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  1. ccravens

    ccravens Puritan Board Freshman

    Good to be a part of this fellowship of believers!

    As a born-again, independent Baptist with strong Reformed, moderate-Calvinist leanings (sorry if the "moderate" descriptor offends anyone!) I am searching for a place in which to discuss the knowledge of God and of man. This seems to be a good place.

    I thoroughly enjoy reading the Puritans, with many works by Owens (4 of the volumes) Flavel (complete set) and many others, with more Baptistic works from John Gill, Spurgeon, etc. Arthur Pink is a more modern favorite, as is John MacArthur.

    Apologetically, I most closely relate to the pre-suppositional/reformed views stated by Van Til, Clark, Greg Bahnsen, John Frame and others.

    I understand that a Baptist, Calvinistic, pre-mill, pre-supp. outlook may seem confusing theologically, but that's where I'm at, although I am open to being taught differently.

    Looking forward to the knowledge that I can gain by being on this forum.
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  2. Taylor Sexton

    Taylor Sexton Puritan Board Junior


    If you don't mind me asking, in what ways are you "moderate"? (I'm just curious.)
  3. ccravens

    ccravens Puritan Board Freshman

    Thanks for asking.

    I guess I am still having a hard time wrapping my head around the doctrine of reprobation.

    I finished reading through Calvin's Institutes last month, which for me, means reading, underlining and taking notes. I was very interested to get to where he discusses this subject because I consider him someone whose viewpoints should be seriously considered. Maybe it was my Baptist background, but I had an open mind (I believe) when reading that section, and yet still was skeptical. Calvin's arguments in favor seemed more based on philosophical reasoning that scripturally based. I'm worried that something like this may be logically true, but not biblically true. But I am open to instruction.

    I certainly have no problem with total depravity, unconditional election (with the exception I mentioned above), limited atonement, irresistible grace (if the distinction between common and saving grace is maintained), and the perseverance of the saints.

    Sorry if that is unclear. I'm still a learner.
  4. Ask Mr. Religion

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  5. Ask Mr. Religion

    Ask Mr. Religion Flatly Unflappable

    It would help if you let us know what you think the doctrine of reprobation Calvin wrote about means. A useful backgrounder:
  6. ccravens

    ccravens Puritan Board Freshman

    Funny you should mention this!

    In my newly-imparted systematic theology readings, starting about 6 months ago, I have gone through the Institutes, John MacArthur's new ST (really good, in my opinion), and am now about 1/4 of the way through Bavinck's 1 volume edited edition of his RD. About Bavinck, all I can say is: Wow, I'm impressed.

    And just today, ordered Berkhof's ST. Wanted to find the old 2-volume edition, but could only find a volume II, so went with the Banner of Truth 1 volume edition.
  7. ccravens

    ccravens Puritan Board Freshman

  8. Edward

    Edward Puritanboard Commissioner

    Greetings from someone in the same federal court district.
  9. arapahoepark

    arapahoepark Puritan Board Graduate

  10. Berean

    Berean Puritanboard Commissioner

    Welcome to the PB, Chris!
  11. Ask Mr. Religion

    Ask Mr. Religion Flatly Unflappable

    Good to know.

    You may find this thread related to MacArthur's latest informative:
  12. hammondjones

    hammondjones Puritan Board Sophomore

  13. ccravens

    ccravens Puritan Board Freshman

  14. PhilA

    PhilA Puritan Board Sophomore

  15. reaganmarsh

    reaganmarsh Puritan Board Senior

    Welcome to the PB!
  16. LaurenC

    LaurenC Puritan Board Freshman

    Hello welcome, it feels funny welcoming someone when I am someone who posts very rarely also but welcome anyway :D

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  17. timfost

    timfost Puritan Board Senior


    You may want to study some of the nuance in the doctrine of reprobation as understood by different reformers. Calvin taught double predestination. Bavinck had some interesting observations on the issue in his writing about supra/infralapsarianism where he spells out what he saw as problems with double predestination.

    You may have less reservation if you look at reprobation through the lense of preterition and not predestination. While we shouldn't use the doctrine of preterition to promote "bare permission" in God, it does account for the differences in those predestined to eternal life and those ordained to damnation (to use strictly biblical terms).

    Again, welcome! ;)
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