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Sola fide goes on walkabout

It is an interesting exercise to read the letters to the seven churches in the book of Revelation. When I was a Protestant I just plain ignored the completely unambiguous language that the Lord Jesus Christ uses in speaking to

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Posted in Apologetics, Calvinism, Merit, Protestantism, Revelation, Sola Fide

Job is a problem for “total depravity”

The Reformed say, largely based upon Romans 3, that literally every human being who has ever lived has sinned and deserves damnation (Of course, they make an exception for the Lord Jesus, but we will pass over this as a

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Posted in Apologetics, Calvinism, Obedience

The Reformed Doctrine of Perseverance of the Saints

Introduction There are significant difficulties harmonizing the Reformed doctrine of the perseverance of the saints with the teaching of the epistle to the Hebrews (as well as other passages of Scripture), and these difficulties show it to be an unbiblical

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Posted in Apologetics, Aquinas - Theology, Calvinism

Possibly repeating myself

I may have posted on this passage before; if so it would not be the first nor the last time that I will be redumbdant. Sorry, dear reader! Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered;

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Posted in Apologetics, Calvinism, Obedience, Protestantism, Sola Fide

Seekers? Rewards?

For whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. [Heb 11:6] But the Reformed claim that no one seeks God, and they deny that anyone could merit a reward

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Posted in Apologetics, Calvinism, Merit

Made worthy of God’s Kingdom

Here is yet another passage that the Protestant paradigm of sola fide chokes on. This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be made worthy of the kingdom of God. (2Th 1:5) What is this evidence

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Posted in Apologetics, Calvinism, Justification

Grace and Free Will

we entreat you not to accept the grace of God in vain. (2Co 6:1) Two or three points come to mind: Grace must be accepted. This means that our free choice to accept it is necessary, contrary to what Calvinists

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In what does God’s image consist?

And he said: Let us make man to our image and likeness, and let him have dominion over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and the beasts, and the whole earth, and every creeping creature

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Posted in Aquinas - Philosophy, Aquinas - Theology, Calvinism, Scripture, Summa Theologiae

Genesis 26: Scattered Thoughts on Righteousness and Tradition

In Genesis 26 we read this: I will make your descendants as many as the stars of heaven, and I will give them all these lands; and all the nations in the world shall bless themselves by your descendants in

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Posted in Calvinism, Scripture, Veritatis Splendor

St. Augustine on faith seeking understanding concerning evil

Having addressed the issue in book I, chapter I of On Free Choice of the Will as to whether we might possibly be induced in some way to do evil by forces external to us (whether by having been created

Posted in Augustine, Calvinism, Faith Seeking Understanding, Merit, Protestantism
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