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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. Leighton Flowers, Director of Evangelism and Apologetics for Texas Baptists, replies to a video from a Calvinistic brother, Jacob Trotter, who is critiquing his views on spiritual deadness as moral inability.   To see Jacob’s original video go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbLBdPVqkR8&t=2050s   For more on 1 Cor. 2:14: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgBvRCxsXcE   For more on Romans 8: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvTeMJhjJao&t=7388s   For more on role of Satan within Calvinism: ...

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Soteriology 101: Former Calvinistic Professor discusses Doctrines of Salvation

Dr. Leighton Flowers, Director of Evangelism and Apologetics for Texas Baptists, replies to the latest Dividing Line broadcast from Dr. James White in which he critiques Dr. Flowers views on Romans 3 and the concept of Total Inability. To SUPPORT this broadcast please click here: https://soteriology101.com/support/ To ORDER Dr. Flowers Curriculum “Tiptoeing Through Tulip” please click here: https://soteriology101.com/shop/ To listen to the audio only be sure to subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or one of the other podcast players found here: https://soteriology101.com/home/ For...

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Soteriology 101: Former Calvinistic Professor discusses Doctrines of Salvation

Dr. Leighton Flowers, Director of Evangelism and Apologetics for Texas Baptists, confronts the typical Calvinistic interpretation of 2 Timothy 2:25, which they take to mean God effectually bestows the ability to believe onto those unconditional elected before the foundation of the world while leaving the rest in their natural hopeless condition. For more on this please read: https://soteriology101.com/2019/11/24/does-god-grant-repentance-to-some-and-not-others/ To ORDER Dr. Flowers Curriculum “Tiptoeing Through Tulip” please click here: https://soteriology101.com/shop/ To listen to 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, discusses the logical inconsistency of Calvinists who rebuke and question that which they themselves believes God brings about unchangeably for his own self-exaltation. To read the full argument with citations go here: https://soteriology101.com/2019/11/16/are-calvinists-rebukes-rational/ To ORDER Dr. Flowers Curriculum “Tiptoeing Through Tulip” please click here: https://soteriology101.com/shop/ To listen to the audio only be sure to subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or one of the other podcast...

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Soteriology 101: Former Calvinistic Professor discusses Doctrines of Salvation

Dr. Leighton Flowers, Director of Evangelism and Apologetics for Texas Baptists, answers the question, "Why do most Christians resist Calvinism" by looking at how prominent Calvinists have answered that question. To ORDER Dr. Flowers Curriculum “Tiptoeing Through Tulip” please click here: https://soteriology101.com/shop/ To listen to the audio only be sure to subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or one of the other podcast players found here: https://soteriology101.com/home/ For more about Traditionalism (or Provisionism) please visit www.soteriology101.com Dr. Flowers’ book,...

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Soteriology 101: Former Calvinistic Professor discusses Doctrines of Salvation

Dr. Leighton Flowers, Director of Evangelism and Apologetics for Texas Baptists, anticipates some condescending rebuttals to his interpretation of Romans 8:29 and reads through another scholar's perspective. To read Dr. Bob Hadley's article go here: https://soteriology101.com/2019/10/07/romans-829-30-or-how-we-can-trust-god-at-his-word/ To read the original exegesis from Dr. Flowers go here: https://soteriology101.com/2018/02/14/romans-828-30-foreknowledge-and-predestination/ To SUPPORT this broadcast please click here: https://soteriology101.com/support/ To ORDER Dr. Flowers Curriculum...

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Soteriology 101: Former Calvinistic Professor discusses Doctrines of Salvation

Dr. Flowers, Director Evangelism and Apologetics for Texas Baptists, discussing Romans 8:28-30 and the Calvinistic "golden chain of redemption" as in contrast with other less fatalistic interpretations. For more on this go to: https://soteriology101.com/2018/02/14/romans-828-30-foreknowledge-and-predestination/ To SUPPORT this broadcast please click here: https://soteriology101.com/support/ To ORDER Dr. Flowers Curriculum “Tiptoeing Through Tulip” please click here: https://soteriology101.com/shop/ To listen to the audio only be sure to subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or one of...

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Soteriology 101: Former Calvinistic Professor discusses Doctrines of Salvation

Dr. Flowers, Director Evangelism and Apologetics for Texas Baptists, discussing the meaning of Prevenient grace and the error some Arminians make regarding man's natural born condition. To SUPPORT this broadcast please click here: https://soteriology101.com/support/ To ORDER Dr. Flowers Curriculum “Tiptoeing Through Tulip” please click here: https://soteriology101.com/shop/ To listen to the audio only be sure to subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or one of the other podcast players found here: https://soteriology101.com/home/ For more about Traditionalism (or Provisionism) please...

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Soteriology 101: Former Calvinistic Professor discusses Doctrines of Salvation

Dr. Flowers, Director Evangelism and Apologetics for Texas Baptists, walks through the context of Romans 9:13 to reveal the faulty presuppositions that Calvinists read into the text based on their Calvinistic systematic. Dr. Flowers’ book, “The Potter’s Promise” can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Potters-Promise-Biblical-Traditional-Soteriology/dp/0692561846/ref=nodl_ To SUPPORT this broadcast please click here: https://soteriology101.com/support/ To ORDER Dr. Flowers Curriculum “Tiptoeing Through Tulip” please click here: https://soteriology101.com/shop/ To listen to the...

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Soteriology 101: Former Calvinistic Professor discusses Doctrines of Salvation

Dr. Flowers, Director Evangelism and Apologetics for Texas Baptists, walks through the context of Romans 1-3 to reveal the faulty presuppositions that Calvinists, like John MacArthur, read into the text based on their Calvinistic systematic. To watch Dr. MacArthur's original sermon in its entirety go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nA20PkfI4A&t=319s To SUPPORT this broadcast please click here: https://soteriology101.com/support/ To ORDER Dr. Flowers Curriculum “Tiptoeing Through Tulip” please click here: https://soteriology101.com/shop/ To listen to the audio only be sure to...

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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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