Who is in control? (The decrees of God)

MasterplanThe decrees of God are God’s purposes or determinations with respect to future things.

Ephesians 1:9 refers to the “mystery of his will”.

Acts 2:23 refers to the “definite plan and foreknowledge of God”.

Romans 8:29 uses the word, “predestined”.

Ephesians 3:11 refers to God’s “eternal purposes”.

The decrees of God are, therefore, God’s purposes or counsel that is eternal and always come to pass.

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Was Jesus a Calvinist?

tulipThe title of this post is somewhat naughty, almost like the question, “Does God believe in atheists?”  By “Calvinist” I mean someone who follows the teachings of John Calvin.   The name John Calvin is a swear word to many, but I hope to show you that Calvin’s theology should be our theology because it was a biblical theology, indeed the theology of Jesus Christ himself.

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Predestinational errors

choiceBesides inventing a new word, I thought I would draw your attention to two errors that some make when it comes to thinking about the doctrine of predestination.  These two errors can also be seen as two extremes on opposite ends of the theology spectrum: Arminianism and Hyper-Calvinism

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Why I believe in predestination (and evangelism)

predestined 3I hold to and teach the doctrine of predestination for one simple reason: the Bible teaches it.  In fact, the Bible’s teaching on this subject are very clear and understandable, and I have trouble comprehending how so many Christians do not see this grand doctrine in the Bible.  I believe that if you read the Bible carefully and seriously you cannot but hold to this crucial doctrine.

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I create disaster, says the Lord

Jim Elliot
Jim Elliot (1927-1956)

Isaiah 45 is a very difficult passage for those who have a small view of God. Yet this same chapter is of great value to Christians. Isaiah teaches in this chapter that God is sovereign over all of nature and history, and nothing happens except as ordained by God.

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