What is Calvinism? TULIP: If you believe in the security of the believer, you are classified as a Calvinist. Baptist taught the security of the believer long before Calvin. Dr. Jim goes into great detail about the different points of Calvinism; Sublapsarianism, Infralapsarianism, and Supralapsarianism. Dr. Phillips teachers a little church history naming the different groups of Baptist; the so called Hardshell Primitive Baptist, General Baptist and Particular Baptist of Europe. The Regular Baptist and the Separate Baptist of America. This is a very information packed Bible and history lesson.
Goody Goody! Theology and History Side by Side! A lot of bible students don't understand that the Bible is as much a historical book as it is a spiritual book. Therefore, when theology is taught, Christian history is not far behind. And I like that because it lends credence to the text of the Scriptures when a great Bible teacher such as Dr. Jim weaves such an awesome portrait of God's working through history to accomplish his will, plan, and desire. Excellent!
Dr. James M. Phillips (2/22/2014)
from Bakersfield, California
Theology and History Class This is written to clarify some things about the teachings & life of John Calvin. Calvinâ€™s family planned for him to become a Catholic priest but because of financial advantages he was trained as a lawyer. Calvin was never an ordained Catholic priest but he did the work of an ordained priest & was paid as a priest for many years in Catholic & Dominican churches. Calvin was in trouble with the Catholic authorities much of his career because he did not administer Baptism, Marriage, & the Eucharist as Catholic dogma demanded. He believed that Baptism & the Eucharist were in some ways mystical vehicles of grace but not as Catholicism taught. Calvin did not believe in transubstantiation but a modified form of consubstantiation, but not as Luther taught. Calvinâ€™s writings evolved over the years & many students of Calvin have problems with his early & later period writings. What Calvin believed when he was young he did not believe when he became older. Calvin never actually wanted to leave the Catholic Church but he wanted to reform her dogmas and purify her. John Calvin, like the Catholic Church & Augustine believed in the absolute marriage of the church & state. Calvin even tried to create Augustineâ€™s idea of a Real "City of God" ruled by an Ecclesiastical state.
Sergio Castenada (8/6/2012)
from New Jersey
Great Sermon! This class is good for people to hear in order to see what moderate Calvinists believe. It is clear that there is a lot of Norman Geisler influenced here and hearing a demonstration of what they believe is not only informative but entertaining. I recommend this message and then read Boettner and compare.
Thank you for this message.
Troy Clemens (7/28/2011)
Great Sermon! Another great class, I don't know anyone anywhere teaching this!!!!!
from Bakersfield, California
Great Sermon! One of the best classes that Dr. Jim has ever taught.Loaded with information, I could listen to it over and over again, snf I will. Thanks for a super great class.