Confessing the Faith

The Doctrines of Grace

Calvinism – Part 1: First Things First: Introductory Remarks; Addressing Common Misconceptions

Posted on Thursday, November 19th | Confessing the Faith

Episode 4

This is the first episode of who-knows-how-many on the subject of Calvinism. Joe Anady, Mike Thezier, and Austin Pine begin the conversation by addressing some common misconceptions.


Calvinism – Part 2: First Things First: What is Our Authority for Truth?

Posted on Thursday, December 3rd | Confessing the Faith

Episode 5

This is the second episode in a series on the topic of Calvinism. Joe Anady, Austin Pine, and Mike Thezier continue to deal with foundational issues, asking the question, what is our authority for truth? The way that we answer this question will undoubtedly have a huge impact upon what we believe. We know you are probably eager to get into the subject of Calvinism itself (T.U.L.I.P.), but please take the time to consider these foundational issues before moving on.


Calvinism – Part 3: First Things First: God’s Sovereignty, and All Things for the Glory of God

Posted on Friday, December 18th | Confessing the Faith

Episode 6

Joe Anady and Mike Thezier continue to converse about foundational things in preparation for a detailed consideration of the Doctrines of Grace (Calvinism). In this episode, God’s sovereignty is considered as well as the Biblical teaching that all things happen ultimately for the glory of God. These are truly basic and foundational concepts. Understanding them paves the way for a proper understanding of the Doctrines of Grace.


Calvinism – Part 4: Unconditional Election

Posted on Thursday, December 31st | Confessing the Faith

Episode 7

In this episode Joe Anady and Mike Thezier turn their attention to the doctrine of unconditional election. This is one of the so-called five points of Calvinism. Here we encounter the Biblical teaching that God has predestined some for salvation from before the creation of the world. This election is based, not upon anything deserving within the sinner, but upon the free grace of God (it is unconditional). We begin with unconditional election (and not with total depravity) because it was the first thing to happen (chronologically) in regard to man’s salvation. We hope that this brings some clarity on the issue. We also welcome questions. Please send questions to [email protected].


Calvinism – Part 5: Total Depravity

Posted on Thursday, January 7th | Confessing the Faith

Episode 8

Here we come to consider the “T” in T.U.L.I.P., which stands for “total depravity”. The question is this: What is man’s condition after the fall and before the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit? In other words, what is natural and fallen man’s condition? What is he capable of and what is he incapable of? Some have prefered to call this doctrine “total inability,” thinking that this better communicates the issue at hand. Whatever you call it, the doctrine is of vital importance.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:4–7, ESV)


Calvinism – Part 6: Limited Atonement

Posted on Thursday, January 21st | Confessing the Faith

Episode 11

In this episode of Confessing the Faith, Mike Thezier and Joe Anady discuss the doctrine of limited atonement. This is probably the most disputed and often misunderstood of the five points of Calvinism. It is not unimportant, though. After all, we are talking about the atonement here! We are asking the question, what did Christ accomplish on the cross? Though it is a difficult subject, it is worthy of our consideration.


Calvinism – Part 7: Irresistible Grace

Posted on Thursday, February 4th | Confessing the Faith

Episode 12

In this episode of Confessing the Faith, Mike Thezier and Joe Anady discuss the doctrine of Irresistible Grace.The phrase “effectual calling” might be more helpful. This doctrine seeks to communicate the biblical truth that the Triune God has provided salvation for his people – The Father has decreed it, the Son has earned it, and the Spirit effectively applies it. Hope you enjoy!


Calvinism – Part 8: Perseverance of the Saints

Posted on Thursday, February 11th | Confessing the Faith

Episode 13

In this episode of Confessing the Faith, Mike Thezier and Joe Anady discuss the doctrine of preservation, or perseverance. The question at hand is, if someone is truly a Christian – if they possess true faith, have been justified, and adopted into the family of God, etc. – is it possible for them to lose all of that by falling away from the faith? We do hope that this episode brings some clarity to the subject. As usual, we welcome questions!


"Him we proclaim,
warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom,
that we may present everyone mature in Christ."
(Colossians 1:28, ESV)

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