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  • Does Jimmy Carter along with Josh Duggar (Both Baptists) Have Eternal Security (OSAS)?

    06/04/2015 2:31:32 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 145 replies
    6/4/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Jimmy Carter severed his ties with the Southern Baptist Convention, but apparently is still a Baptist (Maranatha Baptist Church). Josh Duggar and the Duggar family are Independent Baptist. Some will say that neither of them go to the right Baptist church or the correct one and thus neither of them are truly Baptist, just as some Methodists will say that other Methodists don't go to the right Methodist church and thus truly aren't Methodist. Some Jewish people may say that other Jews, (although quite orthodox in their beliefs) aren't quite Orthodox enough and thus aren't truly Jewish when it comes...
  • How To Offend a Room Full of Calvinists [Calvinist Caucus]

    01/28/2015 8:24:41 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 110 replies ^ | January 28, 2015 | Tim Challies
    Do you want to know how to make a Calvinist angry? Do you want to know how to offend a whole room full of them? Just bring up the old line about Reformed theology being incompatible with evangelism. We have all heard it, we have all read it, we have all rejected it. It’s the word on the street, though, that Calvinists make poor evangelists. Many people are firmly convinced that there is a deep-rooted flaw embedded within Reformed theology that undermines evangelistic fervor. Most blame it on predestination. After all, if God has already chosen who will be saved,...
  • To Anti-Semitic Christians, Israel is an Usurper

    01/07/2015 11:59:32 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 55 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 1/05/2015 | Giulio Meotti
    The Presbyterian Church USA is considering banning the word “Israel” from its prayers. That anti-Semitic resolution was meant to “distinguish between the biblical terms that refer to the ancient land of Israel and the modern political State of Israel". It has happened before. In his war against the Jews, Adolf Hitler instructed Christian theologians to rewrite the Bible, in a bid to remove all mention of the Jews. Their barbaric spirit is living on in the Palestinolatry of these liberal Christians...
  • The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 3 [Limited Atonement]

    08/03/2014 2:21:44 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 16 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | May 24, 2014 | Tim Staples
    The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 3 In my last two blog posts, we examined the first two of the “five points” of Calvinism popularly known by the acronym, TULIP, which represents 1. Total Depravity 2. Unconditional Election 3. Limited Atonement 4. Irresistible Grace 5. Perseverance of the Saints (“once saved, always saved”). In this post, we will tackle the third point:Limited AtonementNo Christian that I know of would deny that some doctrines are more or less clear than others in Scripture. When it comes to the atonement of Christ, the Scriptures are most clear: Jesus Christ died on the...
  • The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 2 [Unconditional Election]

    07/06/2014 3:44:34 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 17 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | May 19, 2014 | Tim Staples
    The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 2 In my last post, I began a series of critiques of John Calvin’s famous “five points,” most often referred to using the acronym, TULIP, which represents Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistibility of Grace, and The Perseverance of the Saints (“once saved, always saved”). In this installment, we’ll deal with Unconditional Election.Calvin’s idea of Unconditional Election simply means that God “elected” certain men for salvation and others for damnation from all eternity, rooted in texts of Scripture, as we will see below, like Romans 9:10-12:And not only so, but also when Rebecca had conceived...
  • Disappearing Act: Presbyterians Embrace Leftist Politics, Shun Reformed Roots

    07/03/2014 6:28:21 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 46 replies
    Breakpoint ^ | 7-3-14 | Stan Guthrie
    Over the last two decades, more than three-fourths of Iraq’s Christians have fled the country, driven out by a combination of Muslim fanaticism and economic and social collapse. Iraq, however, isn’t the only place to experience a mass Christian exodus in recent years. Look at the Presbyterian Church (USA), the 10th largest denomination in this country. But you’d better look fast. The PC(USA), which is the nation’s largest Presbyterian denomination (at least for now), is driving out members through its own brand of leftist fanaticism. From a high of more than 4 million members back in 1965, the Louisville-based PC(USA)...
  • Presbyterian Church USA Defeats Motion to Care for Babies Born Alive After Abortion

