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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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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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Dr. Leighton Flowers (a former 5-Point Calvinist) speaks about this often. Check out his writings and podcasts if you're interested in more information or to hear from former Calvinists. He and his guests often speak about pre/post views on Romans 9, Ephesians 1, and John 6. I've included an example of his prior/post interpretations of Matthew 22:1-14. ...


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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 certainly is true that our Father knows what we need before we ask Him (cf. Matt. 6:8), but this does not mean that our asking for what we think we need accomplishes nothing. In the first place, we are created in the image and likeness of God. That creation gives us a dignity which merits the hearing, at least, of our desires. God knows what we need. He ...


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I found a compilation of John Calvin quotes on the topic of God's love. Here is one that struck me as relevant to your question: Sermon #28, Deut. 4.36-38, p. 167, this quote was compiled by Andrew Myers. It is true that Saint John says generally, that [God] loved the world. And why? For Jesus Christ offers Himself generally to all men without ...


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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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Theological determinism is as fatal to human reason and faith as Natural determinism, if all future events are totally determined by past states of affairs (see Plantinga: “...Where the Problem Really Lies”) There is a parallel distinction between cause-effect and ground-consequent (Re: C. S. Lewis). The former applies to determinism and the latter to ...


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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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Satan believes in election not because of his inherent intellect but because he is well-versed with the bible. He has indirect knowledge of the elect even before they are saved, because He sees how God takes care of His own. Job for example, was protected by God and Satan knows it. God formed a hedge around him that nor even Satan is allowed to touch him. ...


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