Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Acts 13:48 Flibbertigibbeted


Acts 13:48 Revisited

As a Calvinist [insert laugh-track here], one of the prooftexts I have come to rely upon to support my position has been Acts 13:48: “Now when the Gentiles heard, they rejoiced and glorified the word of the Lord, and such as were appointed to eternal life believed.” I no longer think this verse really supports a distinctively Calvinistic soteriology, and now believe that it can fit most any orthodox soteriology (Calvinist, Arminian, or Roman Catholic).


What a surprise! Another Reformed prooftext bites the dust as Paul [insert heresy of choice] Owen thinks it can fit most any “orthodox” soteriology.

This, keep in mind, is a man who believes that Muslims worship the true God.


  1. So let's get this straight, illustrating with the Arminian view.

    1) God looked down the halls of time to see who would choose to believe.
    2) These He appointed to eternal life.
    3) Having so been appointed, they believed.

    Which leaves us with this: They believed because they chose to believe, which makes nonsense of the verse, not to mention of God's election.

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