    06/24/2014 1:57:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 52 replies
    Life News ^ | June 23, 2014 | Steven Ertelt
    The Presbyterian Church USA has voted to endorse Kermit Gosnell. Delegates meeting in Detroit at the 221st General Assembly of the 1.8 million–member Presbyterian Church (USA) voted down a measure that would have the church endorse care for babies born alive after abortions.From World Magazine: Also Thursday, 78 percent of the PCUSA General Assembly struck down a resolution condemning the killing of babies born alive during abortions, as occurred with notorious abortionist Kermit Gosnell. Initiated by the South Alabama presbytery, it called for inclusion of pro-life Presbyterians and an investigation into doctrinal and financial support of abortion. Dissenters cited pro-abortion...
  • Presbyterians [PC(USA)] Become the Silly Church; A dying mainline church speeds its decline.

    06/23/2014 6:39:22 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 39 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 6.21.14 | Mark Tooley
    At one point during this this week’s General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the hundreds of delegates, known as commissioners, gleefully bounced scores of red balloons in the air. At another point, they collectively broke into dance, confirming that most Protestants, especially if they’re old, white and Anglo, don’t look so great wiggling around. (Here’s a video, for mature viewers only.) Mainline Protestantism, at least in its official curia, has been liberal for nearly 100 years. But for most of that century it was a thoughtful, dignified liberalism that still roughly adhered to historic Christianity’s moral architecture, even if...
  • The PCUSA On Guns

    06/23/2014 7:54:08 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies ^ | 6/22/2014 | Herschel Smith
    Presbyterian Church (USA) on guns: Among other things, the Assembly’s action calls for: formation of support, healing and advocacy groups for those who have experienced gun violence in their families; opposition to legislation that exempts gun manufacturers and marketers from legal liability and/or financial accountability for the medical and security costs of predictable gun misuse and availability to criminals, the unstable, and the self-destructive; opposition to “stand your ground” and other legislation that may entitle gun owners to shoot before taking alternative measures (such as relying on law enforcement and/or other de-escalation techniques) in perceived defense of persons or property;...
  • The Coming Collapse of the PC(USA)

    06/22/2014 1:42:44 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 23 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 6-22-14 | Jeff Gising
    In terms of giving insight into the current battles raging within the PC (USA) and the exodus of evangelical churches, the report is quite helpful. Consider the following statement: “only followers of Jesus Christ can be saved.” Among pastors, 45% disagreed or strongly disagreed. 41% agreed or strongly agreed. Among our clergy, there is a clearly demonstrable variance about a fundamental tenet of Christian belief that is central to the mission of the church—the proclamation of the Gospel. The Presbyterian Church (USA) recently released the findings of its “Religious and Demographic Profile of Presbyterians 2011” (the report). More than 6,000...
  • U.S. Presbyterian Church to shed investments in Israel protest

    06/21/2014 6:02:47 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 13 replies ^ | June 21, 2014 | Eric M. Johnson
    A deeply-divided gathering of U.S. Presbyterian Church elders and ministers narrowly voted on Friday to divest the religious group's holdings in three American companies it says have ties to Jewish settlements in occupied Palestinian Territories. As a result of the vote the church will divest holdings worth roughly $21 million in Caterpillar Inc., Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola Solutions. "We as a church cannot profit from the destruction of homes and lives," said Reverend Gradye Parsons in a statement about the decision at its meeting in Detroit. "We continue to invest in many businesses involved in peaceful pursuits in Israel." Members of...
  • An OPC Pastor Enters the Catholic Church

    06/21/2014 1:28:22 AM PDT · by Al Hitan · 128 replies
    Called to Communion ^ | Feb 7th, 2012 | Jason Stewart
    Let me begin this conclusion by ending at the beginning: My wife Cindy and I entered into full communion with the Catholic Church because we came to see that this Church is the Church established by Jesus Christ. We came to this realization in large measure by spending time in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, reading other positive presentations of Catholic teaching, and speaking with flesh and blood Catholics in all walks of life and vocations. The many misconceptions we had about what Catholics believed were cleared away as we dug deeply into the teaching resources of the Catholic...
  • Presbyterian Church approves same-sex marriage

