Your eternal destination will be determined by your answer to this question: who do you say Jesus is? The Bible's pointers to the deity of Christ are clear. This article looks at these pointers and objections raised against them. It concludes that Jesus is God, and also shows why believing this is crucial for your eternal destiny.
If free will refers to the freedom of the will to choose and act of itself, without coercion, then it is proper to ask: does man have a free will? This article looks at the two answers given by libertarianism and compatibilism to the question of the sovereignty of God and its relationship to human responsibility, which shapes how one understand free will.
How can God be just by counting us guilty based on the fall into sin? This article looks at three theories that attempt to answer this question: the mythical view that treats that story of the fall as a myth, the realism view that claims that mankind actively sinned with Adam, and the federal view which shows that original sin does not refer to the first sin but to the result of that first sin because Adam acted as our representative.
A faulty doctrine of sin has serious consequences for the church and its teaching on salvation, but good theology must start with man as bad. This is where the Reformers and the Reformed confessions start—with total depravity. For them the doctrine of total depravity did not mean that man ceases to be man, but it meant that he ceases to be good. The article outlines all of this.
Adoption places the believer in a new status in terms of his relationship with God and God's people. His inheritance status changes also and he is given a new confidence in approaching God. This article explains these three changes.
Does the Bible say anything about infant salvation? What happens to infants when they die? This article looks at three answers given throughout church history. It then discusses infant salvation in relation to effectual calling and regeneration, election, baptism, and covenant. What should be the answer?
This article argues that every Christian must be a theologian. Why? Three reasons are given.
Adoption is an act of God’s free grace whereby believers become members of God's family. This article explains how the Bible speaks about the fatherhood of God and looks at both the positive and negative implication of this doctrine, showing that it is impossible to claim the universal fatherhood of God.
Does man have a free will? This article argues that when you consider man's moral and spiritual condition, the claim of free will remains a myth.
To get a grasp on irresistible grace one must understand the nature of sin. Sin is both contradiction of and resistance to God. So irresistible grace means God doing for man what man cannot do for himself. This is what the article explains.
What is the difference between true and counterfeit repentance? There are eight points that this article gives as answer.
The essence of regeneration is our conformity to the image of Christ. This has its beginnings in this life, and is witnessed through the struggle with sin.
In regeneration God illuminates the understanding, elevates the heart, emancipates the will, and rectifies the conduct. These are the four effects of regeneration that this article explains.
The nature of regeneration is that the Christian receives a new life that results in his faculties being changed and given new direction in their properties, qualities, and inclinations. Let this article explain.
The natural degeneration of man, his total depravity, and his alienation from God are what make regeneration necessary. This is what the article explains.
Why is it that some people are saved and others are not? This article traces the answer to this question to the sovereignty of God in salvation. It argues that the biblical answer is found in that God the Father elected certain ones to salvation, God the Son died for the elect, and God the Spirit quickens the elect.
The process of God's special revelation—what is here called inscripturation—should be understood in covenantal terms. This article shows how such an understanding shapes the way we view the topic of dual authorship of Scripture and the doctrine of inspiration. It also evaluates the comparison that is made between inspiration and incarnation.
The doctrine of inspiration does not deny the instrumentality of man in writing Scripture. This article argues that the Spirit controlled the writers of Scripture so that they wrote expressly what he desired and yet at the same time were responsible individuals whose personalities were not stifled. It also deals with an objection against this view that attributes fallibility to Scripture due to its human authors.
How did Jesus Christ view the Old Testament? This article looks at Christ's view of the Old Testament in terms of its history, the authority of its teaching, and its inspiration. The article concludes that to Christ the Old Testament was true, authoritative, and inspired. If this is Christ's view, what should be yours?
What should we understand by the authority of Scripture? This article shows that the authority of Scripture rests in God. It defines the basis of this authority, and discusses other authorities appealed to in relation to the authority of Scripture. It then shows what implications this has for the church today.
Revival is God's work in his timing, based on the truth of his Word. This is what the article explains.
In evangelism there is an approach that is man-centred and one that is God-centred. The one makes man sovereign and the other God sovereign. How? This article compares the two to show you how.
