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Somebody has integrity

The Reformed doctrine of man’s total depravity effectively denies the possibility of anyone acting with integrity because in the first place (they say) nothing we do is so truly good as to be free of the taint of sin, and

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When worlds collide

No, this post has nothing to do with Velikovsky (whether it should is a separate question). My topic is summed up in Sirach 33:14: Opposite evil stands good, Opposite death, life; So, too, opposite the devout man stands the sinner.

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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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The needless mistake of total depravity

Calvinists believe in a doctrine they name total depravity, according to which they claim: From this original corruption, whereby we are utterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite to all good, and wholly inclined to all evil, do proceed all actual

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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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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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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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Three car pileup

Horrible accident on the PCH (Protestant Coast Highway): sola fide and total depravity smashed into Psalm 15. Psalm 15 came out of the calamitous scene unscathed, but the two Protestant doctrines are on life support. 1 O Lord, who shall

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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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