Ordo Salutis and 4 pointers

Discussion in 'Calvinism & The Doctrines of Grace' started by CIT, Mar 15, 2011.

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  1. CIT

    CIT Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    In school one of the things I have noticed is that everyone at DTS laughs (not literally) at the idea that regeneration preceeds faith. These same profs then claim to be four pointers.

    So it seems to me that although they claim to be quasi-Calvinists, they have a different understanding of "I" than we do.

    Is this common with 4 pointers?
     
  2. Scott1

    Scott1 Puritan Board Doctor

    What's common is a misunderstanding of how the "five points," that is the doctrines of grace, are logically and necessarily biblically dependent on one another and related to one another.

    Often, it begins with not understanding the "T" total depravity- that the fall comprehensively affected every aspect of man's being, mind, will, emotions, body such that man has the moral inability to seek God in a saving way.

    Therefore, only a change of the constituent nature of a human being, a miracle done first by God causes a person to be free to savingly believe.

    "What is Reformed Theology?" by RC Sproul might be helpful as it reviews this in detail.
    http://www.ligonier.org/store/what-is-reformed-theology-paperback/

    Note also at the bottom of the resources page, a book No Longer a 3 Point Calvinist. I have not read that book, but it might be helpful along the same lines.
     
  3. discipulo

    discipulo Puritan Board Junior

    Boliver, when you mention they are 4 pointers I would imagine that meant the L in some form of Amyraldism, that is often the case with 4 pointers, Richard Baxter is a famous example.
     
  4. CIT

    CIT Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    Yes, they reject "L," but it also seems that they redefine the other letters as well.
     
  5. discipulo

    discipulo Puritan Board Junior

    I see. I guess, as it is often the case, it ends up being an entirely different flower :D
     
  6. CIT

    CIT Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    Reminds me of a black widow rose. It is called a rose, but it is not that pretty and smells horrible.
     
  7. Scott1

    Scott1 Puritan Board Doctor

    Often, but not always, it is difficulty with the "U" and "L" based on not understanding the "T," and not having the systematic theology of the doctrines of grace. That's why it is so incredibly powerful when one understands, really understands that God is indeed sovereign.
     
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