The Gospel

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

this would be cool to watch

Description: The Lord Jesus said, “…many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matt. 22:14). The obvious implication is that the one who does the choosing also does the calling. But who is the one who both calls and chooses? Or, to put it another way, who controls salvation? Is salvation the result of a sovereign act of God or is it the result of man’s supposed free-will?

Those who embrace Reformed Theology believe that God both calls and chooses and that He does not call and choose every single person because the word “many” limits the nature and extent of this action. Because man is dead in sin, it takes a sovereign act of God, and God alone (Monergism), to achieve salvation on fallen man’s part.

Arminianism has a different view. Though they maintain that man is dead in sin, they still believe that man has a choice and, in the end, it is man’s sovereign choice, not God’s, which ultimately determines who is saved.

During the next two hours and a half hours you will hear Reformed apologist Dr. James R. White engage in a debate with Mr. George Bryson of Calvary Chapel and author of the book The Five Points of Calvinism: Weighed and Found Wanting discuss these and other related issues.

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