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MOLINISM V. GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY

PMW 2018-013 by Paul Helm (Ligonier Ministries)

Note from Ken Gentry: I am a postmillennialist. I am a biblical worldview advocate. And I am also a free-grace, absolute sovereignty-of-God Calvinist. My postmillennialism derives from and is secured by the biblical worldview which is anchored in the absolute sovereignty of God. It is easy to be a postmillennialist if you are a Calvinist.

But there is another view of God’s sovereignty as it relates to free moral agency that has arisen once again on the scene. It is called “Molinism,” after one of its creators, a Jesuit priest named Luis de Molina (1535-1600). This view has become popular among those Christians who recoil at the implications of God’s absolute sovereignty. Thus, I thought a re-posting of this article by Paul Helm might be helpful to my readers.

Paul Helm’s article

In recent months and years, an old controversy about the nature of God’s knowledge has been re-ignited in certain Christian circles. The doctrine at the center of this controversy is called “middle knowledge” (also known as Molinism). In an effort to help our readers better understand the issues at stake, we have invited Dr. Paul Helm to write an introduction to this important subject. Continue reading

PREDESTINATION AND GOD’S LOVE

electionPMT 2017-009 by Frank A. James III (published by Christianity Today)

For many, predestination is a struggle to accept; for Paul, it’s a doctrine of love.

What is it that takes Paul’s breath away? It is the incomprehensible vastness of God’s love that encompasses eternity past, present, and future. Paul pulls back the veil of the Godhead and grants a glimpse into the triune mystery of the Father’s eternal plan (vv. 3-6), the Son’s implementation of the plan (vv. 7-12), and the Spirit’s guarantee that the plan will reach completion (vv. 13-14). The redemptive panorama is so stunning that it leaves Paul breathless.

At the center of this expansive vista is predestination. Paul writes about divine predestination with an enthusiasm that might strike some contemporary Christians as peculiar at the very least. Continue reading

COMMISSION AND SOVEREIGNTY (2)

timePMT 2016-074 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.

In my last article I began a three-part study considering the implications of sovereignty in the Great Commission. Without the sovereignty of God involved, postmillennialism would be an empty hope and the Great Commission would be simply a Warm Feeling. But God is sovereign. And Christ’s Great Commission exudes sovereignty. In this article I will consider sovereignty based on:

Its Temporal Context Continue reading

GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY; MAN’S QUESTIONS (2)

ExclusivismPMT 2016-026 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.

In this series I am arguing for the absolute sovereignty of God as a foundation stone for the postmillennial hope. If we believe God is absolutely sovereign we should not discount postmillennialism on the basis of it seeming so difficult.

In my last article I began considering the leading objections to the doctrine of God’s absolute sovereignty. Many evangelical Christians reject predestination and God’s absolute sovereignty because they are so intellectually difficult to grasp. But I pointed out that Christianity has other equally difficult doctrines, such as the Trinity and the hypostatic union of Christ. Yet, they will gladly affirm these doctrines. Continue reading

GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY; OUR HOPE (3)

Sovereignty 3PMT 2016-024 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.

This is the last in a three-part series that is basically citing verses demonstrating God’s sovereignty over the affairs of the world. It is important that postmillennialists always bear in mind that, no matter what the current external circumstances may suggest, God is in control He sovereignly ordains whatsoever comes to pass. He graciously and sovereignly saves sinners; and he will continue to do so until this world is overwhelmed by the presence of his grace-filled people.

In this series I am basically citing one Scripture after another in demonstration of God’s marvelous sovereignty. God’s word is more compelling than mine in expressing the postmillennial hope. And his word’s statements on his sovereign and gracious power should encourage us to recognize that he has a plan that he intends to fulfill by his almighty power. Continue reading

GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY; OUR HOPE (2)

Sovereignty 2PMT 2016-023 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.

This is the second in a brief series on God’s sovereignty as our hope for the gospel’s conquering the world for Christ. I am writing this to encourage postmillennialists to maintain their hope in Scripture’s prophecies despite the widespread and increasing collapse of our culture in America.

God has an elect people. And they will grow in number as God sovereignly calls them to himself as history unfolds. Once again, the Scriptures are clear: God sovereign calls and saves sinners in his own time according to his own plan. Let us review some Scriptures that speak of God’s sovereign call. Continue reading

GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY; OUR HOPE (1)

Sovereignty 1PMT 2016-022 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.

We live in an era of wholesale moral, cultural, and moral collapse. Our nation was founded on Christian principle, but today we are witnessing the ever quickening collapse of our society. And I say this as a postmillennialist. Is there any hope for our future?

The answer, of course, is: “Yes!” We must still maintain the postmillennial hope flowing out of biblical prophecy. And we may do so because the God of hope is a sovereign Lord. The Scriptures are abundantly clear that he is the absolute sovereign who is in ultimate control of history. Postmillennialists need to be apprised of his sovereignty, so that they may always keep their eyes looking above to him and his sovereign plan. Continue reading