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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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The Four Keys to the Millennium (Book)

Foundations in Biblical Eschatology

By Jay Rogers, Larry Waugh, Rodney Stortz, Joseph Meiring. High quality paperback, 167 pages.

All Christians believe that their great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will one day return. Although we cannot know the exact time of His return, what exactly did Jesus mean when he spoke of the signs of His coming (Mat. 24)? How are we to interpret the prophecies in Isaiah regarding the time when “the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Isa. 11:19)? Should we expect a time of great tribulation and apostasy or revival and reformation before the Lord returns? Is the devil bound now, and are the saints reigning with Christ? Did you know that there are four hermeneutical approaches to the book of Daniel and Revelation?

These and many more questions are dealt with by four authors as they present the four views on the millennium. Each view is then critiqued by the other three authors.

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God's Law and SocietyGod's Law and Society (DVD)

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God’s Law and Society powerfully presents a comprehensive worldview based upon the ethical system found in the Law of God.

Speakers include: R.J. Rushdoony, George Grant, Howard Phillips, R.C. Sproul Jr., Ken Gentry, Gary DeMar, Jay Grimstead, Steven Schlissel, Andrew Sandlin, Eric Holmberg, and more!

Sixteen Christian leaders and scholars answer some of the most common questions and misconceptions related to this volatile issue:

1. Are we under Law or under Grace?
2. Does the Old Testament Law apply today?
3. Can we legislate morality?
4. What are the biblical foundations of government?
5. Was America founded as a Christian nation?
6. What about the separation of Church and State?
7. Is neutrality a myth?
8. What about non-Christians and the Law of God?
9. Would there be “freedom” in a Christian republic?
10. What would a “Christian America” look like?

Perfect for group instruction as well as personal Bible study.

Ten parts, over four hours of instruction!

Running Time: 240 minutes

Watch over 60 on-line video interviews from God’s Law and Society.

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The Real Jesus: A Defense of the Historicity and Divinity of ChristThe Real Jesus: A Defense of the Historicity and Divinity of Christ (DVD)

Who is the Real Jesus?

Ever since the dawn of modern rationalism, skeptics have sought to use textual criticism, archeology and historical reconstructions to uncover the “historical Jesus” — a wise teacher who said many wonderful things, but fulfilled no prophecies, performed no miracles and certainly did not rise from the dead in triumph over sin.

Over the past 100 years, however, startling discoveries in biblical archeology and scholarship have all but vanquished the faulty assumptions of these doubting modernists. Regrettably, these discoveries have often been ignored by the skeptics as well as by the popular media. As a result, the liberal view still holds sway in universities and impacts the culture and even much of the church.

The Real Jesus explodes the myths of these critics and the movies, books and television programs that have popularized their views. Presented in ten parts — perfect for individual, family and classroom study — viewers will be challenged to go deeper in their knowledge of Christ in order to be able to defend their faith and present the truth to a skeptical modern world – that the Jesus of the Gospels is the Jesus of history — “the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). He is the real Jesus.

Speakers include: George Grant, Ted Baehr, Stephen Mansfield, Raymond Ortlund, Phil Kayser, David Lutzweiler, Jay Grimstead, J.P. Holding, and Eric Holmberg.

Ten parts, over two hours of instruction!

Running Time: 130 minutes

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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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