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Obedience is not faith alone

Why did Isaac enjoy the favor of God? Was it because of his faith? He was a man of faith, to be sure (see Hebrews 11:20), but why did he enjoy God’s blessings? The book of Genesis offers two reasons

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Posted in Faith, Merit, Obedience, Saints, Sola Fide

Prepare yourself

The parable of the ten virgins is difficult for me to understand–or, maybe, it is a hard passage of the Gospel. Contrary to what one might expect the five virgins who prepared by bringing extra oil are commended not because

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Posted in Charity, Faith, Obedience

More on Matthew 24

This morning I wrote about Mt. 24:42-51. It occurred to me almost as soon as I hit “Publish” that more could be said about the passage than I did in my brief remarks, and I’d like to do that now

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Posted in Charity, Faith, Obedience, Sola Fide, Sola Gratia

Conditions revisited

I am returning to this subject (not for the first time) because it is important, and because there are at least some occasions when it seems very difficult. But given the severity of what Jesus has to say, I need

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Posted in Forgiveness, Obedience, Sin

99 sheep

Luke 15 offers us a striking illustration of how mistaken the Reformed doctrine of total depravity is. In verses 4-6 the Lord Jesus tells the parable of the lost sheep, which concludes with this observation about how things are in

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Posted in Apologetics, Calvinism, Obedience, Sin

No sola fide at the last judgment

Come Judgment Day we will be judged according to what we have done. This is perfectly in keeping with Jesus’s declaration, “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15). I saw the dead, great and small alike, standing in

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Posted in Apologetics, Faith, Justification, Obedience, Protestantism, Sola Fide

Unspoiled Religion

We are drawing near (at least for now) to the end of my series of posts addressing problems and difficulties with the Protestant doctrine of sola fide. Pure, unspoilt religion, in the eyes of God our Father, is this: coming

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

Hear and obey

Here is yet another occasion where the Lord’s discussion of our salvation omits any mention of the Protestant’s sola fide view: If any one hears my sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did

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

Sola Fide will be irrelevant on Judgment Day

Hear what the Lord Jesus says will happen on that Day: Do not be surprised at this, for the hour is coming when the dead will leave their graves at the sound of his voice: those who did good will

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

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