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The term "hyper-Calvinist" is a moving target, due to its pejorative nature, but several historical theologians are widely considered to fall under that label. I'll examine the views of two of them before moving to the position held by "traditional" Calvinists/reformed theologians. Both groups see God working to change the will of the sinner, making him ...


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Following the commandment "Going therefore, teach ye all nations" (cf. Matthew 28:19 Douay-Rheims-Challoner Version), part of the mission of the Church generally is to educate—not only in religion, but in other areas—and in service of this mission many universities around the world are specifically recognized as Catholic universities. Canon law ...


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Ravi Zacharias sort of assumes (but I don't think ever tries to prove) that God is sovereign, and in that sovereignty has decided to give us wills of our own. To begin the chapter "Does Prayer Make Any Difference?" in Zacharias' book Has Christianity Failed You? Zacharias states that Christianity does not promise that you will have every question fully ...


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To the extent that an act is compelled by an outside source, the actor is not responsible for it: Freedom is the power, rooted in reason and will, to act or not to act, to do this or that, and so to perform deliberate actions on one’s own responsibility. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1731) As long as freedom has not bound itself ...


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I'm not exactly sure I understand the question. But, perhaps this answer will suffice. Luther made a distinction between the things "above us" and the things "below us." The things above us are works that can only be done by our Triune God (salvation, conversion, etc). The things below us are the items in our daily lives subject to reason (paying taxes, ...


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The 2nd Council of Orange was assembled, as the document itself states, to address the controversy between Augustine and Pelagius. In short, the Council was about whether original sin existed in new born or if they were born free from the stain of original sin. If you read the first Canon you can get a better context of what the Council means by Free will. ...


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tl;dnr The scriptures tell us we do not have free will. We cannot choose Christ unless God supernaturally causes us to desire him and so causes us to choose him. Further, we cannot make even the smallest day to day decisions differently from the way we do make them, right down the to the words I'm typing. "The lot is cast into the lap but its every decision ...


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The reason freely choosing to accept the gift of Jesus would rob God of glory in Reformed theology is that it would soft pedal the nature of the fall. Calvinists understand that when mankind fell into sin it affected our entire person and nature, leaving no portion unaffected. This is not the same thing as saying that humanity is as bad as it could possibly ...


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Anytime you want an official position of Jehovah's Witnesses on a particular topic use Google search of your key words and add jw.org . I typed free will jw.org and numerous hits came up that link you directly to Jehovah's Witnesses official website. The first one I think is a good fit to your question and I have included it below: What Does the ...


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The LDS church does not teach predestination. To Latter-day Saints, the idea of predestination is unscriptural. Not only does it deny what Paul and other prophets taught about agency, but it also limits God’s love to only a select few. Elder Joseph Fielding Smith stated emphatically that “no person is ever predestined to salvation or damnation. Every ...


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I will address some background issues prior to bringing the point home. Yes, most believe in a sinful nature for mankind. I believe along with Dallas Willard and all those in the Wesleyan tradition that total depravity is not the description of mankind. It is interesting to note that Calvin himself believed that babies are born innocent. Luther on the other ...


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With my understanding of Calvinism/Reformed theology, the question here is confused on what the theology actually teaches. My understanding is that you are unconditionally selected for grace, however, once that grace is poured out on you, you freely and willingly surrender to it and follow God. I find this is a common misunderstanding. Common enough that I'...


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Jehovah’s Witnesses, like most Christians, teach that we come into existence some time around conception. (I’m not sure that they ever pin it down exactly, and while they oppose abortion, I don’t think I’ve heard them complain about methods which prevent implantation. Let’s just say that, by Witness teaching, you become a human some time between conception ...


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I think the question to your question is, what is a well-represented or well-supported historical document, and how do you, as an individual, verify its authenticity aside from believing the claims of others? With that said, I will quote the historical source (compilation of many other sources), The Bible and use that as the authority here. To answer your ...


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Romans 6 is the definitive chapter on man's free will. Pay particular attention to 6:15-23, for in these verses we see the issue of free will from God's perspective. The issue of sin in us is that it provokes us to consistently choose not to obey God. If we can surrender to God and obey him, then we are not slaves of sin. If we cannot surrender to God, ...


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I don't think there's any official C of E doctrine about this. I think it's worth remembering that prayer is not any kind of magic spell, and that the Almighty is not bound by space and time. Conversing with the Lord about what you'd like to happen is one thing; being disgruntled when you don't get what you asked for, as if the Lord were a genie from a lamp,...


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To what extent Luther thought human's have 'free will' is actually not fully disclosed in any of his writings. In general Luther opposed all notions of free-will, as those espousing the term always implied some ability (no matter how insignificant) to perform some good work (even if qualified by a 'cooperation' with the Spirit). Luther firmly believed and ...



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