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Jun
2
comment Can a Christian 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.).
Sep
27
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
6
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)?
Aug
5
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.
May
15
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
15
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
26
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.
Mar
12
comment When should Water Baptism be done on a candidate?
I'm pretty sure it's right after the potluck and right before the softball game during the annual church picnic. Isn't that in your copy of the scriptures?
Feb
22
comment What happens when a Protestant doesn't tithe?
There are more sermons about finances.
Feb
20
comment Did Jesus really die?
Very nice work.
Feb
19
comment God commanded people to kill in the Old testament, does he still command people to kill today?
@Peter read 1 Samuel 15 for just one example.
Feb
19
comment Confessional Lutheranism: How does Unlimited Atonement work?
I've upvoted. I'm not inclined to accept this as an answer, as it is not from a Confessional Lutheran perspective.
Feb
19
comment Lutheranism, Has God ordained all things?
If you edit your answer to incorporate what you found on the bookofconcord page and can address the last sentence of my question in a good fashion, I'll upvote.
Feb
17
comment Confessional Lutheranism: How does Unlimited Atonement work?
Thanks. Could you cite Luther on this to back your point up? I'd like to see his thought process on this, even if it is just a defense of why one shouldn't think too hard beyond what the scriptures say.
Feb
17
comment Calvinism: How does Limited Atonement Work in View of the Universality of Christ's Work?
Hi. I understand Limited Atonement in the way you've described, sufficiency vs. efficiency. However, neither proponents nor opponents of Limited Atonement disagree with your statements. Your's is not an explanation of how Limited Atonement works in a Calvinistic framework but rather the definition of Limited Atonement. It doesn't get at what I'm after.
Feb
17
comment Lutheranism, Has God ordained all things?
Hi. Your answer is well-written and is interesting for me personally to read, but it doesn't quite answer what I'm asking for. Could you quote something from Confessional Lutheranism that would be in agreement with these points in the WCF? Were there any Lutheran "patriarchs" opposed to such an understanding?
Feb
14
comment Is there biblical basis for the claim that Pilate had no choice?
Acts 4:10, addressed to Israel, says that they Crucified Christ, so this much is biblical. It's not a matter of "blame." Secondly, you have faulty logic. The fact that the Jews were culpable doesn't mean that the Romans weren't. Thirdly, I'm not aware of any mainstream sect (liberal or conservative) who blame Jews other than to state a fact, that by their actions he was delivered to the Romans. Fourthly, if such a sect does exist, this is pretty meaningless (bad apples in a whole bunch). Fifth and most important, this line of questioning misses the entire point of the crucifixion.
Feb
13
comment What is the opposite of Total Depravity?
R.C. Sproul's "The Pelagian Captivity of the Church." bible-researcher.com/sproul1.html
Feb
13
comment What is the opposite of Total Depravity?
Traditionally, we who hold fast to Total Depravity refer to the others as Pelagians or Semipelagians. Things get a little murky with classical Arminians who hold to total depravity in that Calvinists and Lutherans would call this synergism. Calvinists and Lutherans see this as semipelagianism, but the Arminians do not because they admit complete inability before God's spiritual quickening. A lot of this is intertwined with one's view on regeneration. An article that is of benefit to read even if you do not agree with them premise and conclusion is
Feb
8
comment Why do Catholics believe that it is a priest's blessing that transforms the elements into the body and blood of Christ?
These two verses could be used to defend that the substance in your mouth is Christ, but it's quite a leap to call this transubstantiation, where only a priestly blessing turns it into blood and body. Can you elaborate?