Predestination

John Calvin

                                                  John Calvin

Romans 8:29 NIV “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.

Sooner or later, any thinking Christian will eventually be introduced to the theology of Predestination. At a minimum, all Christians should be aware of the history and major differing perspectives that encompass this particular subject.

Trust me, this can be an extremely heavy subject to navigate and I do not presume to provide any detailed information on the “correct” perspective or theology. I have my own perspective on this subject but that is not the purpose of this post. What I will do is provide some “light overviews” on this subject, thanks to qotquestions.org as a starting point, should you wish to pursue this topic further. And here is a grid that compares Calvinism with Arminianism.

What is Predestination?

What is Calvinism?

What is Arminianism?

Calvinism-vs-Arminianism

What is Molinism?

What is Libertarian Free Will?

What is Open Theism?

Please note that there are multiple additional links at the bottom of each of the above links. I would recommend that you make use of the additional links to obtain a more rounded understanding of the complexity of this subject.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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16 comments on “Predestination
  1. Jeff Rab says:

    This is one of those theological debates that all can have valid points, at least to me. I’ve always believed strongly, both ways in Calvinism and Arminianism! Is that called a CalArmin moderate? 🙂 I truly am in the middle on this. It’s like fully understanding and explaining the Trinity….I can’t do it, not adequately ar least! Great post, Bruce!

  2. bcparkison says:

    I’ll check on this later. Being PCA for years of course I was taught all of this,but having read others of Calvin I’m not sure I like him.

  3. Wally Fry says:

    Thanks for the links Bruce. This is a hard topic with solid support from each side. I am probably a Calviminian lol

  4. David, thannk you bringing this topic in view. Perhaps our different perspectives are the result of our knowledge of God, the creator of all things and the Redeemer of His people through our Lord Jesus Christ. Understanding covenant theology sheds much light on this subject and sometimes it takes a lifetime and God’s working in our lives to believe in predestination as God sees it and planned it. A suggestion is the book The Sovereignty of God by A.W. Pink, one that will need more than one time through to see that God had to have a plan before He put everything in place under His command. Reading the Bible through with an open mind and heart to let God reveal Himself through His own Word can change our position on this subject. I praise Him that we can all meet at the cross of our Lord, love and encourage one another, whether Calvanists or Armenians.

    • Bruce says:

      Hi Frances, I agree, I personally don’t have a problem with regard to predestination regardless of what side of the fence a person may have on this. By the way, remember when I spelled your name incorrectly? Well ….. my name is Bruce, not David. And don’t worry about it, I don’t care what you call me! Grace and blessings!

      • Thank you for the correction. Bruce. Sorry about that. You and two Davids are favorites that I follow; all of you equal in your presentation of the Lord’s work, so you are in good company with them. I may have addressed them as Bruce.:) Blessings for the week.

      • Bruce says:

        Not a problem Frances and likewise on the blessings!

  5. SLIMJIM says:

    Bruce thank you for those links. I lean more on the Calvinist side of things personally. With that said my right hand of fellowship is still open to other Christians who are not.

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