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The pastoral reason this debate matters so much is because of the related doctrine of assurance (which itself is intimately related to justification by faith alone). To put it bluntly, if our salvation depends on the eternal decree of God, then our assurance is based not on our own performance but entirely on the grace of God. If salvation depends even ...


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A common way of describing the Calvinist "doctrines of grace" is to use the mnemonic TULIP which stand for Total depravity, Unconditional election, Limited atonement, Irresistible grace, and Perseverence of the saints. Particular election is synonymous not with Unconditional election but rather with Limited atonement: in his death Christ was dying ...


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I’m going to give the simplest answer I know. After I became a Christian in my mid-20s, it only began to slowly dawn on me, after the event, the wonder of why God would save a sinner like me, and how he did it. I had left a group that denied mainstream views of election/predestination, claiming knowledge about God and Christ was the essential factor in ...


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First, let's address the premise of your question: one way to summarize it is that we are debating whether God decides that the sinner decides to come to Christ and accept Him as Lord and Savior and repent, or whether the sinner decides that the sinner decides to... So what difference does that make? This is a false dilemma. Regardless of which model of ...


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For a Calvinist, belief in the doctrine of election:- Plays a major part in whether you believe in the God of the Bible, or not. About the True God His Word says: All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you ...


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In my experience, though it would be difficult to quantify the matter, most 'Calvinists' would repair to the Authorised Version (KJV) to respond to this question, therefore : The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. [...


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My favorite personal conceptualization: God gives us free will. Although it's too weak to fully effect faith in Christ, God still foresees this little movement. In this way, all who are serious enough to believe Christ (cf. Mark 9:24: "I believe, help my unbelief") will become the elect. God then moves back in time, makes me one of the elect, ...


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Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness. - Psalm 29:1-2 The theological "election debate" as it is usually played out dances all around and actually misses the point. One side argues to defend the absolute and complete ...


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