Reformed Theology

ElderDad's picture

There may have previously been a thread on this subject, but I don't find it high enough in the list to see it. Therefore, I will start a thread and let it take its course. The purpose of this topic is to provide a place other than the Study of the Gospel of John, where it has become a side issue with considerable activity. Unfortunately, it is off-track there, so here it is in the open forum. The purpose is to give a place to post items dealing with traditional Reformed Theology. Because CCEL comes out of the Reformed community, there are many books dealing with Reformed Theology and Preaching in the CCEL library. However, in keeping with the ecumenical effort of the founders and supporters of this site, there are also books in the CCEL library that disagree with Reformed Theology. Sooooo, let me remind all participants in this forum, "Keep it loving, or keep it at home."

Samuel Semmens's picture


The Predestination of God is positive in the case of the election of the elect angels, and in the case of elect men.

The reprobate angels and reprobate man are left to their own wills, as saving grace is not given to them. The reason for this withholding of saving grace is not disclosed to the church we can only say, shall not the Lord of the earth do right.

The Westminster view is of a Infra-lapsarion kind. To call predestination double is perhaps not the best way to put it, calling it double is a bit misleading. I look at it as one coin with two sides. God is not the author of sin but he will use it for holy ends.

The real issue is how we view the order of God's decrees. Luther was more of a Calvinist on some points then Calvin himself, much is said in Luther's "bondage of the will" that Calvin might have found a bit bold.

The term irresistible grace is perhaps not the best way of putting it either. I like the way R.L.Dabney deals with this term in his Systematic and Polemic theology it is all conquering grace.

Jesus being a more knowledgeable man then the rest of us uses the term "heart" not "will" this is sound not only from a theological point of view but also from the philosophical point of view. People today still get free will mixed up with free moral agency. They also get predestination confused with compulsion. Luther deals with how God works on free moral agents like Pharaoh this is developed by Paul in the book of Romans Luther picks up this bible theme and unfolds it.It is not Just the Christians who glorify God the wicked also glorify God as vessels of wrath.

Later on the Puritans would say men break God's Laws but fulfill his decrees!