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FURTHER THOUGHTS ON CALVINISM’S 5 POINTS

I received, from a friend, a link to John Piper’s comprehension and explanation of the 5 points of Calvinism. (I have to admit that I have already written more on Calvinism, on this blog, then I ever planned to write.) One of the things that Piper says near the beginning should always be kept in mind. “We share the sentiments of Jonathan Edwards who said in the Preface to his great book on THE FREEDOM OF THE WILL, 'I should not take it at all amiss, to be called a Calvinist, for distinction's sake: though I utterly disclaim a dependence on Calvin, or believing the doctrines which I hold, because he believed and taught them; and cannot justly be charged with believing in everything just as he taught.'”[1] No one thinker agrees on all points with another, that is a fact of reality, therefore, when we give a name to a system of beliefs (i.e. Calvinism), we are simply pointing out a general system, and anyone who holds the main claims of that system fits under it, …

The 5 Points of Calvinism

This is the result of a question that a friend of mine asked me. The question was something along the lines of, what do you think of the 5 points of Calvinism. I decided to post my response as it may be of interest to other readers.
   I will be giving the 5 points in the form that is given by one of their most prominent contemporary defender (James White):
      1. Total Depravity - "As the consequence of his fall into a state of sin, man has lost all ability to will the performance of any of those works, spiritually good, that accompany salvation. As a natural (unspiritual) man he is dead in sin and altogether opposed to what is good. Hence he is not able, by any strength of his own, to turn himself to God, or even to prepare himself to turn to God." (A Faith to Confess: The Baptist Confession of 1689 Rewritten in Modern English, Quoted in Dave Hunt & James White, Debating Calvinism: Five Points, Two Views (Sisters, Oregon: Multnomah Publishing; 2004), 64.) For my view o…