Jan 18, 2017

Calvinism and Romans 8

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In this excerpt from his teaching series, Calvinism and the Christian Life, Ian Hamilton describes how he first learned of God's sovereignty in salvation.


I'd never heard of Calvinism until I was in my second year—my sophomore year—at university in Glasgow. I'd become a Christian in my late teens through the life and witness of a fellow pupil at my high school in Glasgow.

A couple of years earlier, I excitedly told the deacons in the church that I had discovered something wonderful in the Bible. "What was that, Ian?" "I've discovered that before I chose Christ, God chose me." To which one of the elders somewhat crossly said, "That's Calvinism." To which I somewhat naively replied, never having heard the word "Calvinism," I don't think, "No, I read it in Romans chapter 8.