    06/20/2014 2:02:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | June 20, 2014
    The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), one of the United States’ leading Protestant denominations, has voted to allow its pastors to perform “any such marriage they believe the Holy Spirit calls then to perform, where legal by state law.” The motion, which passed by a 61%-39% margin, takes effect immediately. By a 71%-29% margin, the assembly also recommended that the church’s Book of Order be amended to describe marriage as a “unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman.” This change will go into effect when it approved by the majority of the church’s presbyteries....
  • PCUSA Votes to Allow Clergy to Marry Same-Sex Couples; Approves Redefining Marriage

    06/20/2014 10:11:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/20/2014 | Lillian Kwon
    The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s highest governing body voted Thursday to allow ministers to perform same-sex marriages. Presbyterian clergy can now marry gay and lesbian couples wherever same-sex marriage is legal. The Presbyterian Lay Committee released a statement repudiating the action of the PCUSA General Assembly. "The Presbyterian Lay Committee mourns these actions and calls on all Presbyterians to resist and protest them ... God will not be mocked and those who substitute their own felt desires for God's unchangeable Truth will not be found guiltless before a holy God." The PCUSA's 221st General Assembly, which is meeting in Detroit this...
  • Presbyterian Assembly (PCUSA): Gay Marriage Is Christian (Ministers Can Do Homosexual Weddings)

    06/19/2014 2:32:45 PM PDT · by xzins · 50 replies
    ABC ^ | Jun 19, 2014 | KAROUB AND RACHEL ZOLL
    The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted Thursday to redefine Christian marriage in the church constitution as the union of "two people" instead of only "a man and a woman." The amendment requires approval from a majority of the 172 regional presbyteries, which will vote on the change over the next year. But in a separate vote that will take effect immediately, the Presbyterian General Assembly allowed ministers to preside at gay weddings in states where gay marriage is legal. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia recognize same-sex marriage. Alex McNeill, executive director of More Light...
  • Presbyterian Pastors Can Preside at Gay Marriages

    06/19/2014 1:18:33 PM PDT · by alancarp · 49 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 19, 2014 | Uncredited AP
    The largest Presbyterian denomination in the U.S. will allow pastors to preside at gay weddings in states that recognize same-sex marriage. The Presbyterian General Assembly voted 61 percent to 39 percent in favor of allowing ministers to decide whether to perform the ceremonies. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia recognize gay marriage.
  • 9 Things You Should Know About John Calvin

    05/28/2014 7:41:25 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 155 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 5-28-14 | Joe Carter
    Yesterday marked the 450th anniversary of the death of John Calvin. Here are nine things you should know about the French theologian and Reformer. 1. From an early age, Calvin was a precocious student who excelled at Latin and philosophy. He was prepared to go to study of theology in Paris, when his father decided he should become a lawyer. Calvin spend half a decade at the University of Orleans studying law, a subject he did not love. 2. Calvin wrote his magnum opus, The Institutes of the Christian Religion, at the age of 27 (though he updated the work...
  • Predestination: Should We Even Talk About It?

    03/20/2014 7:47:22 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 82 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | March 20, 2014 | Daniel Hyde
    Full Title: Predestination: Should We Even Talk About It? Is the doctrine of predestination an obstacle to the usefulness of preaching? I’d like to begin a series on—get ready—predestination. Yes, I said that word. I know this is not the most popular topic to bring up among polite company; in fact, it’s downright divisive, isn’t it? In the fifth century, Augustine recounted in his letters that some said, “The doctrine of predestination is an obstacle to the usefulness of preaching.” And who wants an obstacle? In the sixteenth century, John Calvin had to go out of his way to state...
  • Did Jesus Die for All or for Only the Elect? Two Theologians Debate

    01/26/2014 7:24:03 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/26/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    For whom did Jesus die? For the sins of the entire humanity or only for the elect? This was the topic of a live debate between Messianic Jewish apologist Dr. Michael L. Brown and Alpha and Omega Ministries Director Dr. James White on Friday evening. The issue boils down to what the intention of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit was in Christ going to the cross, said White, who heads the Phoenix, Ariz.-based evangelical Reformed Christian apologetics organization, as the debate began Friday at 9 p.m. EST. "Jesus' death on the cross was a covenantal death,"...
  • SNAP urges Baptists to speak out on abuse ("Falsely saved" ministers or "out of fellowship" w/God?

