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Do Calvinists approach Scripture without the Spirit of God? and other questions…

In Morning Program, Questions Asked on The Narrow Path Radio Program on August 1, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Questions asked on The Narrow Path Radio Program hosted by Steve Gregg – 8/1/2013 Morning Show

Steve was joined by Matt Rose, an associate pastor in upstate New York.

1. Would you agree that adopting a systematic theology like Calvinism seems to be the default position of someone who approaches Scripture like an academic textbook without the Spirit of God or knowing the heart of God?  How possible is it to fellowship closely with someone with strong differences theologically? Since God is a person, if someone tried to systematize everything I’ve said and thought and written into a systematic way of understanding me they might encounter some pitfalls because sometimes I’m thinking differently, or saying things metaphorically or analogically, etc., and if you don’t have that personality who is really directing your perspective, isn’t there a danger of trying to literally translate and understand everything He is saying?

2. How would you answer a question regarding God’s foreknowledge and God’s predestination; it’s my understanding that God foreknew all the ones that would be true believers, and all true believers were predestinated before the foundation of the world, right?  The true believers fall into two categories: those that are true believers for their whole life and true believers who fall away.  So even though God had foreknowledge that they would fall away did He still predestinate those true believers or only the ones that were going to be true believers their whole life?

3. Ephesians 1:11 talks about “being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.” I’ve heard 5-point Calvinists on the radio use this verse saying that everything that happens is predestined or preordained, because it says “works all things according to the counsel of His will.” This confuses me. And I don’t think it could just mean that the Jews or the Gentiles will become one because it says “who all things.”

4. Why did Jesus find it necessary to cleanse the temple of the money changers if His ultimate cause was to be a sacrifice for sin?

Here is a link to the audio of the show.

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