The Biblical Basis of Man-Made Liturgy

Posted by on March 18, 2015 in Acts, Apologetics, Confessionalism, Evangelicalism, Perspicuity of Scripture, Presbyterianism, Regulative Principle, Sabbath, Sola Scriptura, Worship | 174 comments

The Biblical Basis of Man-Made Liturgy

Is a Christian free to worship God however he pleases? I think all of us would intuitively answer “No” to that question. Man’s duty to worship God is too important to just be a free-for-all. This is especially true for Christians who have God’s Revelation, particularly the Bible. The Confessional Reformed tradition (rightly) understands that man is not only not free to worship however he pleases (since this would ultimately tend towards man worshipping himself), but in fact man should not worship in any way not clearly laid out in...

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Reformed Theologians Get Busted by the Feds?

Posted by on March 2, 2015 in Apologetics, Catholicism, Covenant Theology, Imputation, Justification | 495 comments

Reformed Theologians Get Busted by the Feds?

The Reformed notion of Federal Headship states that all of mankind lives under the representative umbrella of a father figure, namely Adam or Jesus. They say the reason why God can consider all men subject to the consequences of Adam’s deliberate sin, even though we didn’t personally sin, is because God judges us ‘in Adam’. Likewise, when a person is saved, the Reformed say that person is worthy of the blessings of salvation, not for anything they did, but because of the perfect obedience of Christ, with God judging them to be ‘in...

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Clothed in Christ

Posted by on January 29, 2015 in Catholicism, Exegesis, Featured, Gospel, Imputation, Justification, Presbyterianism, Protestantism, Reformed Theology, Sola Fide | 1,502 comments

Clothed in Christ

*** The Following Article is by Nick *** I have often heard Protestants explain the Imputation of Christ’s Righteousness in terms of the believer being “clothed in Christ’s righteousness,” which they take to mean our sinfulness is covered over by Christ’s perfection, causing us to appear pure and holy before God (though ‘underneath’ the clothing we remain sinful). But as I came to look at how the Bible speaks of “clothing” I came to realize something very different than the Protestant notion of Imputation was being taught....

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Daniel and the Universal Kingdom

Posted by on November 13, 2014 in Apologetics, Catholicism, Church History, Ecclesiology, Eschatology, Featured, History, Protestantism, Redemptive History | 1,677 comments

Daniel and the Universal Kingdom

Daniel 2 contains a fascinating prophecy which speaks of God’s plan to set up a Kingdom upon earth that is not of human origin and will come to cover the whole earth. Christians as far back as the Early Church Fathers have interpreted this prophecy as referring to the Catholic Church being established by Christ, expanding all over the world, and lasting forever. After reflecting upon the prophecy, I see no other plausible interpretation. Let me explain my thoughts. Back at the Babylonian Exile, God caused the Emperor Nebuchadnezzar to have a...

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Sola Fide in the Parable of Pharisee and Tax Collector?

Posted by on October 23, 2014 in Catholicism, Exegesis, Featured, Gospel, Justification, Presbyterianism, Protestantism, Reformed Theology, Sola Fide | 218 comments

Sola Fide in the Parable of Pharisee and Tax Collector?

Protestants often claim that the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector from Luke 18:9-14 is proof that Jesus taught Justification by Faith Alone. In this brief post I will show that this Protestant claim has no Biblical merit at all. If you need a refresher, here’s what the parable says: 9 Jesus told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by...

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The Mediocrity of the New Covenant?

Posted by on October 6, 2014 in Beatitudes, Covenant Theology, Eschatology, Ethics, Featured, Galatians, Gospel, Hebrews, Holy Spirit, Law, Presbyterianism, Protestantism, Reformed Theology, Sanctification | 499 comments

The Mediocrity of the New Covenant?

According to Reformed Theology, even the “good works” which Christians are called to do are “tainted by sin”. And on top of that, Reformed theology says these “good works” are only pleasing to God in so far as they are “covered by the blood and righteousness of Christ”. But if you stop and think about what this is saying, no Christian should be comfortable with such teaching. Why would God give us a new heart and give us the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit if at the end of the day our “good works” are still as inadequate in...

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