Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
The Freedom of God in Salvation Debate, Now Available
11/30/2010 - James WhiteFour hours, 55 minutes. That's how much material is contained in this collection containing the debate with Steve Gregg on the freedom of God in salvation, along with follow up commentary and discussion of this vital issue. As Mr. Gregg's material is popular amongst the NDD (Non-Denominational Denomination, i.e., Calvary Chapel), this set will be of great value to many in our audience. An added benefit to our offering of this material is that while Catholic Answers has yet to even mention the debate with Tim Staples on Purgatory from earlier this year, they push the Staples/Gregg debate all the time, hence, you might wish to point out how many times Staples and Gregg agree on the basic issues of man's abilities and God's grace! Get yours today!
Misquoting Matthew 23:37---Even in Writing!
11/22/2010 - James WhiteLane Chaplin forwarded me another link to another Ankerberg Show clip, just as the previous entry. If you go about two minutes in (after a long section in praise of creaturely autonomy), you not only have Geisler misquoting Matthew 23:37 (nothing new about that, as we have documented on the part of many), but even the text slide which is put on the screen misquotes the text, leaving out the very distinction that utterly overthrows the eisegetical abuse of this text so rampant on the part of those who deny God's freedom in salvation. A truly amazing example, once again, of how rarely the Bible is handled with any care or depth on the part of those who promote a man-centered understanding of the gospel.
Yes, we need another Radio Free Geneva!
Looks Like it is Time for Another Radio Free Geneva!
11/21/2010 - James WhiteLane Chaplin sent me this link. Here Geisler comes as close as I've seen, on video, to referring to The Potter's Freedom (outside of the horrific, and now removed, appendix to the second edition, cobbled together by confused undergraduate students). But for anyone who has read TPF, this response is empty and vacuous, and illustrates why Norman Geisler, and his primary students and followers, refuse to debate this issue out front for the benefit of God's people: their answers cannot stand up to serious scrutiny. Check it out:
The Nuisance of Biblical Logic
11/03/2010 - Alan Kurschner
If God knows every detail of the future with infallible certainty, then (by definition) the outcome of all things is already determined. And if things are predetermined but God did not ordain whatsoever comes to pass, then you have two choices:by Phil Johnson
1. A higher sovereignty belongs to some being (or beings) other than God. That is idolatry.
2. Some impersonal force did the determining. That is fatalism.
Therefore if the thinking Arminian wants to avoid both fatalism and idolatry, he or she must deny God's foreknowledge, thereby nullifying God's omnscience—in other words, they essentially undeify God. That is of course blasphemy. But that is precisely the road Open Theism takes.