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By Eric Holmberg
Published September 2008

The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us. ~ C.S. Lewis

Dr. Thomas Ascol – All of life is grace: that we live, we breathe; we do what we do because God enables us to be that way and to live that way.

Rev. Walter Bowie – The major problem with a grace that operates prior to salvation, it makes man the final determiner in his own salvation. And so salvation is a matter of man and God working together, so man has some grounds whereby he can boast.

Rev. Walter J. Chantry – It would be right of God to destroy all of us for our sins and if He would have mercy on some He has the right to do that.

Dr. George Grant – In God’s good providence the plan of salvation was a tangible and effective plan of salvation. God set out to accomplish the mission of redeeming His own.

Dr. D. James Kennedy – Augustine said that man today is born dead in trespasses and sin. He needs to be resurrected; that we are totally incapable of doing.

Dr. Stephen Mansfield – The reality is, in Scripture, God goes after people. He has sovereignly chosen. He has chosen Paul, knocks him off of the horse and says, “I’ve chosen you for this purpose, get busy.” It’s a sovereign God in operation, not a lonely old man hoping people will follow Him.

Dr. Joe Morecraft III – The greatest world mission enterprises have all been initiated in the past by men who believe these great doctrines that we’ve been talking about with the Reformed faith.

Dr. Roger Schultz – We believe that our salvation is by grace; that even the faith that we have comes as a gift from God. There is nothing that we can lay claim to, nothing that which we can boast. Our salvation entirely comes from the Lord.

Dr. Thomas Nettles – God, command what You will, and give what You command. In other words, we are dependent upon the grace You give us to accomplish in us Your own commands.

Dr. R.C. Sproul – The most significant issue that any human being will ever face is the question, “How can I escape the judgment of God?”

Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr. – In order for the “good news” to be good it has to not just be
abstract. It has to have the capacity to affect a change in us.

Dr. Kenneth Talbot – The doctrine of Calvinism has never been defeated because it is the true exposition of Scripture.

Hello, my name is Eric Holmberg and I’ll be your host for Amazing Grace: The History and Theology of Calvinism. What follows is a three-part presentation that asks, and hopefully answers, one of the most important questions the human mind can contemplate: How exactly is a fallen, fallible and finite human – a sinner – redeemed before an infinitely just and holy God?

Interviewer – How can a sinner be saved from the judgment of God?

• By the grace of God. Through the sacrifice for sins that was offered upon the cross.

• Well, I think the answer to that is really what makes Christianity unique among world religions. Because with any other system of belief, systems that understand that there is a fundamental problem with man, what we would call sin, there is also a system of works by which the practitioner needs to either prove himself or redeem himself through his works, his actions. And Christianity alone is the one that basically says that there’s nothing we can do about it. We’re too far gone and only God can save us at that point.

• The apostle Paul probably laid it out best in Ephesians when he stated that it’s by grace through faith that we’re saved and that it’s not by ourselves, that its Christ who did it. He paid the price so that no man should boast in the works that are done.

Interviewer – OK, but how does that work? How exactly does a person get saved?

• You have to believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. In other words, that He was crucified on the cross and rose again and paid the price for our sins and by acknowledging Him as Lord.

• Well, Jesus died for everyone’s sins. He paid the full price to redeem us from the judgment that awaits our disobedience, which is hell. He extends the hand of salvation to everyone and all we need to do is take it. Many don’t, but many do. And those that do are saved.

• You know, to answer that, I like what our pastor teaches on that. He says that salvation is like a legal declaration, that God is the judge and He’s the one that declares us righteous before Him. Satan is like the accusing attorney, Jesus is the defense attorney. Not only does Jesus defend us, but he also posts the bail and pays the fine. So we’re like the jury in that respect and we, depending on who we choose, will determine our eternal destiny.

Dr. R.C. Sproul – The most significant issue that any human being will ever face is the question, “How can I escape the judgment of God?”

“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” ~ Acts 16:30

Dr. R.C. Sproul – If Jesus taught anything, he taught that each one of us will be brought before God in a final judgment and we will be exposed to His wrath and exposed to His judgment. And that would be the supreme calamity from which to be delivered or to be rescued, which is what the Bible means by “being saved.” And so, if it is true, that we will have to face God; and if it is true that there is a judgment, then the question, “How can I escape that judgment?” becomes the most important question that we will ever have to deal with.

All of this raises another related question: “Who gets the glory in this process of redeeming man from his sins and pardoning him from the judgment those sins deserve?”

• 100% God.

• It’s God and God alone.

• Who else but God? Jesus is the only way. He’s the only sacrifice for sins.

