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How to inherit eternal life

Here is an exchange between Jesus and a certain young man. And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal

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Thwarting God’s Will

Presbyterians and other Reformed folk like to use the acronym TULIP as a thumbnail for certain views they hold which are at least somewhat unique among Protestants (at least when held together). The I refers to their belief in Irresistible

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Duty and Justice

Yet another Old Testament passage which presents difficulties for the Protestant view of sola fide (for Reformed Protestants, at any rate) comes up at the end of Ecclesiastes: To sum up the whole matter: fear God and keep his commandments,

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Sola Fide Hide and Seek in Psalm 62

Today we have yet another entry in our increasingly long list of Bible passages that just plain do not fit the Protestant idea of sola fide: Once God has spoken, twice have I heard this: Strength belongs to God, to

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Pruning

I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and every one that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit. (John 15:1-2) Whatever

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Total Depravity?

Recall that at least some of our Reformed Protestant friends believe in “total depravity” in such a way that they deny that anyone ever does anything genuinely good. Presumably this would perplex them: real prisoners who set aside personal interest

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Hebrews 6 is bad for sola fide

If Hebrews 6 isn’t on the “This Makes Me Uncomfortable” list for most Protestants…well, it ought to be. And this is triply so for those who hold to the Calvinist “TULIP,” for that flower loses a few petals in this

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Zechariah and Elizabeth were not totally depraved

The Reformed like to say that there is no one who does good. No one. Here is the latest in our series of disproofs. In the days of King Herod of Judaea there lived a priest called Zechariah who belonged

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Soap Opera

Some Protestants (notably the Reformed) say that no man does good: that even the seemingly good things done by Christians are tainted by selfishness or other stain, so that all we do is sin, sin, sin. This does not appear

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The Perseverance Pickle of St. Peter

Pope Peter’s penmanship presents a problem for Presbyterians’ perspective on perseverance. I am sure I will suffer for that alliteration someday, but it was worth it. [A]nyone who has escaped the pollution of the world by coming to know our

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