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Plucking the T of TULIP.

Within Calvinism, there is the idea of the TULIP, an acronym that describes the fundamental axioms of Calvinism.

The TULIP was constructed in response Arminianism, which asserts free will across the spectrum of salvation.

The acronym is as follows:

Total Depravity (also known as Total Inability and Original Sin)
Unconditional Election
Limited Atonement (also known as Particular Atonement)
Irresistible Grace
Perseverance of the Saints (also known as Once Saved Always Saved)

Total Depravity  According to the Calvinist Corner, The doctrine of Total Depravity is derived from scriptures that reveal human character: Man’s heart is evil (Mark 7:21-23) and sick Jer. 17:9). Man is a slave of sin (Rom. 6:20). He does not seek for God (Rom. 3:10-12). He cannot understand spiritual things (1 Cor. 2:14). He is at enmity with God (Eph. 2:15). And, is by nature a child of wrath (Eph. 2:3). The Calvinist asks the question, "In light of the scriptures that declare man’s true nature as being utterly los…
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The Sabbath

I was recently asked what I think about Sabbath keeping.  While I know what I do regarding the Sabbath, I've never gone through scripture and documented the whys of my behavior.  So that I won't forget, and so you'll have something to refer to later, here are my thoughts on Sabbath keeping.

The Cross Changed Things One of the harder things to grapple with in the Kingdom is understanding that some things ended at the cross, some things were modified through the cross, and some things didn’t change by the cross.

The 10 commandments were not touched by the cross - they didn’t change.  But the Levitical and the sacrificial system didn’t survive the cross. 
Faith was not touched by the cross, but the temple was changed through the cross: the veil was rent in two, and the temple itself moved from a physical place into us. 
Therefore, when we review or see OT precepts being re-treated in the NT, what we may be seeing is a clarification of the original idea. The Greek word for Sa…

How Jesus Heals Depression

Depression sucks.  It really does.  I'm one of those people that believes the average never-been-depressed-person doesn't have a clue as to what true depression is actually like.  So I'm going to peel back some of the layers and let you have a peek.  If you want to understand, then turn on your empathizer, because otherwise, you'll have a difficult time getting close to understanding.

Please know that I'm not suggesting people don't care, or don't want to understand - but for the average non-depressed person, it's like asking men to empathize with childbirth.  As men, we can live through it with our wives, but we have no clue what-so-ever what it's actually like.

Outline In this blog, I'm going to provide some definitions that help people understand what depression is, and what it is not.  I'm going to reveal the root causes of depression and touch on some practical steps you can take to eliminate those roots.
Finally, I will explain how to…

A Disclaimer

I would like for you to understand that I am in no way associated with the medical or physiological profession.

I do not claim to treat or diagnose any disease or illness, neither do I offer the information included in this blog as a substitute for medical advice or treatment. My ideas and expressions thereof are for personal consideration and evaluation only.

I also do not take responsibility for any individual’s disease or illness nor am I responsible for their healing. I offer no guarantee that anyone will be healed or that any disease or illness will be prevented.

I do, however, believe that we are spiritual beings who have a soul and live in a body according to 1 Thessalonians 5:23.  I also believe that most problems that manifest in the soul and body have a spiritual root. 

But most importantly, I believe that Jesus paid the price for our healing (Isaiah 53:4-5, 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Corinthians 1:18; Revelation 12:11) and it is by only the power of God, through the blood of Jesus&…

Depression: What Not To Say

Over the years I've read a number of sermons and quotes of well-meaning people trying their best to explain away depression, or at least trying to provide some kind of a relief - if not more for themselves than for anyone else.W.A. Criswell said

when we take our eyes off God we experience "the black gall, the black bile ... an affliction of all mankind, and all of us fall into it. It is a universal experience. We are blue sometimes, we are discouraged sometimes, we are down sometimes; we fall into hopelessness and helplessness.John Piper said,

All discouragement and depression is related to the obscuring of our hope, and we need to get those clouds out of the way and fight like crazy to see clearly how precious Christ is. Apparently, Piper is a Criswell fan.

John Stott said
a "Christian's freedom from anxiety is not due to some guaranteed freedom from trouble, but to the folly of worry and especially to the confidence that God is our Father, that even permitted sufferin…

Understanding Your Actions

It's strange how that's all twisted around, no? As if our actions are not governed by our beliefs.  But why should we be surprised?  Have our churches not authoritatively taught us from the word of God that we're "just sinners saved by grace?"  
Have these same people never read
Do not eat the bread of a selfish man, or desire his delicacies; for as he thinks within himself, so he is.  He says to you, “Eat and drink!”  But his heart is not with you. You will vomit up the morsel you have eaten, and waste your compliments. (Prov. 23:6-8) Maybe that's just too deep for the average pastoral teacher; for perhaps when Jesus said,

Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.  Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops (Luke 12:1-3) ... such people didn't m…

Convincing Your Friends Otherwise

I've tried. I've talked. I've prayed. I've debated. I've used carefully constructed logical arguments, all based on scripture. But to no avail.

Some of my friends are still Cessationists, Dispensationalists, non-believers or what-evers. So what gives? How do you convince someone of an alternative understanding - one you've worked through and are certain is the truth?

You don't. And I would suggest that you take that to heart. If not for any other reason, because Paul didn't win souls or change hearts through a debate.  And if that's not enough, then you've got to accept the fact that God has got this one. He's a big boy and can handle the situation.
I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. (1 Cor. 2:3-5) Remember that fait…