Reformed Theology

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There may have previously been a thread on this subject, but I don't find it high enough in the list to see it. Therefore, I will start a thread and let it take its course. The purpose of this topic is to provide a place other than the Study of the Gospel of John, where it has become a side issue with considerable activity. Unfortunately, it is off-track there, so here it is in the open forum. The purpose is to give a place to post items dealing with traditional Reformed Theology. Because CCEL comes out of the Reformed community, there are many books dealing with Reformed Theology and Preaching in the CCEL library. However, in keeping with the ecumenical effort of the founders and supporters of this site, there are also books in the CCEL library that disagree with Reformed Theology. Sooooo, let me remind all participants in this forum, "Keep it loving, or keep it at home."

Luther and reformed theology

I find Luther much easier for me to relate to then Calvin though I am have read much of the catechisms David referenced. In my study of Luther I find areas he supports and areas he clearly does not support double predestination. That is, in one place Luther mentions that he leaves it in God's hands why the lost are lost, and chooses to focus instead on the Divine Commission to share the Gospel. However, he certainly maintained (consistent with Jn 6:44) that no one can come to Christ unless drawn to Him by the Father. Some have called this single predestination, ie, the realization and acknowledgement that God calls all who are saved. One can accept the view we are incapable through depravity to come to God without believeing the lost are so damned because of Divine sovereignty. Does that mean He has not called those who are currently unsaved? Only if one believes God's grace is irresistable but too many scriptures speak of resisting God's grace to believe it is irresisstable in the standard sense of the term. As I understand Luther, he was also not dogmatic in insisting God elects some peope to die and spend eternity in Hell. Luther also appeared to have a view of security that was conditioned on continued faith not based only on the Sovereign will of God. I cant speak of lutheranism but Luther's teachings appear to me to be very different than the beliefs of reformed theology.

As I understand it and one poster pointed out, today's reformed theology stemmed from Calvin but took formation at Dort in response to the 5 points of Arminius.

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