Posts Tagged ‘Restless’

Sin and God’s Presence

Here are some thoughts I wrote down this morning in my devotional time.

In the garden Adam and Eve made a choice; they chose their way over God’s way. Their choice separated them from God. This separation is what God sought to correct on the cross. So, Christ in giving His life on the cross, made it possible for God to reconcile the world unto Himself. How does He do that? By offering man today the same thing He offered Adam; life in His presence.

In choosing Israel, God said, I want to be your God and I want you to me My people. The problem was, the people would not remain faithful to maintain fellowship with His presence. So, Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for sin so that in our coming to Him, God would bring His presence into our hearts, which is the hope of eternal life that begins at regeneration and continues forever.


My Perspective Versus Your Perspective

Here is a statement that I think deserves a LOT of attention from us all: “It is so easy seeing things from our own perspective that we fail to see other’s perspectives clearly and correctly.”

This statement, to me, sets the stage for a couple serious pitfalls. First of all, it becomes so easy to hurl criticisms at those who have different thoughts about things than we may have by lumping them into some category that we consider illogical and incorrect. This is unfair and in some ways can even be unintentionally demeaning. The second problem that I see is this, if I cannot follow what someone is saying in a discussion like this and be fair to the other person’s explanations etc… how on earth can we speak to a lost person and help him see the “TRUTH” if all we see is our own personal reference point and his as “Pelagian, Semi-Pelagian, Arminian, Calvinist, etc.?

People really have a hard time even fathoming the point of even debating Calvinism and Arminianism in the first place… but that is not what we are doing. (Or at least not what I am doing.) I am challenging myself to seek to understand sin and its effects on individuals and the world we live in and how conversion overcomes those effects. Now, it just happens that those discussions are framed by those who call themselves Calvinists and Arminians and that is why it is no surprise that I am neither.

I really do appreciate the challenges that lie in these discussions because it does force me to consider my position and seek to understand the Bible for myself. I am not here to change anyone’s mind or convert anyone… that is the responsibility of the Holy Spirit. I have engaged for my personal benefit and for that I am appreciative of all that participate in this process.

May God bless us all and our efforts to serve Him and those He places in our path.

Grateful to be in His Grip!


Is Good Always Good or Can Good Ever Be Bad?

Working on a post asking a simple question: Is Good Always Good or Can Good Ever Be Bad?

Any thoughts before I post?

Grateful to be in His Grip!


Who is a Calvinist?

There are two things that are interesting in the ongoing saga of who is and what is a Calvinist. In an effort to try to determine for myself an answer to this very important question, I have concluded that a Calvinist is an individual that places regeneration before saving faith and repentance. It does not matter if the 3 all are simultaneous or one follows the other; the point is faith and repentance are impossible without regeneration, which is of God’s sole doing. Man does not have the ability nor the capability in and of himself to respond to God in any way apart from and independent of this process of regeneration.

In my study I am convinced that revelation and reconciliation are God’s means of bringing about saving faith in an  individual and NOT regeneration. (See Ro. 1:16; 2 Cor. 2:18-20) In His sovereignty, God is most certainly capable of revealing Himself to those that need to be reconciled to Him. An individual’s response to His revelation is what determines that person’s eternal destiny; God’s will is set; His revelation is given. Our eternity depends on what we do with that revelation.

This is the key difference between Conversionism and Calvinism; Transformed as opposed to Reformed Theology.

Grateful to be in His Grip,