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Another sola fide holiday

Here is another passage from the gospels that I honestly do not know how to fit into the Protestant sola fide model of justification: Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let

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Justified by … what?

Here is what Jesus says. I tell you, on the day of judgment men will render account for every careless word they utter; for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. (Matthew

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Ezekiel and sola fide

We return once again today to our relentless (tedious?) series on biblical passages that present problems for the Protestant (especially Reformed) view of justification by faith alone. By way of overview: there are many passages that either flatly contradict or

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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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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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Another problem for sola fide

Reformed Protestants say that Old Testament believers were saved by faith alone, just as (they say) we are. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 is problematic for this point of view. To sum up the whole matter: fear God and keep his commandments, for

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No sola fide in Psalm 62

This will not seem like a big deal to those Protestants who think that Israel was saved by works. But for the Reformed, Psalm 62 plows yet another truck-sized hole in the crumbling edifice of their idea of sola fide

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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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Sola fide is hiding again

Sola Fide is hiding again To love is to live according to his commandments: this is the commandment which you have heard since the beginning, to live a life of love. (2 John 6)   If you love me you

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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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