The reality of the wrath of God is taught throughout the Bible. This article shows that to deny God's wrath leads to denying other doctrinal truths, which are discussed.
Any view that sees regeneration as a mechanical process that can be performed by man falls under decisional regeneration. This article argues that such a view of regeneration has departed from the true teaching of Scripture. It shows how this is so by looking at counselling, altar calls, theology, and preaching.
Christ entrusted evangelism to the local church. To argue this point the article looks at evangelism as defined in the New Testament, the theological foundation of evangelism, the church as the agent of evangelism, preaching as the chief instrument of the church’s evangelism. and the local church's communication of the gospel.
TULIP shapes Calvinism's understanding of evangelism. It carefully defines man’s need of God’s grace, and summarizes the great acts performed by the Triune God to save men from their sins. This article shows that the Calvinistic way of presenting the gospel follows in the footsteps of Christ as he presented the gospel.
Is 2 Corinthians 6:14 against co-operation of evangelicals and modernists in evangelism? This article shows that evangelism is rooted in theology. Therefore, evangelicals may not co-operate with modernists in promoting the gospel, nor even co-operate in sponsoring an evangelistic undertaking. Why? This article explains.
The omniscience of God refers to the truth that God knows everything. But what does this mean? This article answers this question and shows how this relates to the Christian life.
This article explores the biblical grounds for the divinity of the three persons of the Trinity, and their relation to one another.
The doctrine of the Trinity seeks to explain that God exists in three persons, and every person is fully God, yet there is one God. This article explains the biblical grounds of this claim.
It is the Reformed view of education that has God as it centre. To argue this point this article looks at the goal of education, its standard, its motive, and its engagement with culture.
This article examines the place and role of mutual agreement in the covenant. It argues that the divine covenant should be seen as the sovereign administration of grace and of promise in relation to redemption. To argue this point the article looks at the Noahic covenant, Abrahamic covenant, Mosaic covenant, Davidic covenant, and the covenant in the New Testament.
This article argues that Calvinism cannot be limited to what is known as the five points. There is more to it, and this article unpacks this.
What is the relationship between faith and science? In answering this question this article looks at how modernists define faith and its relation to science. It then looks at how Calvinists define faith and shows how this shapes the method for doing science. It shows that in reality faith is not in opposition to science, because at the end faith precedes intelligence.
Is there a principle that can describe what Calvinism stands for? This article argues that the fundamental principle of Calvinism concerns the doctrine of God.
Did God create in six days? This article gives four defenses of a creation in six days.
What is a Christian? There are six common wrong ways to answer this question. There are four biblical answers to this question. This article reveals them.
A Christian is one who has come to face his personal sin. He knows the divine remedy to it. He lives the reality of repentance and faith in his life. Let the article explain.
It is certain that some people will go to hell and some to heaven. Who will go where? From Matthew 7 this article answers this question.
This article shows that in speaking about justification by faith, the Reformers addressed three things: the need for justification, the means to it, and the meaning of it. Then it shows how this view can be distorted.
The biblical way of thinking about the atonement is to think of it as penal substitution. In arguing this point this article points to the nature of knowledge required to comprehend this. This kind of knowledge is faith knowledge that rests on God's Word. It explains the idea of substitution and how it relates to Christ death being penal.
Does God have a certain way that He wants us to worship? This article looks at various aspects of biblical worship: the need for true worship, the character of worship, worship and the Word, leadership in worship, music and worship, worshiping with the heart. The author also discusses evaluating worship service and Hebrews 12:28-29.
In these four articles the author discusses the Millennium from the viewpoint of Revelation 20:1-6. The first article is about the premillennialists' reading of Revelation 20. The author then continues to look at the structure of the book of Revelation and what this means for the understanding of Revelation 20:1-6. After this he expounds Revelation 20:1-6 (third and fourth article).
How should we view the length of the days in Genesis 1? The author argues for a 24 hour day.
B.B. Warfield describes Calvinism as ‘that sight of the majesty of God that pervades all of life and all of experience’. This article looks at the practical implications of Calvinism.