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Calvinism Debatecomment (0)

July 25, 2013

There were two “Letters to the Editor” in The Alabama Baptist on July 4 that expressed disagreement with the Calvinism Advisory Committee report. One asked the question, “Why would we want tension in the church?” the other asked, “Must we sacrifice our core beliefs?” Those are good questions; yet I believe that tension in the church is not necessary and we need not sacrifice our core beliefs.

An explanation that brings harmony to the truths of man’s free will, God’s foreknowledge of the future and predestination comes from the truth that God is eternal and above time. God has perfect knowledge of the past, present and future. God does not limit man’s free will but He does know the future and our final destination (from “God So Loved the World” by Fisher Humphreys and Paul Robertson, page 87).

Whether we Southern Baptists can accept that explanation or not, we can all humble ourselves, admit that our knowledge is imperfect and stand together with our brothers in Christ on the truths that we do understand.

Gary Briscoe
Hoover, Ala. 

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