Why I am NOT a Dispensationalist, part 4

In this article, I will show that the dispensationalist view of the restoration of ethnic/national Israel (point 5) is also in error.

The Problem of Sin: Part 4 of a (probably) 10 part series on Discipleship

I hope that by now, three blogs into this series, you have come to an understanding of what a disciple is, why the church and fellow believers are absolutely necessary for discipleship and the many, many benefits of being a disciple Christ. My prayer is that you desire to leave superficial Christianity behind and embrace the … Continue reading The Problem of Sin: Part 4 of a (probably) 10 part series on Discipleship

What is Reformed Theology – Dealing with Misconceptions

The following is part of a series of blogs written for the Covenant Reformed Church website. My students know that I have two tenets which guide my scholarship and theological thinking; and I demand that it guides theirs as well. Ironically, both were gleaned from an Arminian (at least he got these two things right). … Continue reading What is Reformed Theology – Dealing with Misconceptions

Romans 11:26 – What does Paul mean that “ALL Israel will be saved”?

To properly understand where we are in v. 26, we need to understand where Paul has brought us in ch. 11. Kim Riddlebarger offers us a nice contextual summary, Paul’s hope for the future conversion of Israel is connected to the fact that the root – Abraham and the patriarchs – remains holy, not because … Continue reading Romans 11:26 – What does Paul mean that “ALL Israel will be saved”?

Romans 10: If God Chooses, Why Pray or Witness?

:In Romans 9, Paul has boldly taught and defended God's sovereign, monergistic, unconditional election of individuals to salvation. He has also dealt with three objections that usually arise against this biblical teaching: How can God elect if he is just? Or, It's not fair! Paul's answer - salvation is not about justice or fairness, it's about … Continue reading Romans 10: If God Chooses, Why Pray or Witness?

Romans 9:24-33: Who Are God’s People?

As we approach the the final section of Romans 9 we hear Paul putting forth his conclusion in answer to the question that has been the focus of this chapter - Is God a liar? This question has arisen out of a very serious situation for an Israelite such as Paul. It is obvious that Israel has rejected Christ, is … Continue reading Romans 9:24-33: Who Are God’s People?

Romans 9:19-23: Predestination!?! What about my free will?

The doctrine of God's unconditional individual election / predestination unto salvation is ever-present in Scripture and is so clearly presented and so easily understood that to deny its presence in God's word would be to deny a vast majority of what God communicates to us. Since it is not an obscure or marginal doctrine in … Continue reading Romans 9:19-23: Predestination!?! What about my free will?

Romans 9:13 – What does it mean when God says he “hated Esau”?

We don't like verses like Romans 9:13. They make us feel uncomfortable. We don't like to read that God 'hates' anyone because our God is a God of love, mercy and grace. But here is that terrible word, plain and simple: “Jacob have I loved. Esau have I hated, Now some will try to explain … Continue reading Romans 9:13 – What does it mean when God says he “hated Esau”?

Does Romans 9 Teach Individual or Corporate Election?

If you have read my previous exegetical blogs on Romans 9 you will understand that I believe Romans 9 discusses individual salvation and the election of individuals by God unto salvation. Yet some still try to insist that Romans 9 does not speak about this. They claim two things (cf. Baugh): Paul is simply addressing the historical … Continue reading Does Romans 9 Teach Individual or Corporate Election?

Romans 9:14-18: Is God Just if he Predestines?

In the previous verses of Romans 9, Paul has been dealing with a pretty big issue. It surrounds the question of God's fidelity to his word as it relates to salvation. The argument he has laid out and the problem he is dealing with can be broken down like this: The point at issue in Romans … Continue reading Romans 9:14-18: Is God Just if he Predestines?