    01/22/2014 9:30:46 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 229 replies
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | 1/10/2014 | Bob Allen
    Advocates say it isn't enough for churches to enact policies to prevent child sexual abuse, but churches where abuse has already occured must be more vocal in helping police catch predators. A victim support group held signs outside a Houston megachurch Jan. 9 calling for greater transparency about the reporting of child sexual abuse in Southern Baptist churches. A former youth pastor... A former youth minister... ...
  • Can we as Christians know who will "endure until the end" as Jesus said? No.

    01/21/2014 12:12:51 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 33 replies
    1/21/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    While Calvisnism looks good on paper --- in real time and in the here and now it comes up short: A person can be heard accepting Christ as savior, can be seen bearing good fruit, living for the Lord for years, etc, and then later on they start acting in such a way that causes some to think that they were either "falsely saved" (and thus seemingly somehow duped those around them for some time) or at best they are "out of fellowship" with Christ, but nonetheless still saved. A.) Two people can be bearing bad fruit, committing sin, etc,...

    01/16/2014 8:46:26 AM PST · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 16, 2014 | John Heilprin,Nicole Winfield
    GENEVA (AP) -- The Vatican came under blistering criticism from a U.N. committee Thursday for its handling of the global priest sex abuse scandal, facing its most intense public grilling to date over allegations that it protected pedophile priests at the expense of victims.
  • The "Catholic" John Calvin: 50 Areas Where His Views Are Harmonious With Catholic Teaching

    01/10/2014 6:13:05 AM PST · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Biblical Evidence for Catholicism ^ | Thursday, March 18, 2010 | Dave Armstrong
    Thursday, March 18, 2010 The "Catholic" John Calvin: 50 Areas Where His Views Are Harmonious With Catholic Teaching The Young Calvin, by Oliver Crisp [ source ] All sources with Roman numerals (example: IV, 4:20) are from The Institutes of the Christian Religion (translated by Henry Beveridge for the Calvin Translation Society in 1845, from the 1559 edition in Latin; reprinted by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.: Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1995): available online. Note: I don't intend to imply that Calvin agrees with Catholics in every jot and tittle of all the following categories. What is agreed-upon is what...
  • When Christmas was illegal: the Holy War against Christmas in North America (Calvinism)

    12/22/2010 9:01:56 PM PST · by narses · 58 replies · 2+ views
    Examiner ^ | December 8th, 2010 5:17 pm ET | Charlie Rosenberg
    Few people engaged in the "War on Christmas" are aware that at one time it was a crime in Massachusetts to celebrate Christmas. Oh sure, some will say, count on liberal Massachusetts to pass a law against Christmas. But it was Calvinist Massachusetts, in the days of the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay colonies, the Pilgrims and Puritans, that established penalties for the observance of Christmas Day "by abstinence from labor, feasting, or any other way." The noisiest opposition to public celebration of Christmas today comes from professed agnostics and atheists, particularly those seeking "freedom from religion." But there are still...
  • The Journey Home - 2013-12-9 - Jason Stellman - Former Presbyterian (You Tube]

    12/15/2013 3:45:29 AM PST · by GonzoII · 17 replies
    You Tube ^ | Published on Dec 12, 2013 | EWTN via You Tube
    Guest Jason Stellman, a former Presbyterian minister, tells Marcus what convinced him that the Catholic Church is the true Church.
  • The EITHER/OR of "It's EITHER Calvinism OR Arminianism" has proven useless

