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Answering the Calvinist's most Popular Argument

Soteriology 101: Former Calvinistic Professor discusses Doctrines of Salvation

Release Date: 10/02/2019

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Soteriology 101: Former Calvinistic Professor discusses Doctrines of Salvation

Dr. Flowers answers a common question about the biblical accounts of God hardening the hearts of sinners. Is the idea that God actively hardens or blinds sinners in their rebellion proof that Calvinism is true? 

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Soteriology 101: Former Calvinistic Professor discusses Doctrines of Salvation

Dr. Flowers responds to another sermon by Jeff Durbin on the biblical view of free will or human responsibility in light of the sovereign God... To watch Durbin's original sermon, click here: To SUPPORT this broadcast please click here: DOWNLOAD OUR APP: LINK FOR ANDROIDS: ... LINK FOR APPLE: ... Go to www.ridgemax.co for all your software development needs! Show them some love for their support of Soteriology101!!! To ORDER Dr. Flowers Curriculum “Tiptoeing Through Tulip” please click here: To listen to the audio-only be sure to subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or one of the...

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Soteriology 101: Former Calvinistic Professor discusses Doctrines of Salvation

Dr. Leighton Flowers, Director of Evangelism and Apologetics for Texas Baptists, reviews the new Netflix film "American Gospel: Christ Alone"

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Soteriology 101: Former Calvinistic Professor discusses Doctrines of Salvation

Dr. Leighton Flowers has guest, Robert Wiesner (Calvinist), on the program to have a conversation about the meaning of the Apostle Paul in Romans 9. To hear more on Dr. Flowers' view of Romans 9, listen to this: To SUPPORT this broadcast please click here: DOWNLOAD OUR APP: LINK FOR ANDROIDS: ... LINK FOR APPLE: ... Go to www.ridgemax.co for all your software development needs! Show them some love for their support of Soteriology101!!! To ORDER Dr. Flowers Curriculum “Tiptoeing Through Tulip” please click here: To listen to the audio-only be sure to subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Google...

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Soteriology 101: Former Calvinistic Professor discusses Doctrines of Salvation

Dr. Leighton Flowers plays a clip from Apologia Studios of a young Mormon talking to a Calvinist (James White) about his responsibility in light of all the truth that he has been given. The Mormon then uses Calvinism as his excuse for not trusting the scriptures... We will explore why Calvinism's claims are problematic for those engaging ing apologetics with false doctrines. To SUPPORT this broadcast please click here: DOWNLOAD OUR APP: LINK FOR ANDROIDS: ... LINK FOR APPLE: ... Go to www.ridgemax.co for all your software development needs! Show them some love for their support of...

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Soteriology 101: Former Calvinistic Professor discusses Doctrines of Salvation

Dr. Flowers walks through Romans 8:1-14 to demonstrate how it cannot be used as a proof text for the Calvinistic concept of Total moral inability (The T of the TULIP).

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Soteriology 101: Former Calvinistic Professor discusses Doctrines of Salvation

Dr. Leighton Flowers, Director of Evangelism for Texas Baptists, continues to rebut the sermon on TULIP from Jeff Durbin of Apologia Radio... To see Part 1 of this video go here: To watch Jeff Durbin's original sermon, go here: ... To SUPPORT this broadcast please click here: DOWNLOAD OUR APP: LINK FOR ANDROIDS: ... LINK FOR APPLE: ... Go to www.ridgemax.co for all your software development needs! Show them some love for their support of Soteriology101!!! To ORDER Dr. Flowers Curriculum “Tiptoeing Through Tulip” please click here: To listen to the audio-only be sure to subscribe on...

