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  1. “Those who have received salvation are to attribute it to sovereign grace alone, and to give all the praise to Him, who makes them to differ from others.” —Jonathan Edwards The doctrines of grace are so called because these five major headings of theology, often identified as the five points of biblical Calvinism, contain the purest expression of the saving grace of God. Each of these five doctrines—radical depravity, sovereign election, definite atonement, irresistible call, and preserving grace—supremely display the sovereign grace of God. These five headings stand together as one comprehensive statement of the saving purposes of God. For this reason, there is really only one point to the doctrines of grace, namely, that God saves sinners by His grace and for His glory. These two realities—God’s grace and glory—are inseparably bound together. Whatever most magnifies God’s grace most magnifies His glory. And that which most exalts God’s grace is the truth expressed in the doctrines of grace. On the other hand, compromising any one of the five points dilutes and diminishes the grace of God. For instance, to speak of a mere partial corruption of man, one in which the lost sinner is only spiritually sick in his sin, makes a misdiagnosis that grossly diminishes the grace of God. Likewise, to espouse a conditional election that is dependent upon God’s foresight of man’s faith corrupts the grace of God. To teach that Christ made a universal atonement, making salvation possible for all (though actual for none), cheapens the grace of God. To believe in a resistible call that allows for the free will of man compromises the grace of God. And to think of reversible grace, which would allow man to fall away from the faith, contaminates the pure grace of God. These views undermine the grace of God, and because of that, sad to say, they rob God of His glory. And yet, such views are widely held in the church today. In any syncretistic Arminian scheme of theology, salvation is seen as being partly of God and partly of man—whether it be that man adds his good works or that he contributes his own self-generated faith to the finished work of Christ. These schemes divide the glory between God and man. To whatever extent one deviates from any of the five doctrines of grace, one marginalizes the glory that is due to God alone for the salvation of sinners. Giving Glory to God Alone Writing shortly before his death in 2000, James Montgomery Boice noted: “Having a high view of God means something more than giving glory to God … it means giving glory to God alone. This is the difference between Calvinism and Arminianism. While the former declares that God alone saves sinners, the latter gives the impression that God enables sinners to have some part in saving themselves. Calvinism presents salvation as the work of the triune God—election by the Father, redemption in the Son, calling by the Spirit. Furthermore, each of these saving acts is directed toward the elect, thereby infallibly securing their salvation. By contrast, Arminianism views salvation as something that God makes possible but that man makes actual. This is because the saving acts of God are directed toward different persons: the Son’s redemption is for humanity in general; the Spirit’s calling is only for those who hear the gospel; narrower still, the Father’s election is only for those who believe the gospel. Yet in none of these cases (redemption, calling, or election) does God actually secure the salvation of even one sinner! The inevitable result is that rather than depending exclusively on divine grace, salvation depends partly on a human response. So although Arminianism is willing to give God the glory, when it comes to salvation, it is unwilling to give Him all the glory. It divides the glory between heaven and earth, for if what ultimately makes the difference between being saved and being lost is man’s ability to choose God, then to just that extent God is robbed of His glory. Yet God Himself has said, ‘I will not yield My glory to another’ (Isa. 48:11).” This is why the doctrines of grace are so desperately needed in our churches. They give glory to God alone. They define salvation as being all of God. When salvation is correctly perceived in this way, then—and only then—God receives all the glory for it. Only sola gratia produces soli Deo gloria. The Doctrines of Grace: By His Grace and for His Glory WWW.LIGONIER.ORG The doctrines of grace are so called because these five major headings of theology, often identified as the five points of biblical Calvinism, contain the purest expression of the saving grace of God. Read more For a categorized Scripture list the below pdf is available for download! Doctrines of Grace - Categorized Scripture List.pdf
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    Jesus is not God Almighty himself

    Someone will come and pick up his torch and will run with it. I should create a countdown clock and stick it on the site and reset it whenever an Arian comes onto the site:
  3. Couldn't agree more. That's the difference between "Reformers" and say other self identifying denominational congregations. I hear them try to dissuade Reformers from any attempts to bring the Roman catholic church back to orthodoxy through Scripture. They suggest that "the foundation has shifted" which the Roman catholic church is built upon therefore it is not a foundation which we can even build upon. It needs to be destroyed and leveled. Of course, you'll hear these same people making the guilt by association fallacy of anything theologically shared with Catholicism.
  4. Lemme just say that Francis keeps Catholic apologist busy doing damage control after he speaks!
  5. Thank you brother. And I agree with you that we are friends, and brothers in Christ, having spoken a pretty good deal through private messages over a year or so. I respect you Diego, and also your Lutheran denomination and the theology which was contributed to Christendom. That's why it was difficult for me to even say anything to you. I preferred to address this in public so that others could see that I did in fact address the issues they were having. Excuse my laziness in not wishing to write to each person separately etc. And I can definitely understand not wanting to have someone punished, but when a senior member exhibits certain behavior then new members think it okay to mimic them. Just something to consider. God bless, William
  6. Of course you should speak up if you're being subjected to rudeness. Just a friendly reminder that we do have a "report post" option. Between you and I, we expect a level of behavior from our senior members. There's a reason why you have endured on this forum for so long. Glad you didn't take what I suggested personally, just observing that your recent posts are "uncharacteristic". Enjoy, brother. William
  7. Matto is our guest. I'd just like to point out that sometimes it isn't what we say but how we go about saying it. We are open to dialogue with people such as Matto, which is not only Catholic but also a welcome friendly presence on this site. He demonstrates that he can leave one topic for another and not carry his grudge from place to place. From topics like this to fishing etc we can muse together and just talk. On another note, this is not suggesting that we are open to "all" Catholics, but we do regulate how many come on the board so as to not be overrun. This isn't a place for Catholics to practice their apologetics, but we are open to sincere inquiry. God bless, William
  8. The self-moderation, comments on others behavior, and arrogant rants are uncharacteristic of you Diego, they are raising the eye brows of more than one person and have resulted in reported posts. And though I appreciate you taking the time to elaborate on your denomination's theological perspective the self-moderation etc should cease. Hope you feel better soon, we are praying for you. God bless, William
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  11. Lemme ask you something, lets say the U.S. one day followed in the footsteps of Socialism. Would it be financially wise to purchase precious metals?