    12/12/2013 2:20:13 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 25 replies
    12/12/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Did God provide for the salvation of sinners that he chose to be saved, or did God provide a way of salvation and then it is up to sinners to choose it? Wrong question that has been asked... The question that SHOULD be asked: Did God know which choice we would make (as to salvation) when He created this universe and bring into existence that choice to be saved, or did He bring into existence His choice for whom He would save when He brought this universe into existence? Is the ultimate, final answer to this either/or, neither/nor, or both/and?...
  • The Fallible Prophets of New Calvinism (new book)

    11/25/2013 9:44:04 AM PST · by fishtank · 26 replies
    The Armoury ^ | Nov. 14, 2013 | Michael John Beasley
    Thursday, November 14, 2013 The Fallible Prophets of New Calvinism by Michael John Beasley From the website: This book examines Dr. Wayne Grudem's controversial teaching on fallible prophecy in view of various lexical, exegetical, and historical points of analysis. It also addresses the teaching's popularity and continuing advancement through many charismatics within the "New Calvinism" movement. The doctrine of fallible prophecy is neither benign nor harmless, rather it constitutes a troubling strange fire for the body of Christ and continues to spread through the advocacy of popular continuationists like Wayne Grudem, D.A. Carson, John Piper, and Mark Driscoll: 1. Chapter...
  • [Why Calvinism?] Why Not Lutheranism? [Protestant / Baptist Caucus]

    11/13/2013 10:44:53 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 10 replies
    Old Life ^ | 10/31/2013 | D.G. Hart
    While Joe Carter is yet again telling me what I should do, this time how to think about October 31st, Protestants (and others) in Hillsdale will be observing Reformation Day with a book talk by (all about) me on Calvinism. What follows is an excerpt: Calvinism (Why not Lutheranism?) One of the stranger features of religion in the United States is the level of comfort that Americans seem to have with Calvinism even though it is a version of Christianity that many, along with H. L. Mencken, place in their “cabinet of horrors” – the Baltimore journalist put it on...
  • An unanswered question: Differentiate b/w the never saved & the "fallen out of fellowship" w/Christ

    11/05/2013 7:03:37 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 42 replies
    11/5/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    The thread that I posted yesterday was lively, energetic and, sadly, punctuated with a little too much Ad Hominem. For instance, and an example - I would never say that any topic is above another person's "pay grade," which was what was tossed at me. And in the asking, I never received any scripture(s) that show the dividing line - the place that unequivocally shows the total difference - between the one who was never saved & the one who had merely "fallen out of fellowship w/Christ," but was nonetheless still saved. I was asked why I didn't provide scriptures....
  • Can John MacArthur - Calvinist - differentiate b/w the never saved & the out of fellowship w/Christ?

    11/04/2013 3:12:35 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 63 replies
    11/4/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Can John F. MacArthur - or any other Calvinist - please differentiate between (or what constitutes the difference between) those who were truly never saved, and those who are saved, but are now living "out of fellowship" with Christ? I have read in the MacArthur Bible where he seems to boil it down to... by their fruits shall ye know them. But how much bad fruit or lack of good fruit does one have to show to give evidence that they were never saved, or that they are still saved, but have merely fallen out of fellowship with Christ? Example:...
  • TULIP and Protestants

    10/23/2013 2:15:37 AM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 9 replies
    Answering Protestants ^ | 23 October 2013 | Matthew Olson
    (This is the second part of my series on TULIP. The first part, based on the writings of the Church Fathers, is available here.) Calvinists often claim that "T.U.L.I.P." -- an acronym that summarizes their core beliefs -- has been supported by many of the great historical Protestant leaders, but below are some quotes that seem to disprove this assertion. This list is not comprehensive. Total Depravity - " a consequence of the Fall of man, every person born into the world is morally corrupt, enslaved to sin and is, apart from the grace of God, utterly unable to choose...
  • TULIP and the Church Fathers

    10/17/2013 8:32:30 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 87 replies
    Answering Protestants ^ | 17 October 2013 | Matthew Olson
    Calvinists occasionally claim that their beliefs -- commonly expressed with the acronym "T.U.L.I.P" -- are totally in line with historical Christianity, but below are some quotes from the Church Fathers that disprove the claim. This list is certainly not comprehensive, but I think it best summarizes the Church's points. Total Depravity - " a consequence of the Fall of man, every person born into the world is morally corrupt, enslaved to sin and is, apart from the grace of God, utterly unable to choose to follow God or choose to turn to Christ in faith for salvation." (NOTE: Catholics believe...