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Soteriology 101: Former Calvinistic Professor discusses Doctrines of Salvation

Dr. Leighton Flowers, Director of Evangelism for Texas Baptists, welcomes Bucky Elliot and Alli Braun with International Commission to discuss Evangelism training and resources for churches. To learn more about International Commission please visit: For more about Texas Baptists Evangelism please visit: www.texasbaptists.org/evangelism

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Soteriology 101: Former Calvinistic Professor discusses Doctrines of Salvation

Dr. Leighton Flowers confronts Pastor Jeff Durbin's view of "sovereignty" in scripture from a recent sermon where he walks through TULIP... To watch Jeff Durbin's original sermon, go here: To SUPPORT this broadcast please click here: DOWNLOAD OUR APP: LINK FOR ANDROIDS: ... LINK FOR APPLE: ... Go to www.ridgemax.co for all your software development needs! Show them some love for their support of Soteriology101!!! To ORDER Dr. Flowers Curriculum “Tiptoeing Through Tulip” please click here: To listen to the audio-only be sure to subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or one of the...

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Soteriology 101: Former Calvinistic Professor discusses Doctrines of Salvation

Dr. Flowers plays a recent clip from James White, on the Dividing Line program, about why not only black lives but all lives matter. The original clip can be seen here: The video of the debate on the atonement can be seen here: To SUPPORT this broadcast please click here: DOWNLOAD OUR APP: LINK FOR ANDROIDS: ... LINK FOR APPLE: ... Go to www.ridgemax.co for all your software development needs! Show them some love for their support of Soteriology101!!! To ORDER Dr. Flowers Curriculum “Tiptoeing Through Tulip” please click here: To listen to the audio-only be sure to subscribe on iTunes,...

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“WHY DID YOU BELIEVE THE GOSPEL, BUT YOUR FRIEND DID NOT? ARE YOU WISER OR SMARTER OR MORE SPIRITUAL OR BETTER TRAINED OR MORE HUMBLE?”

This is typically one of the first questions a Calvinist will ask a non-Calvinist when attempting to convince them of their doctrine.[1] In fact, when I was a Calvinist, I used this argument more often than any other, and it was quite effective. However, I have come to believe there are at least five significant problems with this line of argumentation:

1) CALVINISM IS ACTUALLY THE ONLY SYSTEM THAT TEACHES THE BELIEVER IS “BETTER” OR “MORE CAPABLE” THAN THE ONE WHO REFUSED TO BELIEVE:

On Calvinism God makes some people (the elect) “smarter” (or insightful, or able to understand truth), more humble and privileged by a work of irresistible regenerative grace. So, on Calvinism those who believe really are “better” or “more capable,” which is why they can believe the gospel and the rest cannot believe it (for reasons beyond their control). Granted, on Calvinism, this regenerative grace is given unconditionally and it is not in anyway merited by the elect, but that does not change the fact that upon being regenerated the elect are made “better” (more capable, with a new and better nature/heart) than their unbelieving counterpart.

On Provisionism (Traditionalism), all people have the necessary insight and moral capacity to respond willingly to God’s appeal. Thus, all are truly “without excuse” because everyone has everything they need to believe in God. This is due to the fact that everyone is created as His image bearers in a world where His truth is made abundantly clear and believable (Rom 1). On Provisionism, no one can fall back on the excuse that God did not make them morally capable to respond positively to His own appeals or insightful enough to understand and accept plainly spoken truth, like they can on Calvinism. On Provisionism, the Fall doesn’t cause humanity to become morally incapable of accepting God’s appeals to be reconciled from that Fall. We do not believe that has ever been established biblically.

This Calvinistic argument may sound pious because it’s attempting to give all credit to God for all the good things, but in so doing it also inadvertently gives God all the blame for the bad and removes any real semblance of human responsibility for unbelief.

Unbelievers cannot rightly say, “I could not believe because God withheld His provision, love and grace from me. It was beyond my control because I was born rejected by my maker and in a condition whereby I could only hate and reject God’s own appeals.” No! Unbelievers stand without excuse as blameworthy sinners because they are freely rejecting the loving and gracious appeal of God for reconciliation. They perish because they refused to love the truth so as to be saved (2 Thess. 2:10) and they could have done otherwise.

Provisionism gives God all the credit for His provision while maintaining the human responsibility to accept or reject that provision. After all, since when must a gift be effectually given for the giver to get full credit for giving it?

To read more go here: https://soteriology101.com/2019/01/13/are-you-better-than-your-friend-who-refused-to-believe/

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