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God's Sovereignty Generally Considered
God's Sovereignty In Salvation Generally Considered

Man's Condition in Sin and Freewill | Election | Christ's Atonement for Sin | Effectual Calling
Regeneration
| Faith & Repentance | Justification | Imputed Righteousness
Sanctification | Perseverance | Practical Implications | Hyper-Calvinism

(Updated 05/05/06 )

 God's Sovereignty Generally Considered

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"For I know that the LORD is great And that our Lord is above all gods. Whatever the LORD pleases, He does, In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps." Psalm 136:5-6

Who is in control? Satan? God? Man? Is control shared? Does God voluntarily relinquish aspects of His sovereignty? Is God even capable of controlling all things?

God is God. He alone is Sovereign. From eternity He unchangeably ordained whatsoever comes to pass. This is done without making Him the author of sin. Furthermore, He upholds, directs, disposes, and governs all creatures, actions, and things, by His providence. To the praise of the glory of his wisdom, power, justice, goodness, and mercy. Amen!

Semper Reformata - Solo Christo's Reformation Statement

  1. The Sovereignty of God  ~ A.W.Pink
  2. The Sovereignty of God in Providence  ~ John Reisinger
  3. The Sovereignty of God and Prayer  ~ John Reisinger
  4. Objections to God's Sovereignty Answered ~  Arthur W. Pink
  5. The Sovereign Decrees of God ~  Isaac Backus
  6. God's Foreknowledge - Act or Attribute?   ~ William Sasser
  7. Absolute Predestination of All Things  ~ Gilbert Beebe
  8. All Things Work Together for Good Part 1 / Part 2   ~ Joel Beeke
  9. What Fatalism Is  ~ B.B. Warfield
  10. God's Providence Over All  ~ B.B. Warfield
 God's Sovereignty In Salvation Generally Considered

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"No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will  raise him up on the last day." John 6:44

How is a person saved? Does a person choose to follow Christ out of his own wisdom and insight? Does he weigh the merits of Christ from neutral position? Is a person able to desire Christ without the divine assistance of God?

All are dead in their sins. They are born this way. Without the supernatural drawing of the Father no man will seek Christ! From the pages of the Bible we learn that God saves sinners and Christ's blood redeems those to whom it is applied. Amazing grace, how can it be!

Semper Reformata - Solo Christo's Reformation Statement

        Calvinism

  1. J. I. Packer's introduction to John Owen's The Death of Death ~ An outstanding introduction to the Sovereignty of God in Salvation!!!
  2. A Comparison of Calvinism & Arminianism  ~ David Steele and Curtis Thomas
  3. The Five Points of Calvinism ~ Fred G. Zaspel
  4. A Defense of Calvinism  ~ C.H. Spurgeon
  5. The Five Points of Calvinism ~ R.L. Dabney
  6. Chain of Salvation ~ John G. Reisinger. Romans 8:28
  7. Lectures on Calvinism  ~ Abraham Kuyper
  8. What is Calvinism - Is it Biblical  ~ Dean Olive (Note: We are trying to find a copy of this article.).
  9. Beautiful Biblical Balance  ~ John G. Reisinger
  10. What is the Gospel?  ~ Loraine Boettner
  11. Are There Two Wills in God? Divine Election and God's Desire for All to be Saved  ~ John Piper
  12. Meriting Unmerited Favor   ~ Shane Rosenthal
  13. Why Can't They See This? -  "Why do my Christian friends have such an aversion to the Doctrines of Grace?" ~ Tom J. Nettles
  14. An Appeal to Closet Calvinists ~ Randy Seiver

        Arminianism

  1. Evangelical Arminians ~ Michael Horton
  2. Calvinism and Arminianism (a brief history)
  3. An Antidote Against Arminianism ~ Christopher Ness
  4. Augustine and Pelagius ~ R.C. Sproul
  5. The Reformed Faith and Arminianism ~ John Murray
  6. The Humanism of Arminianism ~ Oscar Mink
  7. Arminian Election
  8. Arminian Errors ~ William MacLean
  9. Is Arminianism a Different Gospel? ~ E. Kampen
  10. Arminianism: The Road To Rome! ~ Agustus Toplady
 Man's Condition in Sin and Freewill