If we were to survey the over one billion people in the world who call themselves
Christians, when we got down to the nitty-gritty of their beliefs concerning these two vital questions, we’d likely find more than a little confusion. And while most would probably answer the second question correctly, that God alone gets the glory, more often than not this response wouldn’t be theologically consistent with the details of their first answer.


Amazing GraceAmazing Grace: The History and Theology of Calvinism (DVD)

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Just what is Calvinism?

Does this teaching make man a deterministic robot and God the author of sin? What about free will? If the church accepts Calvinism, won’t evangelism be stifled, perhaps even extinguished? How can we balance God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility? What are the differences between historic Calvinism and hyper-Calvinism? Why did men like Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Spurgeon, Whitefield, Edwards and a host of renowned Protestant evangelists embrace the teaching of predestination and election and deny free will theology?

This is the first video documentary that answers these and other related questions. Hosted by Eric Holmberg, this fascinating three-part, four-hour presentation is detailed enough so as to not gloss over the controversy. At the same time, it is broken up into ten “Sunday-school-sized” sections to make the rich content manageable and accessible for the average viewer.

Running Time: 257 minutes

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In the Days of These Kings (Book)

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The Book of Daniel in Preterist Perspective

“And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever” (Daniel 2:44).

The overarching message of Daniel is that Jesus the Messiah is even now ruling over the nations. He is the King of kings. Daniel tells us that Messiah’s kingdom will advance in the whole world from “generation to generation” (Daniel 4:4,34). Christ’s dominion is “given to the people of the saints of the most High” (Daniel 7:22). Our purpose then is to see “all people, nations, and languages … serve and obey him” (Daniel 7:14,27).

This comprehensive work offers a fascinating look at the book of Daniel in preterist perspective. Great attention is paid to the writings of ancient and modern historians and scholars to connect the dots and demonstrate the continuity of Daniel’s prophecy with all of Scripture.

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Dr. Francis Schaeffer - A Christian Manifesto (DVD)

That Swiss Hermit Strikes Again!

Dr. Schaeffer, who was one of the most influential Christian thinkers in the twentieth century, shows that secular humanism has displaced the Judeo-Christian consensus that once defined our nation’s moral boundaries. Law, education, and medicine have all been reshaped for the worse as a consequence. America’s dominant worldview changed, Schaeffer charges, when Christians weren’t looking.

Schaeffer lists two reasons for evangelical indifference: a false concept of spirituality and fear. He calls on believers to stand against the tyranny and moral chaos that come when humanism reigns-and warns that believers may, at some point, be forced to make the hard choice between obeying God or Caesar. A Christian Manifesto is a thought-provoking and bracing Christian analysis of American culture and the obligation Christians have to engage the culture with the claims of Christ.

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The United States of America 2.0: The Great Reset (Book)

High Quality Paperback — 40 pages of dynamite!

Revival, Resistance, Reformation, Revolution
An Introduction to the Doctrines of Interposition and Nullification

In 1776, a short time after the Declaration of Independence was adopted, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin were assigned to design an official seal for the United States of America. Their proposed motto was Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God. America owes its existence to centuries of Christian political philosophy. Our nation provided a model for liberty copied by nations the world over.

By the 21st century, we need a “Puritan Storm” to sweep away the Hegelian notion that the state is “God walking on earth.” We need revival and reformation in full force to vanquish the problems that plague us as a nation — from government controlled healthcare — to abortion on demand — to same sex “marriage.” This booklet gives a primer on our founders’ Christian idea of government and examines how the doctrine of nullification was woven into the Constitution as a safeguard against federal tyranny. It concludes with the history and theology of civil resistance. A Second American Revolution is coming with the Word of God growing mightily and prevailing! (Acts 19:20).

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The Silent Scream (DVD) Eight Languages

“When the lives of the unborn are snuffed out, they often feel pain, pain that is long and agonizing.” – President Ronald Reagan to National Religious Broadcasters Convention, January 1981

Ronald Reagan became convinced of this as a result of watching The Silent Scream – a movie he considered so powerful and convicting that he screened it at the White House.

The modern technology of real-time ultrasound now reveals the actual responses of a 12-week old fetus to being aborted. As the unborn child attempts to escape the abortionist’s suction curette, her motions can be seen to become desperately agitated and her heart rate doubles. Her mouth opens – as if to scream – but no sound can come out. Her scream doesn’t have to remain silent, however … not if you will become her voice. This newly re-mastered version features eight language tracks and two bonus videos.

“… a high technology “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” arousing public opinion just as Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 antislavery novel ignited the abolitionist movement.” – Sen. Gordon Humphrey, Time Magazine

Languages: English, Spanish, French, South Korean, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese

Running Time: 28 minutes

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