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 Please Stop Forcing us to Defend our Convictions.

I encourage you brothers and sisters to look at the content of the threads dealing with the doctrines of grace. You will notice that there are constant attacks against these doctrines and those who believe them and then when we defend them Biblically we get accused of being unspiritually intellectual and aggressively pushy.

If you stop attacking and misrepresenting what we believe we will stop defending and clarifying what we believe.

I just had to get that off my chest. I love you all regardless of your views on these things but I can't help but stand up for my convictions. I didn't come to them haphazardly and they mean so much to me. You will notice I never started a single thread on calvinism, just one about open theism and penal substitution. I don't want to cram election/predestination down peoples throats but I do want to defend it because I believe it is Scriptural.

Please don't lay all the blame on what you percieve as Calvinists.


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Eph 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: Eph 3:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
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Tit 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
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Tit 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Tit 3:8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
Tit 3:9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
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