Did Calvin Popularize Penal Substitution? – The Gospel Coalition | Canada

If we lay aside the myth that penal substitution is a modern invention, we should then ask: Why wouldn’t we believe something that the early church and those beyond clearly did?

Source: Did Calvin Popularize Penal Substitution? – The Gospel Coalition | Canada

The fundamental conflict between Calvinism and Arminianism is not sovereignty but God’s character–Roger E. Olson

Roger E. Olson

Roger E. Olson

“Basic to Arminianism is God’s love. The fundamental conflict between Calvinism and Arminianism is not sovereignty but God’s character. If Calvinism is true, God is the author of sin, evil, innocent suffering and hell. That is to say, if Calvinism is true God is not all-loving and perfectly good. John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” “God so loved the world.” Calvinists must explain this as meaning that God loves “all kinds of people,” not everyone. Or that “God loves all people in some ways but only some people [the elect] in all ways.” Arminians believe these interpretations distort the clear message of the Bible about God’s love. If Calvinism is true, John Wesley said, God’s love is “such a love as makes the blood run cold.” It is indistinguishable from hate—for a large portion of humanity created in his own likeness and image.”

Read more: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/rogereolson/2013/03/whats-wrong-with-calvinism/#ixzz3NLbVvXR9