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comment Martin Luther's Sacramentology
For anybody coming into this question years after I've asked it, recognize that neither of the 2 answers posted to date are correct. Read the Lutheran confessions, part of which is the large catechism (bookofconcord.org).
Oct
24
comment What is the biblical basis against Sola Fide (salvation by faith alone, apart from works)?
@LeeWoofenden For what it's worth, I think yours is a much better answer. I'll add an upvote. This doesn't change the fact that you're wrong on the "meta" issues here.
Oct
24
comment What is the biblical basis against Sola Fide (salvation by faith alone, apart from works)?
Plain and simple, you're wrong. This was not a defense of faith alone for salvation. Read the recent comments on the OP. Look, I don't care so much if this answer gets removed (as I said, first time in months that I've visited), but this Monday-morning quarterbacking is a bit insipid, especially because I was arguing against sola fide as the OP asked. My main complaint was that the question was a poor one. Had the OP specifically asked concerning the Biblical basis against justification sola gratia, vi sola fide, I wouldn't have answered at all.
Oct
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comment What is the biblical basis against Sola Fide (salvation by faith alone, apart from works)?
@LeeWoofenden "Cite your tradition," blah blah, yawn..... when I wrote this 3 years ago (I rarely visit the site now), that was how we rolled. You answer from your own tradition unless specified. At the time, I was heavily influenced by Puritan writers and Baptist pastors. And you know what? If you asked them "what is the biblical basis against faith-alone salvation?" then they would have interpreted this as "what is the biblical basis against fideism?" I answered as such. Additionally. RC Sproul answered the same question the same way in the past. Sorry, your complaint lacks merit.
Jun
11
comment How do opponents of Decision Theology distinguish themselves from Universal Salvation?
I recommend you pick a specific tradition and ask about it. If it takes several questions, then do so. For instance, while both Calvinists and Lutherans base their opposition to decision theology in original sin and total depravity, you correctly point out that those two drastically differ. Add to this jsut two more groups: the Roman church and classical Arminians. Here you have two more wildly different theologies that would reject decision theology (as we know it today) and are grounded just as much in original sin, yet are much more synergistic than their Reformation friends.
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comment Can a Christian choose to walk away from his or her salvation?
@PaulDraper The dictionary definition doesn't do the doctrine justice. One can say that the doctrine is poorly named, but the terse definition given by the poster inaccurate. The Calvinists would say that the person is given a new will. Read the rest of my comment above. The doctrine is that the creature is re-created, not that the person is saved even though they don't wish to be, and this is the definition that I was disputing 1.5 years ago (and for the record, I'm not longer a Calvinist. I'm now a Confessional Lutheran.).
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comment Did Jesus actually ever say “if you don't believe in me you go to Hell”?
"Orthodox or not, the Gnostic scriptures are authentic and must be dealt with if we are to consider what the historical words of Jesus might have been." ...I do not have the energy in life right now to explain why this logic is faulty. Each comment you've posted is an assertion with no historical "connecting of dots," and this easily leads to faulty conclusions regardless of whether or not each individual piece is true. I've been visiting this site less, and this is a prime reason why. This is what happens when you smoosh together hundreds of "experts" in Christianity. Count me out.
Aug
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accepted Calvinism: How does Limited Atonement Work in View of the Universality of Christ's Work?
Aug
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comment Calvinism: How does Limited Atonement Work in View of the Universality of Christ's Work?
Thanks. Excellent answer. I'm not sure that Lutherans (unstated, but my main juxta-position) would agree with your statement that the atonement is limited in efficacy. At this point though, one is arguing the theological definition of "efficacy," not the doctrines themselves. I would like to ask: Why is Adam the federal head of the entire race, but Christ is the federal head only of the elect? Why is it wrong to say that all are now under the covenant of grace, but most have refused to fulfill it (i.e. they outright refuse or instead want to fulfill it themselves, not vicariously in Christ)?
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comment Calvinism: How does Limited Atonement Work in View of the Universality of Christ's Work?
I've asked a theological question, but you've answered pastorally.
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May
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comment Is there a projection of when Bible translation into all the languages of the world will be complete?
Wow. That's amazing. Do you have a link I could read regarding that process? It seems insanely difficult to me to teach literacy to illiterate people who are illiterate because they don't have a written language!
May
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comment Is there a projection of when Bible translation into all the languages of the world will be complete?
The languages that exist today, or the ones that will exist in a few years/centuries? What about non-written languages?
Apr
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comment What arguments do scholars present for historicity of the fall?
In the first version, you asked if there were documents to defend the historical fall. The answer is "Yes. Scripture." In this regard, EVERY Christian tradition has some definition of the fall, so all would answer "yes" and feel like they were affirming a tautology. Secondly, you asked if it can be proven if the fall is factual, to which others said "we're evil, so it's obvious" and your question allowed them to take such a stance. What you want to do is rule out the possibility of bad answers by asking a great question. The specificity allows for more clarity in what it is you're asking.