Hello all, my name is Michael Hall, I’m the soon to be host of Michael Hall Theology Podcasts, but also I am a rigorous studier of God’s Word and of Reformed Theology, Systematic Theology, and Biblical Theology. I plan on using this blog and my upcoming podcasts as my online ministry to the world.
I’m a firm Calvinist and I adhere to the Doctrines of Grace and to the Five Solas, which I will list and explain briefly below:
Sola Gratia – which means that we are saved by grace alone, not by any merit or righteousness that we posses but by the sheer grace of God
Sola Fide – which means that salvation is through faith alone, not of works or deeds, but solely through faith.
Solus Christus – which means that we are saved by Christ alone, not by any other thing hat is in the world.
Simply put these three of the five Solas mean simply this: We are saved by Grace Alone (Sola Gratia), through Faith Alone (Sola Fide), in Christ Alone (Solus Christus).
Sola Scriptura – which means that Scripture Alone is the sole binder of the human conscience, which is a result of Scripture’s inerrancy and infallibility, as Martin Luther said, “My conscious is held captive by the Word of God, to go against conscience is neither right nor safe.”
Soli Deo Gloria – which means that everything we do, should be done, to the glory of God alone.
Now for the Doctrines of Grace:
Total Depravity (Radical Depravity, Radical Corruption) – which means that man is thoroughly corrupted by sin, to the point that, on his own, man will never choose Christ, in fact man cannot choose Christ because he is dead. (John 3:19-20; Romans 3:10-12)
Unconditional Election (Specific Election) – which means that God chooses those to save by His sovereign and merciful hand, not by any merit or righteousness that He saw in us, but rather “according to the purpose of His will ” (Ephesians 1:5; John 6:44,65).
Limited Atonement (Definite Atonement, Specific Atonement) – which means that Christ did not die for all, but rather only for the Elect (those who have been predestined). (John 10:11,14-15).
Irresistible Grace (Effectual Calling) – which means simply, that when the sovereign, creating God calls one inwardly – that is, the Holy Spirit rebirths their heart and opens their eyes – they cannot not be effected. We resist because natural man is opposed to God, but it is effectual in that when God commands, nature must respond. (Ephesians 2:1-7; Ephesians 3:7. An excellent analogy is the resurrection of Lazarus in John 11:1-44).
Perseverance of the Saints (Sustaining of the Saints) – which means that God, in His sovereignty, holds you in His hand and no one, which includes you, can snatch you out of His hand. (John 10:28-29).
Those are the main doctrines that I adhere to. Feel free to email me at email@example.com if you have any questions or anything at all. I hope you are edified by my upcoming blog posts and my upcoming podcasts.