The Reformation and Election (Van Dixhoorn)

The Reformed Reader

I recently started reading this resource in my Logos library: T&T Clark Companion to Reformation Theology.  One article that stands out is Chad Van Dixhoorn’s work on election.  In this essay, Van Dixhoorn talks about the historical background of election, the definition, the various views, the Synod of Dort, Amraldianism, and so forth.  I appreciate how he summarized the Reformed view of election, which is drawn exclusively from Scripture:

At this juncture in Protestant history the precise nature of divine foreknowledge was not yet contested; each side in the dispute would agree that Scripture indicates that God has known all things “from the beginning of the world” (Acts 15:18). Indeed, the Reformed were willing to press further the extent of God’s knowledge. In his arguments against Pighius, Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499–1562) argues that God does not only know all that has happened and will happen. He also knows all…

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The fear of God will be or should be one of the favorite topics of the Christian. Unfortunately, it’s very misunderstood. This may be partly because it isn’t mentioned much anymore, and many tend to understand the word fear as fright, and only fright. The fear of God is a very multi-faceted doctrine. It doesn’t just mean awe or reverence but a whole lot more.

The Bible has a lot to say about ‘The fear of God’ – see Genesis 22:12, Deuteronomy 6:1-2, Psalms 2:11, Proverbs 9:10, Isaiah 50:10, Acts 9:31, Revelation 14:6-7, for a good representation.

The fear of God starts out with the realization of our sin, and realizing what we’ve been saved from.

Because believers have been saved from sin, and from God’s wrath, we want to obey God not because we’re afraid…

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Bethel Church peddling New Breed heresy (Part 3): Vallotton claims “You are gods” (aka Princes and Princesses)

PLEASE NOTE: What they actually say is what they actually mean: Bethel believes you are a ‘god’.
Don’t fall for their word games.

Did you know that Kris Vallotton, (good friend of Dr Michael Brown), claims Christians are ‘little gods’? (And why should Dr Michael Brown care since he too believes in this New Breed/Little Gods heresy that Vallotton teaches?)

Time and again, Michael Brown endorses some of the most dangerous NAR Apostles and NAR Apostles in some of the largest and most dangerous cults who are perverting Christianity for their own selfish means. We say this in light of Bethel’s heretical NAR New Breed heresy. (The basic concept behind this teaching is that humans are actually divine.)

Bethel Church peddling New Breed heresy (Part 1): Spirit of Sonship = Spirit of Adoption
Bethel Church peddling New Breed heresy (Part 2): Johnson wants you to manifest the Glorified Rev 1 Christ?

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Standing Against Abuse Requires the Making of Enemies

A Cry For Justice

But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him. (Matthew 12:14)

If a person’s intent is to remain popular with everyone, especially with all the leaders of the visible church, then following Christ, standing against evil (especially evil hiding behind religion), and exposing abusers is most certainly not possible for them. Look at where Jesus walked and look at what He experienced at the hands of the visible “church” of his day and you will see the path He calls us to walk if we are going to take up our cross and follow Him.

George Whitefield, the great evangelist of the revival in the 1700’s, was not a controversialist by nature. He was a very gracious man. I have been reading the incredibly valuable biography of Whitefield written by Arnold Dallimore and I want to share with you a few paragraphs that illustrate precisely what…

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The True Way Of Salvation…

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Thirteen Heresies in The Shack

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God is a perfect being and therefore cannot change

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Spurgeon 32. Well, I think that one argument will be enough, but another good argument may be found in the fact of God’s perfection. I believe God to be a perfect being. Now, if he is a perfect being, he cannot change. Do you not see this? Suppose I am perfect to-day. If it were possible for me to change, should I be perfect tomorrow after the alteration? If I changed, I must either change from a good state to a better — and then if I could get better, I could not be perfect now-or else from a better state to a worseand if I were worse, I should not be perfect then. If I am perfect, I cannot be altered without being imperfect. If I am perfect to-day, I must keep the same to-morrow if I am to be perfect then. So, if God is perfect, he must be…

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