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From ‘The Five Points of Calvinism Defined Defended Documented’ by David N. Steele and Curtis C. Thomas, Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing, 1963, Part 1, section V: The One Point Which the “Five Points” of Calvinism are Concerned to Establish: Here is a brief extract (on page 23) from a quote by J.I. Packer: ... the very act of setting out ...


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It's simple. The ones for whom Christ died are saved because He died for them. Faith is instrumental for God in uniting the elect to Christ in His death. They have faith because He died for them - not, He died for them because they have faith. Owen's point is that if Christ died for all, then all would be saved. He is making this argument on the grounds of ...


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I'm now answering this question myself two years later. Both of the introductory statements are false in a narrow sense, but true in a broad sense. According to the Reformed view, the following would be more precisely true: "If you love me, you will [by nature] show it by doing what I’ve told you." That is, according to the reformed view a true ...


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Not all flesh is evil. Adam and Eve were created with flesh, but before they fell they were innocent and pure. They were sinless but had the ability to choose to do evil; but on the other hand they could have chosen to do the right thing; there was nothing in them leaning them towards doing evil. This inner purity makes their choice to do evil so much the ...


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In EXODUS 12:5 we see that the passover lamb had to be "without blemish ". "Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats." In 1 CORINTHIANS 15:22 we see that :"For as in Adam all die,even so in Christ shall all be made alive". We know that Jesus was the Lamb of God.Our lamb. See ...


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I think the OP is right. Owen is being uncharacteristically sloppy in his argument. But the result is really the same... Christ died only for his elect. Owen is often pretty hard to understand, and often needs to be read four or five times before the penny drops. Once you have understood him you then have to try and work out if he is being Biblical or not....


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Eph 1:13 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise...8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; Hebrews 7:26 For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, ...


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It is a fact, which is experienced and observed, that the unbelief of some does not exclude them from salvation, but their unbelief is overcome and they are saved from it : Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart. [Mark 16:14, KJV.] It is a fact, which is experienced and ...


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The standard Calvinist interpretation of these passages is indeed the negative inference fallacy, which actually seems to be a form of the formal fallacy Denying the Antecedent: P → Q ∴ ¬P → ¬Q Or in this case, [Sheep] → [Christ died for] ¬[Sheep] → ¬[Christ died for] I'll answer the OP along with some observations from my reading and experience of ...


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The Church rejected Gnostocism and Manichaeism as heresies. Proponents taught dualistic philosophies that asserted all material is evil, and only the spiritual can be good. The idea that human nature is necessarily evil is related to these heresies. One solution to the problem of human sin is the idea of original sin (accepted by many, but not all Christian ...


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