Five Points that Support Prevenient Grace

  Introduction In regard to salvation, Calvinism understands God’s grace to be irresistible, while Arminianism understands God’s grace to be prevenient and resistible. I believe at the center of this debate is the subject of pride and humility. What role does pride and humility have in how God deals with humanity in general? What role Read More …

[Re-Post] Calvinism’s Unsound Interpretation of John 6:37,44-45

All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted. John 6:44-45 44 No man can come to me, except the Father that sent me draw him: and I will raise him up in the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall all be taught of God. Read More …

Four Points Against Calvinism’s Regeneration and Irresistible Grace

  1 – James and Peter are quoting Proverbs 3:34, which reveals a universal truth about pride and humility, and clearly seen throughout Scripture. In context, James and Peter were instructing believers, but they were applying this truth to them and their situation. God, in general, deals with mankind according to this law. God hates Read More …

Response to John Piper [How Do Arminians Pray?]

John Piper video clip:      How Do Arminians Pray? In Piper’s words, Arminian praying to God for someone’s salvation: “Arminians don’t believe that He has the right and authority and power to save anybody. Do they? Let’s be honest. No caricature here. No strawman. ‘Prevenient grace, yes — do that, Lord, but don’t sovereignly push them Read More …

Rebuttal to Maverick Victor Witlouw [Prevenient Grace vs. Irresistible Grave]

Maverick Victor Witlouw, of Sovereign Grace Messianic Blog, wrote a response to my article, “Why Irresistible Grace Doesn’t Work, and Why Prevenient Grace Does” [Responding to Steve Sewell’s Presentation of Prevenient Grace]. He happened to respond to an article where I probably said the least about this subject, as I have other articles where I Read More …

The Fallacy That Regeneration Guarantees Obedience of Faith

Calvinists slam the Arminian position of prevenient grace.  They ridicule the idea that people can actually resist the drawing of the Holy Spirit to Christ as  Savior. Yet, it’s the Arminian position that is in total harmony with, and totally consistent with, the normal working of the Spirit in one’s life. It’s the Calvinist position Read More …

Why Irresistible Grace Doesn’t Work, and Why Prevenient Grace Does

All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted. Before we address prevenient grace and irresistible grace, we need an understanding of the spiritual condition of mankind, and why God’s grace is needed: Man Is Sinful: Romans 3:23 – 23 for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of Read More …

Regeneration – First Things First

All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted. Calvinism teaches that regeneration precedes faith. No less an authority is R.C. Sproul, who says, “After a person is regenerated, that person cooperates by exercising faith and trust”  (Excerpt from his book, The Mystery of the Holy Spirit) . Also from R.C. Read More …

Theology Tid-Bits: The Picture of Saving Faith

We’re saved by God’s grace through faith. However, it’s important that we don’t define faith according to our own understanding. We must consider carefully how the Bible defines faith.Faith is not a mere intellectual belief in Christ. It’s not a stand-alone belief that is entirely separated from the way we live. God’s Word doesn’t define saving Read More …

Commentary on Philippians, 3:7-9 (Defining Faith)

Scripture quotations are from the English Majority Text Version (EMTV) unless noted otherwise. Philippians 3:7-93:7 But such things as were gain to me, these I have considered loss for the sake of Christ. 3:8 More than that I also consider all things to be loss, on account of the surpassing worth of the knowledge of Christ Read More …