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        The Fall & Original Sin

  1. Am I Really Blamed for Something I Did Not Do?  ~ Geoff Volker
  2. Lancing the Blister Soul: Original Sin, Imputed Righteousness  ~ Shane Roseenthal
  3. A Short Essay on Original Sin  ~ Agustus Toplady

        Total Depravity

  1. Total Depravity ~ Loraine Boettner
  2. The Doctrine of "Total Depravity" - Part One / Two ~ John G. Reisinger
  3. The Effect of Sin "Total Depravity" ~ William Sasser
  4. Selections from:  THE BONDAGE OF THE WILL  ~ Martin Luther
  5. Man in His Fallen Estate  ~ John Newton

        Free Will

  1. Free will - A Slave  ~ C.H. Spurgeon
  2. God's Part and Man's Part in Salvation   ~ John G. Reisinger
  3. Does Man have Free Will?  ~ Michael Gowens
  4. Free Will or Free Grace  ~ Don Chandler
  5. Only Two Religions  ~ John G. Reisinger
 Election

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  1. Predestination, A Summary ~ Patrick Hues Mell
  2. Unconditional Election ~ Loraine Boettner
  3. Election ~ B.B. Warfield
  4. Some Thoughts on Predestination ~ B.B. Warfield
  5. The Doctrine of "Election"- Part One / Two ~ John G. Reisinger
  6. Truths Concerning Divine Election  ~ John G. Reisinger
  7. Objections Concerning Divine Election ~ John G. Reisinger
  8. Objections to the Doctrine of Unconditional Election ~ Don McKinney
  9. Goats and Sheep ~ Don McKinney
  10. Predestination ~ John Calvin
  11. The Churches of the NT Were Taught Unconditional Election  ~ Wayne Camp
  12. Absolute Predestination  ~ Jerome Zanchius
 Christ's Atonement for Sin

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        The Atonement

  1. The Terminology of the Atonement  ~ R.A. Finlayson
  2. The Atonement - Part One / Two   ~ Arthur.W. Pink
  3. The Doctrine of the Atonement - Part One / Two / Three ~ John G. Reisinger
  4. Two Views of the Atonement: Free Will and Free Grace
  5. Erroneous Theories of the Atonement  ~ Pastor William W. Sasser
  6. The Atonement  ~  J. Gresham Machen

        Particular Redemption

  1. Limited Atonement ~ Loraine Boettner
  2. All Men Saved ~ Matt Slick
  3. The Doctrine of Particular Election and Final Perseverance   ~ Isaac Backus
  4. Particular Redemption ~ C.H. Spurgeon
  5. For Whom Did Christ Die? ~ John Owen
  6. Everyone Believes in a Limited Atonement!   ~ Geoff Volker
  7. The Death of Death in the Death of Christ ~ John Owen
  8. Exposition of "Universal" Passages  ~ John Gill
  9. The Reformed Doctrine of Particular Redemption: A defense from the Scriptures  ~ Shane Rosenthal
  10. Limited Atonement - Its Implications For Evangelism  ~ William Payne
 Effectual Calling

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  1. Irresistible Grace ~ Loraine Boettner
  2. Effectual Calling  ~ John Duncan
  3. Efficacious Grace  ~ John Gill
  4. Irresistible Grace  ~ Jacob Moseley
  5. Preaching the Grace of the Spirit's Calling  ~ S. Lewis Johnson, J
  6. The Beauties of Grace  ~ Kevin Hartley
  7. Who Can Come? (The Utility of the Doctrine of Irresistible Grace)  ~ Mark Webb
 Regeneration

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  1. A Practical View of Regeneration  ~ A. Alexander
  2. The New Birth  ~ Brian Schwertley
  3. The New Birth - Part One / Two ~ John Reisinger
  4. Man After Regeneration - Part One / Two ~ William W. Sasser
  5. The Sovereignty of God the Holy Spirit in Salvation  ~ A.W. Pink
  6. The Second Birth  ~ Author Unknown
  7. An Outline of John 3:7, 8  ~ Adapted from a work by J. C. Ryle
  8. The Doctrine of Regeneration: Biblical and Historical Perspectives ~ Bill Ascol
 Faith & Repentance

