Adding Apostles-vs-Calvinism.org

Thank you to all of you for following me, some of you for many years. From now on, I will also be blogging at https://apostles-vs-calvinism.org/. The new blog will primarily be focused on issues related to my new book (not yet released), Rebuilding the Foundations.

I have written on those subjects on this blog in the past and often. I feel like God has helped me understand the militant resistance I have faced over the years as I have simply recited exactly what the Bible says about the judgment and works.

Evangelicals resist the plain teaching of the Bible on the judgment and works because they have been infected with the idea that our loving God is actually a cruel and wicked God who would torment a human eternally for even one sin. This is a treasured Calvinist [false] teaching. The information age is making that outrageous teaching look so ridiculous that its supporters are abandoning it like the capsized ship it is. Nonetheless, its effects remain in false ideas about the purpose of the atonement and the way Christians should live their lives.

My hope is to reach even more people because of the blog name. I will even be using SEO (Search Engine Optimization) to make the search engines want to carry the new blog. If you subscribe to the new blog, you will not receive more emails than you already do. I am one person, and I will continue writing about as many blogs as I always have. They will just be spread over the two sites, with this site still focusing somewhat on church history and historical Christianity, but covering all my typical random subjects as well.

About Paul Pavao

I am married, the father of six, and currently the grandfather of two. I run a business, live in a Christian community, teach, and I am learning to disciple others better than I have ever been able to before. I believe God has gifted me to restore proper foundations to the Christian faith. In order to ensure that I do not become a heretic, I read the early church fathers from the second and third centuries. They were around when all the churches founded by the apostles were in unity. I also try to stay honest and open. I argue and discuss these foundational doctrines with others to make sure my teaching really lines up with Scripture. I am encouraged by the fact that the several missionaries and pastors that I know well and admire as holy men love the things I teach. I hope you will be encouraged too. I am indeed tearing up old foundations created by tradition in order to re-establish the foundations found in Scripture and lived on by the churches during their 300 years of unity.
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7 Responses to Adding Apostles-vs-Calvinism.org

  1. cgatihi says:

    Thanks for starting this blog, Paul. I look forward to (and will be praying for!) how the Lord will use it to serve His people, as I’ve been greatly served by what you’ve written on this topic here and in other places. Keep on keeping on, brother. God is using your sowing, bless His glorious name.

    Through some conversations I’ve been having with a brother about this tradition stuff I’m wrestling with, he encouraged me to revive my blog and post there the thoughts I’ve been sharing with him. I found it peculiar that in God’s providence I ended up just Saturday morning deciding to create a new blog altogether and only a couple of hours later saw this post about a blog you were creating along the same lines! https://testingtradition.blogspot.com/

    Though I didn’t see your new blog until after I had created mine, my blog description is eerily similar to the description on your main page (though your words are much stronger than mine, which isn’t surprising since you’ve been thinking about this stuff much longer than I have been).

    I tried to leave a comment on one of your posts but it said “You must be a member to post a comment.” How do I become a member? I subscribed but that clearly didn’t do the trick because I still couldn’t comment after subscribing.

    In any case, the comment was that I thought Stuart Townend and Keith Getty are the writers of “In Christ Alone” (which you reference in that post as written by Allen Asbury)? For example: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/hymn-wrath-of-god-_n_3775498

    Also, I don’t know if your RSS feed is working properly on the new blog because I’m not able to add it to my blog list on my blog the way I can with this site “Ancient Faith”.

    • Paul Pavao says:

      Hi Chris. Thank you for correcting me on the author. I was just looking up the lyrics. i don’t know where I got Allen Asbury, LOL. I checked again, and Keith Getty is the writer. Where did you find Stuart Townend’s name? I did not see it in the article you linked. It was interesting to find out that many people, even evangelicals, questioned the same phrase I did.

      I will check out your blog, and I will check on why the RSS aren’t working and how to set my comments to public. My new webhost is in the UK, so there may be some different rules. I’ll get back to you quick as I can because that will affect everyone. Thanks for telling me, and good to hear from you!

    • Paul Pavao says:

      I had the blog comments turned off. I turned them back on. I had no problem subscribing to the blog as is, though. You should be able to comment now.

  2. Jim says:

    Followed. It’s a great article and I look forward to more.

    One of the issues I have with the PSA theory is that God doesn’t really forgive anything. It’s an illusion.

    My sin debt and every other sin debt is punished to the full extent. God doesn’t forgive it, he demands payment in full. And he gets that full payment. Jesus pays the bill, so to speak. But the bill isn’t cancelled, it’s not forgiven. It’s paid in full. Every last penny that’s demanded is paid back, although by another. There is no mercy there. There’s no compassion. There’s no love.

    Let’s say I owe one million dollars to someone. I can’t pay it. If the person I owe the debt to forgives the debt, he’s out the money. He doesn’t get a thing, because he forgave the debt. He gets nothing in return. But if you pay it for me, the debt isn’t forgiven. It’s just paid. He’s not out anything.

    How can God be upheld as a compassionate, merciful being when he won’t forgive a debt? When he demands that every debt owed to him be paid and he doesn’t care who pays it?

    • Paul Pavao says:

      Excellent point, Jim, which I have already heard from you. Thanks for adding it to this post.

      • Jim says:

        Just read the intro to your new book. I’m stunned and amazed, in a good way. Looking forward to reading the whole thing!

        • Paul Pavao says:

          Thank you, Jim. I am going to have to do some revamping because I wrote a whole chapter on the judgment, but now I have moved it to chapter 1. I realized how many people still think there is no way a human can pass a judgment by works.

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