    09/24/2013 1:43:25 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 56 replies
    Peacemakers ^ | September 14, 2007 | Cathy ??
    CALVINISM’S FALSE DOCTRINE Posted on September 14, 2007 by Cathy “Calvinism” is very popular and many Christians, though they would not identify themselves as Calvinists, may have embraced some of Calvin’s doctrine without realizing it. The doctrine is named after a man named John Calvin, a reformer, who lived in the 1500′s. Calvinism propagates error. Knowledge of error helps us to be discerning when listening to or reading Christian material. If a teacher is a Calvinist, all that they teach will be taught through the lens of Calvinism. The result of this Calvinistic “bent” will be teachings that are dangerously...
  • Dr. Peter Kreeft's conversion to Catholicism from Protestantism (Full)

    08/31/2013 9:40:36 AM PDT · by Heart-Rest · 62 replies
    youtube ^ | January 27, 2013 | mobilevclips
    Hear Dr. Peter Kreeft tell his fascinating story of his conversion from Evangelical Protestantism to Catholicism.     Dr. Peter Kreeft's conversion to Catholicism from Protestantism (Full)
  • "White power" group plans takeover of town with the last church where OPC founder Machen preached

    08/31/2013 7:51:32 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 40 replies
    (Vanity) | 8/31/2013 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    The town where J. Gresham Machen, the founder of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, last preached before his death has shown up again in the news, this time in a horrible way. While Machen's direct denominational influence was fairly narrow, as the key leader of the secession from the Northern Presbyterians and founder of Westminster Theological Seminary, Machen has a lasting role in American Calvinism that is far larger than the Orthodox Presbyterian Church which he founded. In his own lifetime, however, Machen's role was even more important and went well beyond Reformed circles. As a professor at Princeton Theological Seminary,...
  • FIFNA, Anglicanism, and the Seventh Ecumenical Council

    08/05/2013 10:00:25 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 9 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | August 2, 2013 | Robert S. Munday
    David Virtue's website, VirtueOnline, recently reprinted a blog post by Joel Wilhelm, entitled "FiFNA vs. Anglicanism." Readers of Anglican blogs may remember that, in June, the Stand Firm website ran an article: "What is Going on With the ACNA and the Filioque?" which cited another post by Wilhelm, entitled, "ACNA Vs. the 39 Articles," in which he challenges the ACNA for considering returning to the original form of the Nicene Creed, which does not contain the Filioque. I don't know about you, but I am beginning to sense a theme with these "versus" articles: Take an organization that...
  • From Calvinist Prosecutor to Catholic Apologist

    07/26/2013 2:04:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 555 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 26, 2013 | David Paul Deavel
    Sunday, June 21, marked the 90th anniversary of the Scopes Monkey Trial decision. The questions surrounding evolution—meaning, in particular, the origins of humans—still raise large and important questions for how we understand human nature and the doctrine of original sin. But Jason Stellman thinks that the obsession with our physical origins, though understandable, is perhaps theologically off-kilter. Where we've come from biologically is not as important as where we're heading. It's not the beginning of the journey, man—it's the destination. Stellman's The Destiny of the Species (Wipf and Stock, 2013) is a brief, rollicking, and readable apologetic, notable not...
  • John Calvin on Civil Government

    07/17/2013 9:30:20 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 8 replies
    Acton Institute PowerBlog ^ | July 17, 2013 | Quinn Treleven
    Though primarily a theologian, the famous Reformation figure John Calvin had much to say about the application of biblical principles to politics. His focus on the sovereignty of God in all aspects of Creation led Calvin to believe in God’s ordinance not only in the spiritual realm, but also in civil government. Citing Scriptural passages such as Proverbs 8:15-16 – “By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth” – Calvin demonstrated that all governments are ordained by God. In Calvin’s mind, therefore, the rule of civil authority...
  • What The Economist Gets Wrong About Calvinist Baptists

