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The view of Norman Geisler, who was a Thomistic scholar, is that free will and election are not innately contradictory. Geisler wrote the book "Chosen but Free". He explains that while God's choosing and man's free will seem to be contradictory, philosophically they can't be shown to be so. A key verse for Geisler is 1 Peter 1:1-2 where God's choice is "...


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The traditional Calvinistic understanding of the relationship between God's knowledge and God's decree relies on an important distinction, which I'll briefly explain, then present to you how Historically Reformed Confessions articulate the relationship. When we are talking about "time" before creation, we must understand that "time" in any traditional ...


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In the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, a historic Calvinistic faith confession that is a revision of the Westminster confession and used as a confession of faith by many reformed calvinist church today, state in Chapter 3 (Of God's Decree), Paragraph 5: Those of mankind that are predestinated to life, God, before the foundation of the world was laid, ...


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No one ever deserves to be in Heaven. Everyone that goes to Heaven deserves to be in Hell... always. Only Jesus deserves to be in Heaven. The rest of us get there by God's free grace, through faith in Jesus, and through Him dying for our sins. God has not changed his mind on these things. Total Depravity relates to the individual. It means that a person'...


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It is the view of some of the most eminent Calvinists that all those who die in infancy go to Heaven, including Charles Spurgeon and John Gill. But they are not saved because they did not reject the Gospel: souls are lost not because they reject the Gospel but because they are sinners. True, only receiving the Gospel can save them, but they are lost already ...


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God moves a thing according to the nature of thing he moves. So when God gives grace to a man, he gives it to him according to his nature; so God gives grace to a man so that man receives it freely. Also, predestination is in God, and our choices are in us, so they inhere in two different subjects. Also, it is important that God is not one influence and our ...


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