NEW BRUNSWICK, NEW JERSEY – A long time Arminian and anti-Calvinist James Wilson was found fumbling over his words recently after having to admit "all doesn’t mean all" in Romans 11:32.
This is the accusation James has historically made against his Reformed brethren. "They [Calvinists] change the meaning of ‘all’ in the Bible and replace it with ‘the elect’. When in Hebrews it says he tasted death for all men, Calvinists say, that is just referring to the elect. I believe all means all", James said.
Just recently a Calvinist "post cage stage" was able to calmly talk about these issues with James, where he asked him what Romans 11:32 meant. "The scripture says, ‘For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.’ Does that mean all will be saved in the end? Since all are recipients of God’s mercy, doesn’t that mean all will be saved? ‘All means all’, right?"
James started to fumble over his words and eventually said, "Well, not really. You need to read this passage in its appropriate context. We know from other portions of scripture that not everyone will be saved. So this could not mean all as in every single human being that ever lived. Contextually this is talking about God having mercy upon Jew and Gentile – that makes up the ‘all’ referred to in Romans 11:32".
The Calvinist smiled and said, "I completely agree. The context must determine the meaning. So would you say ‘all doesn’t mean all’ in the sense of every single human being universally?"
James had to admit, "Yes. All doesn’t mean all in that sense."
The Calvinist said, "Read Hebrews 2 in context and you see the all Jesus tasted death for are his elect, his brethren."
The Calvinist departed and James was shocked. He couldn’t believe what had just happened. "Apparently, all doesn’t always mean all in the way I have always understood that word. This changes things."
‘Answers in Genesis’ Finds Answers Outside the Book of Genesis
KENTUCKY – Young Earth Creationist Ministry ‘Answers in Genesis’ find more answers to life’s questions outside the book of Genesis.
If you visit the ‘Answers’ page on their website, you will find scores and scores of articles with answers to questions – but those answers come most of the time outside the book of Genesis.
We reached out to Ken Ham for a comment, “Even though our ministry is called ‘Answers in Genesis’, most of our answers come from other places other than the book of Genesis.” Ken continued, “This is pretty funny when you think about it, but not as funny as believing in evolution or the gap theory or disagreeing with my reading of Genesis.”
KJV Onlyist Learns His Grandfather is Older than His Theological Tradition
SOUTH CAROLINA – Independent Baptist and person who self-identifies as a man of God John Mark recently discovered that his theological tradition of King James Onlyism isn’t older than his grandfather.
“We need to go back to that old time religion and the old faith and the old paths”, John Mark would say. But “old” apparently only means going back to the mid-20th century where King James Onlyism has its origin.
“That doesn’t bother me a bit”, John Mark said. “If the King James Bible was good enough for Paul, it’s good enough for me. I don’t care if King James Onlyism is an American only, Fundamentalist only, belief system. It is obviously true because I believe it.”
Woman Awake and Lively During Worship, Falls Asleep During Sermon
SAINT AUGUSTINE, FL – Woman who was singing and praising God during the worship band’s performance moments later suddenly falls asleep five minutes into the Pastor’s sermon.
While visiting a local Southern Baptist Church, the youth worship band was leading in the normal worship service – so it was very lively. My family and I sat in the second row from the front next to a woman. She was all into the worship experience, hands raised, arms stretched out and all. You would think she got a good nights sleep before. Then suddenly, when the rock-n-roll concert ended, and the pastor stepped onto the stage to preach a sermon, the woman pulled her sweatshirt up towards her face, closed her eyes, and within minutes started snoring.
She slept through the whole sermon. Granted, the auditorium was dimly light with all lights focused on the man of God, but still, she fell asleep. But it looks like only me and my wife noticed.
As soon as the sermon was over, the drums started and an altar call was issued, and the woman woke up.