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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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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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The Preacher does not preach total depravity

Reformed Protestants (and, perhaps, some other Protestants) hold to a notion of human sinfulness that is usually labeled total depravity. What they mean by this is that literally no one does good. Ever. They usually appeal to Romans 3 (especially

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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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Anger

I have a temper. Some folks are surprised by that, because they never see it. They never see it because I internalize my anger as a matter of course. Why? Because almost without fail I say or do things I

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Posted in Charity, Etc, Sin, Veritatis Splendor

Total Depravity?

Psalm 119:2-3: Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways! There are Protestants who claim that no one lives a sinless life: that to

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