The Reformed Faith (40 KB)
The purpose of this article is to set forth, in plain language and in terms easily understood, the basic differences between the Calvinistic and the Arminian system to theology, and to show what the Bible teaches concerning these subjects. The harmony that exists between the various doctrines of the Christian faith is such that error in regard to any one of them produces more or less distortion in all of the others.
Reformations by August Toplady (45 KB)
Arminianism: The Road to Rome!
An Antidote Against Arminianism (359 KB)
It hath ever been the lot of truth (like the Lord of it) to be crucified between right-hand and left-hand thieves. Truth's enemies, on all hands, are various. While some men consider the Bible to be an imposition on the world, and treat salvation by Christ as mere priest craft and deception, there are others who tell us they have Christ, and are one with Christ, and yet with audacious effrontery cry down the ordinances of the gospel, and consider the means of grace as too burdensome for a free-born conscience, and too low and carnal for a seraphic spirit. There is as much beyond the truth as on this side. of it; as much in outrunning the flock of Christ and the Lamb that leads them, as in straggling and loitering behind. Truth hath evermore observed the golden mean.
Arminianism comparison table with Scriptures by John Owen (79 KB)
(The following quotations and Scripture comparisons were taken from John Owen's A Display of Arminianism and modified into the present format. The quotations are all from prominent Arminian theologians living in the 16th and 17th centuries and represent the ideas upon which Arminian theology was developed.)
95 Theses by Luther (48 KB)
The famous ones.
Calvinism and Arminianism (44 KB)
When John Calvin wrote the first edition of the Institutes of the Christian Religion in 1535 (at the ripe old age of 27), his intention was to serve the Protestant interests at large, but its influence must have far exceeded his anticipation.
Jacobus Arminius was born in Holland in 1560, and grew up in a land that jealously guarded the faith for which so many had shed their blood. By this time, the majority of the Protestants in the Netherlands were Calvinists.
Table Arminianism versus Calvinism (36 KB)
To be noted that the so called "Five points of Calvinism or TULIP"were not generated as a summary of the Doctrine of Predestination but were formulated to answer the Five theological points presented by the Remonstrants at the Synod of Dort in November 1618 to May 1619 in a document known as the Canon of Dort.
The Five Points of Calvinism (173 KB)
Some opponents seem to harbor the ridiculous notion that this set of doctrines was the new invention of the Frenchman John Calvin. They would represent us as in this thing followers of him instead of followers of the Bible. This is a stupid historical error. John Calvin no more invented these doctrines than he invented this world which God had created six thousand years before. We believe that he was a very gifted, learned, and, in the main, godly man, who still had his faults. He found substantially this system of doctrines just where we find them, in the faithful study of the Bible, Where we see them taught by all the prophets, apostles, and the Messiah himself, from Genesis to Revelation.
Bethlehem Baptist's TULIP (168 KB)
Our experience is that clear knowledge of God from the Bible is the kindling that sustains the fires of affection for God. And probably the most crucial kind of knowledge is the knowledge of what God is like in salvation. That is what the five points of Calvinism are about. We do not begin as Calvinists and defend a system. We begin as Bible-believing Christians who want to put the Bible above all systems of thought. But over the years – many years of struggle – we have deepened in our conviction that Calvinistic teachings on the five points are Biblical and therefore true.
A defence of Calvinism CH Spurgeon (61 KB)
The old truth that Calvin preached, that Augustine preached, that Paul preached, is the truth that I must preach to-day, or else be false to my conscience and my God. I cannot shape the truth; I know of no such thing as paring off the rough edges of a doctrine. John Knox's gospel is my gospel. That which thundered through Scotland must thunder through England again.
The Fundamental Principle of Calvinism (51 KB)
Calvinism is the name applied to the system of thought which has come down to us from John Calvin. He is recognized as the chief exponent of that system, although he is not the originator of the ideas set forth in it. The theological views of Calvin, together with those of the other great leaders of the Protestant Reformation, are known to be a revival of Augustinianism, which in its turn was only a revival of the teachings of St. Paul centuries previous. But it was Calvin who, for modern times, first gave the presentation of these views in systematic form and with the specific application which since his day has become known to us as Calvinism.
Is Calvinism Inconsistent with free will (85 KB)
The problem which we face here is, How can a person be a free and responsible agent if his actions have been foreordained from eternity? By a free and responsible agent we mean an intelligent person who acts with rational self-determination; and by foreordination we mean that from eternity God has made certain the actual course of events which takes place in the life of every person and in the realm of nature. It is, of course, admitted by all that a person's acts must be without compulsion and in accordance with his own desires and inclinations, or he cannot be held responsible for them. If the acts of a free agent are in their very nature contingent and uncertain, then it is plain that foreordination and free agency are inconsistent.
A brief Comparative Study of: Arminianism and Calvinism (36 KB)
Calvin: Institutes of the Christian Religion (285 KB)
A summary of Book One.
It Is A Terrible Faith (58 KB)
Those who do much contemporary reading will know that the attitude of this author is all too common. The Puritan Fathers who gave birth to this nation, who founded this great and blessed democracy which is the last stronghold of religious freedom in the world, are often vilified and ridiculed by modem day authors who are not fit to unlatch the boot straps of the Puritan Fathers.
A Display of Arminianism (50 KB)
A list of references.
A Defence of (Reformed) A-millennialism
It is time to stop believing in theological pluralism as anything more than a temporary stopgap. It is time to reject the idea of the equal ultimacy of incompatible theological positions. Premillennialism, postmillennialism, and amillennialism are theologically incompatible. God cannot be pleased with all three. At least two of them should be discarded as heretical.
Doctrine of Grace
Bible studies on the Doctrine of Grace - Rightly dividing the Word of Truth.
Soul Sleep (291 KB)
A REFUTATION OF THE ERROR ENTERTAINED BY SOME UNSKILFUL PERONS, WHO IGNORANTLY IMAGINE THAT IN THE INTERVAL BETWEEN DEATH AND THE JUDGMENT THE SOUL SLEEPS. TOGETHER WITH AN EXPLANATION OF THE CONDITION AND LIFE OF THE SOUL AFTER THIS PRESENT LIFE.
Puritan Roots (47 KB)
To study the Puritans is one of the most profitable religious exercises the elect-saint can undertake. It is true that the Puritans have received an unpleasant reputation among the popular culture. They are often the brunt of bad jokes, caricatures and slander. The Subaru car company even propagated a commercial which contrasted their car (which is fun to drive) to the Puritans (who were not fun but a boring, doleful group of people.) The Puritans have a reputation of epitomizing the “holier than thou" attitude, and those who were zealous for extreme ascetic piety. This is a caricature of Puritanism. As a matter of fact, Puritanism is far the opposite.
The Puritans - an Introduction (41 KB)
Puritanism may perhaps best be described as that point of view, that philosophy of life, that code of values, which was carried to New England by the first settlers in the early seventeenth century. Beginning thus, it has become one of the continuous factors in American life and American thought. Any inventory of the elements that have gone into the making of the "American mind" would have to commence with Puritanism