Great Sermon! I agree with Pastor Ollis' sermon. I prayed and asked the Lord to show me the truth and He did. The problem I have with Calvinism is that people call themselves Calvinists. How is that different from Buddhist? Associating themselves with a man and not with Christ Jesus? Also I have never found tulip in the Bible but there is the rose of Sharon and the Lily of the valley which is a reference to our Precious Lord Jesus. I know Spurgeon preached this and he is well respected but he is just a man. Capable of error. We all just need to get back in God's word and read, study and pray asking the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth. Calvinism is a stumbling block. The lost may say " what's the use"? And the already saved may doubt their salvation. The devil is good at twisting God's word. He's tricky. If you forget that. He's got you!
Mike Marshall (12/27/2006)
from New Zealand
Great Sermon! When I saw the title of the sermon, I was very interested to listen to it.
Past Ollis obviously has a heart for the truths of God's word but may not have thought through what he was teaching to all out there.
"TULIP", biblically puts God in His rightful place and man in his. If our brother were to take those truths, one for one and honestly look at the Scriptures he will find them there. (God glorifying and man abasing.)
His statements on Augustine where not well researched and may be good for him to read up more on church history.
Titles will always be given to people, Past Ollis, for instance calls himself a "biblicist" I pray that this title will encourage our brother to teach the whole council of God's word as it is found there.
Jeremy White (12/26/2006)
from West End
Touchy Subject, But Absolutly Correct Brother OLLIS has touched on a subject that I myself have been interested in. He is correct in his study on Calvanism. As in the message, God died for ALL. His will is for all men to know Him and that none should perish. In the verses that talk about predestination,(ex. Roman 8:29,30) most people misread. I believe the meaning of those verses is... God's purpose for man was not an afterthought. It was settled before the foundation of the world. That was God's purpose and if you have believed on Him, You can rejoice knowing that you are eternally HIS
Anthony Moody (12/26/2006)
from Kingsport, Tennessee
A Vital Contemporary Question I believe that A.W. Pink addresses this sermon best:
"It is our deep conviction that the vital question most requiring to be raised today is this: Is man a totally and thoroughly depraved creature by nature? Does he enter the world completely ruined and helpless, spiritually blind and dead in trespasses and sins? According as is our answer to that question, so will be our views on many others. It is on the basis of this dark background that the whole Bible proceeds. Any attempt to modify or abate, repudiate or tone down the teaching of Scripture on the matter is fatal. Put the question in another form: Is man now in such a condition that he cannot be saved without the special and direct intervention of the triune God on his behalf? In other words, is there any hope for him apart from his personal election by the Father, his particular redemption by the Son, and the supernatural operations of the Spirit within him? Or, putting it in still another way: If man is a totally depraved being, can he possibly take the first step in the matter of his return to God?"
Before Adam rebelled in the garden, the lie of the serpent to the woman was "you won't die", since that fatal deception, he continues this same lie..... "your not dead".
Michael Hranek (12/26/2006)
from Endicott, New York
Good Job Handling a Sensitive Topic With Truth I appreciate Bro. Jim Ollis's message.
WT Pressley (12/24/2006)
from Wheaton, Illinois
A Misleading Sermon - Part 1 Sadly, Rev. Ollis has done what so many critics of Calvinism do: they misrepresent Calvinism; refute that misrepresentation; and then claim victory. While I am sure that Rev. Ollis loves the Lord Jesus and certainly means well, he has misrepresented John Calvin; he has misrepresented St. Augustine; and he has misrepresented the testimony of Holy Scripture. Although he admits that time constraints prevent him from giving a comprehensive presentation of Calvinism, which is understandable, his need for brevity gives him absolutely no warrant to put forward these falsehoods.
(continued in Part 2)
Louis Anthony Melendez (12/24/2006)
from Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
Great Sermon! First of all, I commend brother Ollis' sincere approach to teach what the Scriptures say. However, what he is refuting is a caricature of Calvinism. True Calvinists recognise God's Sovereign Will (aka. He chooses whom He will save) and His Preceptive will (aka. He desires that all men be saved).
He also confuses the Biblical concept of foreknowledge (God personally chooses some people to love them, before they are born) with foresight (When God already knows what is going to happen because He is in sovereign control of all things). The Bible uses two different words for these two words.
The Bible says that God draws all (the Greek doesn't say "all men") to Himself. Does God draw everyone without exception? If so, everyone would be saved, since the word "draw" in the Greek literally means "to drag." The truth is that John 12:32 is teaching that God draws all kinds of men to himself (Gentiles, Jews, etc..) How do we know this? By the context, we see that the Greeks wanted to see Jesus. Jesus said that after He died, all kinds of men would be drawn to Him.
Let us then, listen to this sermon with discernment, for the sake of God's gospel and the doctrines of grace.
- LA. Melendez
Thought provoking Thought provoking, yes. We must always take the Bible as our only authority for faith. The thing is I do not think his refutation of Calvinism is correct. Like The Trinity they are both found in the Bible although not directly stated.
from New Jersey
Thought provoking I would recommend this sermon for not only an interesting look at TULIP (that goes against the grain of readily accepting the tenets), but also as a serious reminder that we must hold the Bible as the only authority for faith and life. I am not a learned scholar on calvin or augustine, but I did recognize how doctrine that I've ingested/accepted has come from these men, and I'm left thinking about it seriously, because this sermon presents a view on where the calvinistic doctrine reaches beyond a Biblical conclusion...therefore I am seriously encouraged to be more 'Berean-like' and search the Scriptures daily for not just enrichment/edification but correction and reproof.