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“God’s Will Be Done”

A phrase often heard from Christians referring to sickness and tragedy…desiring to bring comfort, conclude “God’s will be done”. If they were simply wishing that in the future God’s will be done, that would be fine. But sometimes it appears as though the well meaning brother is referring to the event itself when he says with a perplexed look on his face: “God’s will be done…”. On the contrary, God’s will is that we remain faithful unto death (Rev. 2:10)…not that we get sick or do not get sick or die! After all “…it is appointed for men to die…” (Hebrews 9:27). One may be reading more into the statement than the brother means, but words and phrases have meaning. We ALL need to be as articulate as possible for we will all be held accountable for our words (Matthew 12:37)! Continue reading » “God’s Will Be Done”

Contending for the Faith: Calvinism and Adam – A Parallel

Editor’s Note: The Guardian of Truth Foundation recently published a new book by Larry, entitled The Christ, The Cross, and The Church. Larry has graciously consented to our excerpting a few passages from the book for the benefit of our readers. These excerpts will appear this month, and next in Watchman. Ordering information is available following the article for those who wish to purchase the book itself.

Calvinism tells us three things. (1) Man is born in sin. This is the doctrine of total, hereditary depravity. Total means all, whole or complete. Hereditary means one receives it from his parents, which in this case means from Adam, hence, adamic, original sin. Depravity means bad, wicked, evil. Thus, every person born into this world is, at birth, thoroughly, utterly sinful. (2) The Holy Spirit regenerates the sinner directly. Man can do nothing to effect his deliverance from his unhappy state of depravity. Man is wholly passive in his redemption. The “enabling power” of the Spirit must regenerate the totally wicked sinner before he can respond to the call of the gospel. This “direct operation of the Holy Spirit” is performed without the subject’s will or choice. Since one is totally dead, he must be given life before he can act. Therefore, the Holy Spirit, without means or agency, regenerates, gives life, to the soul. (3) Those regenerated cannot die. Once the Spirit infuses life, that life cannot be lost — “once saved, always saved.” As man cannot undo his fleshly birth, so he cannot surrender his spiritual birth, says Calvinism. Once born of the flesh, one cannot be unborn; so, once born of the Spirit, one cannot be unborn — “once in grace, always in grace.” Continue reading » Contending for the Faith: Calvinism and Adam – A Parallel

Does Man Have a Free Will? – Part 4 of 4

(Editor’s Note: The following article by brother Hafley is the fourth and final in a series appearing in the January, February, March and April issues of Watchman Magazine. Each article consists of 3 sections [or smaller articles]. Combined, they systematically answer the Calvinist doctrines of Total Depravity and Individual Predestination. I commend them to you.)

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Free Will “To Dye For”A modern colloquialism to express great desire for a certain thing says the item is “to die for.” Wayne Camp, in an effort to show that man does not have a free will, cites three tests or principles which he says proves that man does not have a free will. We examined his first test in our last article. In this segment, we shall discuss his last two principles, one of which is “to dye for.” Continue reading » Does Man Have a Free Will? – Part 4 of 4

Does Man Have Free Will – Part 3 of 4

(Editor’s Note: The following article by brother Hafley is the third of four appearing in the January, February, March and April issues of Watchman Magazine. Each article consists of 3 sections [or smaller articles]. Combined, they systematically answer the Calvinist doctrines of Total Depravity and Individual Predestination. I commend them to you. )

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FREE WILL PROOF TEXT–PSALM 110:3

Does man have a free will to choose to come to Christ, or must God perform a direct operation of the Spirit on the heart of the sinner to enable him to receive and believe on Christ? Wayne Camp, a prominent Baptist author and lecturer, contends thusly:

“Only in the day of God’s power will a person be willing. Psalm 110:3 Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. This clearly reveals that no man, in and of himself, is capable of doing the will of God. He cannot will to come to Christ unless God enables him to by his regenerating power. When God does enable him by his regenerating power he will be willing and he will come to Christ — “Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power.” The inferred negative is, they will not be willing until God brings his power to bear upon them. No one will be willing until the day of God’s power. Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. One cannot come to Christ of his own might and power, or his own alleged free will, but he will come when the power of the Spirit of God enables him. “Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power.” Then, and only then, will a person be willing to come to Christ” (Camp, The Grace Propagator And Promulgator, August, 1995). Continue reading » Does Man Have Free Will – Part 3 of 4

Does Man Have Free Will? – Part 2 of 4

(Editor’s Note: The following article by brother Hafley is the second of four appearing in the January, February, March and April issues of Watchman Magazine. Each article consists of 3 sections [or smaller articles]. Combined, they systematically answer the Calvinist doctrines of Total Depravity and Individual Predestination. I commend them to you.)

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MAN’S FREEWILL, HEADACHES, AND DIABETESIn this series on the free will of man, we again quote from Wayne Camp: “Scripture further shows this doctrine that all men have a free will to be a lie by showing that there are some things the natural man cannot do. Augustus Toplady also wrote, ‘A man’s free – will cannot cure him even of the toothache or of a sore finger, and yet he madly thinks it is in his power to cure his soul.’ I awoke this morning with a sinus headache. I was unable to will it away. I finally took some sinus medicine and soon my headache was gone. I am a diabetic. If I could, I would will it to be gone so I need not … take insulin or pills. But, will as I might, it is there. If I cannot cure a headache by the power and sovereignty of my presumed free will, how could I expect to change a stony heart into a heart to know God? How could I expect to will to come to Christ when every thing in my nature is against doing that? Thank God for his quickening, regenerating, calling power” (The Grace Proclamator and Promulgator, August, 1995, p. 3). Continue reading » Does Man Have Free Will? – Part 2 of 4

Does Man Have Free Will? – Part 1 of 4

(Editor’s Note: The following article by brother Hafley is the first of four which will appear in the January, February, March and April issues of Watchman Magazine. Each article consists of 3 sections [or smaller articles]. Combined, they systematically answer the Calvinist doctrines of Total Depravity and Individual Predestination. I commend them to you.)

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DOES MAN HAVE A FREE WILL?This series of articles is a response to an article by “Elder Wayne Camp, Pastor” of Pilgrims’ Hope Baptist Church, Memphis, TN. Elder Camp’s article was entitled, “THE COMMONLY BELIEVED LIE CONCERNING THE ALLEGED FREE WILL OF MAN,” and appeared in The Grace Proclamator and Promulgator, August, 1995, Pp. 1-10. While this review will not completely cover Camp’s conclusions, it will supply sufficient study material to address the question of our title. Continue reading » Does Man Have Free Will? – Part 1 of 4