Romans 9 and the Calvinist Doctrine of Reprobation


“I sought out the permission from the Journal of Baptist Theology & Ministry to reproduce this article because I believe it is one of the best and most concise refutations of the Calvinistic reading of Romans 9-11. Please read this with the objectivity to learn from brother Eric’s wise words.”   -Leighton

Romans 9 and the Calvinist Doctrine of Reprobation

by Eric Hankins, PhD

Eric Hankins is pastor of First Baptist Fairhope in Fairhope,

Calvinist theologian Wayne Grudem defines reprobation as “the sovereign decision of God before creation to pass over some persons, in sorrow deciding not to save them, and to punish them for their sins, and thereby to manifest his justice.”[1] The doctrine of reprobation, which is essential to Calvinism as the necessary corollary to the doctrine of unconditional election,[2] asserts that there is a certain group of persons who have never been and…

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