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The 3rd Rail: Unconditional Election is Not Restrictive

By Ken Hamrick See all the posts in the series, ‘The 3rd Rail’ The posts in this series are not in any particular order; but it may be helpful, before reading this one, to read the following posts: “The 3rd … Continue reading

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The 3rd Rail: The Fallacy of a Restrictive Foreknowledge

By Ken Hamrick See all the posts in the series, ‘The 3rd Rail’ One fallacy in the debate between Calvinists and Traditionalists is the idea that God’s foreknowledge makes all events necessary. Such logic insists that, since God already knows … Continue reading

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The 3rd Rail: God Does Good, Men Do Evil

By Ken Hamrick See all the posts in the series, ‘The 3rd Rail’ It is possible to put so much emphasis on one Biblical principle that another equally important Biblical principle becomes obscured in the shadow, and eventually rejected. Baptist … Continue reading

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The 3rd Rail: Inability of the Will is Never Literal

By Ken Hamrick See all the posts in the series, ‘The 3rd Rail’ We in the middle watch with dismay as justification for the extremes of one side is claimed to be based on the extremes of the other (in … Continue reading

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The 3rd Rail: The Call to Believe is Not Without a Promise

By Ken Hamrick See all the posts in the series, ‘The 3rd Rail’ Imagine how sinners would react if the gospel offered no promise of eternal life to those who believe. If there were no amazing grace, no opportunity for … Continue reading

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The 3rd Rail: Why the Middle View is Here to Stay

By Ken Hamrick See all the posts in the series, ‘The 3rd Rail’ Calvinists and Traditionalists have been arguing, with varying degrees of amity and enmity, since the SBC was formed. But between these two (with slight overlap of both) … Continue reading

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It’s Not Calvinism But Rationalism That Divides Us

by Ken Hamrick Having debated Calvinism for many years, I’m beginning to see the wisdom of leaving to mystery that which can never really be figured out—a view espoused by many others before me. Such a position is disdained by both … Continue reading

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Unwillingness & Inability: A Summary of Andrew Fuller’s Solution

by Ken Hamrick The theology of Andrew Fuller, as set out in his greatest work, The Gospel Worthy of All Acceptation, is centrally located between those Calvinists who see sinners as walking corpses—no more able to believe than a dead … Continue reading

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The Traditional Statement | SBC Today

Click HERE to sign! Preamble Every generation of Southern Baptists has the duty to articulate the truths of its faith with particular attention to the issues that are impacting contemporary mission and ministry. The precipitating issue for this statement is … Continue reading

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Calvinism’s New Birth Analogy is Unconvincing! | SBC Today

Ronnie Rogers | Pastor Trinity Baptist Church, Norman, OK This article seeks to address the question: does physical birth demonstrate the Calvinist idea that faith precedes spiritual birth? Calvinists argue that the new birth (regeneration) precedes and provisions faith,[1] whereas … Continue reading

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PART 2: AGAINST FULLER AND MORAL INABILITY, Why Many Can Not Believe

THIS IS PART 2 OF 3. WHY MANY TODAY CAN NOT BELIEVE. Part 1 [https://sbcopenforum.com/2014/08/23/against-fuller-and-the-idea-of-moral-inability-why-israel-missed-the-messiah-and-why-many-cant-believe/] was about how the Jewish people missed the Messiah. Now of course they all did not miss the Messiah, and not all people today will … Continue reading

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The Missing Balance in Calvinism

by Ken Hamrick Any time that some truth which is held in balance in God’s word is given an emphasis on only one side, then misunderstanding and error result. It is true, as the Calvinists emphasize, that election in eternity past … Continue reading

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Making Sense of the Inability of Sinners

In the natural use of the term, ability, as viewed with disregard to will, it’s meaning is simple and clear—one is either able or unable. But in the moral use of the term, as mingled with the idea of will, … Continue reading

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God’s Decree

Reformation 21 is posting a series through the Westminster Confession of Faith with various authors providing commentary. It’s good reading and I encourage you to check it out. Today (Monday) I read Joel Beeke’s commentary on WCF III: Of God’s … Continue reading

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