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Mar
19
comment Why does Calvinism need the doctrine of Perseverance of the Saints if it believes in Unconditional Election?
Bear in mind that the individual tenets of the "Doctrines of Grace" are complementary and somewhat symbiotic with one another, so the term "irresistible grace" needs to be understood through that lens. The "unconditional election" of someone who was "totally depraved" involves a regeneration of the person's heart through the Holy Spirit. The implication of this is that an individual who was formerly in a state of enmity with God, is given a new heart and is then in a state of desiring reconciliation with Him. In this state, the grace of the Gospel message is irresistible.
Mar
19
comment Why does Calvinism need the doctrine of Perseverance of the Saints if it believes in Unconditional Election?
@Xeoncross: John Piper wrote an interesting explanation of IG here: monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/piper/irresistable.html I think it's helpful to consider that, while I don't think they're inaccurate, some of the labels have connotations that may cause confusion (e.g. the "limited" in "Lim. Aton.;" "total" in "Tot. Dep.;" "irresistible" in "Irr. Grace"). The way I see it, there are two ways to make an offer "irresistible." 1) apply coercion that guarantees acquiescence or 2) offer something desirable. The doctrine of IG is describing grace as the latter. (cont.)
Jan
2
comment Which Bible verses support adult-only baptism?
@NathanBunney: I've started a chat. It's my first chat, so I hope I've done everything correctly. chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/12267/baptism-discussion
Dec
13
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Dec
13
comment Which Bible verses support adult-only baptism?
Personally, I take covenant membership to imply acceptance of the terms of the promise. I think of "Covenant Members" as being synonymous with the Saved--those whose hope and righteousness is found in Christ. I see it as a similar paradigm to the visible church (people who attend church services) contrasted with the invisible Church (fellowship of all believers). Generally speaking, I think is a great deal of overlap between the vis. and invis., but it's not a perfect overlap. Someone's membership (or lack of) in his local congregation doesn't nec. reflect his salvation.
Dec
13
comment Which Bible verses support adult-only baptism?
... if it's more of a designation of the broad conditional promise (i.e. those who believe are saved; those who don't aren't), then I would think Covenant "membership" is all-inclusive, and so, it's not really a distinguishing term. Under that definition, everyone's under the new covenant.
Dec
13
comment Which Bible verses support adult-only baptism?
@NathanBunney: Those are two good questions, and I guess both kind of depend on how terms are defined. As to repentance, we can't know each other's hearts, so a baptiser (?) can really only act based on a person's creed and claim of repentance. As to the number of groups of people, I would say there are only two: Saved and Unsaved. I guess a lot depends on how we interpret the new Covenant: if it designates those who are receiving the promise of hope, then Covenant members are those who are saved. (cont.)
Dec
12
revised If Adam and Eve were perfect, why did they choose to sin?
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Dec
12
comment If Adam and Eve were perfect, why did they choose to sin?
@user2428118: Good catch! Thanks for pointing that out. I'm not quite sure what I did there. I added the emphasis to the matching phrase in both passages, so I likely cut-and-pasted, because I thought they were the same. Interestingly, the ESV version reads "before the foundation of the world," so it could be that I had meant to reference that translation since its correspondence to 1 Peter 1:20 is more verbatim. Sorry for any confusion.
Dec
12
revised If Adam and Eve were perfect, why did they choose to sin?
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Sep
20
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Aug
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answered How are Christians free from sin?
Jul
24
comment What does it mean to be “born of water” in John 3:5?
@IgnatiusTheophorus: Back to your original concern, I don't see how making water baptism mandatory assuages any of the "harshness" that making physical birth mandatory would do w/r/t infants dying the the womb. They aren't born of water according to either interpretation, are they?
Jul
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Jul
23
comment What does it mean to be “born of water” in John 3:5?
@IgnatiusTheophorus: I think that's reading too much into it. Jesus is answering Nicodemus's question about what it means to be born again, and he's doing so by building off the context of the question ("How can someone be born when they are old?") This conversation isn't really dealing with doctrinal questions over those who die in the womb.
Mar
21
revised Why is it so much easier to sin than follow Jesus?
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Mar
18
answered A question about practising Christianity against authority
Mar
12
answered How are Proverbs 26:4 and Proverbs 26:5 reconciled?
Mar
8
revised Will we theoretically be able to sin in Heaven?
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Mar
8
answered Will we theoretically be able to sin in Heaven?