    07/12/2013 8:38:23 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 98 replies
    Patheos / Get Religion ^ | July 10, 2013 | Joe Carter
    Today is the 504th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin (July 10, 1509) — and the 497th anniversary of misunderstanding Calvinists. To commemorate the event, let’s look at a recent notable example provided by The Economist. The article is out-datedly titled, “Dippers divided” and the subhead is “Where evangelicals disagree.” Where evangelicals disagree, apparently, is on whether to maintain, the “theocon” alliance in American politics between Catholics and evangelicals, who have set aside their doctrinal differences (over the Virgin Mary, for example) to take a joint stand against abortion and in favour of the traditional family. What could be...
  • Calvinism and the Roots of the Missionary Movement

    07/09/2013 11:49:42 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 13 replies
    Patheos ^ | July 9, 2013 | Thomas Kidd
    Over at Kevin DeYoung’s blog, Jason Helopoulos asks “Does Calvinism Kill Missions?” and answers with a resounding historical ‘no.’ I agree, and want to put a little finer point on it: from the perspective of Baptist history, Calvinists birthed the missions movement. I’ve recently been reading Jason Duesing’s fascinating volume Adoniram Judson: A Bicentennial Appreciation of the Pioneer American Missionary, which has a great deal of fresh information on the celebrated Baptist missionary Judson and his context. I was particularly intrigued by Robert Caldwell’s essay on the “New Divinity” theology and Judson’s preparation as a missionary. The New Divinity theologians,...
  • John Calvin and the American Founding

    07/04/2013 6:28:51 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 41 replies
    Worldview Times ^ | Reed R. Heustis, Jr., Esq.
    The commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the birth of the great Geneva Protestant Reformer, John Calvin, took place this past July 10, 2009. Without question, Calvin was a giant among men used by God to rediscover and expound on biblical truth that long had been forgotten and rejected by Rome. His influence on all spheres of life is immeasurable, and today, his understanding of theology is making a huge comeback within certain quarters of the Christian community. However, what Americans do not realize immediately is that the birth of the American republic is steeped in Calvinist presuppositions, and perhaps...
  • A Little Black Twisty Thing

    06/27/2013 9:01:42 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 3 replies
    Blog and Mablog ^ | 6-27-13 | Douglas Wilson
    As Christians continue to process the ramifications of the Supreme Court’s supreme arrogance on the same sex mirage issue, one of the things we must continue to remember to do is review the basics. This of course will include constantly reviewing what the Scriptures explicitly teach on the matter of same sex sexual activity, but it is also important for us to go a layer beneath all that. We also need to keep reviewing what the Bible teaches about the nature of man’s nature, and the nature of man’s choices. A hidden driver in a lot of what is going...
  • Defending the Faith: What about those who have never heard? [How Lds promote baptism of dead]

    06/14/2013 12:35:01 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 46 replies
    Deseret News (owned by Lds church) ^ | June 13, 2013 | Daniel Peterson
    Years ago...I had lunch with a conservative Protestant clergyman and his wife...Personally friendly and pleasant, they were nonetheless outspoken critics of Mormonism who frankly considered its claims about God “blasphemous.” Our conversation...turned to the ultimate fate of the unevangelized...To make the question specific, I proposed the hypothetical case of a medieval Chinese peasant who...had never traveled more than perhaps 20 miles from his home and who had never so much as encountered the name of Jesus. “He’s damned,” the clergyman said...I responded that such a fate seemed terribly unjust, since this Chinese peasant had never had a fair chance —...
  • Kirk Commission (Church of Scotland) publishes civil partnership liturgy

    04/24/2013 1:18:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Christian News ^ | April 23, 2013
    The report sets out liturgy for a civil partnership blessing, along with the traditional view of marriage. A report for the Church of Scotland on same-sex relationships has suggested an order of service for a civil partnership blessing.The liturgy contains ideas for scripture readings, including passages about David and Jonathan, and Ruth and Naomi. The report by the special Theological Commission, which was appointed in 2011, also presents the traditional view of marriage as between a man and a woman.Opinion The Church of Scotland said the report described the breadth of theological opinion that existed and did not represent...
  • A photo response to those who say God loves everyone and has a wonderful plan for their lives...

