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ON BEING A SBC CALVINIST Print E-mail
Written by Kevin L. Howard   

Paige Patterson gave me Calvinism

When I entered The Criswell College in 1990, I knew very little about Calvinism, but I knew I didn't like it.  But it was there, at the school where Paige Patterson was president, that I became a full (five-point) Calvinist.  (Don't confuse full Calvinism with hyper Calvinism--see below).  Although Patterson didn't personally encourage me to embrace it, he helped.  Our professor, John Pretlove, was a committed Calvinist who greatly influenced me.  A fellow student also encouraged me to think through true Calvinism rather than the caricature in my mind.  As I studied more Scripture and read authors who embraced Calvinism, I found myself fondly drawn to it, almost as though it were irresistible.  During my time in college, J. I. Packer spoke at our school for a few days.  I don't think his speeches were about Calvinism, but I read his book, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, which I found persuasive.

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LIMITED ATONEMENT Print E-mail
Written by Kevin L. Howard   

Defining the topic

What is limited atonement?  It is the belief that Christ died to atone only for the sins of his elect.  Another way to put it is to say that Christ did not die for those who would never believe upon his name.  But is this true? 

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