awesome debate! Even though the stacks were against Rev. Stewart he did a marvelous job defending the tenents of Calvinism. The two Armenian proponents ran into some serious problems defending their position. The original arguments from the 16th century debate were re vomited in this debate. Obiviously the two fools arguing for the armenian position forgot that that position was deemed heretical and the remonstrance kicked off the church. Overall it was a good spankin to the Armenian position!!!
Martin Gilmore (2/5/2013)
from United Kingdom
Unfair Debate This is not a fair debate, for it was 2 Arminians on 1 Calvinist; however, Rev Agnus did a great job and presented Scripture that the Arminians could not dispute.
Gloria MH (12/15/2012)
from Illinois, USA
Great Sermon! I think this was not a debate. The moderator was not moderating but interjecting his own beliefs and misunderstanding. He clearly was opposed to the doctrines of grace point of view and did all he could, even in reading the emails, to oppose Rev. Stewart. The moderator could have quickly edited the nonsense of the emails, but he chose to read all of it so as to make it [in his mind] evident that Rev. Stewart's point of view is unpopular.
Thank God for men like Rev. Stewart who give answers based on what the Word of God says. Though I appreciated Rev. Ramsey's contribution, he didn't offer a convincing argument for his Arminianism. When he quoted verses, he clearly ignored the context of the same.
The calling public was oblivious. How it demonstrated the great biblical illiteracy that is prevalent in our times! This is in part due to the fact that men seek the approval of men and consequently don't preach the whole counsel of the Word of God.
The Gospel is offensive and it is supposed to show us that we are depraved sinners in need of salvation. Nowhere is it taught in the Bible that man's will overrules the will of the Sovereign of the universe. Good job Rev. Stewart!
Drake Cash (7/9/2012)
from United States
Great Sermon! This is not a fair debate, for it was 2 Arminians on 1 Calvinist; however, Rev Agnus did a great job and presented Scripture that the Arminians could not dispute.
The Arminians continually used "experience" and "feeling" instead of addressing Scriptures.
Calvinists believe that a person has to believe to be saved and that there is no one in hell that wanted to believe but couldn't because they were not the elect. Likewise, there are no people in heaven that didn't WANT to be their.
All people who go to hell are their because they want to be there. They are there because they did not believe. People are responsible for their actions and any objections was handled by Paul in Romans 9.
God does desire all to be saved but not all are saved, so both camps have to answer to that. God has a higher desire than man's free will and that's His Glory. No one deserves heaven. We get heaven because God loved us and set His affections on us, nothing that we did, nothing good inside of us, but by his mercy.
Geoff Gallagher (12/10/2010)
Great Sermon! I love the fact that Rev Stewart gave the moderator a great point about John 17 and the moderators response was ..."but do you believe in speaking in tongues"..would almost be funny if it wasn't so sad...well done Rev Stewart once again you demonstrate that the doctrines of grace will always be confirmed be sound biblical exegesis. Soli Deo Gloria.
Great Sermon! It is obvious that those who are Arminian can not get over their worship of man. They refuse to see God as Sovereign over His creation. These men will not bow their knee to the fact that there is NONE good, and none that seeketh after God. They believe that when one does seek after God it is of their own doing. That is where they miss the fact that it is God who is putting that desire in them! Salvation is of the LORD! Excellent stand in Truth Pastor Stewart!!
Great debate John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
who is this "whosoever"?
what do calvinists say about this "whosoever"
Is this not every one who believes "whosoever" why doesnt people understand this?
But who is the "one who believeth"?
what does Lord Jesus say about this
John 6:37 "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me"
John 17:6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me;
John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
What does spirit of God said?
John 11:51 he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;
11:52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.
Is not the scripture say the "one who believeth" are the same who belong to God the Father of Lord Jesus ( John 17:6 ) before they came to christ or before God has given them to His Son that he may save them and give them Eternal Life ( John 17:2 )
Is it not Scripture say "the one who believeth" is the one
For us to believe on our lord Jesus Christ is given in the behalf (John 11:51-52)
Great Sermon! Great debate. Rev. Angus Stewart demonstrated over and over that the Reformed faith is thoroughly biblical and unfortunately the Arminian did not address the overwhelming mountain of scripture that Rev. Angus presented. As the other commentator mentioned, the moderator was decidely biased toward Arminianism to the point of saying "God Bless You" each time Rev. Ramsey spoke.
from Wastelands of New Mexico
Fine Job Standing for Truth There's nothing like an unbiased "moderator," eh, pastor? [sigh]
This was a two-on-one "debate" and I appreciated that your answer, your recourse, was always the Word of God.
I am so sick of the uninformed argument which says, "If men make choices then Calvinism can't be true," or, "Since I was seeking God, Total Depravity must be false."
I got the feeling that your "official" opponent (not the pseudo-moderator) figured out fairly quickly that he was in over his head and tried not to say very much once that realization hit him.
Pick on someone your own size next time, pastor. (Kidding.)
Rev. Angus Stewart is the pastor of the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Ballymena, N. Ireland, which has an extensive website with hundreds of audios, articles, translations, books, etc. (www.cprc.co.uk), plus many videos on YouTube (www.youtube.com/cprcni). He can be...