The Nashville Statement: Reflections & Responses to Criticisms

The Nashville Statement (https://cbmw.org/nashville-statement), approved in its final draft on August 25, 2017, was developed and issued jointly by the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.  A veritable who’s who of contemporary Evangelical Leaders drafted, signed and have since endorsed this statement.  According … Continue reading The Nashville Statement: Reflections & Responses to Criticisms

You’re Holding The Gun The Wrong Way!: A Response to CARM.org’s “Can God Cause a Person to Believe in Him?”

Abstract: This is a critical analysis of CARM.org’s article “Can God cause a person to believe in Him?” Matt Slick claims that on Molinism God cannot cause people to believe in Him, an assertion he takes to be obviously false and precluded by Scripture. I conclude that Slick doesn’t understand the difference between strong and … Continue reading You’re Holding The Gun The Wrong Way!: A Response to CARM.org’s “Can God Cause a Person to Believe in Him?”

Molinism for Dummies: Prayer Changes Things

This is the beginning of a series entitled “Molinism for Dummies” (and also for smart people). Dr. David Oldham is a pastor who has been a Calvinist for decades. Dave actually influenced my Calvinistic beliefs which I eventually came to reject years later. After recent months of friendly debate over coffee, Dave Oldham is now … Continue reading Molinism for Dummies: Prayer Changes Things

Does God Always Control All Things?: A Response to John Piper

John Piper is founder of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. For over three decades he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN. Piper is the author of more than 50 books, and is one of the leading proponents of Calvinism today. I have benefited greatly from Piper’s ministry; in fact, if … Continue reading Does God Always Control All Things?: A Response to John Piper

5 Arguments For the Existence of Free Will

Free Will is a topic debated among Christians and even some non-Christians. The Christians who affirm that men have free will in the libertarian sense are typically Arminians, Molinists, and Open Theists. Christians who deny free will in the libertarian sense generally fall into the Calvinist camp. I have argued elsewhere that libertarian free will is the … Continue reading 5 Arguments For the Existence of Free Will

Does Molinism Entail Fatalism?

I find it interesting that so often Calvinists complain that Molinism is nothing but dressed up Open Theism, while many Open Theists complain that Molinism is merely Calvinism in disguise! Obviously Open Theists adamantly disagree with Calvinists when they conflate Molinism with Open Theism, and Calvinists typically revolt against Open Theist’s claims that Molinism and Calvinism … Continue reading Does Molinism Entail Fatalism?

Ideas Have Consequences

Ideas have consequences! The thoughts and beliefs one possesses shapes the course of one’s life. They influence — if not determine — our destinies. With this in mind, it is clear that the way we choose to think is vital. Our thoughts can either set us free or enslave us. The Bible is clear that … Continue reading Ideas Have Consequences

A Molinistic Model of Monergism

Many reformed folks (freely?) choose to reject Molinism because they contend that this theological view “smells of synergism.” What is this stench that reportedly makes John Calvin turn over in his grave? Simply put, synergism is the view that man plays at least a small part in his own salvation process. Monergism, on the other hand, … Continue reading A Molinistic Model of Monergism

How God Shows No Partiality In Relation to Salvation

A few questions in relation to the issue of God’s sovereignty and human freedom have piqued interest in numerous individuals through the ages and provided ample amount in debate material. One of these debated matters centers around whether God is a respecter of persons if he chooses to damn some while saving others. Now without … Continue reading How God Shows No Partiality In Relation to Salvation

Purposely Pursuing Perfection

I recently took up a new hobby. Yes, this might surprise you, but there is more to my life than sitting behind this laptop and churning out articles on theology and apologetics! Contrary to popular opinion, I have a somewhat balanced life! I enjoy doing CrossFit, wrestling around with my son (who is getting bigger … Continue reading Purposely Pursuing Perfection