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By Kenneth Keathley

In Salvation and Sovereignty, Kenneth Keathley asks, “What shall a Christian do who's confident of yes principal tenets of Calvinism yet now not its corollaries?” He then writes, “I see salvation as a sovereign paintings of grace yet suspect that the standard Calvinist figuring out of sovereignty (that God is the reason for all issues) isn't really sustained by means of the biblical witness as a whole.”

Aiming to unravel this topic, the writer argues that simply 3 of Calvinism’s 5 TULIP issues will be defended scripturally and as an alternative builds at the ROSES acronym first provided via Timothy George (Radical depravity, Overcoming grace, Sovereign election, everlasting lifestyles, Singular redemption). In relation, Keathley appears to be like at salvation and sovereignty in the course of the lens of Molinism, a doctrine named after Luis Molina (1535-1600) that's according to a powerful suggestion of God’s keep an eye on and an both enterprise confirmation of human freedom.

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Isa 46:10) All the inhabitants of the earth are counted as nothing, and He does what He wants with the army of heaven and the inhabitants of the earth. ” (Dan 4:35) From one man He has made every nation of men to live all over the earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live. (Acts 17:26) The Lord, as the sovereign most high King reigns over all creation, which is His alone, and He does with it as He determines (1 Chr 29:11; Pss 9; 24:1; 47:2,7–9; 93; 95:3–5; 104; 115:3; Isa 45:9–12; Ezek 17:4; Rev 1:8; 4:8,11).

The Bible contrasts the Lord’s ability to foretell the future with the failure of the pagan idols and holds up fulfilled prophecy as proof that Israel’s God is the one true God worthy of worship and obedience (Isa 41:21–24; 44:6–8). Moses declared that the litmus test for a prophet was his ability to perfectly forecast the future (Deut 18:22). God’s perfect knowledge of the future demonstrates that history has a purpose that He is accomplishing through His Son Jesus Christ (Dan 2:36–43; Acts 2:23; 3:18; Gal 3:8; Eph 1:10; 3:9–11; 2 Tim 1:9–10; 1 Pet 1:20).

Isa 14:26–27) I declare the end from the beginning, and from long ago what is not yet done, saying: My plan will take place, and I will do all My will. (Isa 46:10) All the inhabitants of the earth are counted as nothing, and He does what He wants with the army of heaven and the inhabitants of the earth. ” (Dan 4:35) From one man He has made every nation of men to live all over the earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live. (Acts 17:26) The Lord, as the sovereign most high King reigns over all creation, which is His alone, and He does with it as He determines (1 Chr 29:11; Pss 9; 24:1; 47:2,7–9; 93; 95:3–5; 104; 115:3; Isa 45:9–12; Ezek 17:4; Rev 1:8; 4:8,11).

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