Predestination (Part 4) – Transformation, not Destination

In Part 3 of this series on predestination, I challenged you to do a little homework and search for the word “predestination” using your favorite Bible app.  If you did this, you discovered that the word “predestination” isn’t actually in the Bible!  What the Bible does talk about, however, are people and events being “predestined”Continue reading “Predestination (Part 4) – Transformation, not Destination”

Predestination (Part 3) – Who Decides?

In Part 2 of this series, we considered the question of whether anyone is capable—prior to God supernaturally changing the disposition of their heart—of heeding the Holy Spirit’s call to repent and to receive Christ.  The two predominant schools of thought are Calvinism and Arminianism, and while both camps would agree that sin’s pervasive impactContinue reading “Predestination (Part 3) – Who Decides?”

Predestination (Part 2) – Are We Able?

Read Part 1 – Overview There is a wealth of information available on the topic of predestination, and so rather than try to re-hash everything as part of this series, I would encourage you to do your own investigation into the perspectives on this contentious doctrine.  That way, as we grapple with the thorny issuesContinue reading “Predestination (Part 2) – Are We Able?”

Predestination (Part 1)

When you consider the vast array of Christian denominations that have come into existence over the past 400 years, one thing becomes clear: just about any issue can be perceived as sufficient justification for creating yet another faction within the Church. Every doctrine is a potential source of discord, and rather than clinging to theContinue reading “Predestination (Part 1)”