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  1. Justification by Faith ~ C.H. Spurgeon
  2. True and False Repentance ~ John Calvin
 Justification

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  1. Justification by Faith, Out of Date? ~ B.B. Warfield
  2. The Doctrine of Justification  ~ A. W. Pink
  3. Justification by Faith ~ John Calvin
  4. Ethics and Justification by Faith Alone ~ John Robbins
  5. But Is It Relevant? ~ Michael Horton
  6. Are We Justified By Faith Alone? ~ Michael Horton
  7. Justification, Vital Now & Always ~ Michael Horton
 Sanctification

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  1. The Difference Between Justification & Sanctification ~ Ralph Erskine
  2. The Relationship between Justification and Sanctification ~ John Robbins
  3. The Effects of God's Saving Grace ~ J. Greendyk (Note: We are searching for this article)
  4. Salvation from the Pleasure of Sin ~ A.W. Pink
  5. Experimental Salvation ~ A.W. Pink
  6. Evidences of the Faith of God's Elect ~ John Owen
  7. What It Means to be "Truly Sanctified" ~ Shane Rosenthal

        Salvation, Sanctification, Easy Believism & The Lordship of Jesus Christ

"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God afore prepared that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:10 
"Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but the corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit." Mathew 7:17 


Must a Christian's life demonstrate holiness? Is a desire and a pursuit of holiness secondary and optional for the Christian? Is the demand for repentance for salvation adding works to the Gospel? 

Those whom the Lord draws to Himself He also imparts a new heart and a new life (a.k.a. Regeneration, the New Birth). This new heart and life bear fruit. It cannot do otherwise. Certainly battles with sin are still a part of life, and will be until death. Nonetheless, a good tree bears good fruit. The absence of good fruit displays the actual, rather then the professed, nature of the individual. It must be understood that we do not bear good fruit to merit God's grace, the good fruit is evidence of having received God's grace. 

Semper Reformata - Solo Christo's Reformation Statement

  1. Understanding the Lordship Controversy ~ J. I. Packer

  2. The Carnal Christian Doctrine ~ John G. Reisinger

  3. Paul on Carnality: Romans 8:5-9 ~ John G. Reisinger

  4. An Exposition of 1 Corinthians 2:143:15 ~ John G. Reisinger

  5. The Troubling Marks of Disdain: An Investigation of the Doctrine of Carnal Christianity ~ Kevin Hartley

  6. God Sanctifies His People ~ John Piper

  7. John Calvin vs. Zane Hodges ~ Mitch Cervinka

 Perseverance

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  1. Perseverance of the Saints ~ Loraine Boettner
  2. Predestination and the Saints' Perseverance, Stated and Defended  ~ P.H. Mell
  3. Perseverance of the Saints  ~ R.B.C. Howell
  4. Perseverance of the Saints  ~ John Reisinger
  5. Perseverance of the Saints  ~ Loraine Boettner
  6. Perseverance of the Saints  ~ Jacob Moseley
 Practical Implications

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  1. The Effect of Election on Paul's Life and Ministry  ~ John G. Reisinger
  2. Election and Holiness  ~ C.H. Spurgeon
  3. More Than a "Calvinist" ~ John Newton. An outstanding tract on the practical implications of Calvinism for the Christian!
 Hyper-Calvinism

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  The Denial of Responsibility & Human Agency

  1. Pastor, What Is The Difference? Comparing Calvinism, Arminianism and Hyper-Calvinism ~ William Payne

  2. Excerpts from "A Primer on Hyper-Calvinsim" ~ Phil Johnson

  The Denial of Salvation to the Non-Calvinist

  1. Are All Arminians Unsaved? ~ Mitch Cervinka
  2. Is Calvinism the Gospel? ~ Mitch Cervinka
  3. Essays on Neo-Gnostic Calvinism ~  Greg Fields