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Posted April 28, 2002
Who will answer all the questions correctly about this much argued subject (Calvinism) When we arrive in heaven we'll either not care or we'll see that no one had it entirely correct. Norman Geisler has come as close as I've seen to explaining what the Bible says about a sovereign, all knowing God that loves and sent His Son to die for all mankind. James R.White is such the typical extreme Calvinist. Example, He takes the often used (amazing) verse Jer. 18:6 and implies that God is talking to the unsaved. Which, if true God would be saying I can do what I want therefore I chose some to be mine and others I do not chose. This like so many scriptures is so easily understood but so easily missunderstood by the extreme Calvanist. God is referring to Israel here. Israel is an example of Gods people, not the unsaved of our world. This is always true when interpreting old testament scripture and applying it to New Testament believers. It is so true that as born again followers of Christ we are on the Potters wheel. Constantly being shaped by a sovereign God. This verse in Jer. has nothing to do with whether God makes individual choices to who enjoys paradise with Him. Have I misunderstood what J.R. White is saying or is he as confused as the majority of 5 point Calvanist are? I have studied this subject long enough to know that those involved in this cult (only the extreme calvanist) will not see the truth that Geisler explains in laymans terms through argument/debate but only through the Holy Spirits leadership. In sincerity I pray for them. There are well meaning, sharp minded men in this group like J.White. Although, they do Gods work a great disservice. I thank God for N. Geisler.
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Posted November 20, 2011
You need to have James White's, "The Potter's Freedom" next to you as you read this. Very little biblical reference in Geisler's book. The exegetics are almost non-existent.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 22, 2007
This book is anything but a balanced view. It is totally Arminian-biased. It slammes three of the five points of Calvinism and modifies the other two. I can't honestly call that balanced. I used to be a good fan of Mr. Giesler, but now I'm beginning to question his integrity, since he boldly claimed this book to be 'a balanced view of divine election.'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 2, 2007
This is the only book I have read on the subject that makes sense. When falling under this hard calvinistic belief system, one ultimately develops a very dangerous view of God and how he works within the context of the time space universe. This hard determinist belief system ultimately makes God responsible for sin, since he is behind everything. What I do not understand is that most people taking this stance hold to a mystery on how God chooses some and passes over others. What dumbfounds me is that the bible teaches Gods complete sovereignty and yet teaches mans complete freedom at the same time. Can we not appeal to a mystery here? Can one not say that God is completely sovereign and yet man be free and hold to some sort of mystery? I mean the Godhead being three person's in one is beyond our comprehension, yet we as christians believe it to be true cause the Bible teaches it. God did not creat robots. He created free human beings that have the ability to recieve or reject his persuasive love. Out of Gods character (essence) flows the why's of what he does, not his will. I pray and hope that many will read this book and not take this subject lightly because 'beliefs affect your actions'.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 12, 2004
Geisler's book, CBF is not a 'balanced view' of divine election. I have to wonder why someone would want to be called a 'Moderate Calvinist' when they don't believe anything Calvin taught in regards to Soteriology? Geisler decides that all historic Calvinist are not really Calvinists at all and re-names them 'extreme calvinists'! James R. White in 'The Potter's Freedom' does an excellent Job in refuting Geisler's book. If you are going to take the time to read this book, be sure to pick up White's. Then, you can decide for yourself. Otherwise, when you read things like 'God knowingly determining and determiningly knowing' or 'irrestible grace except on the unwilling,' you'll come out scrating your head. Scripture is very clear on the issue of Salvation and the Sovereignty of God: For he [God] says to Moses, 'I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.' So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.' (Romans 9:15-16, ESV).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 21, 2000
This was a very disjointed book. This did not appear to be like any of Brother Geisler's previous books. He has written many wonderful works. This is not one of them.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 11, 2000
Geisler gives sound Biblical, logical and philosophical arguments for what he describes as 'moderate calvinism'. Geisler systematically addresses the false notions of 'extreme calvinism' (ex. limited atonement) and armenianism (as well as pelagianism). Geisler's view of divine election and free will is more in harmony with scripture than any other view I have heard on the matter.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 22, 2010
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Posted July 19, 2009
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