God’s Saving Love: Personal or Impersonal?

Greg Forster makes a great point about the Calvinist view of God's love in contrast to other views of God's love.  Either God's love is a personal, intimate love that embraces some sinners, as the Calvinist says, or it is an impersonal, abstract love that embraces none.  Here's how Forster says it: Every tradition besides… Continue reading God’s Saving Love: Personal or Impersonal?

Arminianism and the Stage Coach Guard (Toplady)

Here's a helpful illustration on the perseverance of the saints by Augustus Toplady: Arminianism represents God’s Spirit, as if he acted like the guard of a stage-coach, who sees the passengers safe out of town for a few miles; and then, making his bow, turns back, and leaves them to pursue the rest of the… Continue reading Arminianism and the Stage Coach Guard (Toplady)

Unlimited Atonement: Not Really Substitutionary

I really appreciate what Greg Forster has to say here about definite, substitutionary atonement – the truth that Jesus died to save his people, his sheep, the elect chosen before the foundation of the world.  It will especially interest those of you who have studied the Arminian/Calvinism differences as well as those of you who… Continue reading Unlimited Atonement: Not Really Substitutionary

Definite Atonement, Particular Redemption

For me, one of the most comforting doctrines of grace is the biblical teaching that Christ's death actually accomplished salvation for his people.  In other words, Jesus' atoning death didn't merely make salvation possible - it actually saved people from sin and misery.  In Calvinism this is called 'limited atonement,' though I prefer the terms… Continue reading Definite Atonement, Particular Redemption