Southern Baptist Founders Conference Midwest. Calvinism & Arminianism. From J. I. Packer’s intro to John Owen’s The Death of Death in the Death of Christ Packer speaks of a New Gospel in our day. He describes it as:. It fails to produce Deep repentance Deep reverence Deep humility
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A spirit of worship
A concern for the Church
It fails to make man . . .
. . . God centered in his thoughts
. . . God fearing in his heartA change in perspective, character, interest & emphasis
salvation rests with man himself [his choice]
[one of content not emphasis]
God enables man to save himself
God savesWho saves?
The Son redeems all.
The Holy Spirit calls those who hear.
The Father elects those who respond.
The Son redeems the elect.
The Holy Spirit calls the elect.
The Father elects the elect.
Because each view has a difference reference, they use the three terms (election, calling redemption) with different definitions.
The Trinity works toward the salvation of the same group of people.The work of the Trinity
Resolve to receive
I owe my election to my faith
Choice by God
I owe my faith to electionDifferent TermsElection—the work of God the Father
Removing of an obstacle
Opportunity to save self
I could not gain my salvation without Calvary.
Particular [definite]— objective atonement
Christ is actually a substitute.
The cross saves—the sine qua non of salvation
Christ gained my salvation on the cross.Different Terms Redemption—the work of God the Son
The regenerating work of the Holy Spirit destroys the disposition to resistDifferent TermsInternal Grace—the work of God the Holy Spirit
Salvation is a work of man.
Faith is man’s contribution to his salvation.
Man divides the glory with God.
God built the machinery of salvation.
Man operates that machinery.
Salvation is God’s work entirely.
Faith is a part of God’s gift of salvation.
God earns all the glory.Different Conclusions
Glory to God alone