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Dec
6
comment Was Christ the man created?
Thanks for the links.
Dec
5
comment How does the Bible differentiate between sickness and sin?
If a genetic happening creates a disease that gives one a proclivity toward sin, this does not preclude that any actions coming from the genetic happening are not sin (alcoholism, homosexuality [according to some], etc.). We look at God and say "I do what I do because all humans have fallen into a metaphorical pit and cannot escape it. I am not without excuse because of my genetics that are affected by the fall." And then God answers: "I told you to keep away from the pit in the first place." The gospel though is that God can count people in metaphorical pits as righteous when they are not.
Nov
20
comment Can a Christian choose to walk away from his or her salvation?
Just adding a note (no down votes), your point regarding irresistible grace is so blunt that it is inaccurate. The point is that the recipient of the grace is given a new heart and out of this new heart their desires change so that they want to please God. The point is not that God saves a person who all their life, until their death, stomps their feet and shouts "But I don't want to be saved!" I'm not sure which you meant because of the ambiguity of the wording.
Nov
16
comment Did Esau go to heaven or hell?
Just a note, the passage does not need to refer to nations. Surely Jacob and Esau each grew into nations, but the passage was concerning the men themselves. Abraham was chosen. Isaac was the son of the promise, no Ishmael. Jacob was chosen, not Esau. Joseph was chosen in a way his brothers weren't. When you begin talking about the patriarchs and covenants, there is no warrant to assume that each passage is talking about the nations and not the men. After all, Paul labored this point in Romans 9: fleshly descent of a man or nation is not what makes you part of the promise.
Nov
16
comment Did Esau go to heaven or hell?
As a 5-point Calvinist, I used to cite this passage as defense of my position. I no longer do that in the way I used to. This passage does not directly concern which individuals goes to heaven and which to hell. It concerns Paul explaining that God did not break the covenants when he made Christ the way of salvation and physical descent from the patriarchs only ancillary to the historical events. Conflating the two ideas (salvation of individuals and promises to the patriarchs) is not helpful for this passage. The passage describes God's sovereign right to choose who is part of the promise.
Nov
15
comment How should Reformed Christians deal with homosexual marriage of individuals prior to their conversion to Christianity?
@ZackMartin Very good question. I hadn't thought of it, and I'm not sure. The assumption is that they've repented, they know they were wrong to set up their union in an attempt to mirror what scripture calls a marriage and they call their union sin, so this much is good. At this point it is essentially just a legal contract. However, it is still in contrast to the marital illustration of the gospel, as would a heterosexual marriage with the same situation: two people with able bodies and minds who refuse to unite with each other.. that is not a biblically-congruent marriage. See my difficulty?
Nov
14
comment How should Reformed Christians deal with homosexual marriage of individuals prior to their conversion to Christianity?
Your answer should be the accepted one at this point. +1, nice formatting.
Nov
14
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Nov
14
comment How should Reformed Christians deal with homosexual marriage of individuals prior to their conversion to Christianity?
@JonEricson The analogy was meant to convey an act by two consenting adults that is performed in legality. It was not meant to describe a similar commitment level. I can see why you would have taken it that way. I am editing, but please do not feel a pressure to change your vote.
Nov
14
comment How should Reformed Christians deal with homosexual marriage of individuals prior to their conversion to Christianity?
@BruceAlderman I am not responsible for sins that I do not commit, and I wish them well. It seems evil to me to move from a state of tolerance of an individual to acceptance of their sin just for the sake of keeping them in the local body. For this same reason, Paul encouraged some people to be removed from a local body... and I'm not even going that far! They are not asked to leave, but biblical standards are upheld.
Nov
14
comment How should Reformed Christians deal with homosexual marriage of individuals prior to their conversion to Christianity?
@BruceAlderman It's not a matter of pushing. I understand how it comes across that way over the internet, but that's not the intent. Please place the emphasis where I intend it to be placed: I have no business telling someone what to do in their personal life. However, if they steadfastly refuse to acknowledge that their life contains what our local body believes that the scriptures plainly described as sin, we cannot let them serve or encourage them to partake in the ordinances. If this offends them and they decide to leave, I have a clear conscience over this.
Nov
14
revised How should Reformed Christians deal with homosexual marriage of individuals prior to their conversion to Christianity?
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Nov
14
comment How should Reformed Christians deal with homosexual marriage of individuals prior to their conversion to Christianity?
I will not give a citation as I said originally: I start with the assumption that the Bible has no idea of a homosexual marriage. That is worth another question and there are others more qualified to answer. It stems from marriage being used as an illustration of Christ's union with us: therefore a man will leave his parents and cling to his wife.
Nov
14
comment How should Reformed Christians deal with homosexual marriage of individuals prior to their conversion to Christianity?
@WaxEagle But that's the point: they are not the product of a marriage. They are the product of a union, not a marriage. This is also true of heterosexual couples who live together and produce children. It is immaterial what the law says. Lawfully, I must treat them as a married couple. Spiritually, I must not treat them as a married couple. It's as though the question is "how should we make people who jumped into a pit and hurt themselves comfortable?" when God says "I told you not to jump in the pit!"
Nov
14
comment How should Reformed Christians deal with homosexual marriage of individuals prior to their conversion to Christianity?
@DJClayworth Supporting someone financially and emotionally does not mean that you are united with them. If this was the case, I am married to many of the people in my church. They can still support each other, but apart from marriage cohabitation with sexual interaction is sin. A homosexual union is not a biblical marriage, regardless of how it is treated under law. Additionally, when we sin, sometimes it hurts. We don't need to add to this hurt, but God did not tell Adam "well, I don't want that you should have to feed yourself by the sweat of your brow, so let's say this didn't happen."
Nov
14
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Nov
14
comment How should Reformed Christians deal with homosexual marriage of individuals prior to their conversion to Christianity?
@WaxEagle I apologize. I got lost in the comments after being away for a few hours. I assume that your comment starting with "ok." is for me. Again, I see the issue of homosexuals with children as no different than a divorcee bringing children to church. Sin was committed. You cannot un-fire a cannon. However, we can not sanction sin (as we often do for our "pet sins"). Please see the edited version of my answer for my reply (coming shortly).
Nov
13
answered How should Reformed Christians deal with homosexual marriage of individuals prior to their conversion to Christianity?
Nov
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answered What is the origin of the Devil's red pointy costume and pitchfork?
Oct
15
comment Why does God often permit his children to suffer in this world more than the wicked?
@Hammer ...I think you miss the point with your crtique of this question. The "sparrow" passage creates a baseline. The neglected, abused girl would be above that baseline in the Father's care. So if those in the baseline do not fall but without the permission of the Father, what of those above the baseline who are worth much more?