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Jesus died for…..SOME? by Pastor Rudolph P. Boshoff

I have many friends who hold to the idea that Christ Died only for those that are elect, or even better, those decreed to be His from the beginning. Now I am not even going to touch upon if He did so before the foundation of the World (Subla-lapsairianism) or only after the fall (infralapsarianism). The idea that God does know the end from the beginning, and he, therefore, determines the eventual outcome, is one [...]

How the Arminian View Responds to Calvinist Beliefs About Salvation and Free Will by Pastor Rudolph P. Boshoff

(10-minute Read) Recently, I saw that some of my friends had posted the following banner on one of their social media sites, and as a result, I decided to jot down a brief reaction to what it is that they have been posting.  I've seen that a lot of individuals appear to denounce any opinion that isn't consistent with their particular Calvinist beliefs.  In the following post, I will make a brief effort to respond [...]

By |2023-04-13T15:01:39+02:00March 13th, 2023|Arminianism & Calvinism|0 Comments

Varied Christian perspectives on evil and suffering by Pastor Rudolph P. Boshoff

(15-Minute Read) For a while now, I had the idea to share a short article reflecting on some possible theological views concerning pain and suffering. In this article, I examine some renowned Christians' viewpoints that influenced how we can account for the presence of evil and suffering in the world. A Christian Theistic understanding does not exclude God's presence because of the reality of evil, like atheism. This article does not attempt to distinguish between the [...]

A Review of Dr. Ken Wilson’s “the Foundation of Augustinian-Calvinism” by Pastor Rudolph P. Boshoff

Intro: Dr. Ken Wilson summarise his Doctoral thesis titled: “Augustine’s conversion from traditional free choice to ‘non-free Free Will’: A comprehensive methodology” (Mohr Siebeck 2018) in an easily readable seven chapters. Wilson contends that the earliest Christian Fathers (95-400 CE) before St. Augustine of Hippo (386-411 CE) held to a “libertarian free will” and a free choice in salvation. Augustine later reverted to a then pagan, “non-free Free Will,” or, as Wilson calls it, [...]

By |2022-02-22T09:08:09+02:00February 24th, 2020|Arminianism & Calvinism|4 Comments

3 Common misunderstandings of the Reformer John Calvin (1509-1564) by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff

(Average reading time: 4 minutes) A while back I posted an article looking at the common objections raised against the scholar Jacob Arminius (1559-1609) and subsequently thought to also write about three common misunderstandings surrounding John Calvin as well (1509-1564). Here are three misconceptions:  Calvin killed Servetus. A Catholic revert from the reformation Jerome Bolsec started writing elaborate accusations against Calvin about 13 years after his death accusing the reformer of lewd acts, murder and [...]

Bearing false witness? A short description of the central issues with Jacob Arminius (1559-1609) by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff.  

(Average reading time: 10 minutes) Born almost a century after Martin Luther, Dutch theologian, minister, and Professor at Leiden University, Jacob Arminius (1559-1609) is purported to be a very controversial figure in the early Reformation.[1] Historically he is caricatured as the antitypical hero who was seemingly instrumental in derailing the pinnacle axis of the Reformation. Theologian Carl Bangs says; "Calvinism came in, Arminius nearly ruined it, and the Synod of Dort restored it."[2] Historical Theologian [...]

Converting to Calvinism by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff

In recent years there seemed to be a curious interest in Calvinism. Numerous Christians from all spheres of influence and all walks of life are stating their claim and defining themselves by this term. Brad Vermurlen, a Notre Dame graduate says, “Ten years ago, everyone was talking about the ‘emergent church, and five years ago, people were talking about the ‘missional church.’ And now ‘new Calvinism.’ I don’t want to say the new Calvinism is [...]

By |2021-08-15T00:31:51+02:00October 17th, 2017|Arminianism & Calvinism, Sin and Salvation|1 Comment


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