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  • Paperback: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Word for Today (January 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0936728469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0936728469
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.1 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #551,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

In 1965, Pastor Chuck Smith began his ministry at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. Only twenty-five people attended. What began as a small chapel has now grown into a church that seats over 2000 and is filled almost nightly. From the beginning, Pastor Chuck welcomed all, young and old, without judgment, placing his emphasis on the teaching of the Word of God. His simple, yet sound, biblical approach draws 25,000 people weekly.

The Word for Today is the Radio and Publishing Ministry of Pastor Chuck Smith. Our desire is to see the body of Christ grow in their knowledge of God through the study of His Word. We are committed to bringing you the solid and consistent teaching of the whole Bible taught by Pastor Chuck Smith. Within the pages of this catalog are teaching cassettes, and many wonderful books which will equip the believer and deepen your understanding of God's Word.

Pastor Chuck Smith's radio and TV programs can be heard on stations nation-wide. The program can be heard in over 350 cities world-wide, and airs more than 300 times daily.

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Fast and easy read!
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It is really just a position paper or doctrinal statement regarding Calvary Chapel's stance on the issue.
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God chooses in salvation, according to His will, not ours.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By really2k1 on May 17, 2012
I write this as a twenty plus year member of Calvary Chapel who was Arminian (but didn't know it), but then came to believe in the doctrines of grace (Calvinism). Just to give some perspective on my viewpoint.

This book is really just a booklet that is only seven pages in PDF format, so do not expect a regular sized book.

In part 1, Chuck Smith outlines the history of Calvary Chapel and states his desire not to divide the body of Christ. Plus one for Pastor Chuck. Calvary Chapel has always taken pride in being balanced to avoid being divisive regarding difficult issues. That is usually a good thing.

Part 2 is very brief outline of the positions of each side in the debate between Calvinism and Arminianism. This part is without commentary and is basically academic.

Part 3 is Pastor Chuck's evaluation regarding the issue, going through each point using the Calvinist acronym of TULIP. While the introduction states that Calvary Chapel does not take a stance regarding difficult issues such as this, Pastor Chuck actually goes on to take a position on the issue.

Regarding the five points that are disputed between Calvinism and Arminianism, Pastor Smith explicitly takes the side of Arminianism in three of the five points regarding election, the atonement and the resistablity of grace. Regarding total depravity, Pastor Smith at first seems to side with the Calvinist position, but closer scrutiny of his position on the other points reveals that he also sides with Arminianism as well. Regarding, eternal security, no position is taken. In this booklet, 4/5 for Arminianism.

In sermons I have heard of Pastor Smith's, it is apparent that he does not all embrace eternal security in the Calvinistic sense.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jon Wolfinger on January 30, 2010
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A great, easy read with the difference between Calvanism and Arminianism and what the Word of God says.
If there is anything that I would say against this book, it is that it is a bit brief. It is very much a "booklet" and doesn't take more than 10-15 minutes to read.
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First, about this booklet. Chuck Smith wants to avoid this controversy and take some kind of middle position. But at the end of the booklet he profoundly shows that he is an Arminian, which is heresy. If you listen to Chuck's audio messages, he will defend God's choice in salvation! But then, at other times, he denies predestination unto salvation (see youtube's video where Chuck speaks on Calvinism). Chuck takes the "foreseen faith" position which is indefensible Scripturally. Man is at God's mercy for salvation...even to believe the Gospel requires first God's action upon a sinner before he can hear, repent and believe (See Ezekiel 37).
The bottom line is that this little booklet only is good for those who want to know Chuck's own view.
Christ died for His elect. Only. God chooses in salvation, according to His will, not ours. If it was not for God's election and regeneration, NOBODY would be saved. The most hated of all Biblical doctrines is NOT the deity of Christ, it is predestination unto salvation, and God's mercy and grace alone (not faith--which is a gift of God to His elect). You want persecution? Defend these doctrines!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ann on December 10, 2008
This twenty-page pamphlet gives an excellent overview of Calvinism and Arminianism, both historical and theological. It is concisely and comparatively written making it easy to understand the general philosophies of both ideologies. Chuck does not set out to prove one theology right over the other. Rather he says up front, "Calvary Chapel has been known for striking a balance between extremes on controversial theological issues that have often caused division rather than unity in the body of Christ." (p.5.)
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