    03/18/2013 12:23:39 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 85 replies
    The Bible ^ | Paul the Apostle
    Romans 9:15-24 15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. 17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. 18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom...
  • Addressing the Top Five Misconceptions of Calvinism

    02/07/2013 12:06:49 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 198 replies
    The Confident Christian ^ | 2/3/2013 | Robin Schumacher
    Even though I embrace reformed theology (aka “Calvinism”) now, I understand the thinking behind articles such as Dan Delzell’s recent “Infant Baptism and 5-Point Calvinism are Limited”. I grew up under an Arminian pastor who I still deeply respect and admire that would nod in agreement with all the points Delzell makes in his post.When I first went to seminary, I studied systematic theology under a very well know theologian who espouses what he calls “moderate Calvinism”, which is really an inconsistent form of Arminian theology. At the time, that framework seemed logical to me.But when I started my Ph.D. studies,...
  • Catholicity and Calvinism--Or Why Calvinism isn't a Dirty Word

    01/17/2013 3:11:16 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 20 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | Jan, 5, 2013 | The V. Rev. Robert Munday
    Those who know me well know my penchant for Great Tradition theology, by which I mean that we need to recover true catholicity, the faith of the early, undivided Church. I believe that the methodology that best gets us there is an embrace of the Vincentian Canon, the product of St. Vincent of Lerins (died c. AD 445). It is tempting to want to reproduce all four paragraphs of this Canon, which come from Chapter 4 of the Vincent's Commonitorium, and I encourage you to click on the link and read the four fairly short paragraphs, because a great many...
  • As Baptists Prepare to Meet, Calvinism Debate Shifts to Heresy Accusation

    06/21/2012 8:24:00 AM PDT · by fishtank · 447 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 6-18-2012 | Weston Gentry
    As Baptists Prepare to Meet, Calvinism Debate Shifts to Heresy Accusation Hundreds, including seminary presidents, have signed a statement on salvation criticized by both Reformed and Arminian theologians. Weston Gentry [ posted 6/18/2012 ] A statement by a non-Calvinist faction of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has launched infighting within the nation's largest Protestant denomination, and tensions are expected to escalate Tuesday as church leaders descend on New Orleans.
  • Green Baggins, 2K, Westminster-West, gay marriage, and Calvinist politics

    03/22/2012 7:58:02 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 31 replies · 1+ views
    (vanity) | 3/22/2012 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    If you're a Free Republic participant, I already know you're a political conservative. If you're a member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Church in America, or United Reformed Churches, and if you don't know what "two kingdoms" theology is, you need to read this post. What follows is the CO-URC version of posts I made today on the United Reformed and Orthodox Presbyterian listserves run by Christian Observer magazine. It responds to this thread on the Green Baggins blog owned by Rev. Lane Keister: You can find the OPC and URC versions of my posts here:
  • Presbyterian group vs. Gingrich {Presbyterians don't like G's "palis are invented" remark}

    12/20/2011 3:37:54 AM PST · by Cronos · 23 replies
    Examiner ^ | 18 Dec 2011 | Lori Henshey
    According to the Guardian:“Leading Palestinian officials have rounded on the Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich for his description of Palestinians as an ‘invented’ people and ‘terrorists.’ During a candidate debate the Republican frontrunner insisted that ‘these people are terrorists. They teach terrorism in their schools. They have textbooks that say, if there are 13 Jews and nine Jews are killed, how many Jews are left?’”In response, Presbyterians for Middle East Peace (PFMEP)..have called Gingrich out for his comments. The group has publically disagreed with the recent comment by Gingrich when he declared the Palestinian people to be “invented." ...PFMEP calls...