opposite of eternal life. With the free will of man, God has offered mankind a way to have eternal life through Christ Jesus his Son otherwise, they will perish (which is another description of hell.. meaning perish.  Hell is not a place where God punishes people for all time, instead they just are judged and then perish.  This is an important distinction to those who believe in Calvinism.   The scripture reading was from Numbers 21:7-11 KJV

Genesis - Part 18
April 14th, 2019
Genesis - Part 11

The lesson on April 14, 2019 was part 11 of the "Genesis" study.  Wayne summarized the focus on Free Will and God's sovereignty in how He does not cause sin or evil acts but once men choose to do evil, as God He then can further harden their heart until they perform an evil act but God can use it for good. For example we see "eyes have they closed" which was ordained by man! As the evil act gets closer, "eyes are further closed by God".  Then when the evil act happens it is ordained by God for use to His purpose.  We looked at Romans 5:12 and studied the phrase "for all have sinned" and looked at two issues. Are we guilty of Adam's sin (in one man) or are we guilty only of our own personal sin (because of one man)? We looked at Deuteronomy 24:16 which indicated the latter.  We are not held responsible for Adam's sin but we do suffer from it.  The calvinist prefer the that we are guilty of Adam's sin.  Wayne was using the fact that we are guilty only of our own personal sin could possibly solve the issue of the death of a baby or child.  God who is righteous will resurrect the aborted child, baby or adolescent child who die before they commit their own sin.  The scripture reading was from Romans 5:12-16 KJV

Genesis - Part 11
April 7th, 2019
Genesis - Part 10

The lesson on April 7, 2019 was part 10 of the "Genesis" study and Wayne continued teaching us about how important free will and the sovereignty of God is in understanding scripture rightly divided.  Further he takes time out to look out how this refutes what the Calvinist believe.  Wayne also shows how God used the free will of Israel in how their unbelief hardened their heart and at the right time, God hardened their heart to allow an evil act like the suffering of the Messiah with the crucifixion of Jesus to happen as was prophesied in Isaiah 53,  This doctrine of free will and God's sovereignty fits with Wayne's new understanding of the Acts 28 and Acts 29 study as he refines how The Mystery was revealed.  The scripture reading was from Genesis 50:15-21 KJV

Genesis - Part 10
September 30th, 2018
Theology Has Consequences

The message on September 30, 2018 was one of Theology Has Consequences.  When you look at the state of America in its embrace of the Social Justice Warriors, it is indicative of what has been lost in todays churches who have embraced social behavior in the place of what is taught in scripture.  When you look at a lesson from John MacArthur in how he explains the perspective of a person who is the way they are because of someone else...

Theology Has Consequences
November 19th, 2017
The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 36

The lesson on November 19, 2017 was part 36 of "The U, V and W of Right Division".  Wayne took the first 22 minutes of the lesson to give an example of how we could minister Right Division in a way that would involve animation and graphics that would answer a question or belief in such a way that they understand it in the context of what right division does for the student of scripture.  He gave an example of some believe that scripture teaches only one gospel.  Wayne give a sample script how we might explain it in a way that exposes the statement to be false by showing the answer eloquently with a video.  The example he used was from the Bible Project in examining the Hebrew word "nephesh".  We learn inoffensively that it means throat or neck, which could be used to describe the person.  It does not mean "Soul" which is how the Greek interpreters explained it.  The last part of the lesson was wrapping up Calvinism and Romans chapter 9, especially focusing in on hardening.  The scripture reading was from Luke 18:31-34 KJV

The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 36

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